Amanda W. has lived in Murfreesboro for 15 years and uses Murfreesboro Medical Clinic for all of her family’s medical needs. She appreciates the convenience of having accessible doctors close by to fit her family’s busy schedules.
In June of 2018, she was referred to Dr. Brannon Mangus, one of MMC’s Comprehensive ENT Specialists, after her primary care physician examined a swollen lymph node in her neck. Dr. Mangus quickly scheduled surgery for Amanda, and was able to give her the diagnosis of Stage One Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma is a cancer that starts in the lymphatic system of the body. The condition occurs when the body produces too many abnormal lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. Many times,it is first noticed by the patient or their PCP when they feel a swollen lymph node in the neck. Surgical removal of the lymph node is not a cure, but rather is necessary to diagnose what type of lymphoma it is.
“He came in, shook my hand, sat down with me,got on eye level with me, and explained to me that we did not have the news that we had hoped for; however, he assured me that this was a season -- this was not going to be my life. We were going to get through this and move forward to the next step.”
Although Amanda was devastated by this unfortunate news, she was comforted by Dr. Mangus and his staff and the time they took to encourage her.
“Dr. Mangus showed that he really cared and that I wasn’t just a patient. He really cared about my health and my well-being.”
Amanda’s initial scans, surgery and diagnosis were all obtained at MMC.
“It was so nice to just be 15-20 minutes down the road because I would be at the doctor’s office sometimes twice a week.”
Amanda was able to continue on with her life and caring for her kids, even in the midst of her treatment.
“I felt like they really cared. They knew me by my name, they knew me by my face, they knew my story.”
Today, Amanda is in remission and is living a happy, healthy life. She and her family still use Murfreesboro Medical Clinic for all of their healthcare needs and are grateful for the care they received at MMC by Dr. Mangus and his staff.