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Women in Medicine

At Baylor Scott & White, we’re proud to celebrate the women who make us Better every day. Discover stories from the women who are inspiring a future filled with more innovation, opportunity and hope.

Our hospital room wedding: Bringing the ceremony to my mom’s bedside

My mom was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, or LMS — a rare type of cancer in the smooth muscle that starts in the uterine area — around December of 2017. At the time, the tumor was small and when testing was done, it came back negative for cancer. Though surgery was still scheduled to remove it, it …

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Meet the opera singing nurse who comforts patients with her voice

From singing in musical productions to caring for patients in the operating room — meet Christine Giammona, BSN, RN, CNOR. When she was only 2 years old, Christine sang her first solo in a church Christmas program. Deemed her “gift” by family and friends, singing came naturally to Christine — a talent she has worked …

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My turn: From cancer caregiver to cancer patient

My cancer story doesn’t begin with me — it begins with my family. I am a 68-year-old woman and out of eight children, I was the second youngest. My two oldest sisters were breast cancer survivors but have since become angels for the Lord following unrelated medical challenges. Two of my brothers are cancer survivors.  …

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Mother, daughter share calling to care for others

“Like mother, like daughter,” they say. That saying could not be truer of Debra Anttila and Danielle Rodriguez. The mother and daughter share quite a few similar qualities, chief among them a deep passion for serving and caring for others. It’s that passion that has led them — each on a winding path — to …

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What it’s like to bring a baby into a pandemic world

As I sit here dictating my story, I have 3-week-old baby Skyler comfortably sleeping on my chest. If you had asked me this time last year where I would be in a year, I would never have imagined I’d be here — a new mother having just given birth during a pandemic, economic crisis, and …

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My breast cancer story: Learning to “just roll with it”

Never did I think I would hear those words. “You have cancer.” Nope, not me! I am the person who takes care of everyone else. I am a 41-year-old momma with three kiddos and I was working full-time in retail. Plus, I was busy with our kids’ afterschool activities. I didn’t have time for cancer. …

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