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Caring cancer advocate missed in community

Jan 9, 2014 - Teresa Engstrom, Riverton


I have lived in Riverton for more than 40 years. I have seen wonderful things happen in our community that I am very thankful for.

One of those things was when our new hospital was built with the promise of great things to come. In the last few years, I have lost several professionals due to moving, retirement and law enforcement. I spent many hours at the hospital for various surgeries, tests and visits. I have battled cancer and, by the grace of God, have been cancer-free for six years now.

During that time we live in a world of fear which only God can address. I feel that he enabled us to have a great advocate at the hospital in Bobbie White. Once you have had cancer, you contain a fear whenever you go for a new round of tests. Bobbie was one of those rare people who could reassure your fears with knowledge and hitting things head-on. She was instrumental in this community for the health of women. New ideas, comforting screenings, and awareness of the check-ups you needed. You knew that when you went to our local hospital, she will be there to walk you through whatever situation you were going through.

She is no longer there, and I think of her at this time of year because once again I will be walking through those doors for testing. Why is it that when we get something amazing in out community, budget cuts do away with the importance of the women in our community? I hope the hospital will reconsider this great service.

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