“He hung the moon…he gave me my life back”

“He hung the moon…he gave me my life back,” is how Denise Laing describes her care and experience with Dr. Chris DeRosier, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Southeastern Plastic Surgery, P.A..

She adds that “he always made me feel like I was his only concern, whether we talked for 10 minutes or an hour. His bed side manner was phenomenal. It was like he was taking care of his sister or his wife.”

Denise is no stranger to health care. She is a nurse practitioner and has spent many years caring for others. But her own need for medical attention started years ago when she was just 21 years old. She was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a primary bone cancer that impacts children and adolescents. While it is a rare bone cancer, it is a very serious cancer affecting only 1 percent of childhood cancers.

Denise was treated aggressively with chemo and radiation therapies, and she was fortunate to survive. She ended up losing her sixth rib and part of her seventh rib but still survived. Ten years ago, she began to have trouble with her left side particularly in the chest wall area. A CT scan showed a large mass. While the mass was not cancerous, there was lots of bone deterioration.

She had developed radiation necrosis that had resulted from her earlier radiotherapy in treatment of the Ewing’s sarcoma. It was this complication that eventually led her to Dr. DeRosier.

“I learned the only way to fully eleviate the constant pain was to undergo a complex operation to rebuild the chest cavity,” she said. Denise finally had hit the wall and decided she could no longer tolerate the pain. As a medical professional, she researched his background and credentials before going forward, she said. Confident in her research, she moved forward.

Her surgery required the expertise of several specialists including Dr. DeRosier and left her in the hospital for four weeks including five days in the ICU. She was out of work for many months but eventually she fully recovered.

Today, she reflects on Dr. DeRosier and others at Southeastern Plastic Surgery, P.A. and says “it is like I’ve known them all my life.” I like that he doesn’t sugar coat anything. She has referred several friends and co-workers to Southeastern Plastic Surgery, P.A. as a result of her outstanding care.

– Denise L.

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