Pre-op Nurses

UW Medical Center @ the Surgery Pavilion

Living with sarcoma can be a daunting and overwhelming experience, but it is vital to trust your medical team, who are there to support you. As someone who has personally faced the challenges of this diagnosis, I understand the difficulties that come with it. I am grateful for my caring friends and family, as well as the highly skilled medical professionals at FredHutch and UW Medical Center. I express my sincere thanks to my doctors, nurses, and loved ones for their unwavering support. My determination to fight sarcoma and lead a fulfilling life remains steadfast, despite the many hardships that come with it. I hope that my story can inspire and encourage those facing similar challenges, reminding them that they are not alone and that hope is always present, even on the toughest days. Though the journey ahead may be difficult, the rewards are immeasurable. Remember, there is always something to be grateful for, even in the darkest of times. Keep pushing forward and never give up on your dreams. You are stronger than you think and capable of overcoming anything that comes your way. Believe in yourself and trust the journey.

I am not going to lie, I was scared to death facing my first ever surgical procedure. Lots of things came to mind and at times I was hopeless. It’s a frustrating time for me as I try to understand and cope. Lots of negative thoughts pierced my mind and pains my heart. The thought of missing out in my family’s life, my kids, my grandkids, family, and friends. My mind wandered into deep darkness at times as the date of surgery is approaching. However, I reminded myself that I am not alone in this journey. The love and support from my family and friends gave me the courage to face this challenge head-on. The medical team also reassured me that I am in good hands and that the procedure is routine. I realized that my fears were slowly slipping away and replaced with a sense of calmness. As I look back on my experience, I am grateful that I had the opportunity to overcome my fear and emerge a stronger person. One thing clear to me is that every obstacle we face in life has a purpose. We learn from our pain and struggles and become better versions of ourselves. I use my experience to encourage others who may be going through similar challenges. Never give up hope, have faith, and know that everything will work out for the best.

Areas of Expertise

In a recent New Jersey Life article, Beauty on a Budget, Dr. Bigham is quoted on the effectiveness of cosmetic fillers. Most recently, the American Cancer Society honored Dr. Bigham for his compassionate and expert surgical care of breast cancer patients.