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Patient Spotlight: Emily Lombardo

Lombardo family picture posing on the beach

Q: Why did you choose the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB to partner with you on this journey?

A: We knew UAB was the best. We were told that Dr. Burt Nabors was the best neuro-oncologist in the Southeast. Once we got to UAB, every visit was positive and encouraging. There was always a feeling of hope. Every nurse, nurse practitioner, and doctor always treated us with care and compassion. We never felt like we were “just a number.”

Q: What has been the most challenging part of your experience?

A: Embracing our “new reality”

Q: What is the biggest win you’re excited to share?

A: Beating the odds when we were faced with a devastating prognosis

Q: What is a fun fact that not many people know about you?

A: We got married on the beach because we loved the beach so much!

Q: What is your favorite hobby?

A: Spending a weekend at the lake

Q: What is the next place on your travel bucket list?

A: Santorini, Greece

Q: What is your favorite TV show?

A: “Virgin River” and “Sweet Magnolias” on Netflix

Q: What is your favorite quote to live by?

A: “God gives His toughest battles to His strongest soldiers”, and “I believe in the power of love.”

Q: What advice would you give to those just beginning their cancer journey?

A: Fight hard and keep a positive attitude.

Q: Is there anyone at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB whom you would like to recognize?

A: Dr. Nabors and Thiru Pillay, RN, for their compassion

Q: Beyond the medication and treatment, was there anything in particular that helped you through the emotional and mental challenges that cancer brought to your life?

A: It truly is the love and support from friends and family that get you through the best of times and the darkest days. I think I remember every big and small gesture that was shown to us throughout our whole journey. Even the phone calls to check on us meant so much. I realized that you really cannot fight this alone. I hope there is some way I will be able to share the love that was shared with us.

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