Meet Alisha


Some women may have just shrugged it off, especially at age 31, but when Alisha Hill-McElroy felt a small, pea-sized lump in one of her breasts in November 2015, she knew she had to act.

Part of Alisha’s urgency stemmed from her work as an oncology patient care coordinator at Parkland. “I know the severity of cancer and how many people ignore the signs,” she said.

Within days she had undergone a mammogram, ultrasound and a biopsy at the Parkland breast center and the results were in: early stage breast cancer. After a total mastectomy and taking the oral hormone drug Tamoxifen, Alisha, who is married and has a 5-year-old son, is now cancer-free.

“I think knowing what cancer is and how it can be treated and cured if caught early, gave me the confidence to want to find out right away what that lump was, and not wait a single day,” she added.

And as she started her own cancer journey, she also understood the high-level of quality, compassionate care she would receive at Parkland.

“The care I received was excellent,” said Alisha. “The physicians at Parkland love what they do, and because they love what they do, they do it well. I think the world of my doctor who is so sweet and calm. She’s an angel in a white coat that makes you feel like everything will be ok.”

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