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Emma Houston

emma houston, cancer survivor

During fourteen months of breast cancer treatment, Emma E. Houston worked with many Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) nurses as she received a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Her opinion about the care she received “HCI should go around the world training people how to take care of cancer patients,” she says. 

After her surgery, Emma spent a week in the HCI cancer hospital. “The nurses were on top of everything my family and I needed,” she says. “They must see a lot of pain and anger in their work, yet through it all they maintain a great attitude.” The infusion nurses were “lifesavers” in working through difficulties while always keeping Emma’s comfort in mind. “They warmed my arms and gave me blankets during treatments,” she says. But the nurses’ warmth went even deeper. 

“I love high-heeled shoes,” Emma says. “Even when I was sick enough that my husband brought me for treatments in a wheelchair, I wore them because they make me feel beautiful. The infusion nurses always noticed—‘I love those shoes’—every time.” 

“I know people show up in my life for a reason,” says Emma. “The people at HCI helped me get through the experience of cancer. I could relax and enjoy the benefits of their expertise.”

Learn more about breast cancer in our cancer types and topics, or visit the Breast Cancer Program webpages.