Violet Doughtery, 72, isn’t about to let cancer get the best of her.


Violet Doughtery, 72, isn’t about to let cancer get the best of her.

“Ninety-eight percent of your cure is your attitude. And my main thought is: I know that God was with me all these years and I know He will be in the future. I feel my job isn’t done yet,” said the Lake Ariel resident.
“I’m a 20-year survivor,” she said.

Violet, who overcame breast cancer in 1991, is now dealing with bone cancer. She’s had it in her upper arm and upper part of her leg as well as her sternum and back. They’re called  “hot spots” and they pop up all over, she said. 

“What has happened, it has metastasized into my bones. I’ve had radiation six times since 1995. I’ve had different types of treatment for the bones and for the breast cells,” she said.

“I go once a month for a shot in the bones and once a month for breast.” It’s a combined appointment.

Struggling to stay on top of her health, Violet is in need of a ride to monthly chemotherapy treatment as well as various medical appointments.

Dealing with neuropathy, which causes her arms and feet to go numb, the Hideout resident is unable to drive herself.

Her husband takes her when he can, but hip surgery makes long rides painful; so, she tries not to rely on him too much. 

That’s where the American Cancer Society steps in and tries to help out with their Road to Recovery program.

“Our motto is: Having cancer’s hard, finding help shouldn’t be,” says Lyndsey Cumello, Community Volunteer Involvement Director with the American Cancer Society in Taylor. “That’s why we’re trying to be a  presence in the community, helping out where we can.”

Though they try to meet every request for a driver that they can, Cumello said they “don’t always have an adequate number of volunteers. We could use a ton more.

 “In the rural areas, we have more difficulty finding Road to Recovery drivers,” said “That’s our program where volunteers will sign up to transport patients to their treatments. And we have difficulty with it because the more rural they are the farther away from hospitals and treatment facilities.

“We currently have four drivers in Wayne. And we do offer mileage reimbursement,” Cumello said.

Their program is very flexible, she said.

 “You just let us know when you’re available and we’ll utilize you when we can. We’ll definitely try and fill those spots.”

If you’d like further information or would like to volunteer, please call 1-800-ACS-2345 or 570-562-9749 ext. 340.

Cumello may also be reached by email: Lyndsey.Cumello@cancer.org. 
Violet, who’s received help getting to therapy appoints, says, “I appreciate anything that anyone can do for me.”