Courage In The Face Of Cancer

Raymond Longaray

Hearing the words “you have cancer” can derail a person’s life and put everything else on hold. That’s exactly what happened to Raymond Longaray in 2014. A Miami resident for more than 50 years, Raymond was diagnosed with colon cancer following his routine colonoscopy.

“I was very scared at the beginning because I didn’t know what cancer could do to you,” he said.

Married with two grown kids and four grandchildren, the 75-year-old was ready to tackle the disease head-on … so he turned to Jackson South Community Hospital’s expert oncology team.

“The operation went smoothly,” remembered Raymond. “I didn’t have any complications during the procedure, and I was out of the hospital in just 24 hours.”

Even in the face of cancer, Raymond gained a new sense of confidence as he began his follow-up treatments.

“The doctors and staff at Jackson South were kind, professional, and knowledgeable,” he said. “I had to undergo chemo, but I didn’t have any issues. They guided me every step of the way.”

Feeling healthier than ever, Raymond says anyone who may be going through a similar situation should put their trust in Jackson Health System.

“It’s never easy to hear that you have cancer,” continued Raymond, “but my concerns were addressed by a compassionate team.”

And Raymond’s faith in Jackson isn’t faltering.

“I had a very positive experience at Jackson South,” he recalled. “If I ever had to have another surgery, I would go back.”

Learn more about Jackson South’s multidisciplinary cancer services, including education for screening and early detection.