After Successful Treatment for Breast Cancer, Kaiser Permanente Helps Kathleen Tebb Resume Her Rock-Climbing Hobby
Heidi Olander, MD, at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center, could have assumed the lump on Kathleen Tebb’s chest was a clogged milk duct, since the 39-year-old mother of two was weaning her youngest child. Instead, Dr. Olander sent Kathleen, a rock-climbing enthusiast and health psychologist at University of California San Francisco, to Joyce Chou, MD, for further investigation. Two additional lumps were discovered. All three were cancerous.
Three weeks later, Kathleen had a mastectomy. While Kathleen was being prepped for surgery, Dr. Chou visited her and gave her a hug. Kathleen calls Dr. Chou “a phenomenal, phenomenal surgeon.” Kathleen was astounded by the level of care she received at Kaiser Permanente. “I felt like I was surrounded by angels – everyone from the oncologist to the surgeon to the nursing staff. They were genuinely touched and concerned,” said Tebb.
Kathleen needed aggressive treatment to combat her cancer. Unfortunately, the removal of her lymph nodes caused Kathleen to lose some strength in her arms. Kathleen’s doctor referred her to a physical therapist who also happened to be a rock climber. She was able to help Kathleen regain her arm strength and Kathleen is again enjoying rock climbing with her family.