Verna Nichols: five years of survivorship

V Nichols Cancer Survivor
Oct 1,2012

Coping strategy: cherishing family

Walk into Verna Nichols’ Lebanon home and you immediately see what means the most to her: The walls and shelves of her living room are covered with cherished photos of generations of her family.

“When someone recently congratulated me on my five-year anniversary, I thought, wait a second, I’ve been married for more than five years,” said Nichols, who was treated for breast cancer in 2008.

Nichols, 84, received chemotherapy at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital’s Emenhiser Center. For radiation, she went to Samaritan Regional Cancer Center in Corvallis.

Nichols — who is retired — crochets like crazy, making blankets for every one of her 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She also travels the country to visit family and friends with husband Jim, who is a prostate cancer survivor. Cancer-free, the two cherish every moment they can spend with their family.