Dani Greene's Incredible Journey
“I stayed positive and I did what my ‘coaches’ told me to do . . .”
Dani was just 26-years-old when she was told she had cancer.
It all started with a terrible sore throat that wouldn't go away. When the medicine she was taking didn't help, she asked for a second opinion. That doctor saw how ill she was and requested immediate blood work. He called her the next day and referred her to Virginia Hospital Center where oncologist Robert Christie, MD was waiting to see her.
Dani had assumed she was anemic and suffering from strep throat, but Dr. Christie went over the test results with her and said, “There's a 99% chance that you have acute myeloid leukemia, so we're starting treatment today.”
“I was in complete shock,” Dani says, remembering the conversation that launched a month-long stay at the Hospital. “But Dr. Christie and the whole team, they were so serious and quick to react. And they were all so kind to me, my family and friends. My nurses were wonderful, and we're still very close.”
“I still reflect on the care I received at Virginia Hospital Center and how good they were to me, and I regularly refer people to the Hospital because of the care and kindness I received there.“ —Dani Greene
Dani is healthy and happy today, although she must still see her oncologist every 18 months. “I'm doing great,” she says. “My husband, who was my boyfriend at the time of my diagnosis, and I adopted a little boy. We have a lovely home and family, and lots of pets.”
But the Hospital is never far from Dani's thoughts. “I still reflect on the care I received at Virginia Hospital Center and how good they were to me, and I regularly refer people to the Hospital because of the care and kindness I received there.”
In addition to her referrals, Dani has become a committed donor to the Virginia Hospital Center Foundation.
“Virginia Hospital Center is nonprofit, so it's really important that we all give to keep it going strong,” Dani says. “Recently, I turned 40 and we had this big birthday party, because there was a time when I didn't know if I would make it to 40. We invited over 200 guests, and instead of gifts, I asked for donations to be made to the Hospital. I did this because I wanted people to see ‘Virginia Hospital Center’ on my birthday invitations so we could get the word out about just how important the Hospital is to us.”