“I contacted Allison shortly after a tumor was discovered on my kidney. Over a four month period Allison’s advice and knowledge were invaluable as I went through the initial discovery of the tumor, underwent surgery and tried to understand my surgical pathology. I believe it very well could have saved my life.
"I was extremely fortunate having Allison by my side when my difficult cancer surgery and recovery occurred. She became the anchor for both myself and family, providing us with her professional guidance as well as her compassion when we most needed it. Even with my surgeon, oncologist, radiologist and nurses, Allison was the one person that gave me strength. Her expertise and sincere understanding of exactly what I was going through reinforced my success in a life-changing event.
Allison was instrumental in helping me to navigate the complexity of a very unexpected breast cancer diagnosis. My story starts with an abnormal mammogram and biopsy at the age of 49. I was shocked to receive the news that I was part of that 10% that came back positive for breast cancer. I felt as though my body had somehow betrayed me. I met with one oncologist without Allison and the information I received was very upsetting. I could barely remember everything that she told me and my friend that came with me was just as overwhelmed by the news. I was encouraged by a friend that had breast cancer to get a few different opinions on treatment plans. I surfed the web on my diagnosis and sat in my home office and cried. The more I researched my diagnosis the more it depressed me. I was then introduced to Allison from a friend of a friend. A breast cancer diagnosis is very overwhelming and there are many decisions you need to make quickly. I had an aggressive form of breast cancer; I managed to make all my decisions quickly and was in surgery in four weeks. While family and friends are trying to help support you during a difficult time — it can also be very overwhelming to deal with their discomfort and opinions on what you "should do.”
"I worked very closely as a collaborating physician with Allison for several years as the Chair of the Department of Hematology Oncology at a local hospital. She is a smart, experienced person who understands the complexities of our health care system and she excels at helping patients and families on their journeys through cancer care. She is compassionate, a good listener and can patiently help those in need with difficult decision-making. Allison is a strong patient advocate and is always supportive of the patients and families for whom she cares. I would welcome her support and guidance if I were seriously ill."
"When my sister Dianne, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, my life was changed forever. The prognosis was not very good. She would be lucky to live another 5 years. They say with every cloud there is a silver lining and I consider myself and my sister blessed to have met Allison Morse. Allison was Dianne's nurse practitioner. She was an NP who came from a place of compassion and understanding. I can't ever remember a time when Allison wasn't there for us. From treatment days, to doctors’ visits to surgeries, Allison always kept us informed of what was going to happen and why it was happening. What I was most grateful for while my sister was being treated was Allison's concern about my sister's quality of life. Dianne wanted a good quality of life for whatever time she had left here on earth, and those words where heard.