No one wants to hear the words, "you have cancer." These three words are life changing. And unfortunately, what started out to be a little lump under her left armpit, turned into the life changing diagnosis of cancer for Sandra Wiggins. When Sandra went to have that "small lump" examined, she left with a diagnosis of stage one triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease. Fortunately for Sandra, those three words she didn't want to hear were quickly met with three words she did want to hear: Maria Parham Health. From that first diagnosis, Sandra says she knew she wanted to have her care at Maria Parham Health, her hometown hospital.
Maria Bailey loves to give back to others. It is a key element to her happiness, and she is an active volunteer in a number of organizations, including the Woodland Garden Club, Henderson Business and Professional Women and the Downtown Development Commission Board. One of her favorite ways of giving back is through her crocheting. Since 2006, Maria has made over 400 prayer blankets for the sick and ailing with a majority of the blankets given to cancer patients. When chronic pain from a decades-old health scare was preventing her from her passion, she knew it was time to seek help.