Waltemath initially worked with patient Judy Nord after a colonoscopy revealed a small lesion on her colon. Waltemath said:
With each new patient with cancer, I explain that I’m here to help them navigate the cancer journey and answer questions. With Judy, we focused on understanding her cancer staging, preparing for oncology visits and expectations for recovery.
After learning of Judy’s diagnosis, her daughter, Erma, underwent a colonoscopy that also revealed a cancerous tumor. Waltemath worked with Erma as well.
Both Judy and Erma underwent laparoscopic surgery to remove the tumors. As the report notes:
Now on the other side of the experience, the Nords continue to communicate with their oncology nurse navigator, talking about their road to recovery, progress and doctor appointments.