Times Record News | Judith McGinnis
Dedication to treating patients the way they want to be treated has come full circle for Dr. Sherrette Shaw-Fontenot.
Having conquered breast cancer in 2008 and come back to her internal medicine practice with enthusiasm after a 2013 gall bladder surgery she was "still dragging."
After a bad EKG and a lot of tests, a doctor told me it was something that happens when we get older," said Shaw-Fontenot. Eventually physicians began to suspect it might be metastatic cancer.
By 2014 after three different hospital visits, Dr. Jennifer Thibodeau at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center told Shaw-Fontenot there was "no good news." The Wichita Falls doctor had a rare diagnosis — nodular sarcoidosis.
The only cure would be a heart transplant.
"The first thing I thought about was my kids," said Shaw-Fontenot, pausing with a smile to talk about son Segun, a mechanical engineering major at Cornell University, son Shomari, a student at Midwestern State University and 12-year-old daughter Sharalyn. Continue reading