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After five surgeries for her breast cancer diagnosis and 61 radiation treatments, Laurie Riding is still one upbeat lady.

She smiles. “You have to have a good sense of humor. You just have to.”

The Ohio-native and current Tolland, Conn , resident underwent a double mastectomy in 2013 but wasn’t healing well following her radiation treatments. She visited a hyperbaric wound care center, only to be told by the physician that she “wasn’t a good candidate.”

Her surgeon encouraged her to get a second opinion.

“Except he wanted me to go to Springfield, which is just way too far away,” she said.

Fortunately, Laurie didn’t need to travel a long distance. She found The Wound Care Center at Harrington in Charlton, and, in the spring of 2014, she began hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy treatments.

“It was within 30 minutes of my work and my home. I was able to make appointments in the morning. It was very convenient!” she said.

She recalls, “From the moment I entered the center, I was greeted like a member of the family. The staff was welcoming, and the doctors were wonderful.”

Laurie noted that personal connection and compassionate care were critical.

“[The therapy] was a big-time commitment. I went through six weeks of treatments, five days a week. It’s nice to have such wonderful staff that you have to see on a regular basis. They were like family,” she said.

Despite the fear of not knowing how HBO worked, Laurie felt comfortable around the staff. The doctors and nurses walked her through the entire process, gave her a preview of the hyperbaric chambers, and made her feel at ease.

Laurie says she recalls everything from her first treatments to her last day.

“Everyone was happy for me. It was a relief,” she said. “If I ever had to come back, I would. And the best thing is that I healed.”

Laurie Riding

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