- [S113] Manes Funeral Home, (http://www.manesfuneralhome.com), 29 May 2011.
Ruth Perrin O'Dell obituary
- [S24] The Newport Plain Talk, (http://www.newportplaintalk.com), 25 Oct 2013.
Still Fighting: Susie O'Dell shares year's journey with breast cancer
Author: Duay O'Neil
NEWPORT - She's a familiar face to many citizens, many of whom she's cared for in her role as a registered nurse.
Susie O'Dell has cared for hundreds of patients herself, including her mother, the late Ruth Perrin O'Dell, but last year, she joined the ranks of those needing care as she battled breast cancer.
Susie's journey has been tough, but she's quick to tell listeners, "I'm a survivor!" She's now through her chemo treatments and her hair is returning. She's also excited to share her story, saying, "If it helps one person, it was worth the journey."
As part of the Newport Plain Talk’s support of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Susie submitted the following account of her battle and victory.
My name is Susie O’Dell. I am 60 years old. This is my CANCER journey.
I have been a nurse since 1992. I have been blessed to work in many fields of nursing. From UT Cancer Center to home health to correction to UT Hospital to occupational nursing to OSHA trainer: yes, I have gotten to do everything in the nursing field I have ever wanted. Then, on November 18, 2009, I received a telephone call informing me that my mom had collapsed and was being taken to the emergency room. She had suffered a stroke which left her with long-term disabilities. I chose to leave my employment to care for her 24-7 for the remaining eighteen months of her life.
My decision left me [no] insurance. I couldn’t afford COBRA, so I just took my chances. Heck, I was a healthy woman…never been sick. I cancelled all my insurance except for one life insurance policy I had car