Milledgeville Cancer Survivor Dedicates Memoir to the Women at Georgia Cancer Specialists

Monday, November 8th, 2010

GCS Doctors and Staff Honored in Book Bless You, Sister, I’ll be Prayin’ for You That Features Stories of 45 Women Diagnosed with Cancer

Bless You SisterGeorgia Cancer Specialists doctors, nurses, and support staff at the GCS-Milledgeville and GCS-Macon Coliseum offices were honored by the dedication of a new book, Bless You, Sister, I’ll be Prayin’ for You, that features 45 first-person accounts of women whose lives have been changed by a cancer diagnosis.

The book, compiled and edited by cancer survivor Sophia Shockley Peavy of Milledgeville, calls the women of GCS “tremendous” and thanks them for making “this journey easier for us.” 

“Your smiles were always there to cheer us on,” Peavy wrote. 

Dr. Cheryl Jones of GCS, who offers comprehensive cancer care at the GCS-Macon Coliseum location (308 Coliseum Drive, Suite 120; 478-745-6130), is touched by the candidness the authors offer in each chapter.

“All these women were remarkably brave, not just in fighting cancer but also in their willingness to share their experiences with others through this book,” she said.

All the book’s stories are by and about woman, including Peavy, who reveal their feelings about diagnosis, treatment, support, and survival. Of the 45 stories, 42 are written by survivors; one is by the daughter of a survivor, and two are tributes to deceased loved ones.

Together, the stories earn Peavy’s subtitle, “Stories by Bodacious Women Surviving Cancer with Courage.” The youngest contributor is 24, the eldest, 87. Some were diagnosed in recent months, others many years ago, including one woman who recalls her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in 1962. 

Their diagnoses included all types of cancer, from breast cancer, colon cancer, and leukemia, to liver cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Each woman has a unique story and tells it in her own words.  

For more information or to find a copy of the book, visit

Georgia Cancer Specialists is a Top 10 private cancer practice in the U.S. and a leader in advanced cancer treatment and research. The practice supports more than 200,000 patient visits each year. GCS offers community-based medical oncology and hematology services and is the first private oncology practice to also provide a full range of support services for patients in Georgia, including nutritional counseling, pain management, wellness counseling, and home health coordination. The GCS research department, whose focus is bringing targeted cancer therapy to communities, is the first in Georgia to offer Phase I clinical trials, the most novel cancer therapies available. GCS has 29 offices, 44 physicians, and more than 500 support staff members located in Metro Atlanta, North and Central Georgia, Southeast Tennessee, and Southwest North Carolina. Georgia Cancer Specialists can be found on the web at GCS is The Cancer Answer.

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