Patient Testimonials

Shally's Story

Melanoma Patient

"My dermatologist and oncologists saved my life, and for that, I am very grateful. My advice is to speak with your family and to not be afraid to talk about your cancer diagnosis. If you share, you will find support from places where you least expect it."


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Sheliah's Story

Basal Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma Patient

Don't postpone your checkups. Sheliah survived basal cell carcinoma and melanoma that were found during her routine examination with her dermatologist. With a newfound lease on life, Sheliah looks forward to embracing every moment. "I have another chance to live life to the fullest, to watch my grandchildren play sports, to take walks with my husband, to visit with friends again and to simply enjoy life in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia," she said.


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Keith's Story

Melanoma Patient

In October 2021, Keith Guernsey was diagnosed with melanoma after visiting his dermatologist for suspicious spots on the back of his neck and right clavicle. He was referred to Dr. Nicole Kounalakis of Melanoma & Sarcoma Specialists of Georgia.

Having previously been diagnosed with prostate cancer and multiple myeloma Keith said, “My first reaction was ‘not again!’". “Dr. ‘K’ made it so easy! She removed all the melanoma in a six-hour surgery… I have felt great ever since!

Keith is undergoing immunotherapy once a month to ensure the melanoma doesn’t return. He says he feels better “at 69 years young than at any time since I stopped playing hockey at 28.”

When asked about his experience at Northside, Keith said, “Everyone was so kind and attentive to my needs.”

As a three-time cancer survivor I feel it is important for me to give back I have joined the leadership team of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life,” he added. “I would encourage everyone to join us in helping to rid the world of this horrible disease.”

After returning home following his multiple myeloma treatment, Keith sent this video "Thank You" to his health care heroes at Northside for their unwavering care and patience throughout his recent cancer stay.

READ Keith's story HERE

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