Michelle Ryder loves working as an ultrasonographer at Broward Health Medical Center, but her life changed drastically when her role changed from caregiver to cancer patient. In August 2016, doctors discovered Michelle had a pelvic mass, which turned out to be high-grade synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. For the next several months, Michelle, who has two daughters, McKayla, 12, and Madison, 11, went through several rounds of chemotherapy at Broward Health Imperial Point, as well as radiation at Broward Health Medical Center.
It’s been one year since Michelle’s last treatment and she’s now back at work. The 36-year-old Tamarac resident said her fight with cancer has given her a deeper level of empathy for her patients and she always goes the extra mile to help them locate test results, get in touch with physicians or whatever needs they may have. “I know how frustrating it can be when you’re dealing with an illness. I’m always patient and understanding with how they are feeling because I’ve truly seen healthcare through the eyes of a patient.”
Michelle is also grateful for the care she received at Broward Health. “I'm humbled and grateful to work with such selfless and amazing team members,” she said. “They treated me like family.”
Pictured below: Michelle Ryder with her daughters Madison, 11, and McKayla, 12, and their dogs Tootsie and Mushu