Rick Williams wants to make sure no one else goes through the kind of misery his wife, Beverlee, went through.
A diagnosis of breast cancer in February 2007 led doctors in North Carolina to perform a needle biopsy. It damaged her arm muscles and caused nerve damage to her neck.
The procedure was excruciating and has lingering effects.
Now, Rick Williams and a group of friends he met in September at an American Cancer Society summit near Lansing, Mich., are organizing an effort to require doctors to give people the option of being sleep-induced before being subjected to a needle biopsy.
“We’re just starting the process,” Rick Williams said. “We need to draw support first before we start talking about what to do next.”
He said about 450 people attended the summit, which was organized specifically to give people touched by breast cancer a chance to share with others and bring attention to important issues.
“They couldn’t believe my wife had to go through that,” Williams said.