After more than 16 years in medicine, you’d think Dr. Toni Storm-Dickerson wouldn’t have any “firsts” left.
But within the last year, the surgical oncologist at Compass Oncology, who specializes in breast cancer care, checked off another honor. Two of her patients named their children after her.
“Life is funny, where things like that happen close in a cluster,” Storm-Dickerson said.
First came Naomi Allen’s son, Gabriel Storm Allen, on Nov. 13. Then Jessica Joachims’ daughter, Sonora Storm Hayes, was born on Dec. 12. Both children bear Storm’s name in their middle name, a thank you to Storm-Dickerson, who performed both of their mastectomies. Gabriel was also named after Dr. Allen Gabriel, who performed the women’s breast reconstruction surgeries.
“It’s crazy cool. It’s so much fun. It’s so sweet,” Storm-Dickerson said. “You see those little beautiful babies, and that’s what it’s all about. It’s such an honor they would do that. I absolutely love it. It’s very humbling. You have such a responsibility to these people, and you really need to do your very best for them every time.”
Allen, 36, of Gresham, Ore., and Joachims, 34, of Vancouver had the rare experience of becoming pregnant during cancer treatment. They were featured on the cover of last year’s Columbian special section on breast cancer.