Shall We Dance? Pink Glove Dancer Update

Five years ago, a group of women danced in Lexington Medical Center’s Pink Glove Dance because they had a tomorrow. They had survived breast cancer. In this blog series, find out where they are today. Today, Nancy Bowie.

Nancy Bowie, Lexington Medical Center Graphics & Printing Manager

Of the women featured in Lexington Medical Center’s Pink Glove Dance, Nancy has been cancer-free the longest – 21 years! She detected her cancer with a self-breast exam at age 33, and doctors diagnosed her with invasive ductal carcinoma, grade III.

nancy“I cannot think of one reason not to do self-breast exams or have an annual mammogram. What you don’t know CAN hurt you. Being proactive with your health care is the key to a happy and healthy life,” she said.

Now a grandmother of two boys and a girl, Nancy will never forget participating in the hospital’s Pink Glove Dance.

nancy-bowie055a“I made memories that I will always cherish. Coming together as a group for this cause was incredible. Everyone involved seemed so happy, and it was a lot of fun, too.”

Nancy continues to see her oncologist once a year, does self-breast exams and has an annual mammogram. She encourages women to be informed about their health.

“Understand all of your options, talk to the doctor and do your research. When you are in control of the information and understand what is happening, you will feel stronger and make wise decisions.”

Shall We Dance? Pink Glove Dancer Update

Five years ago, a group of women danced in Lexington Medical Center’s Pink Glove Dance because they had a tomorrow. They had survived breast cancer. In this blog series, find out where they are today. Today, Amy Stansell.

Amy Stansell, Lexington Medical Center Operating Room Nurse
Diagnosed at 35 years old with poorly differentiated, estrogen and progesterone receptor positive, invasive ductal carcinoma, stage IA, Amy knew participating in the Pink Glove Dance was a chance to show people that breast cancer is not just an issue for older women.

amys“I had three children in elementary school when I was diagnosed, so this was very important to me. I embraced my journey and used it for good,” said Amy.

In the five years since the Pink Glove Dance, many things have changed for her.

amy-stansell028b“I have been cancer free for nine years! I completed my bachelor’s degree in nursing and went back to work full time in the Operating Room at Lexington Medical Center.”

Amy emphasizes the importance of self-breast exams. She found her cancer during a self exam as did her oldest sister. She has a strong family history but no genetic markers.

“Self-breast exams are very important. They allow you to know your body and alerts you to any change. Yearly mammograms are a must, too. Early detection does save lives.”

Physician Lecture Series – Neal W. Burkhalter, MD and Tara McCarty, MCD

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present Neal W. Burkhalter, MD, and Tara McCarty, MCD from Lexington ENT & Allergy for their lecture “DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR: Hearing Loss and the Importance of Hearing Health”.