Tag Archives: Breast Cancer

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, Andrea Schmitt.

Andrea Schmitt, Becky’s Place, Lexington Medical Center’s Cancer Boutique

After finding a lump during a self-breast exam, Andrea was diagnosed with triple negative ductal adenocarcinoma, stage II.

andrea“More breast cancers are found by women and men through self-exams. Combined with annual mammograms, if you do have a problem, you are more likely to find it early enough that current treatment protocols can be completely effective.”

As a 16-year breast cancer survivor, Andrea knows the importance of having a positive attitude from diagnosis through survivorship.

andrea-schmitt037b“A cancer diagnosis, especially breast cancer, is not a death sentence. With proper care and an upbeat attitude, it’s possible to beat cancer and enjoy everything that makes up a wonderful life. I try to enjoy every day, especially the little things.”

Her participation in Lexington Medical Center’s Pink Glove Dance was one of those things.

“It was an opportunity to interact and build friendships with other employees whom I might have never met, while spreading the message of breast cancer awareness.”

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, Lisa Phillips.

Lisa Phillips, Lexington Oncology Infusion Center
Lisa has been a breast cancer survivor since October 2009 when she was diagnosed with high grade, poorly differentiated, atypical invasive ductal carcinoma, stage IIA.

lisa“I completed chemotherapy and underwent a bilateral mastectomy in 2010. My treatment was a complete success, and there was absolutely no cancer at the time of surgery.”

Lisa discovered her cancer through a self-breast exam, but she also had a family history of breast cancer.

lisa-phillips050a“Within five years, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in both breasts, and mammograms detected her cancer both times. My great-grandmother and great aunt also had breast cancer. Self-breast exams and mammograms can save your life.”

In the five years since Lexington Medical Center’s first Pink Glove Dance, Lisa has used her experience battling cancer to better care for patients, encouraging them to believe in themselves.

“Look for joy in every day, and I believe it will change your perspective on your journey.”

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, read their stories and find out where they are today. In today’s post, Harriet Horton.

Harriet Horton
Lexington Medical Center Vice President

Doctors detected Harriet’s breast cancer through an annual mammogram.

harriet“If I had not been having annual mammograms, my cancer would never have been detected. The self-breast exam is important; however, I never felt anything, and neither did my physicians during my annual physical exams.”

Diagnosed with stage 2 lobular breast cancer in late January 2010 through Lexington Medical Center’s Five Day Detection to Diagnosis program, she participated in the hospital’s Pink Glove Dance only 12 months later.

harriet-horton029a“It felt like all my co-workers were behind me in what I and the other ladies had gone through. It truly made me realize there is life after being diagnosed with breast cancer.”

Harriet’s message for people facing cancer is one of hope.

“As I encounter newly diagnosed cancer patients (whether breast or otherwise), I feel the need to encourage them. I share my experience and tell them there is life after cancer and even during cancer.”

To watch Lexington Medical Center’s 2011 Pink Glove Dance video, click on this link for the hospital’s You Tube channel.