Tag Archives: Breast Cancer

Rock Out for Pink Out

Thank you to Chapin’s Spring Hill High School students who raised more than $4,000 on Friday for the Lexington Medical Center Foundation’s breast cancer programs by selling t-shirts and collecting donations in their “Rock Out for Pink Out” fundraiser.

We were pleased to have Dr. Samantha Morton of Carolina Women’s Physicians and Barbara Willm of the Foundation there today to express our gratitude. Way to go!

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The Lexington Medical Center Foundation provides many services for women with breast cancer including providing wigs, prosthetics and mastectomy bras as well as wellness workouts, medication and financial assistance. By providing a variety of programs, patients can focus on healing. Visit LMCFoundation.com

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.”