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Tackling Breast Cancer and Rocking the Runway

Elizabeth Gainey lives in Lexington County with her husband. In the summer of 2017, she was 32 years old and just had a normal physical with her doctor. But a few weeks later, she noticed some unusual changes. At first, doctors thought it was an infection. But testing revealed breast cancer – and a positive result for the “BRCA1” gene – known to increase the risk of breast cancer. Elizabeth shared her story with WLTX this month.

Elizabeth’s did not experience a lump in her breast. Instead, she had redness, swelling and irritation. A biopsy revealed Stage 3 cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation at Lexington Medical Center. Today, she’s finished her cancer treatment and is doing well. Her story emphasizes the importance of knowing your body, recognizing changes and speaking with your doctor promptly when you notice something different.

Elizabeth was one of 10 breast cancer survivors who were models at Women’s Night Out on October 16 – Lexington Medical Center’s annual event that honors breast cancer survivors and their families. Here are some photos of Elizabeth rocking the runway. She makes us proud.

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Battling Breast Cancer with Courage and Faith

Ariella Hughes is a wife and mom who lives in Columbia. She’s also a two-time breast cancer survivor. She’s received treatment at Lexington Medical Center. In this WLTX story, she shares how she used courage and faith to overcome the dreadful disease.

Ariella will be the featured speaker at Women’s Night Out, Lexington Medical Center’s annual dinner honoring breast cancer survivors and their families, this October. For more information on the dinner and to purchase tickets, visit LMCFoundation.com