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Nearly 20 years cancer free; one woman’s incredible journey

Melanie Brock

By Liz Johnson/Staff Writer

These two words, breast cancer, have the ability to send nearly every woman into a tizzy. I doubt there’s a woman alive who hasn’t thought about it at one point or another. We all fear it; we all know someone who has had it and survived or had it and died.

I’ve even had my own scare as the first woman in my immediate family. Two small lumps were found during a routine mammogram in 1999, though I didn’t learn about them until a few days later when my OB-GYN’s office called to tell me I had an abnormal mammogram and was being scheduled for a biopsy.

It’s true. Not only did my doctor not call me herself, but a cold, unfeeling clerk in her office called me and was the person to announce to me that I had an abnormal mammogram.

I received that call at work, an hour from home late on a Friday afternoon.

When you get a call like that, your palms sweat, your head rushes, and you can’t think straight. The fear goes straight to the pit of your stomach.

The complete story is in the Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 Richmond News.

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