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Cancer With A Little “C”

“It was an out of body experience,” says Tralicia Powell-Lewis, speaking about the moment she received the call confirming her breast cancer diagnosis. “My doctor told me I had breast cancer, but cancer with a little ‘c,’ not a big ‘c.’” Cancer with a little ‘c’ meant the cancer was caught early, and patients with early stage breast cancer tend to have the best outcomes. For the last four years, Lewis scheduled yearly mammograms, and this was the first time she received abnormal results. Within two weeks of receiving the call, she met with Dr. Samilia Obeng-Gyasi, breast surgeon at ...

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Standing Firm

Center Grove breast cancer survivor to receive Susan G. Komen’s Lifetime Achievement Award Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing Photographer / Brian Brosmer Thirty years ago, when Marilyn Freeman was just 32 years old, she discovered a lump in her breast. “Don’t worry about it,” the doctor told her. “You’re young with no risk factors and no family history of breast cancer. You’re fine.” But months passed and the lump didn’t go away so she got a second opinion. “Young women have dense breasts,” he said. “You’re fine.” Despite repeated confirmations that she was fine, Freeman, a Center Grove resident, had a ...

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Pink Sisters and Friends

Advocacy Program Provides Hope and Support to Breast Cancer Patients Writer  /  Chloe Emory Pink Sisters and Friends Advocacy is a non-profit mentoring program for breast cancer patients. It is a team of 26 women who have survived breast cancer and are now helping those who are fighting it. The women have truly become sisters and friends throughout the process. The advocacy program was formed to give hope, love, support and nurturing to all breast cancer patients in need. Laura Bergmann is the chairwoman behind Pink Sisters and Friends, and like the rest of the Pink Sister’s team, she is ...

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A Tale of Two Sisters

Sisters share breast cancer survivor and prevention stories. Writer / Sarah R. Brodsky One in every eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer. Advances in science have helped improve treatment of breast cancer and survival rates are increasing, but more women are now making decisions to help avoid a diagnosis in the first place. Mollie Case is one of them. Case, an event planner who lives in Ponte Vedra, is what’s known as a “previvor.” The term previvor was first coined by Sue Friedman, a breast cancer survivor who founded a support group known as FORCE, to label those currently unaffected ...

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Geist Mom of the Year: Nickole Patton

Local mom talks beating breast cancer Writer / Lynda Hedberg Thies Photographer / Brian Brosmer The 2017 Geist Mom of the Year, Nickole Patton, nominated by her husband Eric. Eric was worried at first that Nickole might be upset with him for nominating her because she does not like to be in the limelight. “She is the woman that is always putting others needs first and cheering on others to be in the limelight,” he says. “And with the way she handles everything she has to deal with I just felt she deserved it.” Nickole’s story is one of endless ...

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When Cancer Strikes Twice

One Woman’s Journey with Breast Cancer Becomes a Passion for Helping Others Writer / IU Health West Hospital Photographer / Esther Boston Avon resident Ginger Shirrell remembers the exact moment her doctor called with the results of her very first mammogram. Shirrell was 42, in good health and had no family history of breast cancer. She wasn’t worried. She’d faced cancer as a teen. She wasn’t going to get it twice. But when the call came, she heard the words she hadn’t even considered fearing — she had breast cancer. A routine mammogram revealed a small tumor in her breast. ...

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Susan G. Komen Central Indiana Ambassador Carin Henderson

Writer / Cathy Wendorff Photographer / Marc Sirkin Carin Henderson, 2016 Ambassador for the Komen of Central Indiana Organization, has a winning smile after defeating breast cancer with her army of family and friends. During her five surgeries and five-year battle, she armed herself with a strong faith, sense of humor and determination that inspires others. Carin lives in Greenwood with her two sons, works two jobs, spent eight years as a member of the Army National Guard and is proud to be an “Ultimate Mom.” Her favorite pastime is cheering for Conner, a senior, and Alex, a junior, at ...

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Geist Survivor Michelle Miller

Writer and Photographer / Keeley Miller Michelle Miller wasn’t supposed to get cancer. She was a busy mother, wife and employee who frequently gave back to the Geist community. She ate organically and BPA free and also raised her two children the same way, teaching them to not eat foods with ingredients that they could not pronounce. Cancer didn’t run in her family. But still, Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2014. Now, Miller is an Ambassador for Susan G. Komen Central Indiana, an organization she has been involved with long before her diagnosis. These ambassadors, ...

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Fighting Back

Fighting cancer back, the Indy SurviveOars dragon boat team held a fundraiser May 2 at Title Boxing Club. With a goal to raise money to buy a new boat, survivors, friends and family came out to support the team while having fun. “My favorite moment from the fundraiser was my mom coming out and boxing with me, which was fabulous,” said president Yopi Havlik. “There were some people there without a direct connection to us, that to me was just really special for them to come out and support us. All of the trainers were there as well. It was ...

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Pink for a Passion

Writer / Kara Reibel Photographers / Brian Brosmer & Toni Folzenlogel Broad Ripple resident, Natalie Sutton, serves at the executive director of Susan G. Komen Central Indiana®. Sutton enthusiastically joined the team this past January. “What impressed me the most with Komen Central Indiana is the significant local impact we have for being affiliated with a national brand,” Sutton says. “We are very much a grass roots effort with 75 percent of our fundraising dollars staying local, with the remaining 25 percent sent to Komen Global research.” Sutton and the other staff members consider themselves co-survivors. “The women we serve ...

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