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Breast cancer survivors share support, encouragement

Lauren Blair
Breast cancer survivor Nettie Mullen of Craig won a bouquet of flowers Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital's survivor luncheon.
Lauren Blair

— More than a dozen breast cancer survivors and caregivers convened Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital’s annual breast cancer survivor luncheon.

An air of compassion and support enveloped the room like a warm blanket as survivors listened to presentations from TMH providers, asked questions about their continued care and enjoyed hot soup and salad.

TMH physical therapist Danika Friedley shared information about lymphedema treatments she is now certified to provide upon completing an intensive training in March.

Lymphedema is a side effect of some cancer surgeries, during which lymph nodes are sometimes removed to prevent further spread of the disease.

“As providers at TMH, we celebrate that you’ve made it through cancer treatment and that you’re cancer-free, but we want to be there to support you through whatever side effects you have,” Friedley later said.

Nurse Navigator Jackie Smith, a breast cancer survivor herself, shared her experience about a retreat that provided emotional and spiritual support for survivors.

Attendees also walked away with door prizes and for many, the luncheon was an opportunity to connect with others who’ve been through battles similar to their own.

“My family’s great but every once in a while, you just need to talk to someone who’s been through it,” said breast cancer survivor Nettie Mullen, who was the lucky recipient of a bouquet of flowers.

The day was especially momentous for one survivor in attendance.

Corky Coverston is still recovering from a recent surgery due to a lymphedema-related infection, she is optimistic and grateful for the support of her doctors at TMH.

“This is my one-year anniversary,” she said, discussing her double mastectomy with the group. “This is one of the best hospitals I’ve ever been in, and I’ve been in quite a few.”

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com.


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