Cancer Survivor Raises Flag Over Kadlec
A local breast cancer survivor kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness month today at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland by raising the hospital's traditional pink ribbon flag over the facility.
More than 10 years after winning her battle against breast cancer, Elaine Hetherington raises the flag this morning.
"It's quite a privelege to be able to let people know that you are a part of this and possibly have them come to you," said Hetherington.
Hetherington serves as one of the nursing supervisors at Kadlec and she says her own struggle has made her that much better at her job.
"It put me on the other side of the specturm and so it actually increases my sensitivity to it and my caring for patients with it," said Hetherington.
Doctors, nurses and volunteers gather to watch the flag go up this morning.
They make a toast to all cancer survivors and bow their heads for those who lost their battles.
Breast cancer survivor Sue Cornell, who volunteers at the hospital, also joined the group.
"Don't skip the mammogram, it's very important. I don't like doing it, I've never liked it, I always dreaded it but thank goodness I did it because that's the only reason I was able to catch it early and get it taken care of relatively quickly," said Cornell.
Both Hetherington and Cornell were diagnosed in routine mamogram check ups and caught their breast cancer early.
"If you do not catch it early, then the treatment is different, the prognosis is different and there is a curable rate for early detectio," said Hetherington.
This is the 7th year the breast cancer awareness flag will fly on top Kadlec Regional Medical Center for the entire month of October.