CHESAPEAKE, Va (WAVY) — A breast cancer survivor in Chesapeake is celebrating her life by bringing life saving screenings to others.
Chesapeake Regional Healthcare’s mobile Mammogram unit parked outside of Lawrence Pharmacy in Deep Creek Thursday at the request of Patty Lawrence, who has been undergoing breast cancer treatments for the past year.
“I am now finally treatment free, cancer free,” she said.
Lawrence is celebrating with a mammogram party. She dialed up Chesapeake Regional Healthcare, and they motored the mobile mammogram unit right on over.
Morgan Sommer with Chesapeake Healthcare told WAVY.com, “We had a high demand today. This is our best outing yet.”
That is exactly what Patty wanted to hear after months of listening to excuses from family and friends who had put it off. It only takes about 15 minutes to go through the short paperwork and actual breast exam.
Many appreciated the convenience and those who felt fearful were more relaxed.
“This is a perfect setting, because this is a family setting and it’s family oriented, so they treat me good,” Kathy Ashley told 10 On Your Side.
15 women signed up for an exam. A few extra walk-ins got exams too.
Statistics show one in eight women will be diagnosed in her lifetime, but Patty says fear of the unknown should not keep you from the test.
“There are a lot of people out there that don’t want to hear bad news, but if you get bad news, you can deal with it,” Lawrence said. “You can get help, you can do the treatments, you can save your life.”