Nicole lives in Midland, Texas about an hour and a half south of Lubbock.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer while still in her early 30s and
has now completed treatment and is in remission. Nicole’s story
is interesting in that she approached her PCP in Midland concerned about
soreness in one of her breasts. While her physician brushed off the concern
due to her age, Nicole remained concerned due to a heavy family history
of breast cancer. She made an appointment with a plastic surgeon here
in Lubbock in order to consider an elective double mastectomy to mitigate
her risk. During her first exam with the surgeon, he became concerned
about the soreness she was experiencing and told her, that she needed
to see an oncologist at Joe Arrington Cancer Center immediately. He picked
up the phone and got her in with one of our oncologists that afternoon.
Her suspicions were confirmed and she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Nicole had a double mastectomy and underwent chemo treatment. She has now
been in remission for a year. One important aspect of our story that may
not come through in the TV spot is that she now participates in one of
JACC’s research programs testing a preventative drug to help prevent
a reoccurrence of cancer. She comes in regularly for bloodwork through