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Former oncology nurse took breast cancer diagnosis in stride

12 WOMEN WINNING THE FIGHT • BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH SERIES

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 3:55 PM
Last updated Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 5:57 PM
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When a routine mammogram detected a spot on Louise Hatcher’s right breast in 2006, the retired oncology nurse took the news in stride.

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Louise Hatcher, a retired oncology nurse, chose not to let her cancer diagnosis get her down and has remained very active.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Louise Hatcher, a retired oncology nurse, chose not to let her cancer diagnosis get her down and has remained very active.

“It didn’t knock me for a loop or anything,” she said.

Because of her job, and her experience dealing with cancer patients, Hatcher knew the importance of her diagnosis. She just chose not to let it get her down.

“Things don’t tend to upset me that much. Why not (me)? Who am I?” she said. “I could have it just like anybody else.”

Hatcher has been having mammograms every year since her early 40s. Doctors performed a lumpectomy. Then she had radiation and five years’ worth of pills.

She finished the pills in the fall of 2012, and in the spring the cancer returned. This time, she had a mastectomy.

Hatcher says she is cancer free now and hopes she will stay that way.

She said she is doing as well as can be expected for a 70-year-old woman who also has other health problems to deal with.

“I don’t dwell on it because I don’t know what’s going to take me out of this world,” she said. “Who knows what could happen.

“Each day to me is a blessing. I don’t worry about what could happen. When my little death angel comes, he’s going to have to find me. I’m not going to be sitting here waiting.”

UPCOMING EVENTS

SATURDAY

Saturday mammograms: Breast Health Center at Georgia Regents Medical Center; women may schedule a routine mammogram beginning Oct. 5 or any other Saturday in October between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. by calling (706) 721-9729; www.grhealth.org/breasthealth

MONDAY

Breast Health Center Open House and Farewell Reception for Pam Anderson: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; University Breast Health Center Professional Office Building II, 818 St. Sebastian Way, Suite 205; an open house celebration with refreshments and door prizes; (706) 774-4141.

THURSDAY

Breast Cancer Updates: 6-7:30 p.m.; Physician Panel Discussion, North Augusta Community Center; 495 Brookside Ave., North Augusta Banquet Room A1/A2; a comprehensive breast cancer review by a group of specialists; free event; light refreshments; (706) 774-4141.


ABOUT LOUISE HATCHER

AGE: 70

HOMETOWN: Augusta

FAMILY: Husband, John; three children: Pamela Hatcher, John Hatcher Jr. and Latasha Moss; three stepchildren: Elaine Scott, Derrick Thomas and Allen Thomas; 10 grandchildren

OCCUPATION: Retired oncology nurse

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT: 2006 – lumpectomy, radiation and Arimidex for five years; 2013 – mastectomy

HER ADVICE: “Have a positive attitude about things. Treat each day as a blessing. Do good things. Don’t concentrate on anything bad. That just puts you down in a hole.”


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