“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.”