Breast cancer survivor discovered disease from mammogram

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Joyce Lewis has gotten a mammogram every year since receiving a kidney transplant in 2005.

Joyce Lewis found out she had cancer after visiting a mobile mammography unit. She underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy.   SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Joyce Lewis found out she had cancer after visiting a mobile mammography unit. She underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy.

In 2010, she visited a mobile mammo­graphy unit, and it detected something on her right breast.

A visit to the imaging center picked up on a small mass, and a biopsy confirmed cancer.

“First I was upset about it. I thought about how I was going to tell my kids about it, my boyfriend, my mom,” she said. “After I talked to other people who had been through breast cancer, I felt a little better about it.”

She underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy and 5 1/2 weeks of radiation. After treatment, she got an implant and had her left breast reduced.

At the time, Lewis was taking an online course in health care reimbursement. She took her notes and books to her treatments, and that helped keep her mind off the battle she was fighting.

“I’m a person that always has faith in God. That kept my spirits up, too. My family backed me up; my church prayed for me. I had a lot of support,” she said.

– Lisa Kaylor, staff writer



OCT. 26

Mammograms: Georgia Regents Medical Center, 1120 15th St., first floor, Breast Health Center; women can schedule a routine mammogram between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday by calling (706) 721-XRAY (9729)

Crossfit Augusta presents Big or Small Save them All: 10 a.m.; 4408 Evans to Locks Road; teams of two or individual completing “Helen” then “Grace”; food, drinks; (706) 250-1189;

Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner: 7 p.m.; Mann Memorial United Methodist Annex Building, 2705 Milledgeville Road; Dr. Matthew Pugliese, speaker; dinner, fellowship and support; $25 donation; call in advance; (706) 691-9767.

AGE: 51


FAMILY: Children Arsenio Lewis, Omar Lewis and Savannah Lewis


DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT: November 2010 – mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation

HER ADVICE: “Just believe in God and keep the faith. Just know that everything is going to be all right. Try to stay busy. Don’t try to be alone. Keep your mind off of stuff. Stay busy.”

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