Breast cancer is a tough diagnosis that 1 in 8 women will face.
But for Paula Teeter, “I’m cancer free," she said.
Today she can say that will a smile. But, two years ago things weren’t so certain.
“I went in for my regular mammogram and gynecological appointment in Dothan….the next day I get to work and I get a phone call. They want to see me back in the women’s health center within 30 minutes.”
Doctors said cysts were found in both of her breasts.
“Nothing for me to worry about just to come back in a year.”
That brought Paula to surgeons at Dale Medical hoping for a different opinion.
Dr. Dewer tested her for the BRCA gene or breast cancer gene mutation. It came back negative, that should have put Paula’s mind at ease.
“I still didn’t have a good piece of mind about it.”
Paula’s mother and several aunts passed away from breast cancer.
So her surgeon decided to be proactive, performing a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery. A further exam of her breast tissue brought to light her gut feeling.
“Breast cancer in your breast ducks that has not gotten outside of the breast ducks. If it had gotten outside of the breast ducks I would have had to have radiation and chemo.”
Now she has a message for other women. “If you have a gut feeling go with your gut feeling because it is usually is the Holy Spirit telling you to do something about it.”
A feeling that could have saved Paula’s life.