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Unfortunately it has become so common that many hospitals across the country have hired what are known as breast navigators. They hold a patients' hand from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Tri Star Summit Medical Center has a new stable of breast navigators eager to help patients like Chelena Herron. She has just five days left of radiation--- that marks the end of 8 months of treatment for breast cancer. She says, " God has blessed me to continue to be here."
Herron, a single mom, credits this woman, Brenda Farmer, with helping her stay afloat.
Herron remarks, "She's so awesome. I'm going to adopt her as a sister."
Farmer is one of the new breast health navigators at Tristar Summit Medical Center. The specialized nurses help patients with scheduling appointments, understanding the diagnosis, finding the perfect wig or hat. You name it --- they do it.
Nurse Brenda Farmer is one of those new Breast Health Navigators, "I've actually gone to doctors appointments with patients once they're diagnosed with cancer and during those appointments, I'm the official scribe and take notes for those patients so they can have good notes when they do go home."
For Herron, Farmer ran interference when she was unable to work during treatment. She didn't know how she would pay her bills.
Chelena Herron explains, "The people who helped me I wish I could just be face to face and give them a huge hug because in tight situations they helped me and they didn't have to and Breanda is the one who found them."
A bright spot in what can be a dark diagnosis and Farmer helps because she's been there.
Brenda Farmer says, "Well I'm a breast cancer survivor myself so it's a job that you come to that I get to do what I love every day. "
You can help in the fight against breast cancer by joining us at LP Field this Saturday for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Fox 17 is the sponsor and Fox 17 Anchor Stacy Case will be MC'ing the event. Registration starts at 8 and the walk begins at 9. Fox 17 also has a team and we'd love to have you join us. You can sign up by going to Fox17.com and click on Foxlinks. See you at the walk.
Making Strides with FOX17
Making a difference is easy to do...one step at a time. Join Kelly Sutton and the whole FOX17 team at the 20th Anniversary of the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. We have started the FOX17 Team page and invite you to walk with us so that more women in Middle Tennessee can celebrate more birthdays!
Every step and every penny makes a difference in fighting this disease, so if you can't walk with us, you can still help by donating. Making Strides events are a celebration of survival - an occasion to express hope and our shared goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love.
Your reason for supporting the American Cancer Society Making Strides walk is as unique and special as the story that motivates you. More than likely, you've been affected by breast cancer in some way, and our Making Strides walk empowers you to make a difference and fight back. This is your opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors, remember those we have lost to this disease, and raise funds and awareness to help end it forever.
Thank you from all of us at FOX17!