'Blessing in disguise' Cancer diagnosis, surgery bring women together


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The 41-year-old Seymour woman had put off starting her suggested yearly mammograms for only one year.

She’s glad she didn’t wait any longer.

Many doctors recommend yearly mammograms for women ages 40 to 70 to increase the possibility for early detection of breast cancer before the disease intensifies or spreads.

“I didn’t think anything of it,” Heather Smith said.

Going into her first mammogram, she said she really didn’t think there was anything to be worried about, but she sensed something was wrong when her doctor’s office called the next day to tell her there was a discrepancy and the test needed to be done again.

“The next few days were nerve-racking,” Smith said. “Then they called and asked me to come in. I knew then.”

On May 29, Smith heard the words from her doctor. They cried together as he explained the diagnosis of breast cancer.

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