Breast cancer turned nurse into patient


North Vernon resident Donna Thomas stands in the the new kitchen that was added on to her house while she was battling breast cancer, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. Thomas has been in remission for five years. Andrew Laker|For The Tribune

Dona Thomas has become familiar with many types of cancer during her 41 years as a nurse. Breast cancer included.

So when a hug goodbye from a close family friend in 2007 instantly produced an odd pain in her right breast, Thomas quickly became concerned.

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