Breast cancer awareness, one woman's reality

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 02:56 PM.

A few days later, more tests gave Rowan's cancer a name. She had invasive lobular carcinoma. The invasive meant the cancer could spread, she was told.

Rowan's specific type accounts for less than 25 percent of all cancers, but hers was the aggressive kind.

Opting for a lumpectomy, surgery took place on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

"As they were wheeling me down the corridor to surgery, a voice came over the loudspeaker and led in the morning's prayer. I remember asking the nurse if the prayer was for me," she says now with a chuckle. "That was the last thing I remembered."

Her daughter Whitney was with her through the procedure and beyond. Whitney had just lost her job in Nashville two weeks prior to her mother's diagnosis and had moved to Seagrove to live with her while looking for a job.

"I don't know what I would have done without her. She was a great caregiver," said Rowan. "Everything happens for a reason."

After surgery Rowan was advised to take radiation and chemo as her oncotype DX score was a 28.

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