JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Olivia Carter was shocked when she got a phone call the night before her breast cancer surgery.
But the Arlington woman said that call represents the second of three times Buddy Check saved her life.
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Carter was faithful to Buddy Check for years. She put the shower card from the Buddy Check kit in her shower and it reminded her to do a self exam.
When she found a small lump, about the size of a raisin, her primary care doctor told her it wasn't cancer. But another doctor at Baptist Medical Center ran tests and found it was indeed breast cancer.
Surgery was scheduled. But the night before, Carter said, she answered the phone to find out her surgery was postponed.
Why? The explanation was a big surprise, Carter says.
She said tests to clear her for breast cancer surgery found she had several severely blocked arteries and she needed a quadruple bypass.
Three years later she had breast cancer again in the same spot, but in the opposite breast. Once again, she credits Buddy Check 12 for saving her life.
Her husband, David, calls his wife his "lifelong companion." He taught in the Duval County Public Schools system for decades, and now, in retirement, he is by his wife's side enjoying life.
Carter has encouraged the women in her family to do Buddy Check 12.
Remember, if you find a hard lump or anything different that concerns you, call a doctor. You should also investigate any changes on the outside of your breast, especially if there's any area which looks and feels like an orange-peel.
Are you checking? We'll mail you a free Buddy Check 12 kit. Just call our Buddy Check partner, Baptist, at 904-202-CARE.
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