By Jeannie Blaylock
First Coast News
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- It's that nice time of day. It's when you finally quit messing with dirty dishes and decide you'll just snuggle up in bed and watch TV.
Nancy and Pete Liane were having one of those times about four months ago. The quiet night turned into one of the most monumental events of their lives. They were watching First Coast News and our Buddy Check story popped up, as it does every month. Nancy remembers it clearly.
"Pete said do you check every 12th? I said, 'No,' I'm not really good about it." Well, Pete wasn't about to let her off the hook. He said, "We're not leaving this room until you check."
So Nancy did a self exam right on the spot. Her fingers hit a lump, she says, which felt like a hard ridge, as if you rolled up a kitchen towel. Pete says, "Clearly, there was something there different." August 15th Nancy was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Pete says, "If we hadn't watched the news that night I'm not sure what would have happened. That's scary."
Nancy caught her cancer early enough no lymph nodes were involved. Now, she's dealing with the "no-hair thing" from chemotherapy. But her bright smile still just shines through. It truly does. (In fact, click on the video button and watch her story. Seeing her is so encouraging.)
Nancy says her faith is helping her cope with the ups and downs of chemo. "God is with everyone no matter who you are and He has incredibly huge arms." In fact, she says having breast cancer has turned out, ironically, to be a blessing. She has boxes of cards and notes people have sent to cheer her through the chemo.
It's just a good thing she caught her cancer early doing Buddy Check 12. The message here is that husbands should ask their wives, "Are you checking?" Beyond that why not volunteer to check? All jokes aside, it could save your sweetheart's life.
Nancy and Pete have been married 26 years. Pete chokes up a bit when he talks about needing Nancy so much. He can't imagine life without her. "It would be pretty bad," he says. "I'm not sure I'd be able to deal with it."
So hats off to Nancy and Pete for tackling self exams and not just ignoring our stories every month. In Nancy's words, "Life is just too sweet and too precious not to check."
Buddy Check 12: Nancy Liane
First Coast News