Susan Hitch Breast Cancer Survivor
Susan Hitch, like most “super moms,” had gotten busy with everyday life—taking care of her family, keeping up with her teenage twins and managing household activities. So when her yearly mammogram came around, scheduling the exam took a backseat.
“I’m very conscientious about getting my mammogram done on time every year. It’s like clockwork for me,” Susan said. “So, when I realized I was three months late, I called right away.”
When Susan got the exam, she never anticipated the results. The doctor found a mass in her breast, and Susan was diagnosed with stage-two breast cancer.
“I’m just so thankful I called when I did, as it could have gone undetected much longer,” she said.
After consulting with her surgeon and the team of physicians at the Breast Cancer Clinic at Baptist Beaches, she weighed her options and elected to have a bilateral mastectomy with breast reconstruction. Susan’s familiarity with Baptist Beaches, its close location to her home and the consistently great care she had received in years past led her to choose Baptist Beaches for her operations.
“It was important to me to have my surgery there,” she said. “Facing breast cancer is difficult, so you want to make sure you have the best team around you to help fight the battle, and I knew I did.”
Susan’s bilateral mastectomy was followed by two months of chemotherapy
and two reconstructive surgeries. Today, she is back to life’s
daily routines—but now she appreciates all life’s moments, even
the everyday ones.
“This past year was tough with the surgeries and chemotherapy, however I am so fortunate to have found my cancer when I did and to have had all the wonderful resources around me for my treatment and recovery,” Susan said. “I’m grateful to have had a great team of physicians and staff who walked with me every step of the way.”
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