Nancy Hampton was always faithful about having yearly mammograms. In June 2007, her routine digital mammogram suddenly changed into something far from routine. It revealed a mass in her left breast, and the possibility of one in her right. After several biopsies and x-rays, Nancy’s doctor diagnosed her with early stage breast cancer. Rather than go through radiation or chemotherapy, Nancy opted to have a double mastectomy. Almost a year later, Nancy is doing well, and showing no signs of cancer.
Nancy’s ordeal with cancer not only changed her physically, it transformed her total outlook on life. She wants to do things she’s never done before. She wants to be sure her friends and family know how much they mean to her. Nancy’s faith in God gave her strength during her dark days. She feels He must have something very special planned for her life, and she looks forward to finding out what it is. To the people that know Nancy, however, that purpose seems obvious. Her friendly smile, superb work ethic, and continual willingness to help those around her prove she makes a positive difference in people’s lives every day.
For her garden, Nancy chose a mixture of plants and flowers, which includes purple flowering plants, as purple is her favorite color; little roses, in memory of her mother; and a variety of mints, because she loves the smell. Sprinkled throughout will be statues of black and tan dachshunds, representing her beloved dogs.
Yearly mammograms are Nancy’s mantra to all women. She encourages women to be proactive and take charge of their health. For someone facing cancer, she stresses the importance of making decisions based on what is best for them. And, during those difficult times, sit down and make a list of things you’re grateful for. Nancy guarantees it’ll lift your spirits.