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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Storm Nagle has been taking care of patients at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center for almost 40 years.

“I always have been that type of person where I cared about other people, and sometimes maybe neglected me,”

Like many other people, she always heard the phrases like — “get a mammogram” and “do self-breast exams” — but it didn’t sink in.

“Being a nurse, I always thought I knew when something was wrong, and I didn’t need it. I was too busy taking care of everybody else, and I just didn’t have time,”

That was until October 2020 when her sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer and needed to get surgery.

“She said to me that she wasn’t going to have her surgery because I, at 58 years old, never had a mammogram.”

Health experts say women should start getting annual mammograms beginning at the age of 40.

So, if Storm got a mammogram, her sister-in-law would get the surgery she needed.

The deal was on.

“Up until the day I went for my mammogram, part of me was thinking, ‘I’m just going to cancel it and tell everybody I had it.’ But there was something in the back of my mind telling me I needed to have it. I’m glad I did,” Storm said.

That’s because she couldn’t believe what it found.

“I received a call that I indeed had breast cancer.”

After surgery, radiation, and medicine, Storm is happy to report that her last mammogram was normal.

She now thanks her sister-in-law for that added push into early detection.

“I consider her a lifesaver. Her and I have become much closer because of it.”

Now, she says breast cancer is just a chapter in her life and not the whole story.

“I would encourage anybody to remember that even as busy as you are with helping other people — I as a nurse, I as a family member who helped take care of many of my family members — you’re just as important. So you need to take care of yourself,”

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