April 10, 2013, Towanda, PA - Memorial Hospital, Inc. recently welcomed Blue Cross of
Northeastern Pennsylvania's 2013 Gallery of Hope display to help spread the message of
breast cancer awareness among patients and visitors.
Troy resident, mother of two boys and Memorial Hospital computer systems analyst,
Carolyn Mosher is one of the breast cancer survivors whose story is included in this year's Gallery of Hope.
Noticing some changes in her body, Carolyn suspected something was wrong.
A mammogram quickly detected three masses. An ultrasound and biopsy confirmed she
had stage 3 breast cancer. A single mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation treatments followed.
Family, friends and coworkers all pitched in during her recovery; especially her
husband and best friend Ron. She credits him as being her biggest supporter.
When Carolyn needed quite time to relax and reflect, she spent time with her horses.
Although she was unable to ride while recovering, she was comforted by their presence.
It was during this time that Carolyn was inspired to organize a fundraiser
called "Barrels and Bikinis" to benefit breast cancer survivors in her hometown of Troy.
She partnered with a Mansfield High School student to plan the first-of-its-kind event
at the Troy Fairgrounds in the summer of 2012.
With the hurdles of breast cancer behind her, Carolyn is riding her horses again and
feeling much better. She tells other women to follow their instincts and, "Never skip
your annual mammogram. Be aggressive about taking care of yourself."
To learn more about this year's honorees, including Mosher, or to request
the Gallery of Hope traveling exhibit for your facility or event, visit www.bcnepa.com/hope.
Individuals can also become supporters of "Gallery of Hope - Blue Cross of NEPA" on Facebook
and begin receiving regular announcements about BCNEPA's breast cancer education efforts.
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