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crying. The nurse on the phone couldn’t be more supporting in discussing the next steps. Then my coworkers began pouring into my office holding me while we all cried together. I just couldn’t believe that this could be happening to me at 45. If I had simply waited till the recommended age it wouldn’t have been caught early. They lifted me up and told me “we got this”.  I couldn’t ask to work with a better group of people. I am extremely lucky to work with such caring people.”

Nicole was diagnosed and began treatment. She says, “The mass was caught very early which allowed me to have options. I have chosen to have a lumpectomy and follow up with radiation. Having my cancer located early on from a routine mammogram have provided me with the ability to choose to have the lump removed versus one or both of my breasts. Currently, I am waiting for a surgery date.” There is such power in being able to diagnose and begin treatment and that is what the Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program offers women in Kentucky.

We asked Nicole what has life been like since being diagnosed? “I have chosen to look at the positive side. I am extremely lucky to be diagnosed early, being blessed with caring and knowledgeable coworkers who always have my back. Now I am afforded the opportunity to encourage other women in our area to get a mammogram. I can share my own story and experience to help others. I feel that if my story can convince one woman to have a mammogram and save their life then it was worth it.”

So, we encourage you to take the time to schedule your mammogram. There is no excuse. Tell friends, family and loved one’s that if they don’t have adequate health insurance to cover this screening to reach out to Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program (1-844- 249-0708) to find out how you qualify for this program. We pray that you never find anything. But its better to know and know early than to wait till it’s to late. And if you do find something, we pray your results are like that of Nicole’s.

To Learn more about Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program you can go online to The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, then go to the Division of Women’s Health, the click on Women’s Cancer Screening Program

Their website is https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/dwh/Pages/cancer-screening.aspx   

These are the life-altering words Nicole Smith heard. Nicole is a behavioral health consultant at Wolfe Family Medical Clinic in Campton, Ky. When she heard these words, she said, “I was absolutely floored. I must have appeared rather shocked because the next comment [the doctor] made was, ‘Is there anyone with you today?’”

At  age  45  Nicole  Smith  was  diagnosed  with  Intermediate Grade Invasive Lobular Carcinoma, Stage I A Tumor. And if it was not for the early screening through an event made possible through collaboration through Kings Daughters mobile mammography  unit  and  the  Kentucky  Women’s  Cancer  Screening Program,  which  is  part  of  the  Department  for  Public  Health,  Nicole would not have the healthy testimony she has today.

If you did not know the Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program is amazing. This program provides breast and cervical screening and follow-up services to uninsured, low-income, age appropriate women. The screening and follow-up services are provided by local health care professionals through contracts with local health departments and community healthcare providers.  The program is funded through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

For Nicole, and many others like her, this program is truly a life saver.



Juniper Health, Inc hosted the event in Beattyville with the mobile mammogram provided by Kings Daughters Hospital. She said that “the mobile mammogram staff were professional and made me feel at ease. The process was easy, and I was able to return to work following my appointment.” Eight days after her mammogram she said “I was notified my mammogram indicated a nodule in my left breast. Our Care Coordinator Tammara obtained my mammogram results. This is where my Primary Care Provider, Care Coordinator, Nurse Manager and Referral Clerk’s became so valuable to my decision making for my healthcare. My Care Coordinator scheduled for a diagnostic mammogram. I was advised to schedule my appointment at a location that had the ability to complete an ultrasound and biopsy if necessary. I chose to schedule at a hospital where I had previous mammograms. I had my first mammogram at age 35 because my half-sister had breast cancer as well.”

After a few weeks her scans were completed. Nicole remembers clearly the day she got the phone call confirming her results. “I was sitting at my desk at work when I received the phone call notifying me, I had cancer. I immediately began crying. The nurse on the phone couldn’t be more supporting in discussing the next