In 1998 Betty Hinnant, now 82-years-old, was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time.
“Did not have chemo that time, I had radiation,” Hinnant started. “The tumor was very tiny, it was right on the surface. It was found with mammogram.”
Hinnant said the tumor had two kinds of cancer in it. She had a lumpectomy along with radiation. For 16 years she was in remission.
In May 2015, Hinnant had a yearly mammogram, something she said all women should always do. The results came back clear, but that changed by the end of the summer.
“By August I found a tumor that I felt was the size of an acorn,” Hinnant said. “So between May and August it had grown that large. So I was diagnosed with cancer for the second time in the same breast.”
This time Hinnant could not have radiation. She said they only perform radiation on breast cancer once. This time she had a masectomy.
Hinnant said she got through both diagnoses because of the support of her family and friends.
Debbie Gloor and her husband moved to Amarillo in May 2015. Within a few months of the move Gloor was diagnosed with Stage 0 breast cancer.
“I went for my yearly mammogram and this is probably a terrible thing to say, but it was my first mammogram,” Hinnant said. “I shouldn’t have waited so long.”
The doctors performed surgery and Gloor went through six weeks of radiation. She has been clear for two years.
Both women participate in the Komen West Texas Race for the Cure. Hinnant has been walking for many years and Gloor participated as a teacher in New York. She waked in her first west Texas race in 2016.
The Race for the Cure raises money for cancer research and support for patients and survivors. 75% of proceeds stay local while 25% go to the national organization.
The women shared their stories to encourage other women to get annual mammograms and constantly perform self examinations.
You can sign up for the 2017 Komen West Texas Race for the Cure here until midnight Friday.