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Unfortunately it has become so common that many hospitals across the country have hired what are known as breast navigators. They hold a patients' hand from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Tri Star Summit Medical Center has a new stable of breast navigators eager to help patients like Chelena Herron. She has just five days left of radiation--- that marks the end of 8 months of treatment for breast cancer. She says, " God has blessed me to continue to be here."
Herron, a single mom, credits this woman, Brenda Farmer, with helping her stay afloat.
Herron remarks, "She's so awesome. I'm going to adopt her as a sister."
Farmer is one of the new breast health navigators at Tristar Summit Medical Center. The specialized nurses help patients with scheduling appointments, understanding the diagnosis, finding the perfect wig or hat. You name it --- they do it.
Nurse Brenda Farmer is one of those new Breast Health Navigators, "I've actually gone to doctors appointments with patients once they're diagnosed with cancer and during those appointments, I'm the official scribe and take notes for those patients so they can have good notes when they do go home."
For Herron, Farmer ran interference when she was unable to work during treatment. She didn't know how she would pay her bills.
Chelena Herron explains, "The people who helped me I wish I could just be face to face and give them a huge hug because in tight situations they helped me and they didn't have to and Breanda is the one who found them."
A bright spot in what can be a dark diagnosis and Farmer helps because she's been there.
Brenda Farmer says, "Well I'm a breast cancer survivor myself so it's a job that you come to that I get to do what I love every day. "
You can help in the fight against breast cancer by joining us at LP Field this Saturday for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Fox 17 is the sponsor and Fox 17 Anchor Stacy Case will be MC'ing the event. Registration starts at 8 and the walk begins at 9. Fox 17 also has a team and we'd love to have you join us. You can sign up by going to Fox17.com and click on Foxlinks. See you at the walk.
Wednesday, October 17 2012, 10:45 PM CDT
Solar panels that obscure school might be moved
May 24, 2013 13:13 GMT
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A wall of solar panels in front of a Surgoinsville school might be moved out back.
The panels are part of an ambitious project under which solar collection panels have been installed at 20 Hawkins County school facilities to cut utility costs and sell back power to TVA.
But the Kingsport Times-News (http://bit.ly/18burcf ) reported the wall of panels at Surgoinsville Middle School has some people worried about school security and others upset at what they see as an eyesore.
The panels are 7 feet high and stretch the length of a football field. They obscure viewing the school.
At a school board work session Thursday, board members talked about moving the array. It can't be voted on until the regular board meeting on June 4.
Information from: Kingsport Times-News, http://www.timesnews.net
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