Lori, breast cancer survivorWhat cancer took from Lori Provin, LPN, her coworkers in Patient Scheduling compensated for through their love, support and generosity.

Doctors diagnosed Lori with fast-growing, advanced-stage breast cancer in August 2017, after she noticed a change in the shape of her left breast. She was only 44.

For the next year, Lori’s life consisted of surgery: she had a double mastectomy and hysterectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. She received much of her care through the hospital’s partnership with the University of Kansas Cancer Center. “The staff was wonderful, and it was so convenient,” Lori said.

While the treatments saved Lori’s life, she lost her hair and her energy.

During each step of her journey, Lori’s coworkers supported her. They wore Team Lo-Pro shirts on the days she had enough energy to work following chemotherapy. They made meals for Lori’s husband and two children, now ages 11 and 15. They brightened Lori’s days with their encouraging cards and letters.

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Team Lo-Pro T-shirts“My salvation was coming to work and seeing them. They made the difficult times easier,” Lori said, tearfully. “I don’t think they realize how important each and every one of them was to me. They treated me like a regular person.”

Lori encourages women to watch for changes with their breasts, perform regular breast self-exams and get yearly mammograms.

Today, Lori feels great and is living life to the fullest. Her hair has grown back and she continues to take a chemotherapy medication to help keep her cancer in remission. Checkups every three months help ease her fears about her cancer reoccurring. “I am so glad that I noticed something was wrong, so I can see my kids grow up,” Lori said.