COVER STORY: Crestview couple's experience, loss with cancer drive them to help others

gary nancy snyder relay for life

Gary and Nancy Snyder of Crestview, who have each experienced cancer, support the American Cancer Society and other survivors by fundraising and participating in Crestview's Relay For Life.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 06:57 PM.

Editor's Note: This report is part of the News Bulletin's ongoing series on cancer-research fundraisers. The newspaper is proud to support Relay For Life Crestview, which will take place 6 p.m. April 25 at Shoal River Middle School.

CRESTVIEW — When Nancy Snyder was diagnosed with cancer at age 19, she was ready for it.

"My mother had so many surgeries for cancer that I guess I took it as a part of life," she said. "With a simple procedure, the cancer was removed and, quite frankly, I never gave it much of a thought after that."

The second time was a bit different.

Nancy was receiving a routine mammogram in 1999 when a lump was discovered on her left breast. A follow-up biopsy revealed stage one cancer. Cancer has four stages; higher numbers indicate how much the disease has spread, according to the American Cancer Society website.

'Bald is beautiful'

A lumpectomy followed Nancy's biopsy results. The surgery involves removing cancer and abnormal tissue from the breast, and differs from a mastectomy, which removes the whole breast, according to the Mayo Clinic.                                                     

"Sixteen lymph nodes were removed and all margins were clear; however, the surgeon and I decided to be aggressive," Nancy said. "I had six chemotherapy treatments and seven-and-half weeks of radiation. 

"Bald is definitely beautiful. My son-in-law told my daughter that I looked like Uncle Fester from 'The Addams Family.'"

Full story in the April 9-11 edition!

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