Nancy Swigert – Fundraiser Spotlight
What is your favorite Komen memory?
For years I participated in the Susan G. Komen walk in Lexington KY with colleagues from Baptist Health. Those memories are special because so many of those colleagues worked in the Breast Center at Baptist and every day worked to serve women with breast cancer in the most caring way.
Why is Komen important to you?
As a “new” breast cancer patent, the work of the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support patients and to advocate for the health of men and women has taken on a new, more personal, meaning.
What is your biggest fundraising tip?
Don’t be afraid to tell YOUR story — why is this fundraising important to YOU. Make it personal. Whether you’re a survivor, supporter or walk in memory of someone who lost their battle, the reasons you do it are what help convince others to donate and participate.
How are you MORE THAN PINK?
I have taken on the role of advocating for women, like me, with dense breast tissue. I think the health care community, in general, is not doing a good job at educating women in this category to their risks and appropriate diagnostic procedures. I shared my story on Facebook to urge women friends to be diligent in getting screened and in asking questions about the density of their breasts.
I created a CaringBridge site and shared it with 50+ close friends and colleagues, detailing the steps of my diagnosis and treatment so that if any of them are ever faced with this journey, they may be better informed.
I have written letters to each radiologist who ever read one of my 3D mammograms and each physician who never discussed with me what having designs breast tissue meant. I have encouraged each of them to have forthright and detailed discussions with their patients and to explain all their options for a thorough diagnosis, and not letting “what insurance might or might not pay for” limit those recommendations.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I am writing this sitting in an airport during a 5-hour flight delay, so instead of an altruistic superpower, I would like to be able to teleport and avoid all travel delays!
How long have you been a survivor?
I was diagnosed in October 2018, but since my tumor had likely taken 9-10 years to reach the size that could be seen (dense breasts!), then I guess I’ve been surviving for about 10 years.