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Breast cancer survivor Harrelson says support from family, co-workers, medical staff made all the difference

on Tuesday, 12 October 2021. Posted in Local News

Breast cancer survivor Harrelson says support from  family, co-workers, medical staff made  all the difference

Lynn Harrelson vividly remembers when and how she first discovered she had breast cancer. It was two years ago this month that Harrelson, a resident of Hartsville and an employee at Sonoco for more than three decades, was incredibly busy with the stressful process of planning a wedding. She chose to visit the McLeod Health Mobile Mammography Unit when it visited the company’s headquarters in Hartsville. Between work and wedding planning I took advantage of the mobile unit,” said Harrelson. “The mobile unit is very beneficial to Sonoco employees because we don’t have to take time off of work.” Harrelson was told that something unusual showed up on her mammography and they wanted to further investigate with a biopsy. “When I went in for the results they confirmed that it was stage one breast cancer,” Harrelson said. “They recommended a lumpectomy.” Harrelson readily admits to the fear that arose when she was first diagnosed. “The word cancer is very scary,” Harrelson said. “I didn’t think I was going to hear that word, but I did.” She said the medical staff at McLeod understood her emotions. “They put me at ease,” she said. ‘They told me what would happen and what my options were. I felt very confident in their abilities.” She said the workers went above and beyond to make the experience the least traumatic as they possibly could. “The receptionist knew us by name,” Harrelson remembered. “The technicians asked what kind of music I wanted to listen to while I was in the radiation treatment. They were the highlight of the whole journey.” Harrelson said her co-workers filled her office with 30 pink balloons. “After treatment each day I would come back and pop a balloon,” she said. “Inside of each balloon was a handwritten note from someone in the department with words of encouragement. It was a great countdown. When people came by the office they could easily see how many treatments I had left.” She says it was the abundance of support that helped her win the battle. “I had my family at home supporting me, I had my Sonoco family supporting, and I had my McLeod family supporting me,” sh

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