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Always Keep Moving: Connie’s Story

“My mindset has always been cut-and-dried. You do what you need to do.”

OrthoCarolina Huntersville physical therapist Connie Drum and her dog Murphy spend a lot of time paddle boarding on the lake. She works with the human body every day in her professional role, so she knows how important exercise is to keep the body strong.

Her breast cancer diagnosis in 2012 at the age of 47 caught Connie by surprise.  A routine mammogram led to an ultrasound, and then a biopsy. Her cancer was still in the early stages, and she opted for a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery over radiation. A vascular wound from her first reconstruction surgery led to more complications, and she had to take a year off from surgery.

Currently in her final stages of reconstruction, she has no signs of cancer but understands how important it is to nurture the human body. Just as she does with her physical therapy patients, Connie and her medical team chose a course of treatment that hasn’t always been easy -- but has put her back on track. Read Connie’s full story at the Lake Norman Citizen.

World Cancer Day is February 4. It unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer and aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action. 

World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds and in the world’s media.

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