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{ h e r e she i s } An LKN Woman who personifies what makes Lake Norman Women so great

What one thing was most helpful during your breast cancer treatment? Diagnosed on November 19,

2014, my oncologist referred me to Carolina Vein Associates for varicose veins and pain in both legs. Dr. Hansen, Heather, and Kathy were all so welcoming to me as a new patient. Dr. Hansen explained each procedure in depth, including the risks and benefits. During my procedure, I was surprised I was completely at ease, and actually excited! Now, I have no varicose veins and am completely free of leg pain.

How do you ‘Think Pink’? My life did not end when I was diagnosed with breast cancer—it began! It’s a big dream of mine to paint our RV pink so I can be a big, pink, rolling commercial for breast cancer awareness as we travel! Ricky and I will have our sea legs soon—we are booked for a Bermuda cruise and an Azamara-West Indies Hideaway Voyage. How do you keep going? I am a retired registered nurse and former avid runner. I completed the Disney halfmarathon with my daughters, Candy and Chelsey; and I’ve run the 15K Biltmore House run and several 10K bridge runs in Charleston and Savannah. For the last five years, Ricky and I have been avid hikers. I also enjoy kayaking and canoeing.


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What motivates you? My blog just gained 15 new readers! When I was diagnosed, I needed to vent and to keep my mind off all the treatments. I started a blog, I immediately felt the need to help others with the same experience. I’ve always had a lot of inner strength and decisiveness, and now I’m determined to put a smile on as many faces as possible. Dr. Steven Folstad and Dr.Todd Hansen are vein specialists at Carolina Vein Associates, 206 Joe Knox Ave., Ste. H, Mooresville, specializing in in-office treatment and care of varicose veins, spider veins, and venous insufficiency diseases. For more information, visit , or contact the office at 704.684.4511.

H o m e to w n : R e d B ay, A l a b a m a LKN To w n : m o u n t h o l ly H o u s e h o l d : h u sb a n d R i c k y ; golden retriever Boo-Boo


i am an LKN oman because… I am smart, industrious, compassionate, and very motivated to be of service to others, especially to the breast cancer community!


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By: Elizabeth Buehler | photography by: lisa crates photography

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