8 co-workers battle breast cancer together - FOX Carolina 21

8 co-workers battle breast cancer together

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EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Family Practice Associates of Easley is more than a doctor's office. The people who work there are like family. That has only strengthened over the years, as eight female employees have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The women refer to themselves as "The Pink Sisters." They have decorated the office with pink ribbons, signs, flamingoes, and anything else that reminds patients to get tested.

Practice manager Aimee Underwood can rattle off each of the names of the women affected in the office.

"Helen, Dr. Squires, Giovanna, Sammy, Christy, Dr. Dangler, Barbara and Cher," she said.

They have been diagnosed at different times, with one of the most recent cases being Dr. Julie Dangler.

"Had a mastectomy, reconstruction and that all happened in May and the summer was a summer to recover, but I've done well. Every day is a great day," Dangler said.

Dangler and some of the other women at the practice got mammograms earlier this year when the Saint Francis Mobile Mammography Coach rolled up to the office. It is part of the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health. The bus is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and goes to businesses, community events, and other locations to provide digital mammograms to thousands of Upstate women.

Dangler was not alone when she was diagnosed. One of her co-workers, Cher Pratt, also got word that she was in the early stages of breast cancer, after a mammogram on the bus.

"I am 007, number 7 on the list of women to have breast cancer. I hadn't had a mammogram in five years and if it hadn't been for the women in this office, it would have been another five years," Dangler said.

Pratt credits her friends and fellow employees with encouraging her to get the test.

"We're still here, we're still working... we're still sisters and you can't ask for more than that," Pratt said.

Another co-worker who is doing well now is Giovannia Stone. She remembers the moment when her doctor told her about the results of her mammogram.

"He said, 'well it is breast cancer and it looks to be over 6 centimeters,'" Stone said.

Now, the single mom is cancer-free. She believes faith and friendship has helped the women at Family Practice Associates in their fight against breast cancer.

"There have been several before me who have had it and we've been there in support of them and then I got it and that support was there for me. It's the greatest place to work," Stone said.

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