A nurse at Parkview Whitley Hospital is a cancer survivor.
She also works with cancer patients at the Columbia City Health Center.
Wednesday, Parkview's Comprehensive Cancer Center honored her for her work.
WFFT’s Andrew Logsdon spoke with her and brings us her inspiring story.
Carrie Barcus says she knew something was wrong- even when the mammogram still was not showing any cancerous cells on that test.
She eventually got her answer and went to Indianapolis to help other women following in her footsteps.
As Barcus thanked everyone for her Cancer Care Award Wednesday, she says her experience with breast cancer has changed the way she helps others.
Two years ago, she went through a rapid weight loss.
And numerous tests, including a mammogram, came back negative.
She took an ultrasound, which revealed some dense breast tissue to be cancer.
She says as much as forty percent of women have the tissue and weren't being treated for potential breast cancer.
"We need to do something to help all these women that their tumors are being missed on a mammogram,” Barcus says.
So she turned to State Senator David Long, who helped her offer a bill that became law on July 1st- requiring additional screening if dense breast tissue is found in an ultrasound.
Barcus says it has given her deeper empathy in her work with cancer patients.
"I think it's brought me a lot closer to my patients. I can definitely share stories with them, understand them a lot better. It's really brought us a lot closer,” Barcus says.
At the award ceremony at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Barcus said she hopes her story is an inspirational one for those patients she helps every day.
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