If you have ever met Sheena Chaplin, you know she’s a bright, outgoing and very busy woman. As an entrepreneur, she runs Colorz, a hair salon. She’s also a mother of 10-year old twin boys and recently engaged. She is constantly on the go. If it weren’t for catching up with a friend at Hannibal Regional, Sheena’s story may have been completely different.
Earlier this year, Sheena saw Dr. Laura Maple, an OB-GYN at Hannibal Regional Medical Group for her annual exam. It was during this visit that Dr. Maple suggested Sheena have a mammogram. Both Sheena’s aunt and grandmother had breast cancer, so she knew it ran in the family. As she waited to go back for her mammogram, Sheena was having second thoughts about spending additional time away from work, knowing that she would have clients soon waiting for her at the salon. As she was about to leave, her friend Paula Sawyer, a team member at Hannibal Regional, sat down and the two began catching up. It wasn’t long before Sheena was called back for her mammogram.
“If it wasn’t for Paula, I probably would have left and not made another appointment,” Sheena said. “Things would have probably turned out a lot worse.” Sheena was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer. Catching breast cancer early offers a lot more treatment options. After learning of her options, Sheena chose to have breast conservation therapy for her newly diagnosed breast cancer which includes limited surgery and radiation treatments. She chose to have her surgery with Dr. Aphrodite Henderson here in Hannibal, and Dr. Joseph Bean helped Sheena make arrangements to be able to have her radiation treatments at the James E. Cary Cancer Center. She was able to get her 30 radiation treatments just minutes away from home and continue to provide her salon services in the Hannibal community. Sheena is feeling wonderful now and credits Dr. Maple and her friend Paula for making sure she received her mammogram when she needed it.
Breast cancer screening guidelines vary, so it’s best to talk with your primary care physician or OB-GYN about when and how often you should have a mammogram to screen for breast cancer. For more information about mammograms visit: hannibalregional.org or to schedule your mammogram call 573-629-3500.