It’s a Brand New Day… Lenora’s Story

Lenora Woods’ story is part of UNC REX Healthcare’s Brand New Day patient story series. Lenora reminds us that taking care of your health should always be a priority even if you are taking care of others.


Going along in my busy and all-consuming world, breast cancer never entered my mind. I had always looked after everyone else – children, grandchildren, parents and my husband who has had a massive stroke. At this point in my life, I didn’t have time to need medical attention. Or so I thought.

At the insistence of my current medical doctor, I went for my mammogram at the Rex Mobile Unit. The result was that I needed a biopsy which led to a lumpectomy and subsequently, radiation. Needless to say, all of this was not in my wildest dreams and definitely not in my schedule, but being a realist (or, I kind of like to think of myself as one) I faced this as a necessary part of my life course and I had no control, other than to accept it, try to keep a positive spirit, and to glean whatever I am required to from this experience and put it to use. Thankfully, my doctor referred me to Rex Mobile Mammography and I have been able to receive the treatment and care I need through their referral program. Early detection and UNC REX, both are a godsend.

–Lenora Woods