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Cancer survivor on Relay for Life importance

Posted on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 11:25 am

Peggy Mothershead shows off table full of items for sale which will go toward fundraising efforts.

Peggy Mothershead shows off table full of items for sale which will go toward fundraising efforts.

Peggy Mothershead, a Westmoreland resident and member of the county’s Ruritan club, has taken part in Relay for Life for 19 years. For the first 10 years she participated as a supporter, that changed nine years ago.

Mothershead was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2007.

“My oncologist says it usually returns in four or five years but in a different form. I told him it’s just going to have to catch me. So I’m still running,” Mothershead said.

She said she goes back every six months for checkups with her oncologist, a lot of the time getting a CT scan to make sure there aren’t any areas where she might have cancerous cells.

“I was blessed with [the doctors] finding it,” Mothershead said.

Mothershead was a teacher for 18 years. Upon her retirement she went into real estate.

“I had a pain in my back and one morning I got up and I was going to the office and it was snowing out,” Mothershead said. “So I reached down to pick up something and I couldn’t straighten up.”

Her husband, Robert Mothershead who died from sepsis in 2012, called an orthopedic doctor but they were unable to see her until the next week, so instead she went to the emergency room the next morning with a heating pad on her back.

“I was there all day and the doctor on duty said, ‘you may have Appendicitis or you could have a kidney stone, so I’m going to order up a CT scan,’” Mothershead said.

She said she was there all day waiting for the results to come back.

“[The doctor] came in and said ‘Mrs. Mothershead I’m send …

Read the full story in the June 8 edition of the Westmoreland News.