Tuesday, October 13
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Wendy Doolan’s Story
Wendy Doolan won the 2004 Evian Masters.
WENDY DOOLAN IS AN LPGA Tour veteran and three-time winner. Her most recent victory was the 2004 Evian Masters. On June 22 Wendy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following are excerpts from her first-person account at LPGA.com.
“It was a self exam—I just noticed a lump on my breast. I had the LPGA doctor look at it and he suggested I go see a breast surgeon and that’s when I was sent for a mammogram, an ultrasound and, following the next day, a biopsy.
“What saved my life was early detection—self exam. There’s nothing other than that; that’s what it was. I had no history in my family—no cancer history.”
Surgery and Treatment
“I had surgery on the 27th of July. She went in, took the lump out, checked the margins and closed me up. Due to the size of my lump, I was a candidate for five-day radiation, which is radiation twice a day for five days.
“After I got over the initial shock, I’d not had any doubts whatsoever that as soon as the radiation was done, I’d be back at golf. God’s given me strength through the whole time.”
“My only piece of advice is, doesn’t matter what you think is going to happen, do your self checks. The question is, ‘What does it feel like?’ You know when it feels different.
“Do your yearly check-ups, mammograms. Do it. Don’t put it off.”
Wendy returned to tournament golf at the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge on September 4 in Danville, California. Her golf wasn’t sharp, she said, but she was grateful to be there.
−The Armchair Golfer