Pink Glove Dance star counts her blessings

AroundBHP_Rebrand02Cindy Adams didn’t feel like dancing in last year’s Pink Glove Dance video for Baptist Health Paducah. Adams, R.N., nurse manager for the Baptist Heart Group, had just received a devastating breast cancer diagnosis at the time.

This year it’s a different story. Adams, 55, has put on her dancing shoes to be the star of the video after successfully recovering from a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery.

Baptist Health has participated in the national contest since 2011 to remind women to get annual mammograms for early detection of breast cancer. This year’s video features about 15,000 people, including Adams and other breast cancer survivors; hospital employees; and student groups and fans at the first ever McCracken County High School home football game and at the 100th anniversary of the Paducah Tilghman-Mayfield rivalry.

GHP-9631Why dance? To celebrate survivors and encourage women to be diligent with their annual screenings so more women will survive. “It’s about more birthdays, more anniversaries and more grandchildren,” said Charles Winkler, M.D., oncologist.

As a survivor, Adams couldn’t agree more. “I’m learning every day to count my blessings,” Adams said. “Special days are no longer just holidays, birthdays, anniversaries. Every day is a special day. I choose to live in the moment. If you ask, ‘How are you today?’ my standard reply is ‘Blessed!’”

GHP-9911Adams has been taking care of patients for 35 years, but that didn’t make her diagnosis any easier.

“My love is cardiology and helping others, but breast cancer was new to me,” she said. “My journey physically led me into a deeper spiritual experience. My motto throughout this journey became, ‘If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.’ I can truly say at this date that my prayers were answered.”

View the Baptist Health Paducah video Oct. 25 through Nov. 8 at PinkGloveDance.com. Vote once daily from each of your e-mail accounts.

Baptist Health has placed in the top 8 the last two years and is striving to place in the top 3 this year to win prize money for the Kentucky Cancer Program’s mammography services.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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