Jill Jarrell-Newsome

Jill Jarrell-Newsome

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Jill Jarrell-Newsome will tell you she doesn't like speaking in public. But you'd never guess that when she starts talking about the lifethreatening discovery that was made a year ago.

"I always schedule my annual mammogram," said the Wilmington native to a group of people. "This one was scheduled for August 24, 2012. A few days later I got a call that I had to come back."

That phone call began what Jarrell-Newsome now refers to as a "bump in the road with many blessings." One of those blessings, she says, was the treatment she received at the nationally recognized New Hanover Regional Medical Center Zimmer Cancer Center and Cape Fear Cancer Specialists (CFCS), a NHRMC Physician Group practice.

"'Very concerned,'– those were [Dr. Foiles'] words," said Jarrell-Newsome, referring to local obstetrician-gynecologist Andrea Foiles, MD, who performed Jarrell-Newsome's breast exam and called with the mammogram results.

Jarrell-Newsome, who says she puts her faith before all else, hoped and prayed for the best, even reassuring her mother that "it was nothing serious." Biopsies of the suspicious breast tissue taken by local cancer surgeon Gregory Bebb, MD, proved different, however. Jarrell-Newsome's condition was, in fact, very serious.