She’s a mammography technician, usually taking photos and comforting women once they’re diagnosed with breast cancer.
But, one day, Ruthie Craft found herself on the other side of the lens. “I’ve been doing mammograms for a long time,” says Ruthie.
She’s worked for years at Bath Community Hospital in Bath County. She positions the patients during breast exams, then takes photos from several positions, on both sides.
A positive report means negative results. That’s what you want. Some patients get it, Some don’t. “I’ve cried with patients. I’ve cried with patients husbands, ” she shares.
Ruthie became a shoulder for so many of her patients. Unfortunately, back in June 2015, the tables turned. Ruthie needed a shoulder.
“One day, I went in and had my mammogram. It was a routine screen mammogram and I soon became a patient,” Ruthie says.
She had a negative report with positive results. She had breast cancer. “The frightening part for me was chemo that was a completely different world,” adds Ruthie.
She had several rounds of chemotherapy. She was in and out of the emergency room. But, cancer was no match for Ruthie. She defeated it. Her family was her biggest support, both emotionally and financially.
“My mother made a beautiful quilt and auctioned it off. That made $1700.00. I used that also.”
Ruthie got support and now she gives it to other breast cancer patients and survivors.S he participates in the race for the cure.
Ruthie says, “I like the survivor walk. That’s very meaningful. It’s very emotional but meaningful.” Cancer, she says, taught her something about people and a little something about her herself. “I felt like before I found out I had cancer. I didn’t like myself or appreciate myself. After cancer, I learned to like myself better. I found out some of my finer points. I had no idea what my smile meant to people,” Ruthie says.
Ruthie Craft– her smile brings smiles and her heart brings healing.
WFXR is partnering with Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge in celebrating the 10th anniversary for The Race for The Cure. So, every Monday we will share a breast cancer survivor story on Good Day Virginia. You can also join WFXR and Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge at The Race for The Cure on May 4th at River’s Edge Sports Complex.