Women's Health

Tonya's Story: Saved by a Mammography

Tonya West Wright was saved by mammography. Wright, 40, of Fairfield Township, felt something “a little different” in her left breast this past spring. “I had a cyst removed at age 20, and I thought it was just scar tissue, but since I was almost 40 it was time for a mammogram, so I made an appointment.”

Wright, director of teaching and learning for Princeton City Schools, and her husband, Ronald Wright, 45, who works at Winton Woods City Schools, have a 3-year-old son, Ronald Wright III (known as Tre). Wright’s mammogram results were inconclusive but suspicious. A follow-up ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI ) and two biopsies, however, confirmed she had early-stage cancer that had spread over a large area.

She Caught It Early, Looks Ahead to the Future

She had a single mastectomy in July, and pathology reports showed that some of the cancer had progressed from stage 0 to stage 1. “The tumor measured only 2 millimeters and it hadn’t spread to my lymph nodes, but that scared me,” she says. “They told me that because they caught it early, it would be OK, and I would be at my son’s graduation and wedding.”

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Last Updated: January 08, 2016