Carol Embery’s Story
After a severe car accident left her bruised and battered in the summer of 2016, Carol Embrey, just 55 years old, was getting sicker and sicker. Respiratory distress due to inhaling the airbag contents landed Carol in the hospital again just one month after the accident. At that time, she received a CAT scan to determine the cause of her coughing and wheezing. While being imaged, the CAT scan showed an area of concern on her breast, but the physician told her to keep an eye on it, thinking it was a hematoma from the accident. For the next two years Carol kept getting sicker. On one visit to the hospital for bloodwork, she saw a flyer advertising the Komen Coastal Georgia grant at Southeast Georgia Health System. Worried about her deteriorating health, Carol went upstairs to the Breast Center and let them know what she was going through and about the worrisome lump that had developed in her breast. Having no insurance, she was scared. It was there that she met Karen, the Breast Cancer Patient Navigator who told her, “Don’t worry. We can help you.” In June of 2018, Carol’s worst fears were realized when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The physicians told her they felt that the cancer had been caused by trauma to the breast from the car accident two years earlier. She had a lumpectomy and radiation and will begin chemotherapy in January 2019. Carol has one son, Maxx, and is the owner of Dragonfly Sales and Service, a car title company based in Brunswick, Georgia. Thanks to the grant from Komen Coastal Georgia at Southeast Georgia Health System, Carol’s breast cancer was caught early, stage xxx. She is grateful for the assistance provided by Komen, and hopes to be able to help others by sharing her journey. For more information on Komen Coastal Georgia Community Grants, please visit www.komencoastalgeorgia.org or call 912-232-2535.