Living With Cancer Hasn’t Stopped Tammi from Living Her Life
Like many in North Carolina, Tammi Romine and her husband, Walter, enjoy the changing of seasons and motorcycle rides along the Blue Ridge Parkway. They live in a log cabin built with timber from Boone, North Carolina, and located on a 98-acre hay farm near Eden, where they raise chickens and rabbits, and hope someday to add sheep, goats and donkeys. On any given day, you’ll find Tammi and her longtime walking companion, a black rescue hound named Wormy, sitting along a brook that runs just behind their dream house.
A little over a year ago, Tammi felt a nagging pain in her right side. It could have been anything, she thought. She never considered it could be breast cancer. Unfortunately, the signs of cancer aren’t always clear.
Tammi began getting regular annual mammograms at 35 – all of which were normal. In December 2015, Tammy noticed a pain on her right side that made it hard and painful to breathe. Her appetite changed as well. She began feeling full on very little. It got so bad that she went to the hospital, where they checked her for cardiac as well as abdominal issues.
Imaging showed black spots or lesions on her liver. While no tumor was found, a liver biopsy showed the lesions to be a form of breast cancer that had gone into her liver and bone.
Although Tammi will get cancer treatment for the rest of her life, she isn’t letting her cancer stop her from living her life. She puts her organizational skills and administrative background to work by volunteering at the local hospice office. In addition, she recently initiated a program called Creative Journeys, where fellow cancer patients gather to express their feelings through art journaling sessions that are held at the newly renovated Cone Health Cancer Center at Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville.
Tammi loves her team at the Annie Penn Cancer Center. According to Tammi, it’s more than just a convenient, beautiful and caring place for treatment. The Cancer Center at Annie Penn is the kind of place where when she walks in “everyone knows your name.”