October 06, 2021
North Charleston, SC – On Saturday, October 9, 2021 from noon 1:00 pm four Lowcountry women willmeet for the first time to share a story they have in common. All are breast cancer survivors who will be models in theinaugural Breast Cancer Survivor Fashion Show hosted by Trident Health and Dr. Autumn Shobe with Breast SurgerySpecialists. The virtual event can be watched live at www.facebook.com/tridentmedicalcenter.
The models include Deborah Somerville, who teaches at Summerville High School. “There are a number of other teachers atschool who are also breast cancer survivors. We’ve created our own support group. I’d say it’s been very helpful in ourrecovery.”
The theme of “support” is a common thread among the other models. They include:
- Sundi Herring, Associate Director of Development, American Cancer Society
- Stacy Silvia, RN, FNP, Labor and Delivery Nurse, Summerville Medical Center
- Harriett Ferrell, who recently retired after spending 41 years as a nurse
Herring, whose job covers South Carolina and Western North Carolina, said her personal story of breast cancer has given hera new perspective on thee work she does on behalf of the American Cancer Society. “I would never wish cancer uponanyone. But, I am grateful that it has brought me focus and clarity. There is joy and love all around us if we choose to seeit. My faith, family and my community have been essential in my recovery and healing.”
For Summerville Medical Center Labor and Delivery nurse Stacy Sylvia, RN, FNP the COVID pandemic was well underwayduring her journey from diagnosis to surgery to survivorship. “It meant so much to have the support of my family andcolleagues at the hospital. And, it seemed like I would get phone calls, cards or words of encouragement when I neededthem the most. I was very thankful and happy to join my work family.”
Harriett Ferrell, spent 41 years as a nurse caring for patients. Now retired, and a breast cancer survivor, she says thefamiliar sounds of living in the country remind her everyday of what she has to be thankful for. “I’m surrounded by myfamily. Hearing the sounds of nature and the cows in the field bring me peace and remind me what I’ve come through. I’mvery thankful.”
To show their support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Berry Beauty Salon provided hair and makeupfor the models and Ash and T’s Formal provided gowns. Participants also received flowers and a gift bag inrecognition of their journey and survivorship.
Dr. Autumn Shobe, who is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon and practices with Breast Surgery Specialists,reminded women of the importance of breast self exams and mammograms. Trident Health provides threelocations where women can schedule their mammogram, including 3D mammography and same day results. Thelocations are at:
- Trident Breast Center
- Summerville Breast Center
- Moncks Corner Medical Center
For more information about Trident Health’s breast care services go to https://tridenthealthsystem.com/specialties/breast-health/.
About Trident Health
For 46 years Trident Health has provided acute care services to families in South Carolina’s Lowcountry including Berkeley,Charleston and Dorchester Counties. Trident Health includes two acute care hospitals – 321-bed Trident Medical Centerand 124-bed Summerville Medical Center; three freestanding ERs – Brighton Park Emergency, Centre Pointe Emergency andMoncks Corner Medical Center – and two urgent care centers – CareNow Urgent Care Goose Creek and CareNow UrgentCare North Charleston.
Trident Health is one of the region’s largest employers with more than 2,500 staff and a medical staff of more than 600physicians. In 2020 Trident Medical Center was recognized by Healthgrades as among American’s 50 Best Hospitals forVascular Surgery. Additionally, The Joint Commission has recognized Trident Medical Center as a national Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center and Summerville Medical Center as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. Trident Medical Center isalso a Trauma Center. In 2020, Trident Health provided $45.6 million in charity care and paid more than $35.4 million inlocal, state and federal taxes.
To learn more about how Trident Health is expanding services to meet the growing healthcare needs of South CarolinaLowcountry families go to www.tridenthealthsystem.com.
Deborah Somerville, educator
Harriett Ferrell, retired nurse
Stacy Silvia, RN, FNP, Summerville Medical Center
Sundi Herring, American Cancer Society
Autumn Shobe, DO, Breast Surgery Specialists l Trident Health