Gahanna Cancer Survivor Has 2 Reasons To Celebrate

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A Gahanna breast cancer survivor has twice the reason to celebrate.

Carla Bailey wrapped up chemotherapy and was able to celebrate the milestone with her husband who was deployed days after her surgery. Bailey's breast cancer journey began last spring.

"I found the lump in April as a self-exam then I had a double mastectomy on May 1,” said Bailey.

It was May 1, three days before her husband Army Col. Jonathan "Doug" Bailey would leave for a tour of duty in Kuwait and Jordan.

"It was a real tough call as to whether I'd go or stay, and she and I talked about it. We have a strong family, you see her twin sister, she's her double - I'm her half,” said Col. Jonathon Bailey.

Carla's twin Carolyn, who is also married with children, started her own tour of duty at her sister's side.
 
"I was with her through all her surgeries, through all her treatments through her doctor's appointments, living in their house with them sleeping in their bed so I was Doug basically,” said Carolyn Francis

Tuesday night, Col. Bailey completed a mission of his own a surprise homecoming.  A return home made even more special because he could be here for his wife's last day of chemotherapy and radiation therapy at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center.

"It's done-- the last one!"

Carla Bailey tells us she's grateful for her husband's service and safe return...and to have reached this milestone moment in her breast cancer treatment.

Ringing the Survivor's Bell is truly a reason for Thanksgiving.

The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center is one of several outpatient care centers of The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.