Wednesday, April 17, 2024

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THE PUBLIC ASKS: Will health problems prompt school board chairman to step aside?

QUESTION: Is it true that Alamance-Burlington school board chairman Sandy Ellington-Graves has been diagnosed with cancer? Will she need to step aside for treatment?

ANSWER: Ellington-Graves confirmed Wednesday afternoon for The Alamance News that she was diagnosed in late August with Stage IA breast cancer, which she said will require surgery.

ABSS school board chairman Sandy Ellington-Graves

“I’m having a unilateral mastectomy,” said Ellington-Graves. “Doing the mastectomy, the surgeon is highly doubtful that I will have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation.”

Ellington-Graves said she is being treated at Kernodle Clinic and Alamance Regional Medical Center.

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“It’s a speed bump not a detour,” she said. She also confirmed that she has no plans to step away from her role as school board chairman or her other professional commitments.

Ellington-Graves remains optimistic about her long-term prognosis, based on the information that her doctors have shared with her. “My doctor is confident that we’re catching it early and anticipates a full recovery with little chance for recurrence,” she told the newspaper.

Ellington-Graves asks for prayers and support for her and her family during her treatment and recovery. “I’m at peace; I’m confident in my surgeon, my treatment plan, and I’m optimistic that I’ll bounce back soon. I’m not going anywhere.”

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