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Woman dances on her way to get breast cancer surgery


A woman in Georgia decided not to let a terrifying situation get her down and chose instead to get down.

This video was captured by a doctor at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge as 52-year-old Doreta Norris danced her way down the hall to the operating room where she would undergo surgery.

WSB-TV reports Norris was diagnosed with cancer in her right breast after doctors found a "worrisome spot" during a mammogram in November 2013. They recommended removing her right breast.

​According to the hospital, Norris decided to undergo a double mastectomy in case the cancer spread, but she wanted to make something scary a little more fun.

On the return trip from her mother-in-law's, Norris tells Piedmont Healthcare she saw a video like this one showing a woman dancing with hospital staff before a double mastectomy. Norris decided to do the same. WXIA reports:

"She said, 'Do you really want to dance?' and I said, 'Yeah.' She goes, 'Are you serious?' and I said 'Yeah.' She goes, 'Imma make it happen.' And she had this stubbornness about her 'Imma make it happen.'"

​Norris told Piedmont Healthcare: "I stepped out of my room and found hospital staff and doctors lining both sides of the hall. I heard the music playing and began to dance. It was an emotional dance. Staff came up to hug me, dance with me and give me words of encouragement. I truly felt like I could conquer the world."

Piedmont Healthcare reports​ Norris is now cancer-free and she tells hospital staff she'll be dancing again soon.

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gaelach June 26 2014 at 8:07 AM

What a great way to take a horrible situation and make it YOURS! A positive attitude helps with recovery, and patients use less pain meds, recover quickly and generally do better than those that are fearful and carry that into anesthesia laden sleep. Good for her. You go girl! God Bless you.

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tren555 gaelach June 26 2014 at 10:55 AM

BS ! After surgery, ALL cancer patients go in Heavens .
A false positive is the only hope !
Medicine and cancer are not a good mixed. She is in a wrong place already !

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majorg1000 gaelach June 26 2014 at 4:06 PM

tren555: Get an education instead of relying some anti-science BS someone told you.
...and for goodness sakes, learn how to spell: you look ignorant.

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jloschh June 26 2014 at 10:36 AM

how do we honor such eloquent bravery. to all our loving women so brave, so beautiful, i weep for you.

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theomegaman72 jloschh June 26 2014 at 1:11 PM

" I weep for you " ?

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cwlanders June 26 2014 at 7:35 AM

I think the Hospital and staff really did a good job of making somthing that is so hard for anyone to have to face.a big pat on the back for all !

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mona.brown1 June 26 2014 at 9:11 AM

This is wonderful, all the way around. The patient for having a great attitude about what was going to happen. The staff for making her 'wish' come true and being there for her to hug, she really needed that. Thanks AOL for a heart-warming story :-)

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twoblueyes70 June 26 2014 at 9:47 AM

That was awesome.

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mizzb8864 June 26 2014 at 9:01 AM

Now that's the way to make an entrance! Personally, I think I would be doing "The Twist" or "The Stroll" all the way down the hallway. I have a feeling this won't be the last time we see a story like this and more power to those that may help others in the same situation.

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Patrick June 26 2014 at 10:38 AM

Tears to my eyes

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wstarhopper June 26 2014 at 10:03 AM

All the best to you! I hope you will soon be dancing with Ellen!

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botcheditagain000 June 26 2014 at 1:01 PM

How lame...they should all be fired for disrupting all the other patients. Some people think it's all about them. She acts as though she's the only one with breast cancer.

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slayerchick1 botcheditagain000 June 26 2014 at 9:02 PM

If you have nothing nice to write then don't comment at all. This woman knows that too many have been hit with cancer, it was just her way of dealing with having surgery. Many people in the medical profession have horrible bed side maners. It's nice to see these who care and have a heart.

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Pat Hancock botcheditagain000 June 27 2014 at 6:02 PM

What a, sour puss!

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Charlotte Paul June 26 2014 at 9:41 AM

You go, girl!

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