'It did not feel real': Oncology nurse transitions to being a patient after breast cancer diagnosis

Angela Ringer never imagined she’d become a patient where she works.


Oncology nurse Angela Ringer has cared for breast cancer patients for more than a decade.

She never imagined she’d become a patient where she works.

Just days after the birth of her first grandchild, Angela was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, which is a more aggressive form of the disease. The diagnosis floored her.

“It did not feel real,” Angela said. “I go from being the nurse that knows all of this stuff to being the patient that is sitting there thinking through my head this can’t be happening. This isn’t real.”

During her treatment at the Comprehensive Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, she worked each morning and became a patient each afternoon.

"Any days that I wasn’t doing very well, because we all have those days where things aren’t going right and it’s just too much in your head, you have your colleagues that are there saying, ‘you’re doing great. You’ve only got this many more to go, you’ve done so well so far,'" she said.

In September, Angela finished 16 rounds of chemotherapy and now she is cancer-free.

Watch the video above to learn more about Angela's story.