Franklin woman in midst of chemo treatments


Abbott talks with husband, Jack, during her treatment. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON

Franklin resident Vicki Abbott gets ready for a chemotherapy treatment at Community Hospital South in Indianapolis. PHOTO BY SCOTT ROBERSON

The clear liquid slowly made its way through the plastic tubing, pushed by gravity into the port in Vickie Abbott’s chest.

She reclined slightly as the chemotherapy chemicals entered her body.

Since Abbott started treatment for Stage 3 breast cancer in May, the chemicals have burned her from the inside out, leaving marks on her hands, elbows and feet. She’s struggled with fatigue and nausea, losing 5 pounds or more each treatment.

So while Abbott is physically in her hospital room, she is mentally somewhere else — canoeing on White River or hiking in Yellowwood State Forest.

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