Kim Antrican, director of the Warren County Board of Elections, sits inside of the voting area at the Lebanon office. The director was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer at the end of July and is now undergoing treatment during the busy election season. The Enquirer/Amanda Davidson
Paul McKibben reports:
Kim Antrican already had enough pressure.
Mother of two teens. Wife. Director of the Warren County board of elections during a presidential election year in the battleground state of Ohio.
Then in July, Antrican felt a lump in her chest while in Florida for training. She learned she had aggressive breast cancer and in August underwent a double mastectomy. She started chemotherapy Sept. 25, a week before early voting began.
“This could not have happened at a more inconvenient time if you’re looking at it by the election time frame,” she said. “(But) it is what it is, and God will take care of the big things that are out of my control.”
Antrican returned to work full-time 13 days after her Aug. 14 surgery. She works 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. five days a week and has logged two 12-hour Saturdays since she returned to work.
Working has helped balance a life that was filled with medical appointments.
“One or two days out of my week, I’m off having a test done … or I’m off seeing a doctor,” she said.
“So here was my only normal.”
The election calender is getting busier as the big day draws near. Antrican’s cancer treatment continues, too.
She’ll undergo chemotherapy for the next year, going every three weeks. Radiation treatment – five days a week for five weeks – will start in January or February.
Antrican, 44, of Lebanon delayed starting chemotherapy for a week because of work. She was scheduled to have a chemotherapy session on Election Day.
But that is postponed until the following day. She plans to work every day that she can because elections are “in my blood.”
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