‘Breast cancer didn’t break my spirit’

Survivor says joyful outlook helped her through difficult journey

The day Cassundra Mayo discovered a lump in her left breast; it did not even cross her mind that it could be cancer.

“I was lying across my bed talking to my sister on the phone and said ‘Oh, there’s a little knot right there.  Hmm, better get that checked out,’” said Mayo, who works in meter services at Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) in Shreveport.

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Texarkana Aluminum receives nearly $100k in SWEPCO incentives for Lighting Upgrades

From left to right: Texarkana Aluminum General manager and Director of Operations Matthew Houston, Texarkana Aluminum Senior Director of External Affairs Amy Bowers and SWEPCO Energy Efficiency & Consumer Program Coordinator Mike Nix.

SWEPCO recently presented Texarkana Aluminum with a $94,987.74 incentive check for an energy efficient lighting project at its aluminum mill in Texarkana, Texas.

The mill now boasts more LEDs (light-emitting diodes) with the goal eventually to have all LED lighting. LEDs have longer lifespans and lower maintenance costs compared to the mill’s previous and existing metal halide and T5 fluorescent lighting.

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Cancer survivor: Listen to that voice in your head saying something is wrong

Tony Rash, Public Safety and Health manager, began to feel off at the start of the summer in 2014.  When he went to the doctor a month after his initial symptoms, he began a two-year battle with cancer that would require six surgeries. 

The summer of 2014 was an eye-opening one for Tony Rash.

That June, the Longview resident began to feel off. His appetite was gone, and when he did eat, it only took a couple bites for him to feel full.

He knew something was not right but kept finding excuses for his unusual symptoms.

”It was so easy for me when I first started to say ‘Oh, it’s hot. I’m not eating as much because it’s hot weather,’” Rash said. “So many times we put off what we know are real problems.”

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‘An unintentional self-exam saved my life’

After years of regular mammograms, Shreveport mom discovers she has three tumors

In 2013, only a month after having a mammogram, Suzanne Western discovered a knot in her left breast. The knot turned out to be three tumors she needed to immediately have removed.  Photos by Henrietta Wildsmith

Suzanne Western has always been diligent when it comes to mammograms.

After losing a grandmother to breast cancer and seeing her aunt battle the disease, she’s always known the importance of keeping regular appointments for early detection. But it would be her own experience that would show her self-exams are equally as important.

In June 2013, only a month after a mammogram, Western found a knot in her left breast.

She had been getting ready for her first day back to work in fleet services in Shreveport following a summer vacation when she felt it while rubbing lotion on a sunburn.

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What’s SWEPCO doing in East Texas?

SWEPCO is busy in East Texas. 

Crews are storm hardening the power grid to better withstand harsh weather.  They’re also trimming more trees away from power lines after more than 70 inches of rainfall between last September and June spurred vegetation growth. 

Watch as Distribution System Inspector Sr. Philip Johnson details these and other ongoing projects in East Texas. 

Hybrid Water Heaters 101

Hybrid water heaters have heat pump technology to transfer heat from the surrounding air to the water in its tank. This process uses less energy than generating heat, saving you money! Learn more about the benefits of hybrid water heaters and other efficient appliances at SWEPCO.com/Appliances.

Take part in NWLA’s First National Drive Electric Week Event

Join us for Northwest Louisiana’s inaugural National Drive Electric Week event on Saturday, September 14, from 10am to 2pm in the Shreveport Whole Foods Market parking lot.
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Heat Pumps 101

Did you know heat pumps are the most efficient heating and cooling systems available today?

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No-cost, low-cost tips to save energy (and money)

A customer’s bill will lower as the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures becomes smaller, according to Energy.gov.

As temperatures climb this week in the Ark-La-Tex, so will energy use. In addition to encouraging you and your family to stay hydrated, we also want to share with you some tips on how you can conserve energy and keep your electric bill in check.

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SWEPCO seeking more clean energy

SWEPCO’s long-term plan calls for more than one-third of the energy required by customers to be generated from wind and solar sources over the next 20 years

SWEPCO is planning to put more wind energy to work for customers.

In a proposal recently filed with utility regulators, SWEPCO is asking for approval to add 810 megawatts (MW) of wind energy by 2022. This proposal supports SWEPCO’s long-term plan of significantly increasing its use of more environmentally friendly energy sources such as wind and solar.

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