'We think we got it all': Governor's ASL translator Virginia Moore provides positive cancer update

Posted at 5:22 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 17:22:36-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Virginia Moore, an American Sign Language interpreter seen at Governor Andy Beshear's COVID-19 news conferences, says she is "doing very well" after announcing she was diagnosed with stage one uterine cancer earlier this month.

"Thanks to my doctor, Sara Todd and Daniel Metzinger with the Brown Cancer Center in Louisville, Kentucky, they took fabulous care of me," said Moore. "They were able to get all of the cancer out."

Moore says doctors will monitor her for the next five years to make sure the cancer stays at bay.

"We think we got it all," she said.

Moore is known for standing alongside Governor Beshear, at a safe distance, as the governor provides COVID-19 updates for Kentuckians. As a certified sign language interpreter, she relays critical information to Kentuckians who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The ASL translator says women should not wait to get a mammogram or pap smear.

"If I had waited just a little bit longer, I would definitely be in treatment because it was one of the largest tumors they saw and it was invasive, but just shy of having to have treatment," Moore said.

Cancer is listed by the CDC as an underlying health condition that puts people at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.

Moore said she would be back soon to join the governor at COVID-19 briefings, but did not give an exact return date.