Breast cancer patients get support from survivors who have been there

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The American Cancer Society estimates that 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2017. Fortunately in New York, thousands of those women have someone to talk to. 

Breast cancer survivor Jackie Reinhard is one of the 3.1 million cancer survivors in the United States, and she remembers exactly how she felt when she was diagnosed.

She told FOX 5, “I asked myself, ‘Is this it?. Am I going to die?’”

The executive director of SHARE Cancer Support has made it her mission to help  women in their fight with cancer. The nonprofit is a place where survivors provide support to women with breast and ovarian cancer. 

While Reinhard was fortunate enough to catch her diagnosis early, her grandmother wasn’t so lucky. In 1969, she died one month after her diagnosis.

“I want to make sure that no woman goes through what my grandmother went through,” Reinhard.  

And they don’t have to. SHARE answer 6,000 calls a year to talk about treatments, share their experiences, and help women make informed decisions. Most importantly, callers know there’s hope on the other end of the line from the women who’ve survived. 

 

Watch the video to see how SHARE is making sure women know they’re not alone in their fight. 

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