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HEALTHWATCH: Breast Cancer survivor and listener

Sometimes you need a little help.
Other times -- you're able to give a hand, lend an ear.

In tonight's Health Watch report -- we meet a breast cancer survivor whose been in both spots.
She hopes others will join her.

Even very early on in her breast cancer battle -- survivor Barbara Shoulders was at peace.               
"It happened for a reason.  I think it happened because I'm here to support others whose going through that some journey."

While still in treatment -- Barbara sought out and found the Women to Women Breast Cancer Support Group at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Barbara has a terrific support system at home -- but here -- she found a sisterhood.

"I can talk to my husband, my family, my friends -- i have chemo brain.  When i talk to someone in the group they understand.  It's like "oh my gosh"...It's truly such a term as chemo brain."))

Barbara says as she's gotten stronger -- her role at the group as evolved.

"At first i was there because i needed.  I needed something.  Now i'm there and i like to give."))
Sacred Heart Hospital Social Worker Jeanie Sherman says now that Barbara is in remission -- she's turned into a role model for new members.

"With her background as an R.N., she brings a lot of knowledge to the table as well.  Her sense of humor, keeps us laughing."
"i got away with that a lot, that's how i dealt with my cancer through humor."

The group is open to newly diagnosed patients -- family members -- and for folks way on the other side of treatment.
"It doesn't matter how long you've been in remission.  You never know what you can bring to a support group."

Barbara says folks will find a confidential setting full of active listeners.
She says she knows for some -- it's tough to join a group.

Her best advice -- just show up.
Drop by.
"Sometimes you just have to walk in and you'll feel so much better.  The first time you go in you feel so much better."))

The Breast Cancer Support Group meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 at the Sacred Heart Cancer Cancer.
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