Being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40 with 2 young girls at home was terrifying. Sharsheret was there for me every step of the way.
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by ygevertzman
1M ago
Imagine finding a lump, almost the size of a golf ball in the shower in your breast. Instant panic. After being told by a nurse that I was ok waiting almost 2 weeks for a doctor’s visit, my anxiety shot through the roof! I was NOT going to wait, and it’s a good thing I didn’t. I was diagnosed with stage 3, grade 3, ER+ HER2- breast cancer that had spread to my lymph nodes on September 1, 2022 – a day I will never forget. I was only 40. How can this be? After numerous oncologist, surgeon, radiologist, etc. visits my treatment plan was determined. I would be having 20 weeks of chemo before a dou ..read more
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Sharsheret’s Best Face Forward 2.0 Financial Subsidy Program
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by ygevertzman
1M ago
Over the course of 2022, Sharsheret has distributed $446,000 in financial subsidies to improve the quality of life for 482 women struggling physically, emotionally, and financially because of their cancer surgery and treatment. Sharsheret’s Best Face Forward 2.0 Financial Subsidy Program offers financial assistance for women for specific services that insurance does not usually cover including scalp cooling, a wig, eyebrow tattooing, 3D nipple tattooing, and certain cancer specific yoga classes. The main qualification to qualify to receive services through Sharsheret’s Best Face Forward 2.0 Pr ..read more
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Being diagnosed with breast cancer while about to get divorced was deeply isolating. Sharsheret made sure I didn’t go through it alone.
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by ygevertzman
2M ago
Tensions were high. Our marriage had fallen apart. It was time to tell our kids. But instead of telling the kids that we were getting divorced, we had a different conversation with them. I had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. It was stage 2 and had spread to my lymph nodes. I was BRCA2 positive, inherited from my father. In the weeks and months that followed, I underwent 5 surgeries, 8 rounds of chemotherapy and 5 weeks of radiation. While the nausea and hair loss were expected, I was completely unprepared for the debilitating fatigue. Throughout my treatment, we kept the impending divo ..read more
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Protected: Is Your Cancer Likely to Come Back? Know More About Your Risk for Recurrence With Natera Oncology
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by ygevertzman
3M ago
This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below: Password: The post Protected: Is Your Cancer Likely to Come Back? Know More About Your Risk for Recurrence With Natera Oncology appeared first on Sharsheret ..read more
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Restoring Sensation During Breast Reconstruction: Is it an Option for Me?
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by ygevertzman
4M ago
Numbness after a mastectomy is a problem that isn’t discussed enough A mastectomy is a major decision and can be incredibly overwhelming. In the midst of overwhelming emotion, it’s hard to consider what life will look like after treatment. A common side effect that’s rarely talked about is the loss of sensation to the chest. During mastectomy nerves are cut, which can mean living the rest of your life with a numb or partially numb chest. Women often say they weren’t prepared for how numb they would feel after mastectomy or how much it would impact their daily lives. Why does numbness happen af ..read more
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Finding Empowerment After A BRCA Positive Test Result
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by ygevertzman
4M ago
Finding out about a BRCA positive risk can feel scary and daunting. In my experience, I felt it was empowering. Thanks to the revealed education and studies in recent years, there are facts and information that can help a person navigate this challenge and bring awareness on prevention measures that can be taken to protect one’s health. I got my BRCA positive results when I was 27 years old. A close family relative had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and my doctor suggested I test. At that point in my life I had 3 little children and couldn’t imagine doing anything drastic to change ..read more
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Why Wait? Now is the Best Time to Get Your Mammogram
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by ygevertzman
4M ago
In a normal year, it can be difficult to prioritize your health. The pandemic has certainly added to the challenge, forcing many to delay mammograms and other important health screenings. Now is the time to get those back on your schedule. Breast cancer incidence rates have been rising in recent years, with 1 in 8 women in the U.S. developing breast cancer in her lifetime.  The good news is that breast cancer death rates are coming down, thanks to better screenings and more advanced treatments. Getting regular mammograms, starting at age 40, is still the best way to catch the disease when ..read more
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An Engaging And Informative Summer Internship Experience
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by ygevertzman
4M ago
This has undoubtedly been a truly engaging and informative summer working at Sharsheret. As an intern, I was given the opportunity to work with many staff members on various projects, and I feel that I am concluding this internship with a very well-rounded array of experiences. I was welcomed from day one and given many opportunities to get involved in anything that sparked my curiosity, all while being challenged to take part in the creation and progression of new projects. As a graduate student obtaining a degree in social work, having the chance to work alongside so many other social work p ..read more
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The Illumination of Sharsheret
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by ygevertzman
4M ago
While I have worked with and been connected to Sharsheret prior to this internship, this summer opportunity has allowed me to gain a unique type of appreciation for the organization. My mother is a two-time breast cancer survivor who is now a dedicated member of the Sharsheret team. Despite having gone through a terrifying experience, my mother continues to be an optimistic and compassionate woman who supports others dealing with a struggle she knows too well. While she has physically overcome cancer, she has also transcended cancer in a metaphysical sense. After interning at Sharsheret and wo ..read more
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From Aephi Sorority Sister To Sharsheret Caller To Summer Intern
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by ygevertzman
4M ago
“You should reach out to Sharsheret.” This was one piece of advice among many that I received as I processed my breast cancer diagnosis last year. The organization sounded familiar from my college days as an Aephi sorority sister, but I honestly couldn’t remember too much about it. I had been feeling so stressed, sad, and confused and needed to find targeted support. I decided to send an email that very day. I got a quick reply from one of the incredible social workers and knew right away that my connection to Sharsheret would last far beyond those early days of cancer. The social worker made ..read more
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