Being Aware of Your Body: Breast Cancer Awareness - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Being Aware of Your Body: Breast Cancer Awareness

October is well-known as breast cancer awareness month... A cause that hits home for many, especially our own Robyn Haines. This week’s Living Right segment from Mercy Hospital is dedicated to the cause -- as Robyn introduces us to a Cadillac nurse who went through the same battle - and shares her story of survival. Four years ago, Patty Schneider got news she didn't expect, but had to accept. After an annual mammogram, the then 49-year-old was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. As a public health nurse for the last 25 years, you'd think patty would be well-versed in the world of cancer, but she admits, she was anything but prepared when a fellow nurse gave her her results. Patty took six months off work to undergo a mastectomy and chemotherapy and eventually reconstruction. Dr. Sarah Helm is an OB/GYN with Mercy Hospital partners. And is all too familiar with the growing number of women diagnosed with breast cancer … she says the key to beating it always was and always will be, early detection. If you or someone you know is a patient, or survivor, of breast cancer, there is a support group that meets the second Monday of every month at CareLinc in Cadillac.