TYLER, TX (KLTV) - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and last Friday, dozens of cancer survivors, their supporters, and medical professionals attended a survivors luncheon. Our own Jennifer Kielman, a breast cancer survivor herself, spoke at the event. The room was full of encouragement and support, as Kielman told breast cancer survivors to stay positive and stick together.
"It's just so nice to have that sisterhood, you know? Because they know what you're going through," Kielman said in her presentation.
That belief in sisterhood is shared by Tammy Angerer, a Van ISD employee who has also survived breast cancer. She says that it's important to offer advice and encouragement to those that are going through treatments for breast cancer. She also says that breast cancer patients shouldn't hesitate to ask for help if they need it.
“Don’t be afraid to ask. You need someone to talk to, talk to them. If you need help around the house, if you need help with the kids, take that step and ask,” Angerer said.
Angerer has not hesitated to extend that help to others. Denna Perry, another Van ISD employee and breast cancer survivor said that Tammy was very helpful to her whenever she was treated for breast cancer. She said, “She showed up at my door here at the school and she said she knew what I was going through. She answered all my questions, she gave me advice on what to expect what would happen with chemo or radiation.”
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight US women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Men can also develop breast cancer, although the odds are one in eight hundred and thirty-three. If it is detected early, it is highly treatable in both genders.