Written by Lyn Dobrin, SyossetJericho@antonnews.com Friday, 27 September 2013 00:00
When it comes to getting help with breast cancer concerns, Syosset’s Anne Rattinger has been on both sides of the equation.
As a social work student at Adelphi University in 1992, she did her field placement at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, she turned to the Adelphi Program for support. Today, she is a volunteer with the Adelphi’s breast cancer hotline, helping callers get through difficult times.
Even though Rattinger had worked closely with breast cancer patients, providing counseling to breast cancer patients at FEGS and running a support group at the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Program, she says she was still shocked when her mammogram revealed that she had breast cancer.
“But then I thought, why not me,” she says.
She well knows that one of the major risk factors for breast cancer is age. She had a bilateral mastectomy and was fortunate not to have to have chemotherapy due to her low-risk score on the Oncotype DX test that helps predict whether breast cancer will return.
“If I had gotten my breast cancer eight years ago, I would have had to have chemo because such a test didn’t exist,” she says.
Being a volunteer helps Rattinger keep current on the latest breast cancer information, both for herself and for the people who call the hotline.
“You find out everything new about breast cancer and are better able to help other people,” she says.
Currently, Rattinger is following up every other week with a couple. The husband had called because his wife was depressed and Rattinger has been able to provide them with the encouragement they needed.
Want to talk to someone about breast cancer? Call the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline at 800-877-8077.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Nov. 7, more than 150 supporters gathered for MercyFirst’s Annual Harvest Ball held at The Garden City Hotel, raising more than $100,000 to help fund MercyFirst’s programs.
This year, the 2013 MercyFirst Community Partner Honoree Awards went to three Syosset-Woodbury families: The Millers, The Cliffords and The Majoys.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
On a crisp November evening, more than 200 people arrived at Chelsea Mansion at East Norwich for the Syosset-based Long Island Jewish Community Relations Council’s holiday party, entitled “Multicultural Visions, Artists Exploring Identity.” People from all ethnic and religious walks of life mingled under the heated tent viewing art from six local artists, equally diverse, including Manu Kaur Saluja, a Sikh artist from Old Brookville.
Each artist addressed the audience and talked about art and how it reflects their individual identity as a Jew, a Sikh woman, a Latino woman or an African American man. Saluja, a portrait artist, explained to the audience how identity is a very complicated issue. Standing between two portraits of her brother, a cardiologist, one wearing a black turban and one with his long hair cascading down his shoulders, she explained why she chose to paint these two portraits.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
Fourteen student-athletes from Syosset High School have committed to play at a college or university next year.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Jericho Celeste Taub, 13, showed that she could run with the big girls (and the big boys!) on Sunday, Nov. 17, as she scored a decisive victory in the Women’s Division of the 5th annual Blue Ribbon Run for Prostate Cancer, a 5-kilometer road race that started and finished at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park.
Taub finished the Run in 20 minutes, 17 seconds, 53 seconds in front of 36-year-old runner-up Kelly Bregou of New York City.