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.