Two sisters were diagnosed within a few years of each other, and for them, having a strong support system made all the difference.
“When you go through it yourself you think, ‘okay, I took one for the team.’ So I didn’t expect anyone else in the family to have to do that,” said Robin Chalifoux, mother of NewsChannel 9 reporter Sydney Chalifoux.
Robin was diagnosed about 20 years ago, and her sister, Suzanne Hoyt, would get the same diagnosis two year later.
Suzanne was treated with chemotherapy and radiation. Robin also had chemotherapy, as well as a mastectomy.
“You have your days where you think ‘Ugh! Why me?’ but most of the time you just think ‘okay- let’s get this done,'” Suzanne said.
The pair have a message for anyone just beginning their journey– don’t give up hope; you can beat the disease if you find it early enough. Find out what you have to do and then do it.