For women fighting breast cancer, the days following the diagnosis can be devastating. Now, one local organization helps provide the medical and emotional support they need to be a survivor. It's "What's Right with Tampa Bay."
Twenty nine year-old Debbie Warren remembers finding out she had breast cancer.
"Well, I have four boys and a wonderful husband, and your first thought is, not, 'am I going to lose my breasts,' it's, 'am I gonna die?'"
She was overwhelmed with fear.
"First few months, I cried more than I breathed," Debbie said.
She soon learned surviving breast cancer meant leaning on family and friends.
"One time my husband went into the shower with me fully clothed because I was crying so hard and just held me and held me for 15 minutes because he just wanted me to know, we're gonna get through this, we're gonna make it," she said.
Debbie did make it and was grateful for the help she received help from an organization called "Hooked on Hope."
The group pays for expensive medical supplies.
Co-founder Mary Ostien said, "We do not want to delay that woman that has a suspicious mammogram or ultrasound that needs a biopsy that's clinically warranted."
Hooked on Hope also gives women what they need after surgery.
"A breast binder or there's a gown that have these wonderful sort of hidden pockets so they can hide their drainage tubes that they have to wear for several days or even weeks after their surgery," said Ostien.
Debbie counted on Hooked on Hope, saying "They create a sense of support."
Now this survivor is helping others brave the battle she's already fought.
Hooked on Hope is hosting its fourth annual fishing tournament October 12th and 13th. For more information, click on this link - www.Hookedonhope.Org
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