Breast Cancer Center to Open in Jefferson City

1 decade 1 year 3 months ago November 02, 2005 Nov 2, 2005 Wednesday, November 02 2005 Wednesday, November 02, 2005 8:28:07 AM CST in News

Building a breast cancer center takes work.  But the Community Breast Cancer Project hopes to turn an old Jefferson City house into a non-medical center for anyone to find research, information, and support.

"I want them to feel warmth, to feel secure. That's what I envision this place to be; a heart to heart place," breast cancer specialist Mariam Kuensting says.

A private room will offer a chance to meet with specialists.  And breast cancer survivor Cecilia Gehlart can't wait to open the library where anyone can do research.

"You can do it at your own pace. You're not going to be bombarded by doctors and nurses telling you so much information that you can't take it all in," Gehlart says

Gehlart hopes the comfortable environment will be a welcome change for others also.

"I didn't go to a support group because I thought I could handle it all on my own, and initially, I thought I was doing a really good job. The realization of cancer hit me and...Whew! I lost it. I lost control," Gehlart says.

Working with other volunteers, Gehlart found new support.  And the mid-December opening can't come soon enough.  She hopes the home will give all people renewed courage to pursue life after cancer.

"A good life. That's right. Full," Gehlart says.

The Community Breast Cancer Project relies on donations from volunteers.  

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