Midstate woman finds support WellSpan Breast Cancer Navigator after cancer diagnosis

LEBANON COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM)- A breast cancer diagnosis comes with a lot of fears and questions but a resource within WellSpan Health is helping to take the burden off of patients.

One year ago, Jennifer Uhrich had a routine mammogram and thought it would be like all the rest.

“It turns out they did find something,” said Uhrich.

Jennifer was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma. The first person she turned to was a nurse at WellSpan Health.

“I just lost it on the phone with her,” said Uhrich. “My husband wasn’t home, he was working, and I didn’t have anybody else to pour my heart out to.”

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Not long after her diagnosis, Jennifer was connected to Tracey, a Breast Cancer Navigator.

“My role as a breast care navigator is to be available to patients that have been diagnosed with breast cancer and be by their side through their journey from their initial visit with the breast surgeon through their treatment and into surveillance,” said Tracey Weidner, Breast Cancer Navigator at WellSpan Health.

Over the past year, WellSpan has focused on expanding the program. Not only does a Breast Cancer Navigator assist with scheduling appointments and answering questions but also makes sure patients have access to care.

“Whether that be assistance with transportation or financial resources, giving them information about the support groups that we offer,” said Weidner.

After a year of getting to know each other, conversations between Jennifer and Tracey shifted from those early days of the diagnosis to future camping trips and updates on each other’s families.

Uhrich completed radiation in May and celebrated a clean mammogram.

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