Breast cancer survivor retreat

BISMARCK, N.D. - For some people October means costumes and trick or treating. For others, it's a time to wear pink and share their story.

Breast cancer patients and survivors gathered at the Ramokota Hotel Friday afternoon to find support, encouragement and gain knowledge in a room full of women who can relate.

Sanford Health hoped the event would help women with a history of breast cancer come together and provide a safe space to ask questions of physicians.

Attendees enjoyed a light lunch, received gift bags and listened to a panel discuss new treatments and other helpful information.

“When you have events like this you can see people living longer and it helps give you that pep and that spirit that I can do this,” said oncologist Thandiwe Grey.

“Do your research. There's so many different options when it comes to breast cancer treatment. You can do a lumpectomy, you can do a mastectomy, you can do a bilateral mastectomy. And all of these things are very important so it's important for you to make the right decision for you and your family,” said two-time breast cancer survivor Janet Nitschke.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.