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Ticonderoga woman overcomes breast cancer

Wendy Shaw’s ordeal nears an end

Wendy Shaw, kneeling right, a breast cancer survivor, participated in Cindy’s Retreat, a weekend gathering for breast cancer patients and survivors at Silver Bay.

Wendy Shaw, kneeling right, a breast cancer survivor, participated in Cindy’s Retreat, a weekend gathering for breast cancer patients and survivors at Silver Bay.

— The results have been positive, Shaw is now cancer free, although she faces one more re-constructive surgery. That will bring the total to eight surgeries in the past three years. She’s lost count of the other medical procedures she’s endured.

Shaw continued to work in the Ticonderoga Central School District administration office through most of her treatments.

“I would work half days and then leave for treatments at 2 p.m. in Glens Falls,” she said. “It was very difficult. Everyone at school has been fantastic. They donated sick days, gave me rides. When I came home from my mastectomy my house was full of cards, flowers and food.

“I can’t tell you how fortunate we are to live in the town with such caring people,” she said.

The community also held two benefits for Shaw, a golf tournament at Ti Country Club and a spaghetti dinner at the Knights of Columbus.

To help repay that kindness Shaw planned a benefit golf outing for Colleen Ashline, a friend who also had breast cancer. Ashline is cancer free now.

Shaw recently attended Cindy’s Retreat, a weekend gathering for breast cancer patients and survivors at Silver Bay.

“It made me realize I’m one of the fortunate ones,” she said. “There was a woman there who had the exact same cancer I had, but her’s has moved to her bones. She has 13, 15 and 20-year-old children. My heart goes out to her.

“It was very emotional,” she said of the retreat. “I’m part of a sisterhood of women who have fought cancer. We all laughed together, we cried together.”

While Shaw nears the end of her cancer ordeal, she acknowledges it’s been a difficult road.

“There were days I didn’t want to get out of bed,” she said. “But my family and my friends were always there to encourage me, to keep me going. I don’t know where I’d be without their support.”

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