COPPERAS COVE -
Hearing the words "you have cancer" is never easy, so a group of local cancer survivors and current patients have gathered together to make the fight a little bit easier.
Julie Moser and Jen Reynolds say battling cancer alone was one of the hardest moments of their life. Determined to make sure no one else had to take on the fight by themselves they founded Pink Warrior Angels, a cancer support group in Copperas Cove. The group pairs angels also known as cancer survivors with a warrior who is someone currently fighting cancer to make the treatment process a little easier.
"Sitting in a chemo room is probably the worst place to sit. If you have somebody talking to you through it you're not paying attention to what the nurses are doing you're talking to somebody and bonding with somebody able to make you laugh through a very scary moment" says Pink Warrior Angels Co Founder Jen Reynolds.
Julie Moser found out she had cancer the day after her husband deployed, so she turned to Marily Considine a fellow military wife and cancer survivor for help.
"Hearing the words you have cancer especially when I don't have cancer in my family was devastating, so she helped me through that" says Pink Warrior Angels Co Founder Julie Moser.
So when Marily received her third cancer diagnosis it was Julie's turn to be her angel. Marily says after six years of caner treatment the support group and her children are what keep her going.
"I came home and I said I'm done and then I saw my kids and I said I can't quit, they need their mom and I won't let them see me quit" says Cancer patient Marily Considine.
The women say getting together to vent, ask questions and share advice helps them handle everyday challenges.
"To talk to people who have been through it and survived makes it not so scary" says Cancer patient Jayme Boscamp.
However they also say getting together to just have fun helps boost their spirits as well. Cancer survivors in the group say despite the hand they've been dealt there are brighter days ahead for the women and their families.
"Look I have my hair back, I have breasts again and I'm living my life again and you're going to get there too" says Reynolds.
To learn more about the group and how you can get involved visit Pinkwarriorangels.org