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Sharsheret Supports STL

Sharsheret Supports STL is a program of the J’s Nishmah and a community partner of the national, not-for-profit Sharsheret organization. Sharsheret – Hebrew for “chain or link” – symbolizes the connections made among women and their families facing a breast or ovarian cancer diagnosis. Sharsheret also educates women and men in the community regarding increased hereditary cancer risks, especially those of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry due to their increased propensity to carry a BRCA gene mutation. All support and educational programs available locally, and through the national Sharsheret organization, are FREE, confidential and individualized. All Sharsheret programs are available to members and the public.

Sharsheret Supports STL is grateful for and dependent upon the generosity of our donors. While we operate under the umbrella of the J’s Nishmah program, our funding model requires us to be a self-sustaining program, which means we have to raise the dollars needed to cover the costs associated with our support and educational programming. Your gift helps us to support women, and their families, facing a breast or ovarian cancer diagnosis, and to educate women and men in the community about increased hereditary cancer risks.

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Debbi Braunstein, Sharsheret Supports STL Program Manager
314.442.3266

Events & Programs

Breast & Ovarian Cancer Monthly Support Group

Breast & Ovarian Cancer Monthly Support Group

This monthly group at the J provides support, connection and education to women in the St. Louis community who have been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer and are anywhere along their treatment path – before, during, or post treatment. The group periodically welcomes guests offering meaningful and relevant experiential activities. Facilitated by Kathy Bearman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Newcomers (members and public) are always welcome along with female family and friends.

Third Wednesday of each month
6:15-7:30pm
Via Zoom until further notice
For more information, contact Debbi Braunstein, 314.442.3266

Oncology Massage and Yoga for Cancer

Oncology Massage and Yoga for Cancer

The J is proud to offer two services dedicated to helping people cope with the symptoms and side effects left by cancer and its treatment: Yoga for Cancer and Oncology Massage. Patients whose non-medical needs are met have better medical outcomes. With that in mind, these services are available for anyone who has received a cancer diagnosis of any type and who has spoken with their medical treatment team prior to participation.

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Sharsheret National Resources

As a community partner of the national Sharsheret organization, we connect individuals to Sharsheret national so they can participate in a variety of free, individualized and confidential resources that include but are not limited to the following:

  • A peer support network connecting women newly diagnosed or at high risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer one-on-one with others who share similar diagnoses and experiences
  • Program for parents facing breast cancer or ovarian cancer while raising children or teens
  • Services and subsidies for eligible individuals for non-medical services that are critical to a women’s quality of life and body image, and that are only partly covered by insurance companies, if at all
  • Information and tailored resources for caregivers’ family members, and friends to help support their loved ones facing cancer
  • Individualized support and survivorship kits for breast and ovarian cancer survivors

For a complete list of programs available through Sharsheret national, visit their website.

Hereditary Cancer Risk - Education & Awareness

Education and Awareness Save Lives

Wondering if you are at risk?

Men and women who say yes to any of the following questions may be at greater risk:

  • Were you or a family member diagnosed with breast cancer at 50 years of age or younger?
  • Were you or a family member diagnosed with ovarian, pancreatic, high-grade prostate cancer or male breast cancer at any age?
  • Has the same family member been diagnosed with several different types of cancers?
  • Is there a family history of breast, ovarian, pancreatic, colon, melanoma, male breast cancer or high-grade prostate cancer at any age?
  • Does any family member have a known mutation in a cancer risk gene (BRCA, Chek2, TP53, ATM or Palb2)?

If you have a strong family history of cancer, have considered genetic counseling for yourself or your children, or have opted for genetic testing, we can help.