According to Dr. Hatch, breast cancer is a disease that hits close to home for all women. "We are mothers, grandmothers, daughters, or sisters," she says. "Almost all women, ultimately, will know a family member, friend, or acquaintance who has breast cancer. It is a disease that is very real and present in our lives."
A wife, daughter and mother of five herself, she is proud to be part of a team of women who take care of other women. She notes that not only patients, but also their families, are counting on every member of that team.
"Women, in general, play such a central role as caretakers in our society," she says. "They are often taking care of aging parents, trying to raise children and running a household. When I take care of a breast cancer patient, I know that I am taking care of someone who is often the pillar of an entire family."
In Dr. Hatch's experience, a woman's own health is often her last concern; she is more worried about how a cancer diagnosis it will affect her family. That's why she takes time takes time to educate each patient and family member, reassuring them that today's treatments are effective and that they will never be alone in their fight against the disease.
"I continue to be astounded by these women these women who must on some level feel like their whole world has changed in an instant," she says. "Yet they carry on working, going to soccer games, making dinner, and putting their families first. I can't help but wonder if I could be so strong. If I, even in a very small way, can help to ease their anxiety and burden then I feel that I have been successful."
Women of Breast Health