Bittersweet

Sharee and Annette Page, sisters and best friends, undergo chemo together

Annette Page, left, and her sister Sharee Page. (The Associated Press)

Sharee and Annette Page, two sisters from Utah who had worked together at the same company for nearly a decade and traveled alongside each other to over 50 countries, were recently diagnosed with breast cancer within two weeks of each other. “Wow, talk about a huge blessing,” said Annette Page, 36. “Who gets to go through something so hard with their best friend, their sister?”

Annette, who live five minutes from her sister Sharee, 34, in northern Utah, was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in March. Sharee decided to get herself checked as well, and after visiting the same doctor who is treating Annette, was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. Both sisters have the BRCA2 gene, a mutation that can increase the risk of breast cancer tenfold, and their grandmother and great-grandmother both died of the disease.

The Page sisters meet at their mother’s house every few weeks to drive together to their chemotherapy appointment at Davis Hospital. Their bodies react nearly identically to the treatment — they’re both left unable to eat for nearly two weeks, and identical rashes appear on their bodies 10 days after treatment. “It’s nice to know that someone knows exactly what you’re going through,” Sharee said.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.

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