WCNC’s Ann Sheridan Reflects on Sharing Cancer Battle: ‘I resisted it at first, because it felt self-serving’
It’s been three years since WCNC reporter Ann Sheridan was diagnosed with breast cancer, a struggle which was documented — from diagnosis through treatment — for the Charlotte NBC affiliate. Sheridan reflects back on the decision to go public with her story, which she said she initially resisted because “it felt too self-serving,” in an interview with the Charlotte Observer:
The public reaction was positive. She continues to field calls from women who have been diagnosed or are facing surgery and she regularly gives talks about her own cancer journey and the importance of regular mammograms for women older than 40. In addition, Carolina’s Medical Center named a fund in her honor that provides mammograms to women who otherwise could not afford them.
“I remain really proud of the reporting,” Sheridan says. And she is proud of its impact. She remembers how touched she was by a photo her daughter, Maria, showed her of all of her friends clad in pink on the day of her surgery. She was not only touched by their support, but by how much sharing her cancer story had touched them.