Woman helps breast cancer patients while inspiring women to get screened

Hearing the words, you have breast cancer can be terrifying, but one woman is trying to help those going through treatment while spreading awareness about the importance of early detection.

Lindsay Jackson collects and makes blankets to donate to women who are currently battling breast cancer.

"I knew there was something positive that had to come out of it,â?? said Lindsay Jackson.

The blankets are collected at Lindsay's hair salon.

Lindsay knows this fight well because she was in her thirties = when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. That initial diagnosis was not just a physical blow, but also an emotional one for a woman in the prime of her life.

"I felt like I was suffocating. It just took the wind right out of me,â?? said Jackson. "Immediately, I just, ok what do we got to do to fix this.â??

Knowing the cancer had been caught early gave Lindsay hope.

"I feel like your attitude in general plays a big role in fighting cancer, and early on the smaller less everything is, the less everything is, the better,â?? said Jackson.

Lindsay knew she had to stay positive, for herself and for her family. And she says her journey has made those close to her more aware of how important early detection is.

"It's honestly the hardest things I've ever went through but probably the best thing I've ever been through,â?? said Jackson.

While Lindsay worked to make, what can easily feel like the worst time of your life into a positive experience she admits it's not easy to do.

â??The worst part in general is that your life is completely on hold, while you go through your treatment,â?? said Jackson.

But it's what's after treatment that kept Lindsay going, knowing that she would be able to get back to work and back to those people who supported her every step of the way.

NBC25 welcomes you to a free walk-in breast cancer screening event Thursday. It takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the McLaren Cancer Institute on Beecher Road in Flint.