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Odessa heiress to Wrigley beat breast cancer twice

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Helen Rosburg and her German shepherds Helen Rosburg and her German shepherds

With a colorful tattoo sleeve and a personality just as bright, Helen Rosburg is not your typical heiress. She long ago traded Palm Beach glitz for rural Odessa where she makes it her life mission to rescue abused, neglected and abandoned animals.

"It doesn’t matter, I’ll take anything, I’ve even rescued a tortoise," Rosburg said.

There was a time though that Helen Rosburg herself needed to be rescued when her breast cancer, which had been in remission for nearly a decade came back with a vengeance.

"I was celebrating my 10 year anniversary of being cancer free - and I got it again," Rosburg said.

Related: Breast Cancer: Be aware and keep healthy

Rosburg who is by nature a ‘giver’ found it difficult to ask for help when the treatments started to drag her down physically and emotionally.

"Women are nurturers - and it's hard for them to be nurtured,"Rosburgg said.

One person who wasn’t going to take no for an answer when it came to lending a helping hand wasRosburgg’s daughter.

"It made her feel good to help me and I was able to draw strength from her as well. I always tell people now don’t be afraid to lean on the people who love you."

HelenRosburgg is back to tending to the more than 300 rescue animals that reside on what seems like endless acreage in the heart of Odessa, with a woman who is known for her big heart.

By sharing her story,Rosburgg hopes women will realize how the power of the sisterhood as she calls it can pull you through the darkest of times.

"You’ve heard people say 'I’m at the end of my rope?'" she said glancing down at the tattoos on her arm, each one symbolizing a successful hurdle in her fight against breast cancer.

Related: Breast Cancer: Get a mammogram

Then Rosburg looked up and said "Just never let go of the rope, that’s when things go wrong, you have to hang in there."

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