I currently am battling stage 4 metastatic cancer. This organization headed by Hope N. Has been incredible for me both spiritually as well as educationally. I know i can rely on BCO for direction and compassion and real 'speak.' Because of Hope, I have been able to have the support of others who battle the same disease everyday. I consider myself to be very blessed to have this organization within Hudson Valley.
Breast Cancer Options was one of the first calls I made when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I received a call back immediately from Hope who helped to guide me into the maze of treatments, doctors; I had no clue. That was in 2009 and I was officially diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic disease. Fast forward to the fall of 2012, BCO held a retreat for women with metastatic breast cancer at the Omega Institute. Spending those days with women in shoes similar to mine was spiritually uplifting as well as informative. I cannot thank the organization enough. I have 27 new best friends!
Breast Cancer options has hosted wonderful informative education sessions, and this year reached out to the community of breast cancer "survivors" who have metastatic breast cancer- an under served population which some of the "pink power" groups would rather sweep under the rug. I was diagnosed metastatic in Jan 2012 and was totally devastated. Going to the retreat with over 20 other women who shared my condition empowered me and led to new friendships. They are a wonderful small grass roots group that runs more on love and a desire to make a difference, than money- any funding they get goes directly back to the community.
Breast cancer Options has done so much for so many of us dealing with breast cancer and life's challenges. They run on a shoestring budget and yet provide such a variety of services from support groups, retreats, camps, complementary services, and a wealth of information.
I first became involved with Breast Cancer Options five years ago as a volunteer and am now currently serving on their board. The organization has experienced cuts in funding this year and is struggling but continues to provide the services it has in the past. We sponsor a camp in the summer for children whose parent has breast cancer; acupuncture treatments; peer support groups; advocacy and information about breast cancer and treatment. The organization serves Ulster, Columbia, Orange, Dutchess and Green counties in New York State.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 and at that time, I was unaware of Breast Cancer Options. When I did learn of BCO, I wanted to give back and so I became a volunteer. Based on all I know about the organization now, I wish I had been aware of their services. I certainly could have used the advice and support the organization provides to the community and individual people. Even after diagnosis and treatment, I have received invaluable advice from Hope Nimeroff which has included doctor referrals, lastest treatment trends and other complimentary treatments. This organization is such an asset to the resident's of our area.
I have been living with stage IV metastatic breast cancer for 5 years. A few years ago, as a single mom, I came upon extremely hard times when I found out I could no longer work due to my illness. I began to research organizations in my area and came across Breast Cancer Options. The staff is extremely knowledgeable regarding assistance to patients undergoing treatments, as well as offering their own support programs. They helped me stay afloat during a very difficult time. Not only did they help me find the assistance I needed, my daughter was extended the opportunity to attend their Camp Lightheart. It is the highlight of her summers to go and be able to connect with other kids whose moms also have or had breast cancer. The most important thing to me in regards to my relationship with Breast Cancer Options, is that not once have I ever been looked down on, regardless of my financial circumstances, and I have never been made to feel as "The Poor Cancer Patient," which I have with some other organizations, living with a terminal cancer. My daughter and I are both eternally grateful to Breast Cancer Options and all that they offer in a serverely under-served area.
I love Breast Cancer Options! This local, grass roots organization meets the needs of local women in a much more meaningful way than is possible for larger, national groups. BCO shares up to date information on traditional and non-traditional treatment options through its email newsletters and conferences; provides "companion advocates" for medical visits; support groups; supportive summer camp experiences for children who's mothers have breast cancer; community education forums; and an emotional safety net for women and men facing a breast cancer diagnosis. I am forever grateful that BCO walked by my side through my breast cancer journey.
When I heard that there was going to be a support group for Breast Cancer survivors here in Orange County NY, connected to Breast Cancer Options in Kingston, I was very pleased. My surgeon is connected to BC Options, and I had been receiving emails from them for awhile. The leader of the group is a survivor of breast cancer and creates a safe space for us to share our experiences, although sometimes it does digress offtopic. People have come and presented information concerning supplements, diet, tai chi, relaxation, and I did a little writing exercise. This year I attended the breast Cancer Options Cancer Conference for the first time, and found the speakers and presenters met my needs for information, both regular and alternative. I recommend this group as the one to contact in our area for breast cancer related questions and situations.
A dear friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and I shared her name with the folks at Breast Cancer Options. They were so concerned for her well being and reached out to help her in any way they could with support and other services. This type of local contact made a huge difference in her life and her ability to cope at the time, and her eventual success as a survivor.
I was diagnosed in December of 2008. Hope Nemiroff of Breast Canceer Options (BCO)started a breast cancer support group at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital, Cornwall Campus that meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. She even spoke at one of the meetings. Breast Cancer Options always e-mails me newsletters with up-to-date information pertaining to cancer. They also had a Complimentary Medicine day at SUNY New Paltz. They invited all types of alternative medical providers such as nutritionists, accupuncturists, holistic doctors, etc. All day long you were able to listen to lectures about many different topics and if you were like me, you went to several workshops during the same time slot - trying to maximize your information gathering. Hope and other survivors were there to tell their stories, give encouragement, and answer questions. I can't wait till next year to go to the next one!! This organization is very helpful and very accessible. They are "neighbors" not a national organization that can seem distant. I love them!!!!