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Living Beyond Breast Cancer
June 21, 2011

LBBC was a lifeline for me as I was drowning in the news that after 10 years I had had a recurrence of breast cancer. My original surgeon had retired and as I was wondering where to go next ( this was in 1994), an article appeared prominently in the Phila Inquirer about a young radiation oncologist starting an organization to help women cope with a breast cancer diagnosis. I immediately dialed the number printed in the newspaper and, of all things, Dr. Marisa Weiss herself answered the phone. I think she was in her kitchen at home - lots of background noise. She calmly listened to my story and helped me focus on moving forward toward treatment second time around, assuring me that the three surgeons I had selected all had good reputations in the area. We must have spent 1/2 hour on the phone. I will never forget how helpful, calming and reassuring she was to me - a perfect stranger! After treatment I immediately signed on for the first Survivor Helpline training class and worked the phones for many years before retiring. LBBC is one of the best run organizations I have encountered and I feel privileged to have been a part of it.

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attending the annual Fall Conference and getting specific, useful information and in having access to the giants in breast cancer research and medicine who speak at the event.

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I really think LBBC is close to perfection.

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & former helpline volunteer.