June 15, 2012
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago, I found a Breast Cancer Connections bookmark in the packet of information that I was given at the hospital where I had my biopsy. I went to their free and informal (“no reservation-needed”) Thursday night Open House/Q&A session to get some of my questions answered. I was so impressed with the combination of professionalism and warmth that I found there that I became an avid supporter and volunteer (Board Member, Buddy [Peer Counselor to newly diagnosed women], member of their Survivorship and Advocacy Task Force), and general all-around promoter of BCC’s services. Let me tell you a little about the weekly Open House: Every Thursday night from 5:30 to 7:00 you can just walk into the beautiful and calming space that BCC calls home and find a breast cancer healthcare provider (medical oncologist, breast surgeon, radiologist, reconstructive surgeon, dietician, etc.) as well as a therapist who runs the sessions. There are also survivor volunteers who answer the "what it's like" types of questions that only someone who has been through the experience can. Women at the session take turns asking their questions to the doctor or other clinician. The women and supporting friends and family members learn from the doctor and from the other women by hearing their comments. At this session you can also learn about the 30 other programs BCC has available, free of charge, to patients, survivors and families. I continue to donate and volunteer at BCC because I see the impact that my support is making. This is a fabulous asset to our community and now with a toll free number, to the whole country.
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