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Breast Cancer Options Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Breast Cancer, Cancer, Health

Mission: A grass roots, survivor driven organization providing support, education and companion advocates to individuals confronted by breast cancer.

Programs: Providing education, support and companion advocates to individuals and families confronted by breast cancer

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In April 2009 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was overwhelmed and very frightened, but when I contacted BCO, Hope Nemiroff guided me to a wonderful breast surgeon in NYC. She also gave me good advice on local services for me and was invaluable in her support and compassion.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In Aug. 2004, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my left breast. I was shocked and like most women in my position I was scared. I have a great nurse practitioner who I use as my regular health provider--she recommended Dr. Sheldon Feldman to be my surgeon which was wonderful advice. I still had so many questions. Someone suggested BCO and I made my first contact--a call on a Sat. morning. Within minutes, Hope Nemeroff called me back. She shared her story, gave me great advice and put me on the track for dealing with decisions for my treatment and recovery. At one point in my treatment, she accompanied me to an appointment as my advocate and to help me in my decision to have radiation. I cannot say enough positive things about this supportive organization. The annual conferences, frequent panels and workshops, and all of the information that comes in many forms--like the regular emails and contacts from others in our situation have helped me through the years. I feel that anytime I would have an issue, I definitely have a place to turn for information and guidance. I am so thankful for Breast Cancer Options and all that Hope and the rest of the organization has done for me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found out about BCO in 2004. I sponsored a luncheon which featured 2 of the best doctors (Dr. Sheldon Feldman, Breast Surgeon, and Dr. Mitch Gaynor, oncologist. They spoke to an incredibly educated audience of over 200. I felt it was one of the most worthwhile events providing tangible information directly to those who needed it. A year later, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Hope Nemeroff (founder) and Patty Tabatznik (board member) spent a huge amount of time with me helping me sort through the mass of information. They insisted on not letting me go to the doctor alone and helped educate me on the choices I needed to make. Getting a diagnosis of cancer is overwhelming and, although I'm an intelligent, well educated woman, I was in a state of shock and welcomed their support. I went through chemotherapy and radiation. I went to Dr Gaynor who is a complementary oncologist. My treatment included diet, yoga, meditation and supplements. I'm happy to say that just about 5 years later, I am healthier than ever and providing support and encouragement to others. I also have created a "cause bag" in order to 'give back' to this very worthwhile organization. Why is it that the ones who work the hardest have the most difficult time getting funds?? I have (and will continue) to donate to this organization and believe that it is groups like this that REALLY make a difference. They are the ones who do what the big organizations don't and can't. They are the ones who are 'there' for the people in the community with support, company and suggestions. Please help to keep this organization going with generous funding.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. I had an excellent surgeon who told me that I had to have radiation. Because of my contact with BCO I was able to do some very thorough research on the type of cancer I had and make the informed decision to have the lumpectomy and not have radiation to follow. BCO is a grass roots advocacy group which is the creation of Hope Nemiroff. She is tireless, brilliant, caring and committed. In these last ten years I have had several friends who were diagnosed with breast cancer. She has always found time to talk to them (many times), take them or have one of BCO's 'companion advocates' take them to appointments, and most of all, give them important resources for them to help themselves. There is a newsletter with up to the moment accurate cancer information....and the website is a lifeline to all of us at different stages of our illness. Because of BCO thousands of women in the Hudson Valley are aware of the 'precautionary principle', come together at least twice a year for very informative intelligent conferences, and most of all have been empowered by the work of Breast Cancer Options.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

There is a great deal of information available to women who have had breast cancer, but it is hard to know who to believe and who to trust. I regularly read the BCO emails and whenever I check them out with my oncologist, she confirms the accuracy of the information. BCO has been both helpful and supportive during a difficult time in my life

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Client Served

Rating: 5

BCO made accessible to excellent peer support through the trials and tribulations of surviving breast cancer therapies. BCO has been an important source of hope and information about the alternative and complimentary treatments to breast cancer. The conferences and the sharing experiences with my peers has been a factor in my survial and health improvement.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I had breast cancer in 2002 I was given Hope Nemiroff's phone number. It was actually Hope who picked up the phone. She talked to me, gave me support and actually went with me to my oncologist's appointment. It was a great comfort. Since then I have gotten frequent helpful articles by email. Breast Cancer Options Inc. was one of the most important supports I had during that time. I still recommend it to people when I hear that they have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I believe that BCOS and Hope Nemeroff have changed the face of breast cancer in the Hudson Valley by providing women and their families with vital information, support, guidance, and loving care. Many of my nutrition clients have found vital medical and emotional support through BCOS. As a health care provider, I find a great deal of useful information in the newsletters, and I appreciate the opportunity BCOS has afforded me and other professionals to participate in their ongoing workshops and outreach programs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first discovered BCO before I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. As a high breast cancer risk,I needed to learn all I could, so I got on their e-mail list and started to receive abstracts (several/week) about the latest research related to breast cancer. It was invaluable to me as a high breast cancer risk women and subsequently a breast cancer patient. All the research was at my fingertips in a concise, readable, and not overwhelming manner. In addition, Hope Nemeroff was/is always easily available by phone for any questions and referrals to community services. Between the research abstracts, Complimentary Medicine Conference every year and other educational workshops throughout the year, BCO offers our community accessible, down to earth educational programs which helps all women make informed decisions about their health. Hope Nemeroff is a very bright, tireless advocate, whose organization truly deserves to be honored with a health award.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After diagnoses and treatment I was following up w/ a check up at the Radiologist. I looked at the material that was provided for support. That's how I found BCO. I was shocked that they offered a camp for my children. All through out my sickness, my children seemed to be put in the background. My children LOVE Camp Lightheart,I do too. This will be the 3rd summer that my son will be going and my daughter will be returning as a volunteer this year. I love the people and the whole idea behind this wonderful, magical place that is JUST for the kids who's lives have been touched by this terrible disease-I highly recommend it, children have other children to interact with who have the same fears and feelings in a safe and fun enviroment.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I heard my diagnosis, I wanted information on everything what was available in both mainstream and complementary medicine. The Internet was loaded with questionable material. I got to Breast Cancer Options through a book. The founder, Hope Nemiroff, immediately took my call. I liked that I could discuss options that had been carefully researched. A lot of women don't know that this is a strictly local organization, providing services in the Hudson River Valley exclusively--that's an important distinction. There are publications available, organized seminars, a yearly conference--even a camp--Camp Lightheart-- providing respite for patients and a fun-filled vacation for kids affected by the disease. Comprehensive information that's reliable and current here at home makes Breast Cancer Options an excellent starting point on the journey to recovery.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Breast Cancer Options provides free support groups for women with breast cancer facilitated by knowlegable and caring women. I gave a talk on nutrition at one of the support groups and helped several women understand some serious health problems they had been experiencing since their chemotherapy. They had nowhere else to go to ask the questions and find the answers they needed. These support groups and the free breast cancer forums that Breast Cancer Options provides fill a huge gap in services and in information for women with breast cancer and their families. This free service is empowering hundreds of women in the area to take charge of their health and their recovery.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I first got diagnosed with breast cancer in mid 2008 I was devastated to learn I needed to lose one of my breasts. To add to that I needed to undergo chemotherapy. I contacted ACS and got nothing but lip service. I heard through a friend that there was an organization that was in Kingston,NY that really wanted to help. I joined one of their support groups (it was the beginning of that particular group). The support, comraderie, knowledge, and friendship saved my life. I have made friends that I will have forever. They have become my "sisters". No matter what, I know that there is a place for me to find out about breast cancer, treatments, and anything else I might need. Thank you Breast Cancer Options, Inc for existing!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have received much grace from my contact with BCO. Although I am a survivor of another type of cancer, I have attended many of their complementary medecine seminars and have learned so much. There was the doctor from Canada who helped his patients relax during Chemo by playing healing sounds. He demonstrated crystal bowls for us. Dr Carol, a chiropractor and much much more shared with us some of the ways to integrate peaceful meditative states into our day. I have had other contacts with this great and compassionate organization

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was diagnosed with invasive Breast Cancer, I was scared and sorely uninformed. My doctor gave me alot of good information, but as is my nature, I felt I had to unearth everything there was to know -- and I soon found out that that was ALOT. I spent hours and hours reading and researching and I have to say that the in retrospect, the best resource I found was BCO. Their wonderful people, seminars, and newsletters are just invaluable.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our spa refers guests to Breast Cancer Options any time they ask questions related to any cancer matter. With our spa's focus on natural wellness we are frequently asked about self care related to many illnesses. We are extremely careful with our referral and consider Breast Cancer Options one of the most knowledgeable and responsive organizations in the Catskills & Hudson Valley. Our community is very fortunate to have such a dedicated and professional grassroots organization to assist, advise and show compassion to those facing decisions about cancer treatment. Their newsletter is an excellent educational publication for the general public. Breast Cancer Options is first rate! I feel our donations are a great investment. I only wish we could give more! Babs Moley, Owner River Rock Health Spa Woodstock, NY

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have found their Annual Complementary Medicine Conferences to be an invaluable resource for cutting edge research. It is through BCO that I found my current naturopathic doctor, who had spoken at a conference of theirs. Since working with him, blood tests reveal that my risk factors have declined dramatically. BCO's newsletters have also been profoundly helpful to me, as I weigh options from month to month.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Breast Cancer Options has literally saved my life. This organization provides services which are sorely lacking in our community. The director of this group, Hope Nemiroff, personally accompanied my to doctor appointments and counseled me in a way that only another breast cancer survivor could. She helped me with research and assisted me in finding a doctor who met my needs as a patient. This wonderful orgajization is certainly deserving of this award. I hope it will help spread the word that these services are available and can give support at a time when it is really needed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The reason that I an proud to serve on BCO's Advisory Board is that I have known the organization and its work for many years. BCO provides comprehensive services and is very hands on -- they educate, advocate, and most importantly, personally assist anyone with a diagnosis of breast cancer day or night, twenty four seven. I have volunteered at their annual Breast Cancer Options Conference and been very impressed with the caliber of workshops, topics, and speakers they are able to attract. They offer support groups throughout the Hudson Valley and make presentations on any number of valuable topics anytime/anywhere when asked. They do their research and share it through one of the largest educational websites about breast cancer on the web. They also publish an amazing resource book and an annual calendar that are chock full of information. On a personal level, I have referred more newly diagnosed, terrified people than one would wish they would have to in the last twelve years to BCO. To a one they have come back to me with nothing but praise and a much more secure and hopeful outlook. BCO is an organization that has to be experienced to be believed.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have found the people at Breast Cancer Options to be very knowledgeable and compasionate. I have learned so much about breast cancer from them, both on a professional level and personal level. I have attended their annual conference which is very informative. I am relieved to know that if I am diagnosed with breast cancer I have this organization to turn to. I know they can help me navigate through a complicated system in a very emotional stressful time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 7 year breast cancer survivor and have been attending the camplementary and alternative medicine conferences each year since diagnosis offered by BCO. I have been given lots of great information to help me to reain healthy and to not have a recurrence. Because of the work of this organization I have been able to gradually change the way I eat, the products I use for cleaning and cosmetics and my personal habits to support optimal health. I haven't neede to use other services but I know they also provide emotional and financial support to people undergoing treatment so no one needs to go it alsone in our community when undergoing a breast cancer experience. We are very luck y to have BCO in our area!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Iam a cancer survivor and author of the Cance Kicken Warrior column in The Register Star and Daily Mail. I have referred my readers to Breast Cancer Options for assistance. They provide a wealth of services to their clients. I have received many "thank you" for suggesting them. So often we hear about research, research, but I get the reader who needs personal assistance while going through cancer. They say the staff at Breast Cancer Options treat them with dignity and care. They deserve any award that can bestowed on them. Their work is well-known in Upstate NY' I, myself have received helpful information from them

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Breast Cancer Options is an amazing not-for-profit that provides a wealth of resources to women with breast cancer. BCO provides regular education on surviving breast cancer and the latest treatments. BCO also provides people undergoing treatment with free acupuncture, access to financail assist, partners for doctors appointments and any additional resources needed. Breast Cancer Options also provides serval support groups for people with breast cancer. The services that BCO provides are comprehensive and holistic and if you are unfortunate to get breast cancer it is a comfort to know that we have BCO to assist you in every step of the way.