I am a survivor and a former board member who has seen the pivotal role LBBC makes in the lives of people affected by breast cancer. Whether I was in the throes of chemotherapy or had a hard decision to make about surgical options, LBBC was there with information and support to give me confidence. In the years since my treatment, LBBC remains a go-to for updates on new hormonal therapies, healthy lifestyle recommendations, ways to talk with children, and other issues that arise.
Having served on the board, I know how well managed LBBC is as an organization, with longstanding and respected professionals led by CEO Jean Sachs. Having earned 4 stars from Charity Navigator since 2005 and served by a medical advisory board of experts from the nation's top cancer centers, LBBC's guides, webinars, and other materials serve its constituents well.
These photos are from Reach & Raise: Yoga for a Reason, LBBC's annual fundraiser on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (and held in other cities). It's just one of the high-touch ways LBBC makes its constituents feel supported as part of a community. LBBC reaches 500,000 people a year through its programs and materials and a volunteer-staffed Helpline. Whenever I hear that someone has been diagnosed with breast cancer, I connect them to LBBC.ORG. I know then, that they won't feel alone or uninformed.
I am both an RN and a survivor. I use Living Beyond Breast Cancer both to support myself and my clients. They provide a wonderful resource. I only wish I had found their website when I was diagnosed in 2004, instead of a couple of years later. They produce both an exceptional website and handouts that are superb.
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I have stage iv breast cancer and really appreciate the information that LBBC provides. It is wide ranging, thoughtful and comes with a lot of heart.
LBBC is an amazing organization that I am proud to say I get to work with on a regular basis through the partnership my organization has with them through the Cis B. Golder Grant. From the depth of their educational programs offered to breast cancer patients, to their survivor hotline and various conferences that are tailored to breast cancer survivors of all types, to their amazing events, to their beautiful marketing materials: LBBC's name 'Living Beyond Breast Cancer' is allowing woman across the nation to truly do just that: LIVE.BEYOND their cancer experience - which is a magnificent gift that is touching thousands of breast cancer survivors nationwide. Through the Cis. B Golder Grant - not only is LBBC able to provide a wealth of education and support to breast cancer patients, but also direct financial assistance. God Bless You for the work you do, and I look forward to working together on the Cis B. Golder Grant in the future.
I have used the info from LLBC so many times! I download the teleconferences for education, enjoy the newsletter, and I actually got to go to the Conference for Young Survivors last year thanks to LLBC and a travel grant. I learned so much at that conference and was able to pass on treatment changing, and life saving info to the other girls when I got home. I am still talking about all I learned at that conference a year and a half later! I use the LLBC online community as well. The Advanced Breast Cancer Support Community also has given me so much information and support. I don't think I would have been able to manage my journey so well or with so much positive energy without the posts of those women. I think LLBC is THE most helpful organization there is for breast cancer survivors.
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.
Excellent organization, the go-to place for information on breast cancer, plus guides to other forms of cancer too. Their teleconferences have been very helpful to me. None of my doctors took much time with me, or they didnt have many answers.
Being diagnosed with Breast and Bone Cancer is really scary. During the year of my metastic diagnosis, i knew noone else like me. Through the metastic conference calls that the LBBC provided, I found that I was not alone. Through these calls I learned of new coping strategies, treatments options and a whole lotta hope was provided.
I often refer other survivors to the LBBC volunteers. They seem to match up well and can always find someone close to another's situation.
The summary of the ASCO findings are put in 'laymans' terms. These new therapies are instrumental in the survivorship of many. LBBC does a great job at getting the word out from successful trials. I fully support this wonderful organization.
My main connection with Living Beyond Breast Cancer is through their helpful, up-to-date, thorough, yet understandable brochures and their website.
I found Living Beyond Breast Cancer online when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and found the information invaluable when I was making treatment decisions.
Since 2005 I have been a volunteer for other cancer-related organizations and frequently refer clients to LBBC's website. I use their brochures and newsletter as references when counseling women with breast cancer and I share their brochures with others. The booklets are SO helpful, especially the one about metastatic disease, fear of recurrence, bone health and hormonal therapy.
In February of 1996, my husband at the time underwent triple by-pass surgery @ Jefferson Hospital. While he was recuperating, I went for my baseline and was informed that same evening that there may be a problem. On March 27, 1996, I underwent a mastectomy & the beginning stages of reconstruction also at Jefferson Hospital. Our daughter, Alison, was 5 at the time.
At some point during my recovery, someone told me about LBBC and I started going to their "Young Survivors" meetings, which at that time were hel at the Narberth Fire Station. The crowd was small and the surroundings were a little bleak. In the meantime, I started to volunteer for LBBC in their office in Narberth. My first event was at the King of Prussia Mall, which was an art exhibit having to do with women affected by breast cancer. That led me to help with many more functions. One of my favorites was calling area florists & asking them if they would donate a centerpiece for our upcoming annual gala which was held at the Crystal Tea Room that year. What a pleasant surprise when each & every one I called said absolutely yes they would and beautiful the room looked with an array of gorgeous flowers that were donated to such a great cause.
Aside from volunteering for LBBC and after discussing how we could make the Young Survivor's meetings more attractive, I asked what they thought of the my hosting the meeting at my house, which at the time was in Lafayette Hill. We decided to make it a Pot Luck supper with a guest speaker for each meeting, which was held every 6 weeks or so. I can tell you that my home was filled with women from their early twenties to I think the cut-off age at that time for a "Young" survivor was maybe 40ish. It gave me such joy to open up my home to these women who were all going through the same ordeal. Many friendships were formed, tears cried, information gained and just a forum where they could experience the joy & pain of others.
As you may know, at the annual Gala each year, four women are chosen to be honorees and I did get a phone call I think in 2001 with the news that I was chosen for the upcoming gala to be one of those women. What an honor and a privilege. During this time, my marriage was ending and it was a difficult time, but just like breast cancer, I got through it. The Gala night came and my family & friends were all there along with my daughter, who was 10 at the time. I didn't have thank you speech prepared, but Alison told me, "Mom, just wing it" and that's what I did. What an honor!
So, 15 years later, I am cancer free and my life has changed in some ways, but will never forget my time spent with the wonderful people at LBBC and the wonderful experiences I enjoyed being a part of such an exceptional organizaiton.
I am 54 and a 3 year survivor. I connected with LBBC when I was first diagnosed and I still find them to be a great support and a fountain of valuable information. The website provides the latest in breast cancer news, current medical research reported from the annual meetings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, as well as forums for women to connect with others who are in a similar situation - i.e. newly diagnosed, living with metastatic disease, women of color, etc. My favorite LBBC feature is the monthly teleconferences when a doctor or doctors discuss a particular topic (the topic for this month is hormonal therapy). The doctors provide up-to-date information in easy-to-understand language for the lay person. The listening audience then has the opportunity to ask the doctor questions - no other forum provides this unique service! If you miss the teleconference, replays and downloads are available on the website. LBBC is one of the best organizations for reliable information and support for breast cancer patients and survivors.
I"m 57 and a 22 year survivor. LBBC is the only bc organization with which I volunteer because they give direct, useful, personal care to ANY WOMAN who needs information. And the web site is an excellent source of very current information. In addition, the LBBC staff is appreciative of all of their volunteers-it really feels like a team effort. I've worked the phone hotline for a few years, speaking with women in various stages of treatment and sometimes with caregivers. If I am not able to answer a specific question or request, LBBC gets an answer within one day, every time. It really is a first class organization.
When I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer three years ago, it was very hard to find any information on advanced breast cancer. LBBC is a valuable resource for anyone with breast cancer but especially for those of us with advanced breast cancer. LBBC always have informative speakers for their teleconferences, their website is very "user friendly" and their newsletters are great. They cover the entire spectrum of topics not just about the disease itself, but on topics like family and the workplace. They are a lifeline for anyone looking for the most current and reliable information.
LBBC is the best organization I have found for delivering current information on all stages, effects, and treatments for breast cancer, particularly metastatic cancer. Through their teleconferences, transcripts, and other forms of communication, they provide a forum where leaders in the field discuss specific issues such as pain management, the impact of new clinical trials, conventional best practices, and much more. LBBC is a patient-advocate. Their information is understandable but sufficiently sophisticated that you can become a real member of your treatment team.
I look forward to getting regular emails from LBBC. There is always information that I have been wondering about or worrying over and LBBC provides just the right answers for me. Keep up the great work!
I've been a participant in LBBC's conferences, teleconferences, and a volunteer on their helpline. They provide the best and newest information on treatment, diagnosis, psychsocial aspects of having breast cancer, and were the first to address the needs of those of us with late stage, or metastatic breast cancer. The staff is bright, qualified, committed, and infused with the mission of doing all that they can to help translate medical information to the lay public in a way that is understandable, useful, and that helps women become their own advocates in their breast cancer experiences.
I love Living Beyond Breast Cancer. They have informative teleconferences on various topics addressing issues concerning breast cancer survivors. They include the newest therapies, returning to work issues, how to cope with side effects, etc. They also send free bochures on topics including lymphodema, understanding pathology reports, etc. It is a valuable resource for anyone just being diagnosed with or surviving breast cancer.
This organization provides incredible, free brochures on many cancer topics. Their brochure on understanding pathology reports gave me the information I needed to catch a critical error in my own pathology report. This changed my course of treatment and was a potential lifesaver.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer has given me the Support Group that I desperately needed. They have supplied me with information that I would not have gotten any where else. I am improved and informed by their choice of on-line speakers and publications. GREAT JOB LBBC!!
There are not enough stars to rate this organization. I am 3rd generation woman affected by cancer. Both my mom and my sister have passed. Because of the impact this disease has had on my family I have decided to fight it with all I have. Because of that I am more than a survivor; and I will live and thrive inspite of it. LBBC is responsible for helping me stay informed, positive, and connected. And I dont even live in PA! Your teleconferences are great, and I can listen to them again and again. Your annual conferences in Philly are the best. I'm still living and feeding off the last one! Thank you, thank you for all that you do!
LBBC has been the most helpful educational program I have found in the 11 years of fighting cancer. It keeps me in the real world of the living while being up to date factual about my medical condition. It allows me to choose the specific aspects of the disease that I am dealing with at the moment and empowers me with the knowledge that I need without overwhelming me.It is truly a great backup to my medical treatment,and I recommend the program to all friends who face the terrifying CA diagnosis.
I was diagnosed in 1991. Later I found LBBC. It is the ONLY cancer charity I have ever donated to. This is because it has, without question, helped me more than any other cancer charity I am aware of.
I was diagnosed in the fall of '01, turned to LBBC first, and felt like I had found my guardian angels. Eight years later LBBC is still my main resource for education, information and support. The LBBC staff is incredibly caring, compassionate, and helpful. Their approach to women is so personal...you feel as if you're their only client, and as if your issues and concerns are the most important ones. How they do this is a mystery to me, given the size of this organization! All of LBBC's events and materials are framed hopefully and positively (e.g., annual conferences, Helpline, teleconferences,and publications). They are incredibly attuned to a philosophy of hope. (At one of the early conferences I attended, one of the speakers posted a chart with outcomes in percentages attached to specific diagnoses...not my idea of positive and hopeful. When I gave my feedback about this to the staff, they had already noted this and were already planning to give feedback to the speaker.) Whenever I felt most hopeless I just reached out to LBBC and left feeling like I could conquer this disease, or at least be around for a lot longer than I was fearing. Their Helpline volunteers and staff helped me sort through decisions about surgeries and treatments, and did this with incredible empathy, honesty and compassion. I obviously can't say enough about LBBC. I was lucky to know about them at the time of my diagnosis, and it's been my great fortune to have them in my life ever since.
Was diagnosed in April,'o9 w/ stage IV bc & just discovered LBBC on Facebook. Looks like a great, helping site and I plan to take advantage of its offerings once I learn more.
I was diagnose with breast cancer in 2007 and 2008 with stage IV. LBBC has helped me so much. They have educated me, supported me emotionally and beyond. I use them on a regular basis. I participate on their teleconference which are amazing and have participated to a conference as well which was recommended by my Doctor. This conference was a great experience and was way beyond my expectations. I met many ladies in the same situation as me and shared our experiences. I made many new contacts and learned so much on this conference. LBBC's information, support and service is absolutely great. LBBC has helped me immensely through my breast cancer journey which I really appreciate. I highly recommend LBBC without a doubt. Try it, you will love it!
I was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 1982 and then again in 2003. I turned to Living Beyond Breast Cancer and I have never looked else where. I get so much support; both intellectually and emotionally, from the staff as well as from the amazing women I have met there who share my disease. The organization is so inspiring that I have even chosen to work as a volunteer.