Hi Twenty years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer Well, this April it returned!!! I was in shock and that night I called ABCD. Years ago, it was the Y me hotline. I asked for someone to speak with and match me up with a survivor. they did the EXACT match I was looking for. Understanding, caring, empathetic, and this woman got me through. if it wasn"t for this woman at the other end of the phone counseling me, guiding me, listening to me I would not be in the space I am today! She was My life saver! I have no family that was ready and available to "listen" Friends shyed away from me and still do. I have had a double mastectomy and reconstruction. Still healing and now facing chemo therapy for a year. I know have another survivor I am speaking with. I am also BCRA1 positive. I live alone and its been painstaking going through this . This organization has helped me through this whole ordeal and continues to help me I am blessed and greatful to have called and utilized your agency You are the best!
I needed to have help with my diagnosis. I wanted a mentor so when I called they matched me to someone who had basically the same diagnosis that I had. My mentor helped me get through the decisions I needed to make. She was not pushy and was there when I needed her. It made me want to be a mentor myself. I am now a mentor and hopefully I have helped the people that I mentored.
I don't remember where I picked up the contact information, but what I do remember is that the person on the other end of the phone was empathetic and understanding. After obtaining the most pertinent infomation about my diagnosis and current concerns she told me that a closely matached mentor would be in contact with me that very same day. She was absolutely correct! My mentor had almost the exact same diagnosis at my same age. She had the same treatments that I was expected to have, and the best news was that she was leading a very active life 5 years out from treatment. It was the best medicine I could have had.
I first volunteered for ABCD: After Breast Cancer as it was just being organized. I knew first hand that a free, unbiased, reliable, accessible and truly personal resource for support for those affected by breast cancer - patients, family and friends - was essential. I had just learned a dear friend had breast cancer and had no idea how to be helpful or calm my own stress. Since that time thousands have been served, living in cities, rural areas and everywhere in between. ABCD's approach is changing the breast cancer experience. Now, I work at ABCD and am proud to be part of an amazingly effective and sensitive organization with hundreds of trained and professionally supported volunteers, committed staff and insightful Board. Sadly, because of the prevelance of breast cancer, I've used ABCD's services over and over. But until there is no more breast cancer, thank heavens ABCD is there.