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ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

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Causes: Health, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: ABCD provides free, personalized information and one-to-one support to people affected by breast cancer – patients, families and friends. While science searches for a cure, ABCD complements the work of healthcare providers by serving as a reliable, accessible and highly personalized breast cancer support resource for patients and their loved ones.

Results: ABCD’s One-to-One mentoring breast cancer support service is the foundation of its work. ABCD trains volunteers who have already experienced breast cancer to provide personalized information and emotional support to people now on a breast cancer journey. We call these volunteers “mentors” and the people they serve “participants.” Most participants are breast cancer patients, but mentor services are available also for family and friends – an increasingly popular support service. Mentoring is not a support group, nor does it replace one if you would like that support also. Instead, it is One-to-One support provided directly to participants by volunteers who have “been there.” The support is personalized to participants’ experiences and concerns, whether they involve diagnosis, treatment, family issues, professional concerns, general anxiety – or all of these challenges.

Programs: PERSONALIZED ONE-TO-ONE BREAST CANCER SUPPORT CREATED BY WOMEN WHO UNDERSTAND ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis was founded by a group of women – led by Melodie Wilson – who realized that having breast cancer is about much more than biopsies, surgery and chemotherapy. Most of ABCD’s founders are breast cancer survivors who discovered that the most valuable information and support came from others in similar life circumstances with similar experiences with the disease. Not everyone diagnosed with breast cancer knows where to find that kind of help. That’s where ABCD comes in. Based in metropolitan Milwaukee, our services are available for free, anywhere, as long as you have a telephone.

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ABCD became an integral part of my life when I found myself in the wrong place at the right time. I was at a crossroads in my life, uncertain as to what direction my life should take. Unforeseen circumstances took me to ABCD, introduced me to its founder, Melodie Wilson and found me interviewing for a job that has given me a true sense of purpose. Six years later I am still with ABCD and still feeling that sense of fulfillment as I help to make the breast cancer journey for those diagnosed less lonely. ABCD's model of free, personalized, one-to-one mentoring is unique in that it matches participants with mentors (all of whom have taken the breast cancer journey, are at least one year out from treatment and have been certified through ABCD's training program) who are similar both diagnostically and personally. This year over 4,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the State of Wisconsin alone. ABCD's mission is to expand its reach and offer its services to a far larger number of those affected by breast cancer as well as their families and friends. I am proud to be a part of an organization that truly does make a difference. In the words of ABCD's founder, "there is much work yet to be done."