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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

21 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.

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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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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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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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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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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.