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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.
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.