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Causes: Breast Cancer, Cancer, Counseling, Human Services, Mental Health

Mission: Support Connection''s primary mission is to provide emotional, social and educational support services to women, their families and friends affected by breast and ovarian cancer. The support provided enables women to help each other and empowers them to become their own healthcare advocates.

Target demographics: Women living with breast and ovarian cancer, as well as their families and friends.

Programs: Women with breast and ovarian cancer, or anyone needing information about these diseases, can come to our office or call us 5 days a week, 9 am - 5 pm NY time, and speak directly with a trained Peer Counselor, a cancer survivor who has traveled the journey already. Calls received after hours are returned the next business day. We have a toll-free number (800-532-4290) for information and support, making this service readily available to anyone nationwide.

Peer Counselors offer information about breast and ovarian cancer, ongoing emotional support, community resources and referrals, connections to other women with similar situations. There are no limits on our peer counseling services. This individualized, free support is available as often as you need it, for as long as you need it, regardless of where you are on your journey through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

This survivor-to-survivor approach is central to our philosophy; it sets us apart and makes our services both effective and powerful. As one of our Peer Counselors said: "We have walked the walk. We have heard the words 'you have cancer,' felt the fear and anxiety, tried to find some sanity in it all and gone through the tests, the surgeries and the treatments. Just like the women who call, we have held the pieces of a cancer diagnosis together and continued raising our kids, working and maintaining households. We ourselves are women whose lives could not stop for cancer."

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tinuke C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A diagnosis of breast cancer is terrifying. I felt I could not breath or function. Every daiy I went through the motions of pretending to exist. The horrors of treatment, chemotherapy, multiple surgeries, infections, being permanently disfigured. No one understood and then I called Support Connection. I remember my first call, all I said was I have breast cancer and burst into tears. A warm compassionate counselor, Marlene, came on the phone and it was so incredible supportive. I could speak about my fears with someone who got it. I'm three years out of treatment now but I know they will always be there for me. This is an exceptional organization doing good work and we must continue to support them. I will forever be grateful for them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer August 15th 2013. The year has been difficult to say the least. I knew however that through my double mastectomy, chemotherapy and reconstruction, support connection would be there for me. They have supported me at my lowest and they understand what the world may not. I never felt judged, my feeling and opinions were valid. They understand that long after the chemo left my body, the true healing begins.
They offer workshops that are amazing. I know I have years ahead of me and long after no one wants to hear about my cancer I know that I can always pick up the phone.
If you have breast or ovarian cancer, please reach out to this wonderful organization. You really need to hear from people who have walked a similar walk. God Bless you...

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had heard wonderful things about Support Connection and last year when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I reached out to this group for information. The Peer Counselors I spoke to were the most knowledgeable, empathetic and well trained support professionals I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. I am a director of a 25 person Customer Service team and do not offer those kind of kudos lightly! They kept in touch to alert me of upcoming seminars and provide additional information that was invaluable to me. Knowing they are here as a local resource for me and others actually helps to put my mind at ease. It's like knowing you have a best friend who will always be there for you. Simpy amazing work this organization is doing for folks with breast and ovarian cancer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fifteen years ago when I was newly diagnosed with breast cancer I felt alone and afraid. And then I discovered support connection. The support groups and peer counselors and activities such as yoga all helped to make my journey easier

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Support Connection has been very helpful and supportive to me during my breast cancer. Marlene is a wonderful and caring counselor. Thank you so much, and God bless all of you.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted Support Connection because of getting beat cancer. It is very scary and talking to someone that knew what i was facing, made some of the fears and uncertainties less or should I say easier to deal with. This is a club I never expected to be a member of but Support Connection made this train ride a little smoother.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a metastatic stage 4 breast cancer fighter. I am blessed to live close to Support Connections office. Which has come in handy when I have felt as though I am loosing control. I have dropped in and always found a 'friend' to listen and help me process my latest crisis. Robin and Marlene are lifesavers! This is above all of the wonderful helpful programs that are offered to cancer fighters. I attend a support group once a month for others like me. There is yoga once a week, knitting, book clubs, nutrition seminars. Many more programs that I have not taken advantage of...but seems to be something for everyone. And then there are the social events where we celebrate our fight. Truly community and love. I'm very blessed to have Support Connection.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a direct recipient of Support Connections services for almost 2 years.
I can tell you.....I wouldnt have made it this far without this organization.
During or after the physical treatment process, there is still the mental and emotional anguish of this horrible disease. This is where the peer counselors come in. The whole organization is supportive to the individual and their families.
Besides the comfort of an understanding team.....they also provide services to us.
Group therapy, activities, events, functions....and of course, "The Walk"....
I would highly recommend this organization to those in need, as well as, those who want to donate, either as a volunteer or monetarily.
They haven't forgotten about us......please don't forget about them when its time to give back.
Laura Oakley, A stage 4, breast cancer survivor....

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have stage 4 breast cancer. Support connection gave me back my life. Their
compassion and counseling allows me to have hope and face each day. May
They continue their mission to help all in need of their services.
Sandra Bottali

1 Kathleen Michel

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so happy to write a review for Support Connection after 3 years I still have a bond with Support Connection they helped me get through the most difficult time in my life not once but twice first for myself then 2 years later with my daughter we both had Bi Lateral Mastectomy and it was such a pleasure to pick up the phone and talk to a counselor who understood what we where going through and talked with great compassion and understanding .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Not once but twice I had to call Support Connection in 2013 I was diagnosed with breast cancer my daughter gave me the phone number and the day before a BiLateral Mastectomy I called best phone call I ever made Marlene put my mind at ease and I was able to face the surgery the next day with comfort because she told me what I was going to go through and followed me through 7 months of surgeries and Chemo .
In March 2015 my daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer and again I picked up the phone and called my friend yes I consider her my friend and again she helped me through a very difficult time thank you my friend . I help pass the word about Support Connection because they help more then you know as far as I am concerned they are all great doing good work .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been associated with Support Connection since my cancer diagnosis and throughout continual treatment over the last 4 years . First, their peer counselor program is outstanding. They're always available to console in the most difficult of times as well as celebrate when upbeat news comes my way. They understand what I'm going through more than anyone else in my life - no matter how supportive my friends and family are.

I've taken advantage of their wonderful programs from yoga, meditation, nutritional counseling, in person and national teleconference support groups to numerous informational webinars related to my disease, treatments and side effects. And all are at no cost to me.

I'm incredibly thankful for everything they've done for me and don't hesitate to recommend them to any woman facing breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. They far exceed my expectations.

1 Dawn158

Client Served

Rating: 5

The people from Support Connection are wonderful. When I was in the hospital Marlene came to see me, more then once, and brought me a care package. She also visited me in the rehab. When I got home she called and checked on me and also sent me emails. When I needed her assistance she always available if when she was really busy. She genuinely cares about the people that she comes in contact with thru support connections.

1 Mary467

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have advanced breast cancer. Support Connection has been a place of solace and support for me for three years.

2 Cissi

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow, Wow, Wow...
Is in my heart when I think of Support Connection. I was diagnosed in March of 2013 with Ovarian Cancer Stage 3C.
I felt lost and very alone and was not sure what I was supposed to do besides having treatment and my life suddenly filled with all sorts of doctor appointments.
Then cursing the Net I came across Support Connection. Great day for me I called and they welcomed me with pen arms and understand I live South Carolina and Support Connection is in New York, that did not matter as Robin explained that they offer support all over. I was so thrilled to have them talk With. Scared and not knowing where to turn for support. All the counselors and staff are very friendly and supportive. Even if you call in crazy tears because having cancer can be frightening and confusing. This organization should be lifted high for all the programs they offer and free of charge. I am long distance but I look forward to the second Wednesday of each month for our live phone conversation and you get to talk to other women and we share experiences. No one is ever negative so much positive energy flows through the group. We are also allowed to participate when live guest speakers attend our regular session or special dates which include question and answer sessions. I applaud Support Connection for all they do for the community of women with Breast and Ovarian Cancer. They make us feel very special. Thank you for the opportunity for me to toot the horn in favor of Support Connection.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Support Connection was there when I needed someone when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1998. At the time, there were very few organizations with knowledge and experience with ovarian cancer, as the big focus was on breast cancer. The staff at Support Connection provide support in so many different ways: yoga classes, advice, listening. Just what the doctor ordered!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Support Connection provides all FREE services to anyone affected by ovarian or breast cancer. When I had ovarian cancer almost 17 years ago, they helped answer some of my questions, and gave me a list of new questions I should ask my doctor. Since then, they have helped countless friends and family, whether near their office or miles and miles away, to help them deal with their diagnoses of breast or ovarian cancer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I went into overdrive! I had doctors and internet searches. I had choices and fear. I had operations and chemo. It wasn't until after all this that I even heard about The Support Connection. When trying to get my body back to functional and a friend told me about a great yoga class designed with me in mind. All I had to do was register and it was free! Sounded too good to be true but I called and had my first contact with the wonderful people at the Support Connection.
I'm hoping others hear about this wonderful organization earlier than I did because each of the counselors are so helpful and knowledgeable and have been were I was and am. My course of treatment probably would not have changed but I would have had the emotional support of people who had been in my place.
Recently my daughter received a similar diagnosis and one of the first things I did was to sit down with Robin for information and support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are available to me as a cancer survivor. They were there as I was going through radiation and have been there as I have healed. They offer so many opportunities and I especially enjoy the nutritional and hands on workshops.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was told by a co-worker whose wife had breast cancer that I should contact Support Connection Inc. He said the counselor made such a difference in how she dealt with her breast cancer diagnosis and that he should encourage his wife to contact them. I contacted Support Connection and it was the best call I made in my life. My counselor listen to my fears and concerns and understood exactly what I was feeling. This is because one time in her life she also dealt with a breast cancer diagnosis. During my first conversation with my counselor, she addressed my fears and concerns with kindness and hope. She explained it was a journey. A journey with many different feelings and emotions. My counselor has supported me though rough times and happier times. I would speak to her as I was going through my journey. After my conversation with her, my anxiety was less and I felt I can do this. It is 6 1/2 yrs. since I made that first call. I am a breast cancer survivor and still today I am supported by this remarkable organization SUPPORT CONNECTION, INC.

karen24

Client Served

Rating: 5

When i was diagnosed 15 years ago with breast cancer I calledto speak to a counselor and found the most helpful and compassionate women there. I would call frequently just when I had questions or needed someone to listen to me beside my doctors. I attended some meetings ,yoga classes initially after my recovery that were wonderful .l even had an aeromatherapy massage...all free services . I participated in educatioanl meetings as well as days of celebration . over the years , i have referred countless women to Support Connections. I love that they are helping women in our neighborhood...all these years later i still keep in touch with these amazing women. Love this organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

when i was diagnosed with breast cancer i called frequently to talk to a peer counselor about my concerns/fears. i attended yoga and meditation classes and received an aromatherapy massage. over the years i have volunteered to help spread the word about this wonderful group of women and services they provide- i have also attended workshops and luncheons, and recently was treated to a spa day for cancer survivors. Its been 10 years and i am still in touch with this group because they are doing an amazing job of providing support to women at the most difficult of times. they are kind,loving and well informed-always striving to improve their services, concerned about the needs of their clients and tirelessly work to increase cancer awareness. as a physical therapist in a homecare setting i work with women who are just discharged from the hospital after mastectomies or starting chemotherapy and i am happy to have a place to refer them to where i know they will receive additional support

Client Served

Rating: 5

Support Connection has ALWAYS been there for me since I have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I had a weak support system as all my relatives live outside the United States. Attending to the needs of two young children, my husband did not have the capacity to support me emotionally. That is when Support Connection held my hand, listened to my fears & anxiety and gave me hope. They did it through one-on-one counseling, group counseling and therapy sessions, all free of cost. Even after the initial diagnosis, I had waves of anxiety every time there was a threat of recurrence. Support Connection never kicked me out. Even after so many years, they have been ALWAYS there for me, educating me through educational forums with professional speakers & continuing to give me hope. I would not be where I am today without the help of Support Connection. They are the best.

dorismatick

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a part of the Support Connection family since 2000 when I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. I remember so well the warm welcome and the truly special people who make this place the home base it is to so many of us. It provides us with everything from info seminars to restorative yoga which has improved my life and enthusiasm for life more than they know. It is a godsend to those of us in this area and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart for being there for us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I still remember those first days after receiving my breast cancer diagnosis. Support Connection was recommended to me by my oncologist's office. My first phone call was met with such kindness and understanding and this has continued through the thirteen years I have been in remission. The women who work at SC give their all to help us cope with the many overwhelming aspects of BC treatment and then provide wonderful therapeutic follow-up through the years. My absolute favorite is Gentle Yoga which has taught me the calming techniques of breath work combined with yoga asanas. Support Connection is such an incredible community service and I am so thankful that it is there for all who need it.