I stood by my partner as caregiver when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I did everything I could to support, understand, and provide a shoulder to cry on. But connecting with others who’d been there was also important. The following sites provided a community for her to research, understand and share her breast cancer experience.
New Hampshire or New England Area Support
Provides information, calendars, and fundraising registration access. Also find links to national news about treatments, and research. This is the first site I’ve found with a sign up for a reminder to do your own monthly self-exam. So cool! Also offers access to grants, and groups looking for help. Get involved.
Provides support to women from the Greater Seacoast area of NH and ME, battling breast cancer. Wendy McCoole, Executive Director, battled breast cancer herself, and it changed her life, resulting in this amazing site providing support through:
- gas cards, restaurant cards, etc. for women in need who are in treatment
- assistance with utility bills, rent, and help at home
- patient gift bags
- mentoring programs for kids with parents fighting cancer
I know first hand how this site can help women share their stories, and stay in touch with family and friends. Also founded by Wendy McCoole, breastcancerstories.org allows you to sign up, and provide as much or as little on your personal battle as you choose, then share your story including photos, poems, questions, and updates. You can give access to your page to family and friends so they can stay up to date with your progress.
National Online Support
On this site, you’ll find direct connection to an Oncology Social Worker, support groups available online, in person or over the phone, workshops, and even information on financial aid, and help with co-payments for chemo and other treatments. While this site is not specific to breast cancer, some breast cancer patients end up dealing with multiple types of cancer, so having access to a general site like this can be a huge help.
Young Survivors Coalition
This site is dedicated to young women, 35 years old or less, who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Young breast cancer patients face an increased problems including higher mortality rates, fertility issues, and the possibility of early menopause. YSC provides some great tools for navigating treatment, understanding life after treatment, access to research, and help if you’re newly diagnosed, a caregiver, a survivor or a healthcare worker.
Breast cancer is scary, even with friends and family around. You may still feel alone. Reach out for support and know that people are out there who want to provide it. Your battle is yours alone, but you don’t have to be alone in fighting it.
Susan G. Komen
New Hampshire Breast Cancer Coalition
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