During this time of COVID and social distancing, connecting with support groups can be challenging. Here are some online support groups offering help for patients, survivors, and caregivers!
Online support groups take place using a password-protected message board format (not live chat) and are led by professional oncology social workers who offer support and guidance. Groups are held for 15 weeks at a time, and group members must register to join. After completing the registration process (which can take up to 2-3 business days), members can participate by posting in the groups 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Open to anyone in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.
After recovering from cancer, Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton identified three angels who helped him through his journey: the first angel was his oncologist, the second angel was his oncology nurse, and the third angels, his family and friends. He felt a fourth angel was missing though, someone who had been there and would understand what he was feeling. This led him to create a program of one-on-one support with a trained volunteer mentor through online chat, phone, or by email.
ABCD – After Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Tell ABCD about your diagnosis and treatment, and what you need in a mentor then you will be matched with a trained mentor who has a similar breast cancer diagnosis and life experience. Your chosen mentor will call you to arrange the best way for the two of you to communicate, and how often.
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