February 18, 2010
A new support group has been formed specifically for women whose cancer has come back or who have metastatic or advanced breast cancer. Called The Circle of Help, it's open — and free — to all advanced breast cancer patients.
Women who have recurrent, metastatic or advanced disease have special needs for emotional and clinical support from those who understand what it's like, from those who've "been there."
Co-facilitated by metastatic survivor and nurse educator Cathi Haseman, RN, The Circle of Help offers advanced breast cancer patients a place to share the special support they need.
"We need to learn how to make the most out of our lives, to have the most joy and meaning in every single day," Haseman said.
"This is different from the needs of people who have been newly diagnosed with breast cancer," she explained. "New people need a lot of practical information about what to do and how to get the help they need, and they need a lot of empathy. People with advanced breast cancer need support and encouragement to live life to the fullest."
The Circle of Help meets from 6 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month in the library at John C. Lincoln's Breast Health and Research Center, Suite 205, 19646 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix. More information about Circle of Help is available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
John C. Lincoln's support group for patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer, co-sponsored by The Wellness Community, meets at the Breast Health and Research Center at the same time on the same evening. For more information about either support group, call John C. Lincoln's Breast Health and Research Center, 623-780-HOPE (4673).
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