Newly Diagnosed (within 1 year)
This group is for anyone recently diagnosed with any stage of breast cancer. Participants may or may not have had surgery or other treatment. Pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact Rachel Shaefer at firstname.lastname@example.org / 512.524.2560
BCRC Client, Mary Pickett, was diagnosed with Stage 2A Invasive Breast Cancer on October 12, 2012. She comes from a large family with a mother, six brothers, two sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom were shocked and saddened by her diagnosis. Unfortunately, like many family members, they had no idea how to help her as she underwent 12 weeks of chemotherapy and 7 weeks of radiation. She first heard about Breast Cancer Resource Centers while at Texas Oncology, but didn’t understand the scope of services provided until an acquaintance gave her more information about the BCRC, which prompted her to call.
Mary attended the Recently Diagnosed Support Circle and had this to say about her experience:
I loved the group. The women in my group… were supportive of each other and we got along well. We had all types of women in the group, single, married, young and older, double mastectomy, lumpectomy, chemo & radiation, just radiation, no radiation, triple negative, ER positive. You name it, we had it. That is what I liked about our group… we had a sense of what each other was going through and how it was changing us. Together, (Certified Patient Navigators) Elaine and Veda kept the meetings moving and gave great insight into what we would be facing.
I was so grateful for the sense of community. There were two women who just finished the same course of treatment, and the advice they gave me helped me through it. Emotionally, I sometimes felt forgotten by my family, and the group helped to change my reaction to their behavior as I gained a deeper understanding of why they were reacting the way they did Ultimately, the women in my Tuesday group meeting became a second family during this difficult time.
The group brought me peace of mind about my diagnosis and what to expect in the future. It helped me change my narrative to a more positive outlook regarding my diagnosis and life. The camaraderie among the women was strong and I couldn’t wait to go back each Tuesday to catch up on how everyone was doing.
Mary is currently trying to get her strength back and has started back to work on half days. She is glad to return to the things she was doing prior to her diagnosis.