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Readers Respond: Best Ways to Volunteer in Support of Breast Cancer

Responses: 8


Updated November 13, 2008

There are so many ways to offer support to people who are dealing with breast cancer. Volunteering is one great way to get involved and give support. You can participate in a fund-raiser, run a support group, knit chemo caps, drive patients to clinic visits, or do peer counseling. What other ways do you volunteer in support of the cause?

Daughter of someone who did not survive

My name is Kerri Lynn Kelley, I'm 15 years old and my mother had breast cancer and did not survive. I am trying to reach out to people that are coping with the same situation cause i know how it is and I wanted someone to help me through and they did -- so i felt like i needed to help somebody else through it and stand by them and support them, too.
—Guest kerri

Volunteer Help

Greetings! I have been interested in volunteering my time and energy to support the Breast Cancer support group. Means of physical, mentally or spiritual support. Thank you and God Bless You.
—Guest Annie Salzman

Looking For A Way to Help

I am a breast cancer survivor of almost 12 years. I , since, have made some very poor choices in my life. But now I am on the right track and so want to be apart of being support for another woman going through what God so blessed me through. Please contact me by email and let me know how I can help. I am currently in a Drug Treatment Facility but am able to go places. Also is there any assistance that might be beneficial to me in getting a start back into the community through the cancer society?
—Guest Laura Foumberg

How I Volunteered

Being diagnosed with IBC (Inflammatory Breast Cancer) in August 2007 was pretty scary. Even my PCP was not aware of the proper treatment for IBC. It got even more scary after I'd had my chemo, mastectomy and radiation. I learned that my surgeon did not do the axillary lymph node dissection as set out in the Guidelines for IBC and just did a sentinel node biopsy (which determines if you have cancer in your lymph nodes). From that point on, I wanted to educate both the medical profession and the general public. You always hear "feel for lumps" and "get your mammogram". Well, IBC doesn't always have a lump and doesn't usually show on a routine mammo. See your doctor if you have ANY changes in your breasts. It usually takes a biopsy to identify IBC. We always say "when it doubt, rule it (IBC) out". IBC is highly aggressive. I am now answering calls that come in to an IBC group where I can try to help others on their journey with IBC and I carry brochures with me everywhere I go.

Do whatever you can...

I think so many people get caught up in feeling like what they do wouldn't be great because it wouldn't be a cure or a million dollars or whatever they would think as miraculous. Something simple is also a blessing. Offer to take someone to chemo, go grocery shopping for them, call to listen, drop them a card to say thinking about you, compile a list of resources locally, volunteer for a local organization. In short, everyone can help in some way, every contribution is helpful.

Ok to volunteer

Now i hope go to Volunteer for Breast cancer, at any times in the year.

Send a Monthly Email to Your Friends

A friend who is now three years past her treatment sends a monthly self-exam reminder email to hundreds of women. She usually tells the story of someone who found a lump or a problem herself, then sought a test. It's a great reminder for us all, and who knows how many lives she has saved?

web work

i have done volunteer web site maintenance for my local breast cancer support org.
—Guest szebaimei

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