Ever wonder what BCA is all about? Here’s a run down on some of the important things we provide for Ottawa area breast cancer patients/survivors:
Peer support group
At Breast Cancer Action, our motto is “We will meet you wherever you are”.
No truer words were ever spoken when it comes to life altering events, like breast cancer. No one who hasn’t been through it will understand the way someone who has been through it will. Family and friends and the medical system will be huge parts of the breast cancer journey. But when a patient just wants to take off the wig, have a cry or just ask questions, then peer support can often be a huge resource.
Our peer support group meets on the second Wednesday evening of each month at 7 pm at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. It is peer led. No professionals. Just those diagnosed with breast cancer talking to others about what it’s like to face a breast cancer diagnosis, what it’s like to go through treatment, and what it’s like to face life after treatment.
- As one participant put it: “We all speak the same language — cancer. More importantly, we speak the language of mutual understanding, love and above all hope.”
Peer support counselling
Our peer supporters are a group of people, mostly women, who have all had breast cancer in some form or another. We have all attended a two-day counselling workshop led by a professional social worker and psychologist. But most importantly, we have all signed up to do this because we care about those following in our footsteps.
When a patient/survivor calls, we try to match them to a peer supporter who has been through similar procedures or diagnoses or experiences. A phone call is all it takes. Our feeling is that sometimes just knowing that someone ahead of you got through what you are about to face, is just enough to take the edge off – to reassure you that you too will get through this.
We survivors have a lot of joint experience and tips and tricks up our sleeves that we are more than willing to share.
For these and any other peer related questions, please don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Because we will meet you wherever you are.
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