Monday, October 17, 2011

Beyond the Shock

Today, I discovered an app for an online community for women diagnosed with breast cancer. It is called Beyond The Shock and you can install it for free on your IPhone. It links survivors of the disease to others who are seeking emotional support through the use of education, personal videos, and even a forum for questions and answers.

It is sponsored by the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The guide is unique way to offer women a way to connect and to share their personal stories of how they are connecting and fighting breast cancer.

If you are interested, here is the link for NBCF website.

I also found a book called Coping with Breast Cancer: A Husband's Perspective written by Ricky Sides. I ordered it this evening so I will offer a brief book review soon. The book is about the author's personal account of dealing with his fear, depression, and denial while supporting his wife and taking care of their child.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Got Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Are you wearing pink this month? October marks 25 years of awareness, education, and power for women diagnosed and/or surviving breast cancer. Several organizations are honoring women and their family members during the entire month. From walks/runs like "Race for the Cure" to NFL players wearing pink during game days to my bank making a donation to fight against breast cancer with every pink card swipe. Everyone is getting involved in some way to give back.

I often wonder what is the patient's response to this month. What is their relationship to breast cancer?  What does it mean to become a survivor? What is survivorship like for their family? Does the month of October mark a different meaning for the breast cancer patient and her family?

Please feel free to leave your thoughts and/or questions. I would love to hear from you.

Below is Susan G. Komen for the Cure website, if you are interested in more information or connecting with others this month.