Facing a breast cancer diagnosis can trigger a wide range of emotions from fear to insecurity, anger to helplessness. Some patients feel like they’re taking on this formidable foe alone, others say it’s more like their own body has become a battlefield and they’re waiting to see who wins in the end.
There’s no right or wrong way to feel, but at FMH we want you to know you’re not alone. The hospital’s Survivors Offering Support (SOS) program pairs newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients with women who’ve been there and done that.
Survivors and new patients are paired based on similarities in age, lifestyle and stage of breast cancer. Survivors share insights into their personal breast cancer experience while providing information and emotional support to the new patient. As the patient goes through diagnosis and treatment, ongoing support is offered through phone calls and emails.
These Survivor Volunteers are trained mentors who provide an invaluable “buddy support system” and help make the breast cancer journey less confusing and solitary.
If you’re a breast cancer survivor and it’s been at least one year since your treatment, we’d like to invite you to become a SOS peer mentor.
Want to reach out as a peer mentor? Interested in giving a newly-diagnosed breast cancer patient a reason to hope? Join us for our next mentor training session March 28, 2012 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Call 301-694-5580 extension 2018 to learn more.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and you’d like to be introduced to a peer mentor, please fill out the SOS Mentor Request Form.