Breast Health Outreach & Education in Your Neighborhood

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The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Delaware’s MOST trusted breast cancer resource has a few upcoming outreach and education programs coming to your neighborhood. Please mark your calendars to join us …..

 

 

VIDA Living a Healthy Lifestyle Bilingual Health and Screening Fair

Saturday, April 2, 2016

11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Multicultural Church and Community Center, 105 NE Front Street, Milford, DE 19963

Join us for a day of breast health education, free screenings, and information on how to live a healthy lifestyle on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 11:30am to 2:30pm at the Multi-Cultural Church & Community Center in Milford. The day will include: Clinical Breast Exams provided on site, Mammogram appointments available on the van (call 1-888-672-9647 to register), Health screening and insurance information from many vendors, and Glucose, Cholesterol, BMI, DEXA screenings provided by the Bayhealth Education Department. Food and snacks will be provided plus Families are welcome and Free Clothing Giveaways will be offered. Hope you can join us!

For more information visit our webpage, here.

 

Total Woman’s Conference: Empowering the Wise and Well Woman

Saturday, April 9, 2016

10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Milford Library, 11 SE Front Street, Milford, DE

Join the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition and Women of Wellness, LLC for the Total Woman’s Conference: Empowering the Wise and Well Woman on Saturday, April 9 from 10am to 1pm at the Milford Library. You can expect informative workshops, free screenings, and lunch. Admission is free but  registration is required. Visit tinyurl.com/wiseandwell to register.

For more information visit our webpage, here.

 

VIDA Living a Healthy Lifestyle Bilingual Health and Screening Fair

Saturday, April 23, 2016

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club, 310 Virginia Avenue, Seaford, DE 19973

Join us for a day of breast health education, free screenings, and information on how to live a healthy lifestyle on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 8:30am to 1:30pm at the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club in Seaford. The day will include: Clinical Breast Exams provided on site, Health screening and insurance information from many vendors, and Glucose, Cholesterol, BMI, DEXA screenings provided by the Beebe Community Health. Food and snacks will be provided plus Families are welcome and Free Clothing Giveaways will be offered. Hope you can join us!

For more information visit our webpage, here.

DBCC’s Nurture with Nature Series Expands to New Castle County

By Chadeia Mitchell, Outreach and Education Coordinator/Public Ally
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition will offer the Nurture with Nature series more often in New Castle County.  Nurture with Nature provides a fun way for survivors to connect and relieve stress through the great outdoors.
The Nurture with Nature series allows breast cancer survivors to come together and experience nature by hiking, kayaking, biking, horseback riding, astronomy, or simply walking through a forest or along a beach.  Outings occur approximately once a month throughout all of Delaware and will now take place more often in New Castle County!
Through our new partnership with the Delaware Nature Society, Nurture with Nature will take advantage of all that New Castle County has to offer. We will also offer lighter activities such as museum tours and branch out as far as Southeastern Pennsylvania. With so many options, it’s guaranteed that there will be an activity perfect for you!
We hope that you will join us in our Nurture with Nature series. We welcome all who are newly diagnosed, currently in treatment, experiencing a recurrence, or a long term survivor to join us in our Nature with Nurture series.
If Nurture with Nature is something you are interested in, please take a moment to complete our short survey. We are conducting this survey in order to adequately meet the needs of breast cancer survivors in New Castle County and surrounding areas. All information provided on this survey is confidential and will not be shared.
To complete the survey please click on the link below:
Thanks for your help!

Giving back: Mentees become DBCC Peer Mentors

“Only people who have walked the walk can tell you what it is like,” says Barbara Nolan, breast cancer survivor and DBCC peer mentor.  Barbara, who resides in Bear, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2009.  “When I first found out I had breast cancer, I was panicked.”

In search of a local support group, Barbara came across DBCC’s website and called DBCC Program Director, Cathy Holloway.  “She soothed a lot of my fears before my surgery,” Barbara said.  Cathy then matched her with a peer mentor, a breast cancer survivor who is trained to provide support to those newly diagnosed.

“It’s rare to have an instant bond with someone you don’t know but my mentor and I became good friends.”    

Program Manager Connie Holdridge mentoring.

Diane Duncker feels the same way.  Diane was diagnosed with breast cancer while moving from York, Pa. to Lewes.  “I was diagnosed around the holidays and had no family or support down here.  And I didn’t really know anyone who had been through it at that time,” she said.  Diane was put in touch with DBCC and was matched with a mentor.  “My mentor was great with calling and helping me through my journey.”

After being diagnosed in December 2008, Gail Lanouette of Dover was referred to DBCC by her surgeon.  “Within 10 days of my diagnosis I had an entire package of information from DBCC and a card from Lois [DBCC Program Manager],” she said.  “I called Lois and she was so supportive and calmed my fears.”  Gail was matched with a peer mentor who had a similar surgery and treatment plan.

Gail was told by her doctors that she qualified for a clinical trial.  “I had so many questions so I called Lois and she was great at guiding me through the questions.”  Gail chose to enroll in the clinical trial.  “I knew the medicine that was helping me was made possible by other woman who enrolled in a clinical trial so I had to do it.”

Gail Lanouette (right) with Program Manager Lois Wilkinson

After Barbara, Diane and Gail went through surgery and treatment, they decided to become Peer Mentors themselves.  “Once I felt strong enough to help someone else, I signed up for the training,” Barbara said.  DBCC hosts quarterly Peer Mentor training sessions in all three counties and at Union Hospital in Cecil County, Md.  The Peer Mentor Support Program provides one-on-one support for a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient from a trained breast cancer survivor.

“I knew when I finished chemo that I wanted to give back and help other women through their journey,” Gail said.

“Because if I didn’t have a mentor, I don’t think I would have been able to figure it all out.”

Gail has mentored a few women and says the peer mentor training has also helped her mentor some friends through their breast cancer journeys.  “My husband was my best supporter but it is so important to have other women.  Other ladies told me it was okay to feel tired and sick and shared tips with me to keep me more comfortable through my treatment,” she said.  Gail explained that small pieces of wisdom like where to get lymphedema sleeves or to use cooling gel after radiation made all the difference.

Because Gail went through a clinical trial, she also participated in the DBCC Clinical Trial Peer Mentor Training program.  The program is for survivors who have participated in clinical trials and want to help those newly diagnosed make educated decisions about clinical trials and dispel some of the myths about trials and research.  For more information, click here.

“DBCC is phenomenal,” Gail says.  “They do so much for so many people.  DBCC helps those newly diagnosed through the journey – emotionally and physically.  And this program is important because those newly diagnosed look at all the survivors who have been there and then they know they will be there too,” Gail said.

“When you are a peer mentor you form warm relationships and such a great camaraderie with the women you mentor,” Barbara said.  The Peer Mentor Support Program is available to those newly diagnosed at no charge.  “When I meet people in the community who receive a breast cancer diagnosis, I always recommend they call DBCC and get a peer mentor,” Diane said.

To learn more about the Peer Mentor Support Program, click here or call 1-866-312-DBCC.