There are several of our new members that have expressed the same fears that each of us has experienced. When I was diagnosed w/ Stage IV, Mets to the bone, I frankly almost gave up numerous times. Then one night I called the Y-Me Hotline and was able to talk to a gal that gave me the kick in the butt that I needed and made me realize that I could beat this darn disease again. So I wanted to post the info here in hopes that it will help someone.
The free-of-charge Y-ME Hotline at 1-800-221-2141 anytime.
Survivor Match Program offers personalized support
When you call the Y-ME Hotline, you can request to be paired with a peer counselor who had the same diagnosis, is the same age or has experienced similar challenges as you. The confidential, free-of-charge service is available to anyone who calls the Hotline. Newly diagnosed individuals may feel alone and overwhelmed by the changes in their lives. Y-ME peer counselors have experienced those emotions and have coped with them. Now they’re on the Hotline helping others by providing support and information that only someone who has experienced breast cancer firsthand can offer. By speaking with a match peer counselor, you will find a person who has walked more than a mile in your shoes and can help you through the experience.
Most situations have been addressed by the match peer counselors. Common topics and circumstances include:
Young mother with children
Elderly woman who feels alone
Man who is newly diagnosed
Someone with inflammatory breast cancer
An individual with metastasis to the bones
Variations on the above and more