Online support group
Although research has shown that support groups can be extremely helpful to women coping with breast cancer, sometimes it is not possible for a woman to travel to a group. To help, the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program has established an on-line group for women under the age of 40. This group meets on Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
Says social worker Erin Nau, “This on-line group makes it possible for a woman no matter where she is located in New York State to come together with other young women coping with breast cancer, whether she is in a rural area where there are no groups, in a hospital or at home or work. All she needs is a cell phone to be part of the group.”
Nau asks women who are interested in joining the online group to call her at 516-877-4314. This group is supported by a SPARC grant from the International Association for Social Work with Groups.
The Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, established in 1980, provides information and emotional support to breast cancer patients, their families and friends, and the community. The hotline number is 800-877-8077. You are not alone.