Thanks to funding from the Women’s Breast Health Fund at the Community Foundation, breast cancer survivors have two new resources to help them adjust to their ‘new normal’. Websites for the Breast Cancer Survivorship Network and the Young Breast Cancer Survivors Network were recently launched and offer online avenues for survivors, their families and their caregivers to identify support and education resources.
About the grants:
- Breast Cancer Survivorship Network: Resources for Living is an initiative of the Baptist Health Foundation and the Breast Care Center at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. The Network has a focus in Bessemer and West End and is building on existing relationships with area churches and members of the Baptist Physician Alliance to identify survivors and address their needs. The program pairs a Resources Navigator — a licensed social worker by training — with nurse navigators to guide newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through their treatment and recovery journey. A multi-year grant from the Women’s Breast Health Fund has supported the development of the navigator network.
- The Young Breast Cancer Survivors Network is an initiative of the UAB School of Nursing and offers personal support and education for pre-menopausal women diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their families. The website has separate resource listings for Survivors, Co-Survivors, and Children, as well as other features like a calendar of upcoming events.
Both networks are free throughout the five-county region regardless of where a breast cancer patient was diagnosed or received treatment. True to the spirit of the Women’s Breast Health Fund, both programs continue to add partners, which are linked to the recently launched websites.
Madeline Harris, Director of the Women’s Breast Health Fund, is pleased to have a front row seat to these collaborative programs. “It is my privilege to work closely with the passionate teams of healthcare professionals, volunteers and collaborating partners that make up the Breast Cancer Survivors Network – Resources for Living and the Young Breast Cancer Survivors Network. They are determined to make sure women and their families go beyond just surviving but can live full, healthy lives. “