How does the Reach To Recovery® program support people facing breast cancer?
For more than 45 years, the American Cancer Society Reach To Recovery program has been helping people cope with their breast cancer experience – as early as the first possibility of a diagnosis and continuing for as long as breast cancer remains a personal concern to them. Finding out that you have breast cancer can make you feel overwhelmed, vulnerable, and alone. Suddenly having to learn about complex medical treatments and trying to choose the best one can also be stressful during this time.
Our Reach To Recovery volunteers are specially trained to help people through their experience by offering a measure of comfort and an opportunity for emotional grounding and informed decision making. As breast cancer survivors, our volunteers give patients and family members an opportunity to express feelings, talk about fears and concerns, and ask questions of someone who has been there. Most importantly, Reach To Recovery volunteers offer understanding, support, and hope because they themselves have survived breast cancer and gone on to live productive lives. Program volunteers do not provide medical advice.
From one of our Hawaii Reach to Recovery volunteers: “Reach to Recovery has enriched my life immeasurably by allowing me to spend time with women I would never have had the opportunity to meet; and joining with them as they travel along on their cancer journey. My life has been so blessed by these wonderful women.”
Become a Reach to Recovery volunteer – call us at 1-800-227-2345 for more information.