Portal to Breast Cancer Resources Including Financial Assistance

http://advocates4breastcancer.org

This awesome web portal got on my r adar in a private “closed” Facebook group for caregivers of and people with metastatic breast cancer. You’ll find everything from links to groups with emotional support resources to the tangible sorts like copay assistance. It’s a bit design challenged, but don’t let the “crayon” drawings fool you – this is a real life, dyed in the wool portal for almost anything you might need for breast cancer and real help is available. I found sites and resources I’d never heard of, after scouring the web for over three years.

No I’m not a fan of Facebook as many of you know but I am a huge fan of peer online groups and sharing of intelligence. They’re open 24/7 and global in reach – not closed when you’ve got insomnia and want to feel like doing something to help yourself through the muck and mire of your breast cancer diagnosis.

At Advocate 4 Breast Cancer, we advocate to improve the quality of life for all breast cancer patients. And see an end to breast cancer. Raise funds for research, education, patient’s rights, and ending breast cancer.
— Read on advocates4breastcancer.org/

Ilene

Female. East coast transplant living in the Bay Area of California. Living with Stage IV breast cancer. Married to the coolest guy in the universe who occasionally suffers from serious depression. Love my stepsons, although I never thought I'd have that thankless job - ever! And my best friend Simon is also my cat. How I have survived with stage IV: treatments including chemo and surgery; palliative oncology; tenacity; a dark sense of humor; support groups; and my newly reinvented career as a vintage and antiques maven. Some days I miss the old me who led a well respected and well paid life as a business strategist in high tech. So much for that. I blog to simply share my experiences and my poetic approach with others who have cancer of any kind or with their care givers and those who love them. If one person at the very least finds a little commonality or a friend out in the ether tor a smile, a common nod about this experience, or even a link to assistance, then I have accomplished a small but extraordinarily meaningful goal. Go team.

3 thoughts on “Portal to Breast Cancer Resources Including Financial Assistance

  1. Hello Ilene –
    I am happy to see you are able to post your writings these past months. You continue to inspire me through your writings and willingness to help others by sharing your cancer journey. Thank you for your tenacity to find resources for people and care givers that continue the fight againt MBC (stage IV cancer). You are in my thoughts.

    Warm regards,
    -Liesl

    1. It’s so good to hear from you. Thank you for giving me a needed pat on the back today. Some days I just don’t know why I do it. When I cannot become the light for my husband to see at the end of his dark depression tunnel, I feel like my purpose hasn’t any real meaning. I’d give him 1/2 my strength to have a few happy years with him. I miss my best friend and confidant, my love and my strong man. Some days it feels like this boring, painful life my once vibrant, sensual happiness has transformed into isn’t worth the difficulties – financial, physical, emotional. Cancer does not just effect the diagnosed person but those closest to them as well.

      I hope you’re doing well and much love to you my friend!
      Ilene

    2. Liesl, I’m writing even when I cannot speak to anyone…it’s a way to express the wide array of emotions that metastatic disease brings into my life, from grateful to gracious to anger to rage and mostly love. Keep reading and you know I’ll keep writing.
      💜🙏🏻

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