Whether you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, or you want to reach out to help a beloved friend or family member, there are many online support groups for breast cancer that you can turn to. Sometimes it helps to talk to people that are going through the same experiences, since it can be difficult for others to understand exactly what you are going through. Here are some online breast cancer support groups that you can look to for advice, encouragement, and support.
Breast Cancer Support Groups Online: National Breast Cancer Foundation
The National Breast Cancer Foundation has a lot of information at its website, and features advice on how to reach out and help people. Their community forum features discussion boards on topics such as early detection, telling your story, treatment, survivors, supporters, breast cancer research and latest news, fundraising, and inspiration. There are many women here who are willing to reach out to you and help you through all stages of breast cancer, treatment, and survivorship.
Breast Cancer Support Groups Online: Share
Share is a support group that is run by survivors of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. They offer support services in English and Spanish. They run hotlines for those who need advice, advocate, do fundraising, and share breast cancer research news. In addition to their online breast cancer support, they offer group counseling for men and women who are dealing with breast cancer in the New York area.
Breast Cancer Support Groups Online: Breast Cancer Network of Strength
The Breast Cancer Network of Strength website provides educational materials on breast cancer diagnosis, treatment options and side effects, diagnostic techniques, risk factors, and breast cancer clinical trials. They offer publications on breast cancer in several languages, including Spanish. They also have resources on taking care of yourself during treatment, survivorship, relationships, and taking care of a loved one. If you are interested in sharing your story, or reading about other women’s experiences with breast cancer, there are many message boards here. They focus on the topics of coping with breast cancer, survivorship, newly diagnosed, achieving your goals, supporting loved ones, and advanced breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Support Groups Online: Susan G. Komen for the Cure
The Susan G. Komen Foundation has become one of the most recognizable names in breast cancer advocacy. Their website features information on understanding breast cancer, getting involved, research and grants, and more. Under the topic of understanding breast cancer, you can find a lot of helpful information, and there is a tab for breast cancer support. This resource can help you find support groups, health care providers, spiritual and religious advisors, and hospice care. There are links to help you find resources like these in your own community.
I hope that you will find these online support groups for breast cancer helpful. Remember that everyone’s cancer story is unique. The information online can be scary and overwhelming. Remember that someone else’s story is not your story. Talk to your doctor about finding more resources in your community, and reach out. This is a time for love and friendship, so don’t be shy in reaching out to others in your time of need. They will reach back.