"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."

~ C.S. Lewis

Hearing the words “you have breast cancer” will immediately catapult you into unknown territory and may change your world in ways that you can’t begin to imagine. We, the women of Here for the Girls, have been in your shoes and want to share our thoughts on the tumultuous time of diagnosis and to offer you hope, inspiration, and power.

Just as everyone is unique, each woman’s breast cancer is different because of factors such as type, stage, and characteristics of the cancer. Because treatment options vary, each woman has to evaluate the risks and benefits of her choices in the context of her own personal values and lifestyle. How women react to having this disease differs greatly as well. There are no rules for how you should act, feel, or respond. Remember, this is a time in your life when restoring your health should be your top priority, so it is okay to put yourself first and allow your “life-support system” of friends and family to help you.

Our members receive support through a variety of programs and services that encourage emotional healing including annual weekend retreats, an annual calendar that includes a breast health guide, educational sessions with partnering physicians, program activities and communications, along with in-person and virtual support. All these offerings are available at no cost to young women with breast cancer.

Education

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Social-Emotional Support

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Social Engagement

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Why Does H4TG Love Elephants?

In the wild, when an elephant is sick or injured other elephants have been known to come alongside her and lean in to hold her up until she recovers or dies. The young women of Here for the Girls are each other’s elephants.

They understand like no one else can. They share hope, knowledge, and what questions to ask. They go to medical appointments and treatments together. They lean in to hold each other up, whether in-person or online, and create a sisterhood based on love, trust, and understanding.

What to Expect

Hearing the words “you have breast cancer” will immediately catapult you into unknown territory and may change your world in ways that you can’t begin to imagine. The members of Here for the Girls have been in your shoes and are ready to share their thoughts on the tumultuous time of diagnosis and beyond and to offer you hope, inspiration, and power.

Education: Caring for Yourself

  • Physician/Subject Matter Expert Led Events + Workshops - Topic specific sessions and workshops focusing on breast cancer related issues designed to educate and empower our members to advocate for themselves.
  • Breast Health/Women’s Health Content + Resources - Access to resources through our online Member Hub or A Guide to Caring for Yourself, which offers important health information on breast cancer, managing risk, early detection, healthy lifestyle choices, and other related topics.
  • Opportunities to take charge of your health - Self-care tips and activities to promote overall well-being through a focus on mind, body, spirit.
  • Caring Conversations - Designed to complement our peer-led gatherings, our social work team leads support groups for our members along with topic specific groups for those with a metastatic diagnosis, those newly diagnosed, and those with long-time survivorship needs.
  • Workshops - Carefully curated workshops and wellness days designed to meet the needs of our diverse member base, such as grief and trauma, support for those living with a metastatic diagnosis, and those facing long-term survivorship challenges.
  • Meeting Our Members Where They Are At - Sometimes our members need an extra boost of support, and this is done through individualized conversations that help to provide strategies, resources, and referrals.

Social Engagement: Hope Inspiration Power

  • Peer Gatherings - Led by trained peer facilitators, members receive monthly social and emotional support in a non-clinical setting that improves their social and emotional well-being.
  • Building Connections - Activities and events that promote bonding with peers and encourage emotional healing through a safe and inclusive environment that promotes connectedness.
  • Life Experiences - Members experience a host of activities and experiences designed to encourage healing, personal growth, and building confidence.
© 2022 Here for the Girls, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity
EIN 26-0606190
1309 Jamestown Rd. Suite 204
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Contact us at info@hereforthegirls.org
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