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.
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.
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.