Imagine hearing the words ‘you have breast cancer.’ In a flash you are sent into a whirlwind of emotions many of which are completely out of your immediate control. You are projected into uncertainty.
This is just the beginning of the shared experience young women face when they are diagnosed with breast cancer. They face many different challenges because of their age and where they are in life; these are challenges that can impact them far beyond diagnosis and treatment. Breast cancer in women under age 40 often have more aggressive features, tend to be diagnosed at a later stage, and may have worse outcomes. Recent research also shows that breast cancer death rates are climbing for women in their 20s and 30s after decades of decreasing.
So, what are these “different challenges?” A cancer diagnosis and treatment for women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s can mean…
Don’t worry, there is good news!
Here for the Girls offers robust support for young women who face not just treatment, but long-term cancer survivorship issues. We provide ways for these young women to connect with others like them who can offer understanding, information, and sisterhood so they can face (and conquer!) these challenges together. We call this “loving support.”
Yes, a cancer diagnosis comes with challenges, but one thing we have learned from years of experience working with women who have gone through this journey is that most come out on the other side with a new appreciation for the wonderful things and people in their lives.
Most women decide to try new things, change old habits, meet new people, and have new adventures. At H4TG we call that “living life with an exclamation point instead of a period,” and we totally encourage it!