Survivors Offering Support, a program at the Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, pairs women who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer with trained volunteers who can offer emotional support and insight like no one else can, because they’ve tackled the disease themselves. This important “buddy support system” can help make the breast cancer journey less confusing and solitary.
Whether you are facing breast cancer and could benefit from the help of a mentor, or you are a breast cancer survivor and can offer help to another, SOS is for you.
Survivors Offering Support Workshops
Transition to Wellness
A Toolkit to Successfully Enter Life After Breast Cancer
This workshop is designed to jump start you into breast cancer survivorship.
You have successfully completed the important treatment phase of your journey and are embarking on a transition to newfound wellness.
Many breast cancer patients encounter difficulties when contact with their medical team diminishes and may be frightened at the prospect of cancer returning. To assist you in embracing your transition to wellness, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center encourages you to attend this free workshop that includes:
•Roundtable discussion by breast cancer survivors on the issues they faced in transitioning to wellness and how to overcome those issues.
•Checklist sharing of key health areas and lifestyle changes that can assist you as you embrace life as a survivor, improving general health and well-being.
•Wellness practitioners demonstrating new ways for incorporating lifestyle changes into your life following cancer treatment. Practitioners include: nutritionists, massage therapists, journalists, exercise instructors and more.
Partner Support Workshop
For Spouses, Partners, and Caregivers of Breast Cancer Patients
This new workshop is designed for spouses and significant others of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, to provide insight into care giving and the types of support patients and their families require during a highly emotional and difficult time.
The free two-hour workshop is held quarterly at the Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square. The sessions share support methods and ideas from books like The Breast Cancer Husband, written by Marc Silver, and Caregiving, a book from the American Cancer Society, as well as real life survivor family learnings.
Family members and caregivers for breast cancer patients are encouraged to attend.
For more information about SOS workshops, including upcoming dates, or to register, please contact Edla Coleman, SOS program manager, at 443-777-2505 or [email protected].