At the heart of Carolina Breast Friends' existence is the importance of connecting breast cancer survivors with one another. In 2003, our founder, Kristy Adams-Ebel recognized that part of her ability to cope and thrive depended on communing with fellow Survivors. She understood the importance of being in a positive setting where the focus was on healing, self-exploration and empowerment through knowledge.
As we grow as an organization, part of connecting Survivors for support and empowerment means reaching out to diverse populations. That's why we are excited to be collaborating with Latina community leaders to launch La Casa Rosadas Con Latinas (the Pink House with Latinas). The vision of this recurring program at the Pink House is to reach and empower women in the Latin community who are affected by breast cancer.
The idea began through our connection to Lorna, a Nurse Navigator from Levine Cancer Institute. Lorna has a strong passion for [..] Read more
Breast cancer affects not just the person diagnosed, but also her or his partner. This is why we call spouses, partners and close family members "co-Survivors." It is also why we're beginning to expand some program support to co-Survivors, to help them navigate the experience for themselves as well as for the partners to whom their support is so vital.
Toward that end, we recently added Tim Gilland, whose wife is a breast cancer survivor, to our mentoring program. Tim has long been a supporter of Carolina Breast Friends, helping us with numerous projects--most recently putting some "sweat equity" into installing a banner on the grounds of the Pink House. In his role in our mentoring program, he'll be available to provide perspective and support to other co-survivors.
As Tim puts it, "I look forward to the opportunity to help a co-survivor have a voice and find his or her role in this challenging journey. There's not much information on what a spouse or partner [..] Read more
The breast cancer experience is a very personal journey, but that does not have to mean that it's a solitary one. At Carolina Breast Friends, we know the value of talking to and learning from those who have been down that road themselves. When our Survivorship Committee recently gathered, we asked them to reflect on and share three things that were particularly helpful on their journey. Here is what some of them had to say.
Associate yourself with positive, uplifting people and situations. Remove negative situations and people from your life. You may have to love some people from a distance.
Have at least one person that you trust and can go to at any time to talk openly.
Allow yourself to feel whatever you feel. There are no rules. There is no right or wrong way to feel.
Scripture and prayer really increased my faith throughout my journey.
The support of family and friends was [..] Read more
The lights, the music, the costumes, the judges' scores, the cheering crowd . . . and spectacular dancing! This year's Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte to Benefit the Pink House had it all and then some--all focused on raising funds to help Carolina Breast Friends serve women and men with breast cancer.
Brimming with glitz, glamour and fancy footwork, the event dazzled the 1000+ people who turned out for the two performances Saturday, April 29th, at Blumenthal's McGlohan Theater. Said audience member Ryan Reamer, "I expected a fun show, but what I experienced blew me away! There was such professionalism and also such heart. I came away entertained but also ready to tell everyone about the meaningful support being offered at the Pink House."
Said another audience member, "It moved me that so many of the dancers, judges and the emcees had personal connections to breast cancer or other cancer. That added a touching element to an [..] Read more
One of the most sensitive - questions we get at the Pink House is from people whose spouses or partners have been newly diagnosed with Breast
They want to know how they can help and support their spouse through this life-changing diagnosis and the ensuing treatment.
How can they help their partner cope with the changes that are happening to her body?
What you never expected and never wanted to happen has just become all too real and all too personal to both of you. As much as you might want to wish it away, to reset everything back to the way it was before, you can't. There are, however, many things that you can do to make the process easier for your spouse and yourself. Dr. Jodi will be at the Pink House, March 14th to help open those discussions. Meet and Greet is at 6:00 pm, the program begins at 6:30 pm. [..] Read more