• As a survivor are you involved in fighting back? Do you volunteer if you are post treatment?

    Asked by copland16 on Friday, December 7, 2012

    As a survivor are you involved in fighting back? Do you volunteer if you are post treatment?

    I am involved with Relay for Life and have been for several years. Who knew that I would use ACS services during my treatment for breast cancer.
    Now I am involved with art beCAUSE Breast Cancer Foundation. They are funding scientists researching environmental causes of breast cancer. They are doing amazing work. I didn't spend anytime wondering why me...but I do wonder why I keep meeting young women and men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer with NO FAMILY HISTORY! It's crazy and we need to figure out why!

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Most of my volunteer time was already going to managing a cat sanctuary for special needs cats prior to diagnosis and during treatment and I still do that now. But as far as cancer goes, my volunteer work is mostly on this site.

      I do feel strongly that cancer survivors can be just as helpful to newly diagnosed patients, those in active treatment, and other survivors as medical personnel, just in a different way, For me, being able to provide that help here on this forum works well because I can do it without the overhead time of physically commuting or needing to be available on any particular schedule.

      almost 8 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I volunteer with Komen doing speaking presentations and health fairs...I also volunteer with Sharsharet as a link....someone who is connected with a newly diagnosed person with a similar Dx.....It gives me purpose and strength to be able to volunteer....also I come here and bco!!!

      almost 8 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I volunteer with Coastal Boxer rescue here in my area and that takes a lot of my time, however, I do as many cancer walks as I can and I write a blog which helps breast cancer patients understand the experience. I also provide as much help to people on this site as I can. Between working and everything else, I don't have a lot of time to devote to volunteering but I do as much as I can. I am definitely an advocate of mammograms and self exams and I promote that on my blog as well.

      almost 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I am still under treatment, so I am not eligible to volunteer at this point. I know that is what I would like to volunteer at the "women at risk" program and library.

      almost 8 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I love participating in the Relay for Life. Such a great, rewarding experience!! I'm putting together my own team for our local Relay in April. The other voluteer work, like Nancy, is here on WhatNext. I absolutely love everything about this site and have made some great friend in the process.

      almost 8 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Good question, I did nothing for 18 years between my 2nd and 3rd diagnosis. Then My Dad died from Prostate cancer, Mom got lung cancer and died 10 months later, this 2 months after I finished my last of treatments. So I got mad and started fightng back. I joined our local www.relayforlife.org and started doing concerts with my band to raise funds. I also started volunteering to speak at Relay For Life events as a Hero Of Hope Speaker. So yes, it does change you and some of us decide it's time to fight back and make a difference.

      Thank you for what you do.

      Greg P
      3x Survivor
      Team WhatNext Communnity Mgr.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar

      My husband is the cancer patient and has been fighting cancer for 8 years now. In the past we have volunteered along with our hound dog with a search group here in WA. We also do Relay for Life. This board/forum has been very good for both of us as it offers us a way to help while he is still battling active cancer.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      I am still getting chemo but figure I "volunteer" by trying to help others learn about cancer & cancer patients. I've had some friends who know exactly what to say, while others say the )#(*)%est things...like telling me about other friends they had who died from the type of cancer I had! I think lots of people don't know what to say and are nervous, so then they start off on the wrong foot & it gets worse from there! If I can tell my friends about the emotions I feel, what symptoms I'm going through and how they can really help me (if they want), I will. Most of my friends are thankful for the information. I also run a non profit scholarship organization and do Relay for Life every summer I can.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Daytonagal's Avatar

      I have always been active with the ACS first by doing the Bikeathon and now the Relay for Life. I have a team and am on the committee but I am not the Survivor/Caretaker Chair. I am still too close too losing my sister last year and then my dx to be able to speak without breaking down. However I do find being on the committee, I can give a survivor POV.

      almost 8 years ago

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