A Handbook to Surviving Breast Cancer

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  Resources for Breast Cancer Patients

After I was diagnosed with breast cancer one of the places I turned to for information was the Web. Here's a short list of Web sites that I find to be particularly helpful.

If you know of a site that should be listed here please send me an email.

Mesothelioma Cancer - The Mesothelioma Center is an up-to-date resource for all issues ranging from mesothelioma facts to treatment options.

http://www.bcsupport.org/ This is the board that got me through cancer. I would post a question and quickly get answers back from women who had actually lived what I was going through. It is a great place to share and receive comfort, especially if you do not have access to an in-person support group, or if you are going through cancer treatment on your own.

http://www.breastcancer.org/ A large, user-friendly, non-profit site with Ask-the-Expert online conferences, discussion boards, and huge medical sections that are very readable, this was my first go-to place to have technical things explained.

http://www.bcmets.org Check out the BCMets Book of Knowledge. This is serious stuff, as it deals with metastatic disease.

http://www.patientcenters.com/breastcancer/ News, articles, and a resource list that is intelligent and useful. If you don’t know where to turn, this patient-centred guide will help.

http://www.endcancer.ca/ Less than a year past treatment, I walked in this annual 60 kilometre event that raises many millions for breast cancer research, in several cities across Canada. You owe it to yourself to participate in this incredibly uplifting event as a walker, crewmember or volunteer. You'll never regret it!

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I have been so grateful to have had access to web-based support groups and to breast cancer information. Here's a list of Web Resources that helped me. If you know of other good ones, please e-mail me and I will add them to the list.

Wonderful Books

Here's a short list of books that I found helpful after I was diagnosed with breast cancer. As soon as I can I'll add to the list and I'll post some reviews, as well.

Walk-a-thon 2007

Every year, the Weekend to End Breast Cancer http://www.endcancer.ca raises tens of millions of dollars for breast cancer research, in several major cities across the country. Within each participating city, a carefully selected hospital receives valuable funding for research and facilities. Each Walker raises a minimum of $2000 for the privilege of walking 60 kilometres over a two-day weekend. Thousands of volunteers across the country donate their time, not only on the days of the event, but also on days training for their part in it. I made this Walk in 2005, not even a year after my treatment, volunteered in 2006 and have done so again for 2007. I strongly urge you to become involved with this event or others like it. They are enormously uplifting, and you will come away with great memories etched into your heart. With each donation from my sponsors, I wondered if this could be the money that would fund a cure, because I do believe that we will find a cure.