Following the recommendations for women with a family history of breast cancer, Beth went to her doctor for a baseline mammogram and sonogram earlier than most women. According to her doctor, something didn’t look right, so she sent her in for a biopsy. The test came back negative, but the doctor was still concerned, so she requested a second.
By this point, Beth was “kind of expecting” a breast cancer diagnosis, but of course, you can never truly be prepared for it. Because her doctor was going out of town, she called Beth from an airport to give her the diagnosis. “I just cried the whole time I was on the phone,” remembers Beth. “It’s still a shock.”
Beth had previously worked at CancerCare, so she was familiar with our website and turned to it for educational information. She also knew about our patient support groups but wasn’t interested in them at the time. “I didn’t really think I needed one because I had so much support from my friends and family,” she says.
A few months later, Beth got a call from CancerCare about a new support group for young adults with cancer and decided to give it a try.
“The first day was scary,” recalls Beth. “Other patients were talking about things like recurrence and metastasis, and it brought up all these feelings and emotions I didn’t realize I was carrying around. But when I left that day, I felt lighter.
“I thought, ‘Now I can do this. I feel refreshed.’
“And I’ve felt like that after a lot of the meetings… It’s a different kind of support—a different kind of understanding—and it definitely helps to talk to people who know what you’re going through.”