AABCA Support Group
A diagnosis of breast cancer can be devastating. At the same time while you are trying to absorb the shock and fears about your future, you will need to make important decisions about your treatment. It is crucial that you take time to focus on getting information that will help you further understand your diagnosis and explore your treatment options.
You are not alone. The African American Breast Cancer Alliance (AABCA) is a support network founded by breast cancer survivors who have “been there and done that.” Our mission is to offer support to breast cancer patients and survivors as they cope with their diagnosis and treatment throughout the healing process. Your personal support network of family and friends may also benefit from information resources offered by AABCA.
Our peer support group “Embracing Life”, led by survivors, meets monthly at various community locations in the Twin Cities. At the support group meetings members share their experiences, coping skills, encouragement, information, resources, hopes and fears. Members learn connecting with other breast cancer survivors can help alleviate the fear, isolation and stress that occurs with the diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. Meetings can also help to improve communication, emotional health and your quality of life throughout. Women with other types of cancers are welcome to join the group. Our support group is where you can speak honestly at your own comfort level, and meetings are free and confidential.
Special events throughout the year are held for patients and survivors to honor their journey. Events are designed to celebrate survivorship and to make participants feel pampered and empowered. There is also an opportunity to acknowledge family, friends and medical care supporters who support you on your journey.
Your strength in dealing with this disease can grow as you reach out to others who care.
The African American Breast Cancer Alliance encourages you to make your recovery a priority and we can help.