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Moving Forward

November 13, 2017

"At 37 years old, I am hopeful that life after breast cancer will bring the best chapters of my life."

Monique Counseling Client

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on December 6, 2016. It was rough and scary. During my journey, I realized I needed additional support. Often times, breast cancer can be misunderstood or marginalized. Although my friends and family were supportive they did not realize I was struggling. It was important to develop an outside system of people familiar with breast cancer who could empathize because they walked where I have walked.

 

Erin Nau, of the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program has been integral part in helping navigate the different stages of breast cancer. Erin is a part of my tribe; she and I have weekly appointments to check in. I have also utilized the breast cancer hotline to speak to women who have been through a similar journey.

In addition, I participated in a support group facilitated by Erin. In my first group, there were three women that all had the same type of cancer. It was very helpful to see that they had made it past the different stages of treatment. They encouraged me and really listened because they had a similar experience.

I leaned on Erin because the different phases of treatment bring on anxiety. I had lot of questions and she was able to answer them and put my mind at ease. Erin, the Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline, and the support group have helped me and I have remained consistent and hopeful.

 

I have completed chemo and surgery and am now undergoing radiation. At 37 years old, I am hopeful that life after breast cancer will bring the best chapters of my life.

 

From the bottom of my heart -- thank you to the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program.

Thank you for your continued support.

Leaving a legacy for my children

November 06, 2017

"I donate profits from my book to the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program in appreciation of the help I received from one of the support groups."

Narges Rothermel Thirty-eight year breast cancer survivor Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline Volunteer

I am a poet but until I was diagnosed with breast cancer I wrote only in my native tongue Farsi, the language of Iran. Leaving a heritage for my four-year-old daughter Miriam and three-year-old son Peter, whom I was raising in Levittown, became a focus for me and I started writing in English. I didn’t know if I would live and I wanted them to know something about their mother.

 

That was 39 years ago--the children are grown and I have published two books of poetry. My second book, Rays and Shadows, is about my journey with breast cancer, first diagnosed in 1978 and then again 1997. I donate profits from that book to the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program in appreciation of the help I received from one of the support groups.

 

I am proud that my poem, My Therapy, was published in Newsday recently as first prize in a garden poetry contest.

 

I hush the spewed harsh-words of politicians, veil the ugly headlines of killings and violence, subdue the anger and disappointments of the day, take refuge in my garden, the only place that I can take the unwanted weeds out, cut the thorns, turn the dry-hard-soil to soft bed for flowers and herbs and calm my nerves.

--Narges Rothermel

 

Cancer at 28

October 27, 2017

I was told over the phone, "You have cancer." I was 28.

Antonella D'Alessio

Nine-year breast cancer survivor

Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline Volunteer

I will never forget the day nine years ago when I found out I had breast cancer. I was moving into a new home and I was told over the phone, “You have cancer.”

I was 28.

Chemo was a rough ride for me. While my family was supportive, they didn’t completely understand.

That’s when I called the Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline and joined a support group. Adelphi really helped me and they were very comforting. I felt like someone was there for me.” I decided that she wanted to be the person on the other end of the phone. In 2014, I trained to be a hotline volunteer. Women need to hear that there’s hope and that they need to keep fighting.

Thank you for your support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

Inspiration for a Career Change

October 23, 2017

"While going through counseling...I realized I had a passion for this profession."

Roz Catena Twenty-four year breast cancer survivor Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline Volunteer

It was through breast cancer that I found a new career. Here's how it happened.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, at age 49, I called the Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline, talking to a trained volunteer who had also had breast cancer. She was caring and understanding. Next, I joined a support group for newly diagnosed women. At first I found it frightening to share my feelings with people I didn’t know but I became comfortable and discovered that being in the group and listening to what others were going through gave me new perspectives. After the group I received individual counseling with an Adelphi social worker where I felt I could talk even more openly. In 1995 I became a hotline volunteer.

Then came the next step: While going through the counseling process and getting to know the social workers and talking to people on the hotline, I realized I had a passion for this profession. I returned to school getting a masters degree in social work and have been working in the field since 2004.

Today, breast cancer is behind me, although I do think about it when I go for yearly checkups. I think, ‘what if?,’ hold my breath a bit and then it’s over.

Due to your contribution, we able to provide free counseling, support groups, outreach and educational programs to the community. Please go one step further and share our campaign with family and friends to help us reach our goal.

Survivor of Stage Four Male Breast Cancer

October 16, 2017

"Male breast cancer has a high mortality rate because there is little known by men about the disease and they wait too long to visit a doctor."

Jeff Flynn Five-year breast cancer survivor Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline Volunteer

Since my diagnosis with late stage Male Breast Cancer, I was committed to getting the word out to other men to check yourselves periodically, and have your physician check your breasts for lumps or cysts during physicals, as men are not immune to breast cancer.

Male breast cancer has a high mortality rate because there is little known by men about the disease and they wait too long to visit a doctor. Fortunately for my family and me I have survived Stage 4 Breast Cancer for almost five years.

Three male breast cancer survivors and I joined with the Adelphi Breast Cancer Support team to work on a project creating documentation for doctor’s offices and mass mailing where men could read about our experiences.

I have spoken with a few men that the Adelphi team and my doctor’s office have provided me contact information for. These were newly diagnosed men with breast cancer that required speaking to someone with shared experience.

It is truly fulfilling to reach out and support someone during their worst of times, as it helped me during my journey to recovery. I am committed to supporting the Adelphi Program in the future in any way possible.

Thank you for your support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please share our campaign with family and friends so we can reach our goal.

 

Hotline Caller Turned Volunteer

October 09, 2017

"I called the Adelphi Hotline seeking answers to questions about my diagnosis, my feelings and my treatment."

Chris Amatulli Ten-year breast cancer survivor Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline Volunteer

When a call comes in on the hotline, I am very aware that the caller may be someone who has just recently received a diagnosis of breast cancer and may be dealing with a great amount of fear and anxiety.  Sometimes, at the end of the call, I can actually hear a woman breathe a sigh of relief as she realizes that not only is she not alone but she just might be a little better equipped to deal with one more day of facing breast cancer. I know that's how I felt after the numerous times that I called the hotline during my cancer journey.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, at age 49, I called the Adelphi Hotline seeking answers to questions about my diagnosis, my feelings and my treatment. There was always a survivor at the other end of the phone to either answer my questions or just listen to my fears. They were helpful in matching me up with people who had similar issues.  This empowering experience brought me to become a hotline volunteer.

Thank you for your past and continued support.

Breast Cancer Activist Turned Patient

October 02, 2017

"Fortunately, because I was proactive about mammograms, the cancer was found very early."

Joan Beder Sixteen-year breast cancer survivor Advisory Board Chair, Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program

I guess I hoped that being chair of the board of the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program and doing counseling for breast cancer patients, I would be immune.

Not so and in 2002 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, because I was proactive about mammograms, the cancer was found very early.

I am committed to supporting the Adelphi Program not only through chairing the board but also by being a member of the Adelphi LI2Day team. LI2Day is an annual 13.1 mile event that raises money for breast cancer programs throughout Long Island. It’s great to walk with so many people who care.

Thank you for your support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please share our campaign with family and friends so we can reach our goal.

Light in the Midst of Darkness

September 25, 2017

 

"I was in my fourth week of radiation when I found out I was six weeks pregnant."

Sandra Lopez Three-year breast cancer survivor

I met Lois at Nassau County Medical Center the day I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was with my husband and we were crying a lot. I was 33 years old and had no insurance.

Lois, who is the social worker at the Adelphi Breast Cancer Program, comforted us. She told us she knew that a big battle was about to begin but also told us that there was hope in the midst of this devastating diagnosis.

When I was getting my chemo in the NUMC Oncology Clinic, Lois would be there. I was not able to work because of my treatment and she helped me to get Metrocards to get me to my appointments when no one could provide a ride.

I was in my fourth week of radiation when I found out I was six weeks pregnant. I felt much joy and at the same time much fear.

Lois counseled me and helped me think about the risks. I decided to have the baby and Lois came into the doctor's office and supported my decision along with my doctors.  Today, thanks to all of the support, my family and I enjoy the happiness of having this wonderful gift in our family.

Lois was a ray of light in the midst of the darkness.

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