For any woman who has successfully beaten breast cancer, hearing the words “remission” or “cancer-free” for the first time can provide relief beyond words. A battle with breast cancer is often an arduous, exhausting challenge that requires every ounce of your strength (both mental and physical) to conquer. And while it’s understandable that breast cancer may be the last thing you may want to think about after overcoming such a massive obstacle, there can be immense satisfaction in giving back.
If you’ve been through breast cancer, then you know firsthand about the fear and anxiety that comes with a positive diagnosis. Not everyone is lucky enough to have the strength, support system or financial means to endure a battle with breast cancer. This is where you can help.
Giving back can take many forms. There are obviously a large number of charitable organizations that do incredible work assisting breast cancer patients and their families. A breast cancer donation can contribute to making someone else’s life easier during their diagnosis and treatment, as well as aiding and supporting overall awareness and research on potential new breast cancer treatment options. Regardless of the amount you are able to donate, every little bit helps.
A financial donation is just one of the ways for breast cancer survivors to pay it forward. Volunteering your time is another excellent way to help out and make a difference in someone’s life. There are clinical trials available for breast cancer survivors. Some of these trials study the long-term effects of breast cancer treatments to help measure their effectiveness. Others study various aspects of different treatments including quality of life for patients after treatment and the benefits of combining treatments.
Sharing the value of breast cancer storytelling is another vital way to give back after breast cancer. While everyone’s own breast cancer experience is unique, there is a kinship that can be developed from two people bonding over a common struggle. By sharing your story, you can help inspire someone similarly afflicted and contribute to their fight. Here at Pink Ribbon Story Foundation, our ambassadors and their families take pride in sharing their stories in an effort to provide their support for the breast cancer community.
These are just a few of the ways we recommend giving back, but feel free to get creative. Regardless of how you choose to offer support, you can make a difference for other people living with breast cancer and their families. If you want to learn how you can give back after breast cancer, please contact Pink Ribbon Story Foundation today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for more stories and insights on the breast cancer community.