The incidence of life-threatening disease doesn’t stop because the world is in quarantine and while medical appointments and treatments may be a little more difficult to navigate in these unusual times, there are support resources that have become a lot more accessible thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some organizations already had an online presence prior to the pandemic, many were forced to assess their impact and fine-tune their offerings to remain relevant and accessible for the people who needed them most. The COVID-19 pandemic has moved us all a minimum of 6 feet away from one another in the name of physical distancing, but for people living with breast cancer in our communities, safe connections are just a call or click away. Events, programs and resources that were once difficult, if not impossible, to access from remote and rural areas like Aroostook County are now readily available to anyone from anywhere. If you are facing a breast cancer diagnosis or treatment, you are not alone! Here are a few support resources that are currently available for people in Maine.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: Whether it’s the middle of the afternoon or the middle of the night, cancer information specialists are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 24/7 Cancer Helpline 800.227.2345 or Live Chat at cancer.org.
BETH C. WRIGHT CANCER RESOURCE CENTER:
Safe Harbor Cancer Support Group, 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Open Arms Breast Cancer Support Group, 1st Sunday of each month, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
For more information or to register call 207-664-0339 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Men’s Cancer Network Group, Wednesday, October 7, 6:00pm
Breast Cancer Network Group, Wednesday, October 14 and 28, 12:30pm
For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.bangory.org/virtual-ymca/cancer-support/
Man Up to Cancer Roundtable – 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6-7pm
Women’s Drop-In Cancer Support Group – Wednesdays, 1:30 – 3pm – starting Sept 9
Care Partner Drop-In Support Group – Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:45pm
Evening Drop-In Cancer Support Group – Wednesdays, 5-6:30pm
Advanced Cancer Support Group – Thursdays, 10 – 11:30am
Daytime Drop-In Cancer Support Group – Thursdays, 2:30 – 4pm
Teen Group – Thursdays, 4:30 – 6pm
For more information on classes, workshops, and support groups please e-mail email@example.com or call 207-376-9648.
Limited financial assistance for Aroostook residents in treatment for breast cancer.
Contact Bethany Zell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207.498.1361 to apply.
REACH TO RECOVERY:
Through online chat or by phone, volunteers provide support to individuals who are facing a possible breast cancer diagnosis, recurrence, or advanced-stage breast cancer, considering or undergoing treatment and/or experiencing lymphedema.
To request a phone visit with a Reach To Recovery volunteer, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit reach.cancer.org.