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My Story

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2001. After a bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy, and a year and a half of various operations and procedures, I was physically and emotionally worn out. I was fuzzy brained and unprepared for the accumulative effects of all my treatments. My body and my life had changed and I wasn’t springing back into the swing of things the way I thought I would.

The CSC brought me together with nine other women. We ranged in age from mid-twenties to the golden years, and came from very different backgrounds. But we quickly bonded and shared a lively sense of humor. We lifted each other’s spirits by learning that we shared many similar feelings; especially our fears, frustrations and uncomfortable physical changes.

Benefits of the CSC
We went from being quietly angry and/or sad to feeling positively empowered by knowledge and friendship. This is a powerful benefit of the CSC. Intellectually it helped educate me to make better decisions for my health. Physically it helped me regain strength and energy through strength training and yoga. And, emotionally, it helped me feel less stressed by learning that I was not alone. It gave me hope and helped me focus my energy on moving forward more constructively with my life.

Many ways to donate
I now give back to the CSC in many ways. My friend, Rosey Bell, and I have hosted a number of holiday fundraisers over the past seven years; a Christmas tea and holiday boutiques featuring hand crafted local artisans. I have raised money, volunteered my time, contributed to other CSC fundraisers, and given money and goods. Most rewarding to me is volunteering to lead orientation sessions for new comers. When I see the transformation people go through at the CSC, from first feeling distant, scared, worn out and/or alone, to being hopeful, I am inspired.

Please Help

Please help us keep the CSC alive. I urge you to give whatever you can. No donation (money, goods or supplies), act of volunteering or spreading the word about the CSC is too small.

 

 
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