Welcome to BreastConnect.org, a website dedicated to providing newly diagnosed women with breast cancer as well as their family members and caregivers with a one-stop shop for resources that we hope will answer questions, provide information, and help patients create the best course of action as they embark on their breast cancer journey.
The mission of Breast Connect, Inc., is to empower women diagnosed with breast cancer to become their own best advocates in their breast cancer journey by connecting them with relevant information, resources, and friendships.
In 2014, a group of breast cancer patients and survivors in Knoxville, Tennessee, met one evening for the purpose of companionship and support. That group, nicknamed the “Happy Hour for a Cure,” grew as dozens of women found comfort and support in sharing their stories with those who “had been down that road.” It was during these Happy Hours that the idea of Breast Connect was born. What started as a Facebook page that connected newly diagnosed women with other women who had a similar diagnosis and already been through their cancer journey blossomed into BreastConnect.org, a locally-based, non-profit website that provides a comprehensive one-stop shop experience where women can find resources and answers to help give them direction, confidence, and support during the most critical decision-making process and beyond. Healthcare and physician profiles, educational material, financial assistance information, retail lists, and day-to-day assistance suggestions for those with limited family support or availability are just a few features the site offers. From Happy Hour to Facebook to Website, the focus of Breast Connect remains Survivor helping Survivor. If you are visiting us as a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient, we welcome you to our sisterhood! You are not alone!
BREAST CONNECT SISTERHOOD PROGRAM
Central to our mission and an important resource on BreastConnect.org is our Sisterhood Program. This program matches a newly diagnosed patient with another survivor based on the expressed needs of the newly diagnosed patient. Many of our members who experienced the assistance of talking with a survivor when first diagnosed with breast cancer found it to be empowering, educational, and reassuring. We want to ensure that anyone affected by breast cancer has access to someone who has already experienced a similar situation.
The survivors in this program want to pay it forward and help those following in their footsteps and are dedicated to being a positive influence – to listen, encourage, share their experiences, and provide information. While the women in this program are certainly not doctors and cannot provide medical advice, they can provide examples of what worked and what did not work for them – everything from courses of treatment to how to communicate the diagnosis to friends and family. They do not claim to have all of the right answers, but they are happy to share wisdom gained through their experiences. The newly diagnosed can use this knowledge to help them understand the journey that lies ahead of them, make more informed decisions, and reduce stress.
We understand some of you may not feel comfortable being matched yet. We want you to feel welcome, so feel free to lurk, read, check out the message boards, or join our Facebook group and ask a question.
Breast Connect, Inc. is a charitable organization with a valid 501(c)(3) designation. We depend on the generosity of donors and volunteers to fulfill its mission.
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“Breast Connect and the group of women and men behind it have been a wonderful resource for me throughout my breast cancer journey. There is just something special when you can talk candidly with other women young and old, from all walks of life that have already been through what you are experiencing when you get that cancer diagnosis. I have made many new, lifelong friends and have gotten a tremendous amount of advice that has helped me make some of the hardest decisions of my life. The greatest part about this group is that we are young, vibrant, and strong women who won’t let something like breast cancer get us down! We are survivors, and I’m proud to say I’m one of them!”
—LeAnne Reagan / Rutledge, TN
BRCA 2 Breast Cancer Survivor since August 2015