In one section of our DVD, Breast Cancer: The Path of Wellness & Healing, Laura Ziskin, Co-Founder of Stand Up To Cancer (a breast cancer survivor, activist and hero), introduces the concept of “Information Sickness.”It’s not as bad as it sounds (in fact, it can even be a good problem to have): There is SUCH a wealth of information on breast cancer available to women and their families – from breast cancer-related websites to doctor’s offices, from breast cancer support groups to breast cancer pamphlets and breast cancer books, covering every step of the breast cancer experience from risk to diagnosis to treatment – that it can be an overwhelming experience for someone who’s already overwhelmed by a much larger issue.
This was, in part, our motivation for creating Breast Cancer: The Path of Wellness & Healing, a first-of-its-kind visual guide and breast cancer that allows patients and their families to sit down and receive an educational, inspirational overview in just 2 hours. But our mission doesn’t stop there – we also strive to strengthen the online, interactive communities available to people with breast cancer by helping to guide you toward additional resources. Yes, there a LOT of them – right at your fingertips. But where to begin?
First and foremost, if you haven’t checked out breastcancer.org, we urge you to do so immediately. It’s the #1 source of free information on breast cancer. If you’re looking to assess your risk, they’ve got you covered. Want to learn clear definitions of the various types of treatment available? They’ve got that, too. Perhaps our favorite section of the site is the community area: their chat rooms boast over 50,000 active members. Log in to ask for advice from peers around the world, and read about the experiences of others, covering every topic under the sun, from reconstruction options to dealing with depression.
Another excellent resource: komen.org. Susan G. Komen was a warrior; her torch has been passed onto her sister Nancy G. Brinker, who has carried on with Susan’s mission to save lives. With events ranging from “Art for the Cure” to “Marathon for the Cure,” this site is an excellent toolkit for anyone looking to get involved in the quest to eliminate breast cancer.
Dr. Susan Love (one of our DVD’s great contributors and a true breast cancer hero) provides a wealth of information on improving women’s health and eradicating breast cancer on her website. Dr. Love has partnered with Avon to form the “Army of Women,” a revolutionary initiative that encourages at-risk women and the scientific communities to join the movement by generating new research.
Speaking of revolutionaries, the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has been renowned for its excellence in research, education, and patient care since the late 1960’s – so it’s no surprise that their website is chock-full of cutting-edge information on the latest in cancer research. Highlights include a library of audios and podcasts; up-to-the-minute news on all things cancer-related; and info on the UCLA-Livestrong Survivorship Center of Excellence – providing high-quality clinical care to cancer survivors, and educating the community on the concerns of survivorship.