York Breast Friends was set up in April 2014, in response to a lack of non-medical based support for patients with a breast cancer diagnosis in the York area. Our two co-founders, Rachel and Zoe are working hard to fulfill a much needed gap in cancer services. They both gained amazing support from an online forum and Rachel was Zoe’s face to face support after Zoe received her diagnosis just 14 months after Rachel’s own diagnosis. They both realised the importance of the peer support they received and that they were in a position to provide the same support for others in the same situation.
The aim is to provide a safe, supportive environment in which people with breast cancer diagnosis can support each other, through cancer and throughout life. With the support of the Breast Care Nurses and a variety of breast cancer charities, our meetings are determined by the needs of the women currently attending the group. No two meetings will be the same. One month we could be chatting whilst drinking coffee and eating cake (a common theme throughout our groups) and the next, we could be doing HulaHooping.
Our members have found that it is possible to talk to people with cancer in a way that is almost impossible to talk to family and friends and so the group provides a valuable support mechanism where connections are forged and lifelong friendships are made.