ENCORE Breast Cancer Support Group

The YWCA ENCORE Breast Cancer Support Group is here for breast cancer survivors, as well as those who are currently living with cancer and their caregivers.

Our group meets monthly and offers a variety of programming reflecting the needs of the members. We have wonderful speakers on health issues, treatments and nutrition. We explore exercise and its merits with participation in gentle floor exercise or swimming pool programs.  We want everyone to know how important regular exercise is, especially on the road to recovery and a healthier lifestyle! There are meetings where we just exchange information and a few simply social gatherings. All of these programs are open to any women; a YWCA membership is not required and there is no cost to participate.

Once faced with cancer, we are also faced with so many decisions to make. The ENCORE group is a tremendous tool for women facing decisions about their course of treatment. We have a great bunch of ladies, all ages and from all walks of life, compassionate and with a wonderful sense of humor. Our doors are always open to share our stories, help each other through difficult times, and laugh! As with any other diagnosis, a personal element is as valuable as the information given to us by the professionals.

The members of the YWCA ENCORE support group are part of the Pink Cadillacs, a team for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. We participate in fundraisers, sponsor an annual breast cancer awareness 5K, and partner with other community groups – all in an effort to bring information, consciousness and vigilance about breast cancer to women.

Our group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at the YWCA from 6:30-8 p.m. You may not feel that you are in need of support, but your presence and sharing your experiences could make a difference in the life of another woman. This is a sisterhood, or as some of us call it our “club.” It’s not that we are hoping for new members – we wish the incidence of breast cancer would sharply decline – but for those of you dealing with breast cancer, we hope we can make a difference in your life. Our group gives you the opportunity to exchange information and feelings with women just like you. Please consider joining us. E-mail Deb Geesey or call 717-334-9171, ext. 124 for more information, with contacts who would benefit from our support group, or with suggestions on presenters and future programming ideas.

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