I've made an exciting commitment to become a YSC Champion with my campaign: Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is Essential! The money I raise will go to support YSC, the premier non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and educating young adults affected by breast cancer.
In Aug. '01, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 38. Truthfully, I knew nothing about breast cancer or that young women could be diagnosed with it. It was clear that I had a lot to learn. The news was disconcerting but I was determined to do whatever was necessary to create beautiful memories with my family especially my children and friends. I underwent two surgeries, radiation and hormone therapies. Frankly speaking, my experiences were not for the faint of heart! After my diagnosis and throughout my treatment, I wrestled with how to live with 'uncertainty' and accept that my life would never be the same aka 'my new normal'.
I never expected to join the more than 13,000 young women under 40 who are diagnosed with breast cancer annually. Initially, my journey was lonely as I neither had the support of young survivors/thrivers who understood nor an organization like YSC to turn to. Thus, I know firsthand why YSC's mission is vital for this population.
I am sure you will agree that we are living in extraordinary times! The full enormity of COVID-19 on the society has not been realized! The uncertainty of the times has caused me to relive the feelings following my initial diagnosis and reoccurrence. Also hearing the term 'new normal' triggers the memories of trying to adjust to life that had little resemblance to my pre-breast cancer days.
The young adult breast cancer community is a vulnerable population with much anxiety! They are concerned about increased coronavirus exposure while accessing routine care; has experienced emotional toll of postponed procedures for those anticipating moving forward in their treatment plans; headlines about the cancellation of clinical trials and what that will mean for their treatment; mixed messaging on what constitutes essential treatments and care; delays in surgeries, diagnostic testing and the isolation of treatment without any family or friends with them; social isolation which has triggered mental health needs; and layoffs occurring while in active treatment. The metastatic breast cancer community is concerned that they will be deprioritized during triage for ventilators and other life-saving medical equipment; and are especially hit hard from their losses and not being able to attend funerals or memorials.
I recognize that breast and metastatic breast cancer is not on hiatus during the pandemic. In addition, the need for support and access to supportive services is higher as a result of COVID-19's impact. Thus, I deem Young Survival Coalition essential to its constituents! YSC is among the many small businesses/nonprofits that are experiencing the economic impact of COVID-19 while experiencing an increase demand for their services. Therefore, I'm asking you to make a donation to YSC to ensure breast cancer survivors/thrivers/those living with disease can face breast cancer feeling empowered and not alone during this unprecedented time! All donations are appreciated and can make a difference in the life of a young adult who hears the words "You have breast cancer!"
Your donation can help:
$25 could fund YSC materials at three healthcare providers’ offices.
$100 could provide a Newly Diagnosed Navigator to six women when they need it most.
$250 could allow us to train four survivors to serve as peer supporters.
$500 could fund a Young Empowered Survivor (YES) educational program.
Thank you, in advance, for visiting my page, your consideration during these extraordinary times and your generosity to support the important work YSC does for its stakeholders!