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Breast Cancer and Trauma

There is a cruel myth about surviving cancer. In this myth, when the medical treatment is successful, the story ends.

Having survived cancer, we pick up our lives where they were interrupted and carry-on, with increased gratitude for the simple acts of daily life and the clarity of purpose that only a brush with death affords.

The real story does not end in this way.

Instead we live in limbo. After cancer, we know that we are on uncertain ground.

We have to adjust to the trauma on our bodies from the effects of intense treatments and surgeries. Some symptoms (and treatments) may last for months, years or even the rest of our lives.

In addition to the physical trauma, there is:

  • The emotional trauma,

  • The grief,

  • The loss of our bodies as we knew them,

  • The loss of the trust in our world and in some of our loved ones who disappeared or didn’t show up when we needed them.

We have unsure footing and anxiety of what’s next. There is no longer order in our universe.

When we resume daily life, we are disoriented, confused, fragmented, worried, jumpy and we no longer “fit in”. The people in our lives think we are getting back to normal but nobody realizes that normal is actually gone.

The trivia of life drops away and there is no question about what’s important, but those around us have trouble relating to us, and us to them. This is a lonely place to be.

All of these things are omitted from the survival myth.



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Meditation Mondays:

Chakra Chanting with Gloria

Mondays at 10:00 a.m. ET 


Thursday Night Thrivers:

All Stages Support Group

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. ET



Thursday Night Thrivers:

Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group

First and third Thursdays

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET



Thursday Night Thrivers:

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Support Group

Second Thursday

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET


The Caregiver Huddle

Third Tuesday

of the month at 7:00 p.m. ET


Tuesday Night Thrivers

Después de un Diagnóstico:

Grupo de Apoyo en Español

2do y Cuarto Martes de cada mes 

7:00 p.m. ET


Encourage and Empower

For Newly Diagnosed

September 10, 11:00 a.m. ET


Breast Cancer Book Club

The first Sunday of the month



June 14,  11:30 a.m. ET


Restorative Yoga:

Unearthing Opportunities

June 17 ,  5:30 p.m. ET


The Sun's Embrace: A Summer Solstice Meditation

June 21,  11:00 a.m. ET


Qi Gong

June 25,  11:30 a.m. ET


Art Therapy

July 1, 6:00 p.m. ET


Forest Bathing

July 2,  6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Fitness with Chair Assist

July 9, 11:30 a.m. ET


Yoga Stretching for DIEP flap

July 9,  6:00 p.m. ET


Reflect & Recharge

Expressive Writing

July 22,  6:00 p.m. ET


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Upcoming Events


Surviving Breast Cancer provides breast cancer support, events, and webinars at no cost to you! Whether you are looking to gain more knowledge on a particular topic or meet up with other breast cancer survivors, we have something for everyone. 


Our standing appointment on Thursdays is for all stages. We also host specific breakout groups once a month for specific stages and subtypes such as Metastatic breast cancer, and Inflammatory Breast Cancer, etc. 


The Book Club meets the first Sunday of every month at 11 am ET. You are welcome to join each month or pick and choose your month based on your availability and the book we are reading. 


Through art, writing, and other creative modalities, we hold the power to manage our stress, make sense of our now, and relax into moments of stillness. 


Free, monthly, online classes in restorative yoga, yoga for breast cancer, and Zumba. 


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