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Self Advocacy

By William Laferriere

What does it entail?

How can I possibly do so?

I’ve just been diagnosed.

My first thoughts involve panic.

My next thoughts are dark.

I hear it’s a skill I can develop.

It starts with the ability to speak up for myself.

Surely I know myself best.

I trust myself.

I’ll do my due diligence.

I know that no one is perfect

I’ll be persistent.

And ask lots of questions.

I’ll take notes.

I’ll never give up.

My medical records are “mine”.

I’ll not invite or allow unwelcome people from entering my medical circle.

I’ll know my rights.

I’ll make educated decisions about which doctors,

And which procedures I prefer.

If by chance I’m unhappy with my medical team-

I’ll speak up

I’ll seek a second opinion.

I’ll know what the tests are for,

And why I need them.

And ask when I can expect my results.

I’ll ask about alternatives,

And whether or not this treatment will truly benefit me.

Same for medications.

I’ll ask of;

And know the side effects,

And whether another medication may be available and offer better outcomes.

I’ll learn to read my invoices,

And know the costs,

And ask questions if something appears wrong.

I’m committed.

I’ll definitely learn to ask,

And to speak up as a Self Advocate.


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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


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



April 12, 10:00 a.m. ET


Yoga Stretching for DIEP flap

April 16,  6:00 p.m. ET


Restorative Yoga:

The secret Garden

April 22,  6:00 p.m. ET


Qi Gong

April 23,  11:30 a.m. ET


Art Therapy

May 6, 6:00 p.m. ET


Forest Bathing

May 7,  6:00 p.m. ET


Reflect & Recharge

Expressive Writing

May 13,  6:00 p.m. ET


Yoga Fitness with Chair Assist

May 14, 11:30 a.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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