Our survivor Support Volunteers are beacons of light
Support Volunteer SpotlightCancer Hope Network provides free one-on-one confidential peer support to all people (patients, family, and friends) impacted by cancer through our survivor matching program.Our survivor Support Volunteers are beacons of light in the lives of those we serve. For example, meet Bridget, a 37-year-old mother of two young children whose coworkers encouraged her to visit the mobile mammogram van visiting her office. They ignored her "I'm not old enough" protests, and she joined the group for testing that would keep her alive. Four weeks later, she received a diagnosis of Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. Soon after, she began treatment, which included a double mastectomy, 38 rounds of radiation, and 12 cycles of chemo. She faced many complications, including two pulmonary embolisms, chronic recurrent cellulitis infections, and at least 15 hospital admissions.Today, Bridget's health is vastly improved. She has scars, but she views them as badges of courage not something to hide. "For each scar, I have a story to tell you. Yes, I survived. And you will too. Your inner strength, faith, hope, and love will help you through." Her energy and zest for life are infectious. But she's never forgotten those days after diagnosis. "I tell people the raw truth. You'll deal with unknown side effects, the sleepless nights, challenges of acclimating back into society when your treatment is over. No reason to minimize what happened, just raw truth that yes these things happened to me, but I channeled my energy to focus on the reason why I had to get better. When you have a reason why you find a way HOPE, it's that simple."