Although I was young, I remember when my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. We weren’t allowed to talk about it or tell people why she was sick. When she would explain her “condition” she would always whisper as if she was offending someone. I didn’t think twice about her secrecy, I didn’t know any better at that age. With breast cancer awareness month just two weeks away, I’m happy to see society has come a long way. Not only are women more outspoken about testing or their own diagnosis, but there is so much information out there and people willing to help those in need.
Adelphi University School of Social Work founded the NYS Breast Cancer Hotline in 1980. They knew women who had breast cancer needed support and created a forum where others like them could share their experiences. Today, the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program has a full professional social work staff and over 100 trained volunteers. The hotline is available to anyone with concerns about breast cancer and even those beyond New York State. You can reach them at 1-800-877-8077.
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