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Read about recent US poll findings that prove the value of speaking with another survivor
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Recent findings of US poll prove value of talking to other survivors
This information has been taken from the Y-Me website, May 2012
Award-winning actress and 9-year breast cancer survivor Edie Falco has become a spokesperson for American breast cancer organization Y-Me which offers a national toll free hotline and comprehensive website focused on the needs of survivors and patients.
“I didn’t know that it mattered so much to speak with someone who had been through it. I was like a deer in the headlights,” said Ms. Falco. “I kept my diagnosis private but could have used an anonymous friend who’d been there to talk about the stuff you are left to deal with because the doctors don’t talk about it. ‘Am I going to lose my hair? When will it happen? Were you scared? Does your family know?’ I’m helping Y-ME because its mission is near to my heart.”
A recent poll conducted by Whitman Insight Strategies for Y-ME, found that 84% of breast cancer patients and survivors say talking to another survivor is one of the most important ways of dealing with the disease, and 68% wish that they could have been connected to other survivors. A whopping 95% said it was important to have a 24-hour hotline for fellow survivors yet only 14 % were aware that such an organization exists today.
The CEO of Y-ME says she hopes these findings will shift the focus of the breast cancer movement to patient-focused support and advocacy.
“We’re conditioned to raise money for awareness and research, but clearly there’s a need for Y-ME since we focus on patients and survivors every hour of every day,” said Cindy Geoghegan, CEO of Y-ME and 16-year survivor.
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