Support Services

As a result of Covid-19 and for the safety of all participants, our support groups continue to be offered virtually. Please contact To Life! by calling 518-439-5975 to connect. We are here for you.

To Life! provides group support and one-on-one for individuals facing breast cancer. To Life! also offers peer mentoring and wellness programs.

Support groups provide a safe place to share feelings and information that remains confidential. Group facilitators guide women through thoughtful discussion. To Life! offers support groups for women newly diagnosed and in treatment, women diagnosed in their 40s or younger, and women with metastatic breast cancer, as well as a one-on-one bilingual support (Spanish and English).  Please call our Support Services Manager at 518-439-5975 to connect with a support group. Surround yourself with women who understand.

Newly Diagnosed/ In Treatment Breast Cancer Support Group

Meets on the Fourth Thursday of most months from 6:00 – 7:30 pm online.

Email info@tolife.org or call 518-439-5975 to learn more about the group and to join.

Positively Living Support Group

Meets first Tuesday of most months from 6:30 - 7:30 pm online.

Email Eileen at ebird@tolife.org to connect with this group.

Saratoga Support Group

Facilitator: Jen Baldwin, MSW OSW-C
To Life!, in partnership with the Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center of Saratoga Hospital, continues to offer a monthly support group for women affected by breast cancer, as well as interested family members/caregivers.

Meets third Tuesday of each month 5:30-6:30 pm online.

Email Jen at jenn9596@gmail.com to learn more and to join.

Saratoga Body Positivity Support Group

Facilitator: Caitlin McNamee, LMHC

Hosted by Saratoga Hospital and held at the Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center this group focuses on improving how we see and feel about our bodies after a cancer diagnosis and treatment.  Open to all cancer survivors.

Meets third Thursday of each month 5:30-6:30 pm.

Email Cait at cmcnamee@saratogahospital.org to learn more and to join.

MetaThriver Support Group

Facilitators: Debra Nosik, LCSW, and Martha McCormick, MS, EdS

This support group provides the opportunity for women with recurrrent and metastatic breast cancer to receive and give support.

Meets on the Third Wednesday of most months from 6:30 - 7:30 pm online.

Contact Martha McCormick at mmccormick1600@gmail.com to learn more and to join.

Bilingual Breast Cancer Support Group

Facilitators: Carmen Rodriguez

One-on-one support and peer mentoring connections for those whose lanugage preference is Spanish. Email Carmen at crodriguez@tolife.org.

Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

Tap into the To Life! survivor network by connecting to someone who can relate to what you are going through now. Please email Dana at DPleskovic@tolife.org.

Young Survival Coalition (YSC)/To Life! Collaborative Support Group

To Life! partners with the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) to support younger women dealing with breast cancer. YSC develops networks designed for breast cancer survivors diagnosed at age 40 or younger. Whether you have just been diagnosed, are still in treatment or are several years out, join us to connect with others. Find more information at http://www.youngsurvival.org or please contact To Life! at 518-439-5975 or info@tolife.org to be connected with this group.

YSC Face2Face Meetup Support Group

For more information: email AlbanyF2FCoordinator@gmail.com or info@tolife.org for more information.

Funding for the support group program is made possible in part by the NYS Department of Health and The Review Foundation. The views expressed by facilitators do not necessarily reflect the views of our contributors or the official policies of the State of NY. 

 

Here are some additional breast cancer support and networking groups in the Capital Region:

American Cancer Society Hope Club - 518-220-6960

Nancy B. Clemente Cancer Fund - Thrivers Connection - 518-858-3738

Hope in the Boat - a dragon boat team in the Capital Region made up of breast cancer survivors (www.hopeintheboat.org)

St. Mary's Cancer Treatment Center - Integrative Wellness Programs provided by St. Peter's Health Partners - call 518-268-5060

 

Wellness Programs

To Life! offers wellness classes that focus on: nutrition, mindfulness, exercise, art therapy and more.  Check our Calendar of Events and Facebook page for current offerings hosted by To Life! For additional community and online wellness services click HERE.

Mentoring​​​​

For women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, To Life! offers the opportunity to connect with and receive individual guidance from a long-term breast cancer survivor – a mentor. Please call our Support Services Manager at 518-439-5975 to further discuss these services.

Caregivers​​​​

If you or someone you know needs support during and after cancer treatment, there are many wonderful resources. Click HERE for more information.