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Support Services

COVID-19 Update:  To Life! continues to support during COVID-19. Our support group services have shifted from in-person meetings to virtual gatherings. 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 Group Program

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 bilingual support group (Spanish and English) in Amsterdam, NY.  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 Third Tuesday of most months from 6:00 - 7:00 pm online.

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

Bilingual Breast Cancer Support Group

Facilitators: Carmen Rodriguez

Welcoming Spanish and English speaking breast cancer survivors to join in discussion. Open to anyone in the region at any stage of treatment or survivorship.

Meets Second Tuesday of most months from 6:30pm to 7:30pm online.
Contact Carmen at crodriguez@tolife.org to learn more about the group and to join.

Grupo de apoyo bilingüe para el cáncer de mama

Facilitadores: Carmen Rodríguez

Damos la bienvenida a sobrevivientes de cáncer de mama de habla hispana e inglesa para que se unan a la discusión. Abierto a cualquier persona de la región en cualquier etapa de tratamiento o supervivencia.

Se reúne el segundo martes de la mayoría de los meses, de 6:30 pm a 7:30 pm.

Póngase en contacto con Carmen en crodriguez@tolife.org para obtener más información sobre el grupo y unirse.

Saratoga Support Group

Facilitator: Jean Malone
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 5:30-6:30pm online.

Contact Jean at jmalone@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 about the group and to join.

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.