|Survivors Supporting Each Other|
Having cancer can change you. It can affect you physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. Saint Elizabeth Breast Care Center understands the difficulties and challenges of a cancer diagnosis and we help patients work through all aspects of healing.
Our breast cancer support group has helped hundreds of women through their cancer diagnosis and recovery. Over the last twenty years, since the inception of the class, women have benefited from the confidential, informal atmosphere that gives them the opportunity to ask questions and talk about their concerns.
The support group draws women in all different stages of their cancer diagnosis. Some may be in the midst of treatment and others may be finished, but are still going through the healing process.
Women can ask questions, gain support from others and feel empowered to move forward. The group regularly features topic experts or guest speakers as well.
Sherry Komenda, breast cancer survivor, has been attending the support group for over a year. “It is comforting and reassuring to know you are not alone. The women in the group have truly become my friends. The ability to share advice and resources with other women has been very helpful,” says Komenda.
The support group is led by Karen Pribnow RN, MSN, OCN, breast cancer nurse navigator at Saint Elizabeth Breast Care Center. Karen has over 25 years of experience in oncology care and a passion for helping women diagnosed with breast cancer.
“Women who attend our support group benefit from hearing that others are going through a similar situation. It offers them reassurance,” says Pribnow. “It has really grown into a strong network of survivors. Some women connect outside of our meetings to support each other.”
Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Radiation Therapy Center at Saint Elizabeth. Parking is available in the Radiation Therapy parking lot on the west side of the hospital. For more information or to receive reminder emails with the date and topic of upcoming meetings, please call 402-219-7258.