Patient Programs

The devil whispered, “You cannot withstand the storm.” The Warrior replied, “I am the storm.” Come join us and become a warrior. Breast Friends is dedicated to providing education, community and support.  We strive to be relevant, accessible and inclusive of all who want to participate and aim to empower those to thrive beyond their cancer diagnosis through experiencing a variety of activities and informative topics in a nurturing environment.  Addressing all aspects of oneself is critical to the healing process .  Please read more information about each of our programs below or contact us to learn more! at 503.598.8048 or via email at mail@breastfriends.org

Warrior Women Workshop Program


Workshops take place both virtually via zoom as well as in person around the Portland metro area. Topics can include educational sessions on common issues facing those confronted with a breast cancer diagnosis, such as lymphedema, sex after cancer, mindfulness strategies, and new research. Other workshops such as kayaking, gardening, & forest bathing are designed to nurture the spirit and physical body.  To register for workshops, please visit our registration page. For more information, contact our Programs Coordinator, Aimee Berg at 503.598.8048 or via email at aimee.berg@breastfriends.org.


Support for Newly Diagnosed and/or Active Treatment

Program


Recently diagnosed with breast cancer?
Starting or currently in active treatment?
Preparing for surgery or starting a new treatment?
This is an opportunity to “meet” others who understand where you are, find support, ask questions and build community!  Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed or you’re finishing up treatment – you are welcome to join us!  We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm via Zoom.

Hosted by 2 Breast Friends staff members who are also survivors!
Please check our calendar for the next date and to find the zoom link or contact Alyssa – alyssabeyer@breastfriends.org

No registration required 

 

Adventure Warrior Program


Carpe Diem! Adventure warrior activities empower women to thrive, believe in their own mental and physical strength, face their fears in a safe supportive environment and have lots of fun! Opportunities take place periodically throughout the year. Please check our calendar for upcoming adventures or contact our Programs Coordinator, Aimee Berg at aimee.berg@breastfriends.org.

Metastatic Warriors

Program


Breast Friends Metastatic Warriors group will provide a safe space to connect with others coping with metastatic breast cancer. The group welcomes any woman who has been diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. This will be an opportunity for women to discuss their unique challenges and issues they face. There will be guest speakers who will join us from time to time.

Meetings are scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of each month. For more information, contact Allison Hancock via email at allisonhancock@breastfriends.org or call 503-989-9904.

Girls Nite Out Support Groups


Breast Friends supports sisterhood, and we all need girlfriends! Girls Nite Out Support Groups are a time to share our cancer journeys, interests and make new friends. Click here for a list of locations and coordinators in the Oregon.

Walk and Talk Groups


The Walk & Talk Groups are a great way for women going through a diagnosis of cancer to get out and move! Our walks and outdoor activites are designed to help women find the joy of movement amidst the lush beauty of the Pacific Northwest while making new friends. For a listing of walks please check our calendar or contact Aimee Berg our Program coordinator at aimee.berg@breastfriends.org.


Creative Connections


This art based program meets once a month to explore various topics related to the human experience through art. It’s a fun, reflective, judgment free, safe space where creativity leads us on a journey of self expression and connection. Creative connections provides a time and space for self care, stress release and an opportunity to connect with ourselves and others in a meaningful way.  No prior art experience is necessary to participate. To register please visit our registration page. For more information, contact our Programs Coordinator, Aimee Berg at  aimee.berg@breastfriends.org.

Warrior Hugs


Breast Friends is able to help with small financial requests such as grocery or gas gift cards for women with a breast cancer diagnosis living in Oregon/SW Washington.

Application for this program is through your provider. Ask your Nurse Navigator or Social Worker for details. If you have any questions, contact Liz Brown at lizbrown@breastfriends.org.

 


Breast Friends

Cancer Support Network


Hosted by our Programs Assistant Michelle Beck, Breast Friends Cancer Support Network is a live show Wednesdays at 9am Pacific Time. While interviewing a variety of guest speakers, including survivors, thrivers, doctors, authors, and counselors; Michelle brings their unique perspectives with fresh information every week. To listen to Breast Friends Cancer Support Network go to VoiceAmerica Health & Wellness or search on the major podcast platforms. You can also join us as a Guest Speaker. To explore Sponsorship Opportunities starting at $250, please contact Michelle Beck at 310-801-1512 or email her at michellebeck@breastfriends.org.

Heart of A Warrior Mentor Program


A mentorship program designed to provide one-on-one support to women with breast cancer. Mentors are women who have been involved in our community and a part of our programs. They have volunteered to walk alongside those who are new to Breast Friends. Mentors will be trained and supervised by Breast Friends staff and mentees will be matched with their mentor based on several criteria. Heart of a Warrior Mentors play a crucial role in helping support the Breast Friends mission, “to ensure no woman goes through a diagnosis of breast cancer alone”.

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor or feeling you could use a little extra 1:1 support from someone who understands what you’re going through, please contact Alyssa – alyssabeyer@breastfriends.org.

 

 Breast Friends Running/Walking Team


Bringing together a group of breast cancer survivors, fighters and supporters who are interested in walking or running events throughout the Portland Metro area.  Knowing the value exercise has in all areas of health and especially to cancer survivors, we welcome and encourage all levels and paces! For more info please contact Christine Poulin at linders451@yahoo.com.

 

“The fellowship that Breast Friends programs  provide is priceless.  Meeting with other women who have been through cancer makes my journey easier to walk. Breast Friends is so valuable.” 

Glenna – A Warrior Sister

 Brave & Beautiful


As partners in your breast cancer journey, we believe that patients and survivors are beautiful from the inside out. Brave & Beautiful is a monthly Portland Metro Area program that offers a free professional photography session. Our photographer will help provide a generous dose of happiness and sisterhood. Please contact our Programs Coordinator,Aimee Berg at 503.598.8048 or email her at aimee.berg@breastfriends.org.

Hope Closet


Breast Friends offers a Hope Closet stocked with accessories such as mastectomy bras, breast prosthesis, caps, scarves, wigs and post-surgical garments. All of these items are available to the LOCAL Portland Metro/SW Washington area free of charge for women with limited or no insurance coverage. Please contact our Executive Director, Allison Hancock via email at allisonhancock@breastfriends.org.

WE ARE NOT ACCCEPTING DONATIONS OF WIGS, BRAS OR OTHER ITEMS AT THIS TIME.

Health and Wellness  Retreats


Our weekend retreats, at the Oregon Coast, provide guidance for women who have finished their cancer treatment. The three-day, two-night retreats are offered for a fee that includes workshop materials, food and lodging. The next retreat is scheduled for May 19-21, 2023. Stay tuned for more details.  If you have any questions please contact Allison Hancock, Executive Director at 503.598.8048 or via email at allisonhancock@breastfriends.org.

Counseling Services


Dr. Sewing is a professional counselor and cancer survivor helping patients, survivors and their family members with marital and family issues, depression, anxiety, lack of energy. sexuality & intimacy and communication identity concerns. Free counseling services are available Fridays and Saturdays by appointment. To make an appointment contact our counselor Dr. Connie Sewing at 415.828.2312 or email her at constancesewing@gmail.com. We encourage a donation to Breast Friends to enable us to continue providing this valuable and free service to our community.