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 offers a variety of programs which provide education, community and support to women and their families. To learn more contact us at 503.598.8048 or via email at mail@breastfriends.org

Warrior Women Workshop Program


The Warrior Program is designed to educate, inspire and come together as a community. Workshops aim to empower each woman to thrive beyond their cancer diagnosis through experiencing a variety of activities and informative topics in a nurturing environment of community and support. Workshop topics can include education on common issues facing those confronted with a breast cancer diagnosis, such as lymphedema, facing fear, mindfulness strategies, new research, and patient advocacy as well as workshops that nurture the spirit.  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?
Please join us on the 2nd Tuesday of each month – 6:30pm via zoom
This is an opportunity to “meet” others who understand where you are, find support, ask questions and build community!
Hosted by Alyssa Beyer, 4 year breast cancer survivor and Breast Friends Patient Support Coordinator
Please check our calendar for the next date and to find the zoom link or contact Alyssa alyssabeyer@breastfriends.org
No registration required 

Young Warrior Program


Breast Friends Young Warrior Program supports women, under the age of 50, who are battling cancer. Our mission is to create hope and support through health and wellness workshops, activities, and courageous conversations. Helping them cope with hearing the words “you have cancer” at a young age; all while building them a sisterhood who “get It”.  For more information, contact our Patient Support Coordinator, Alyssa Beyer at 503.598.8048 or via email at alyssabeyer@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.

Fiber Friends


Fiber Friends is a wonderful opportunity to gather with people who understand what you’re going through, build social connections, and share your story and passion for fiber crafts. Practicing knitting and other yarn crafts can help reduce stress and provide a practical and creative skill to share with others, as well as a productive way to help fill the hours many women experience waiting while in medical offices or during treatment. Fiber Friends meets the first Tuesday evening of each month, please contact Aimee Berg our Program coordinator at aimee.berg@breastfriends.org.

 


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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.

 

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.

 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.

 

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.

 

“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 Patient Support Coordinator,Alyssa Beyer at 503.598.8048 or email her at alyssabeyer@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 Patient Support Coordinator, Alyssa Beyer via email at alyssabeyer@breastfriends.org.

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

Thriving Beyond
Cancer Retreat


Our weekend retreats, at the Oregon Coast, provide guidance for women who have finished their cancer treatment. Sharon Henifin, our co-founder and a cancer survivor herself, developed this program using life coaching principles and techniques. The three-day, two-night retreats are offered for a fee that includes workshop materials, food and lodging. Retreats for 2022 have been put on hold until further notice. If you have any questions please contact Alyssa Beyer, Patient Support Coordinator at 503.598.8048 or via email at alyssabeyer@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.