Recently Diagnosed: Overview
Beginning Your Journey
A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming for women. DBCC wants to ease their journey by sharing information about the resources that are available to them. They may have questions about their treatment, financial concerns, transportation issues with getting to treatment, or they may need the support of a counselor to help them deal with the emotional side of facing breast cancer.
The “Beginning Your Journey” programs help connect women with local resources and professional staff at the area’s cancer centers to address their concerns and get the support they need. The programs will be offered monthly, in each county, in partnership with a local hospital.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, find information here about programs and services the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition can offer you.
The Next Step in your Journey
If you are recently diagnosed, we encourage you to come to one of our Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey groups and learn more here!
Our Peer Mentor Support program can match you with a survivor who has faced a similar diagnosis, treatment or recovery. Our Peer Mentor Program Coordinators can speak with you about your specific needs, answer your questions about breast cancer, and provide many resources as you being your journey.
If you are women diagnosed with breast cancer in your 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, you may be interested in learning more about our Young Survivors in Action (YSIA) program.
If a Loved One is Diagnosed
A diagnosis of breast cancer can be devastating with intense emotions. Your loved one or friend may have feelings that range from fear, anger, and frustration to vulnerability, depression and helplessness. These emotions are normal. Your loved one has been forced to confront the possible loss or change of a breast, the fear of losing her feminine image, or in the case of male breast cancer, his masculinity, their health, and even their life. It is important that you understand what they may be thinking and feeling.
Suggestions on how to help:
- Go with them to doctors’ appointments
- Coordinate rides to treatment
- Cook or arrange meal delivery
- Take care of the children
- Do the grocery shopping
- Help with cleaning the house
- Do the laundry
- Water the plants
- Mow the grass
- Screen telephone calls
- Handle insurance needs
- Help care for pets
- Drive car pool
- Keep a list of phone calls, gifts, flowers and meals
- Provide moral support
- Be a good listener
- Give lots of hugs
- Openly share your feelings
- Be there for them
- Continue to provide support after treatment is over
- Respect their need for privacy
Provide Practical support:
Provide emotional support:
New Castle County: Lois Wilkinson at (302) 468-4812
Kent County: Lois Wilkinson (302) 672-6435
Sussex County: Connie Holdridge (302) 542-3450
Young Survivors: Amanda Perdue (302) 672-6435 x 1005
- • DE resident
• In active treatment for breast cancer
• Experiencing extreme financial hardship
Resources for Partners/Spouses
“What’s Happening to the Woman We Love”, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Booklet
Stand by Her: A Breast Cancer Guide for Men by John W. Anderson
Cancer in Two Voices by Sandra Butler and Barbara Rosenblum
Resources for Children
"What’s Happening to Mom?", Susan G. Komen for the Cure Booklet
Michael’s Mommy Has Breast Cancerby Lisa Torrey (Picture Book)
Our Family Has Cancer, Too!by Christine Clifford (Chapter Book)
Both Sides Now (Readers Circle) by Ruth Pennebaker (Young Adult)
Breast Cancer:Questions And Answers for Young Women by Carole Vogel (Young Adult)
Copies of the Hurricane Voices Family Reading List are available from DBCC.
Learn how to guide your children through the cancer journey with the Sharsheret Busy Box. Each Busy Box includes resource materials to educate parents about the impact of breast and ovarian cancer on children. The Busy Box also features a starter kit of games and activities to occupy your children while you are at the doctor or resting after treatment. The Clinical Team will contact you to tailor your resources and request your mailing address prior to shipping.
New Castle County Application Made possible through a grant from Incyte
Kent County Application Made possible through a grant from the Potter Trust of the CenDel Foundation
Sussex County Application Made possible through a grant from Incyte
Please print and complete the application and mail it to: Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Attn: Lois Wilkinson 165 Commerce Way, Suite 2 Dover, Delaware 19904 For additional questions or concerns, please contact Lois Wilkinson at 302-672-6435.
The “Beginning Your Journey” programs helps connect women with local resources and professional staff at the area’s cancer centers to address their concerns and get the support they need. The programs will be offered monthly, in each county, in partnership with a local hospital.
The Frequently Asked Questions section can provide you with questions to take back to your health care team to help you further understand your diagnosis and treatment options.