Our Support Workers have been through Breast Cancer themselves.

They're here to help you navigate the many aspects of having breast cancer. Whether you want practical information like who supplies prosthesis (and what are they anyway?) or more in depth conversations our support workers are here to help you.

Individual Support

Would you like to talk to someone who has had breast cancer?

Our Support Workers and Support Buddies are all women who have coped with breast cancer. They understand the fears and feelings that come with a breast cancer diagnosis, they've been through it themselves. They are here to help you successfully navigate the journey by offering practical and emotional support, hope, encouragement and information.

We don't offer medical or treatment advice and we always recommend in the first instance to seek such information from your medical team but we can listen and have a wealth of information about resources available to you.

Aroha ki te tangata ~ Speaks of respect and regard for others.

Group Gatherings

Over lunch or at one of our coffee mornings, exchange stories, information and lots of laughter! We often have a speaker relating either to breast cancer or wellbeing. Come for lunch at our resource centre on the third Wednesday of each month.  We also have coffee mornings every 2nd month in Katikati, Papamoa and Te Puke. See "What's On" for further details.

Evening Group

If a daytime support meeting doesn't work for you, from time to time we hold evening groups. These groups will usually have a topic of interest and a speaker.   Check out "What's On" for upcoming dates, times and speakers.

Lymphoedema Education

Physiotherapist and Lymphoedema Therapist Kath Vickers provides education, exercises and support on the prevention and management of Lymphoedema. Refer to our Events page for information on the next Lymphoedema Education Session.

What Can Groups Offer?

Groups provide an opportunity for those with a present or past breast cancer diagnosis to meet in an informal environment for mutual support and encouragement. We often have speakers that can share their expertise in various areas, not limited to breast cancer topics. Even if you have great support from family and friends, keeping in touch with a group of people who are also living with breast cancer adds a different perspective and gives you the opportunity to talk openly without feeling like you may upset your loved ones. 

Contribute to our free local support and education programmes – make a difference in our community and donate today.

Counselling

Counselling offers the opportunity to talk with someone who will listen without criticism, keeping what you say confidential and work with you to explore ways of dealing with what life is offering you. We have qualified, experienced counsellors available.

Helping Hands

Financial support is available to alleviate a little of the stress that comes with a breast cancer diagnosis for those who are experiencing financial hardship.

Dinner Delivery Currently On Hold

When you have just had surgery or in the middle of treatment, the thought of preparing a meal can be daunting.  We can offer you some meals for your freezer – healthy and appetising and all you have to do is defrost.

Rest & Recovery Currently On Hold

Once treatment is over a 3 night break away to rejuvenate in a peaceful setting can feed the spirit.  We have a list of holiday homes kindly made available to our clients and their whānau for this purpose.

Oncology Massage Service Currently On Hold

Gentle massage can be a good way to help ease stress and anxiety while you are dealing with breast cancer and for some it can be an effective way to relieve pain.  Hands to Heal delivers our oncology massage service for clients on Wednesday and Thursday mornings here at the resource centre.

For more information call us on 07 571 3346 or email us.

Support Groups

Lunchtime Support Groups

Come along and meet up with others who are living with breast cancer in an informal and supportive environment. Join us for conversation and support.


Wednesday 18 March  //  11.30am - 1.30pm  //  At BCSS 53 Fraser Street  //  CANCELLED

Wednesday 15 April  // 11.30am - 1.30pm  //  At BCSS 53 Fraser Street  //  Speaker: Fay Cobbett CANCELLED
Join Fay and hear her inspiring story "How one grumpy lump brought us myReflection".  MyReflection produce 3D breast prosthesis. This session will be of particular interest to women who have had a mastactomy. Please register to attend as spaces will be limited.

RSVP by calling us on 07 571 3346 or email us.

Exercise and Breast Cancer

There are a number of options available to you to ensure you are engaging in exercise that is right for you both during and after treatment. Read about these here or contact one of our support workers to discuss your options – phone 07 571 3346 or email us.

PLEASE NOTE THAT PINK YOGA AND KATIKATI WOMEN WITH CANCER EXERCISE GROUP IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD.

Papamoa Coffee Morning

With Maria

Monday 6 April CANCELLED
10.30am - 12 midday

At Pacifica Garden Centre
Tara Road, Papamoa

Lymphoedema Education

Tuesday 7 April CANCELLED

10.00am - 12 midday

At BCSS Lounge
53 Fraser St, Tauranga
Educator: Kath Vickers 

Gold coin donation please.

Te Puke Coffee Morning

With Maria 

Wednesday 6 May

10.30am - 12 midday 

At The Daily Cafe
3 Commerce Lane
(opposite New World)

"Ngaire was very helpful and supportive. She rang and checked in on me just often enough. My husband and I met with heart the centre and we had a lovely chat which was very informative too."

- Colleen O’Sullivan

“A huge thank you for the beautiful chicken dinners and very decadent chocolate puddings that were delivered to my home. I devoured the pudding the night before I went into hospital so it was a perfect before fasting meal.” 

- Siobhan Gemerden

"Regular contact. Friendly voice on the phone. Regular newsletters/email. Lots of offer of support. Keep doing what you are doing. You are all amazing."

- Judy Gore

Lending Library

Sometimes it's hard to absorb all the information being given at the time of your diagnosis, as you may feel overwhelmed by everything happening.

Don't worry, we have a Resource Room bulging with information brochures and a complimentary library for your use.

The comprehensive library features books both informational and inspirational, written by both medical professionals and breast cancer survivors. Books cover a range of topics from diagnosis to recovery, how to tell the kids, how to tell your friends, from complementary therapies to embracing life. Feel free to come along and see if there is something that answers your questions, inspires you or gives you focus.

Supporting Others

When someone you love is diagnosed with breast cancer the most important thing you can do is listen.

Listen carefully to what they say so you can understand what they need. Remember they are still the same person but now need extra support, especially during periods of treatment and hospital stays. How you react can make a big difference. The first time you see them after a diagnosis is often the most difficult. Don't ignore the illness. Acknowledge it and let them talk if they want to. People with cancer often have mood swings and can take several months to adjust to a diagnosis, so be prepared for changes in behaviour. Don't let their bad days put you off and keep in touch.

Listen

Everyone reacts differently. Some will want to talk about it, some will want to talk about anything but the diagnosis. Listen for what they want and don't be afraid to ask what they'd like to do.

Attend

Offer to go with your friend to appointments or treatments. Often there will be a lot of information for a patient to absorb and it is hard when your head is spinning. A friend focusing on the information may help to pass it on later.

Chores

Fold the washing, do the vacuuming, mow the lawn, weed the garden, take the children to school, prepare a meal, but do it without making them feel inadequate.

Be specific

Asking for help is not easy. So when a friend says, "Whatever you need, just give me a call", it's hard for someone to make that call. It's better to be specific and ask, When would you like me to come over and help with some of the chores - Tuesday or Thursday?"

Family

Don't forget that the person's family will be going through a lot of emotions and changes in their routines as well. They will need support too.

 

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