Making Strides: Emotional Support

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)-The entire month of October, we've been talking about breast cancer and the programs and services the American Cancer Society here in Hawaii provides for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer. This last segment we'll be talking about emotional support.

The American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery Program pairs breast cancer patients with volunteers who are breast cancer survivors. The goal is to share and comfort women through their emotional journey, and be available to answer questions about family, children, dealing with treatments, etc. The program matches women by cancer type, treatment, age and family situation. Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to register.

How to Cope - Guidelines from the American Cancer Society

  • Educate yourself. Try to learn as much about breast cancer and your treatment as you can.
  • Express your feelings. Most women find that expressing their feelings can help them deal with the treatment and the changes in their lives. You might choose to talk with trusted friends or relatives, keep a private journal, or even dance, sing, paint, or draw to express yourself.
  • Take care of yourself. Take time to do something you enjoy every day. Have a favorite meal, go for a walk, meditate, list to your favorite music, read a good book, or watch a funny movies.
  • Exercise. If your doctor agrees, start a mild exercise program, maybe walking, yoga, swimming, or stretching. Exercise can help you feel more in control of your body and reduce fatigue
  • Reach out to others. Making new friends, whether on your own or through support groups, can help you remember that you are not alone. It also gives you more people with whom to share your fears, hopes, and personal accomplishments.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a 5-mile, noncompetitive walk from Richardson Field to Ford Island and back. It takes place Saturday, October 29. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the walk begins at 8 a.m. It is an event that raises awareness and dollars to make strides to end breast cancer by finding cures and supporting programs and services for all people facing the disease.

Register online at or call (808) 432-9133.

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