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Old 06.03.2012, 12:55
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Breast Cancer Support Groups

Hi there,
My name is Esther, I introduced myself quite a while ago as I was due to move to Switzerland in Jan 2011 however 10 days before departure I was diagnosed with Breast cancer. A year of treatment and I am now happily living in the Alps with the love of my life.

As time goes on I find that I would like to talk to someone about different issues in relation to breast cancer but cannot find a support group in Valais. My french is not so great though I am learning and getting there so I was wondering does anyone know of an English speaking support group in the Valais area?

Take today to decide to be happy!

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Hi there,
My name is Esther, I introduced myself quite a while ago as I was due to move to Switzerland in Jan 2011 however 10 days before departure I was diagnosed with Breast cancer. A year of treatment and I am now happily living in the Alps with the love of my life.

As time goes on I find that I would like to talk to someone about different issues in relation to breast cancer but cannot find a support group in Valais. My french is not so great though I am learning and getting there so I was wondering does anyone know of an English speaking support group in the Valais area?

Take today to decide to be happy!

E
Hi Esther!

Congratulations on finishing your treatment, I finished mine in September (diagnosed in December 2010).

There are basically two English speaking support groups in Switzerland. One is in Geneva, the other in Basel. The English Speaking Cancer Association in Geneva is very active, and has a breast cancer support group. There might be others, but I've not been able to find them. You should contact the folks in Geneva, they are very active and have a monthly coffee.

Http://www.cancersupport.ch

There are also online groups. Send me a PM if you'd like to chat further. I had my treatment in Bern, have now moved closer to Zurich.

Have a good day!

E.
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Re: Breast Cancer Support Groups

E,

Thanks so much for your response. I will check them out on line. As you know yourself there are good days and bad days and sometimes it is good to talk to someone who understands the journey.

I finished treatment in Sept 2011 but am dealing with side affects of the taxol now.

But I am grateful and happy to be here.

Life is good.

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E,

Thanks so much for your response. I will check them out on line. As you know yourself there are good days and bad days and sometimes it is good to talk to someone who understands the journey.

I finished treatment in Sept 2011 but am dealing with side affects of the taxol now.

But I am grateful and happy to be here.

Life is good.

Good luck! Yep. Now I'm dealing with some of the arimidex side effects. Hey, I have curly hair now. Never had that before!

The online stuff I mentioned is a fairly active blogging/twitter/facebook group of women. There are also folks at the ESCA that will call you to chat and check up on you.

Life is indeed very, very good!
All the best
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Re: Breast Cancer Support Groups

I volunteered in my home country in Cancer Institute for some years, was mainly doing Psychological Support.

I meant by Psychological support is mainly listening to patients -- Listening a lot and talking little, trying to find a way to put the conversation into positive attitude when the talker is going into negative direction.

It did not always work with me the way it should work, but I was just trying to help.

So if anyone sees my help can add something anywhere in Switzerland, I would gladly help.


Esther72 & Edot, welcome back
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Re: Breast Cancer Support Groups

Hi Folks,
I have just been recently diagnosed with BC and have the operation on Friday. Surgeon is from the Breast Centre in Seefeld. I am looking to connect with folks out there in the Zurich area who would like to share knowledge and experiences with this diseas.

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