Family and Friends

If you are a partner, child, caregiver, friend or anyone who cares for a young woman battling breast cancer, you probably are a little unsure how you can best help her and vice versa especially when it comes to partners and children. Don’t worry, these resources can help. And be sure to look over this website, especially the Relationships section, for advice.

Local Resources


Amelia Center

Located in Birmingham, the mission of The Amelia Center is to provide individual counseling, group counseling, and education to children grieving the death of a family member, as well as parents and families grieving the death of a child; and to offer professional education and training in grief counseling models.

http://www.ameliacenter.org/

Care Pages

Located in Birmingham, the UAB Health System offers its patients CarePages, a free service that provides private websites to stay in touch with loved ones and friends while also managing a health care challenge. CarePages makes it easy to: –Update family, friends and even colleagues all at once –Share photos –Collect supporting messages from loved ones and friends –Learn more about healthcare issues –Connect to others with similar concerns

http://www.carepages.com/uabmedicine

Clearview’s “Coping with Cancer” for Families

Located in Huntsville, teaches you methods of easing your concerns & anxiety about your loved one’s treatment and emotions. You will receive support, encouragement and an opportunity to talk about your feelings and concerns. Class is 6 weeks, meets on Fridays, 10 – 11 a.m. (Board Room).

(256) 705-4224


Harvest for Health

Located in Birmingham, Harvest for Health seeks to engage breast cancer survivors and their families in healthier behaviors, specifically eating more fruits and vegetables and participating in physical activity through a home based vegetable garden intervention.

https://www.facebook.com/HarvestforHealthUAB

205-996-7367


Hospice of the Valley

Located in Huntsville, Hospice of the Valley provides bereavement support groups for children, teens and adults.

http://www.hospiceofthevalley.net/

Oasis Counseling for Women and Children

Located in Birmingham, Oasis helps women and families recover from depression and anxiety, heal from abuse and trauma, develop healthy relationships and coping styles, and meet the problems in their lives. Individual, couples, and family counseling, as well as Art Therapy, are available for adolescents and adults. Play Therapy is available for Children ages 3-12 years old.

http://www.oasiscounseling.org

The Caring House

Located in Huntsville, the Caring House at Hospice Family Care has bereavement support groups for children, teens and adults. The adult group meets Tuesdays or Thursdays, 5:30-6:45 at 3304 Westmill Drive SW in Huntsville.

http://caringhousehuntsville.com/home.aspx

Women of Hope

Located in Montgomery, Women of Hope is a group of caring and compassionate individuals who desire to help educate, promote awareness, and provide hope for individuals and families coping with and dealing with the affects of breast cancer. Our mission is to educate, promote awareness, and provide hope and encouragement for families coping with breast cancer. Hope is the assurance that one day we will be able to live cancer free!

http://www.thewomenofhope.org/

National Resources


American Cancer Society - Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer

This series of guides offers extensive information on helping children understand and deal with a family member's cancer.

https://www.cancer.org/treatment/children-and-cancer/when-a-family-member-has-cancer.html

American Cancer Society - Caregiver Support

A cancer diagnosis affects close friends and family too. Find out what to expect as a caregiver for a person with cancer, and get tips for making sure that you take care of yourself as well.

https://www.cancer.org/treatment/caregivers.html

CaringBridge

This social network allows uses to create free websites to keep family and friends updated during a health event. The website also provides a calendar, the SupportPlanner, where caregivers can coordinate and organize tasks.

http://www.caringbridge.org/

Children's Treehouse Foundation

The Children's Treehouse Foundation trains cancer hospitals and centers to provide a support group program for the young children of parents with cancer. They provide two training books for parents and children coping with a parent's cancer diagnosis, which can be purchased online for use at home.

https://childrenstreehousefdn.org/

Emily McDowell Studio

"What to say when you don't know what to say" empathy cards designed by a cancer survivor. Order or find them nearby.

https://emilymcdowell.com/

Kids Konnected

Kids Konnected provides friendship, understanding, education and support for kids and teens who have a parent with cancer or have lost a parent with cancer. They provide kids and teens summer camps, a support hotline, online toolkits, and more!

http://kidskonnected.org/

Little Pink Houses of Hope

Little Pink Houses of Hope provides free weeklong vacation retreats to breast cancer survivors and their families. Family and couples retreats are held in 14 different locations around the country.

http://www.littlepink.org/

Meal Train

Nutrition is essential during cancer treatment. MealTrain.com provides an easy-to-use, shared online calendar that friends and family of cancer survivors can use to coordinate meal delivery!

https://www.mealtrain.com/

Men Against Breast Cancer

Support and education for men caring for female breast cancer survivors. Their Partners in Survival workshop helps men understand the physical and emotional needs of their female partners, and resources on their website include a downloadable copy of their book "Women We Love: A Breast Cancer Action Plan and Caregiver’s Guide for Men."

http://www.menagainstbreastcancer.org

Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer (MSDBC)

Supports the mothers of daughters with breast cancer by matching mothers with volunteer mothers whose daughters also underwent breast cancer treatment. Volunteer mothers provide support via telephone, email, fax, letter, or, if possible, in person.

http://www.mothersdaughters.org/support/

My Cancer Circle

This free, private support tool coordinates the efforts of family, friends, and volunteers to more efficiently support patients and caregivers. Caregiving communities can access a shared calendar, vital information, message boards, and more!

http://mycancercircle.lotsahelpinghands.com/caregiving/home/

Telling Kids About Cancer

Telling children about a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming for any parent. This website provides tips for talking to kids of different age groups, and even offers a coversation guide where parents can plan conversations with their children ahead of time.

http://www.tellingkidsaboutcancer.com/

Alabama's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Alabama, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveAL is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveAL's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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