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FLLoriK

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Has anyone ever thought to volunteer as a reach for recovery volunteer? It's with the American Cancer Society. I was wondering it there was a separate branch for metsters?

danahollis

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I've thought about it... and I may do it sometime. I'm not quite ready yet.

When I was diagnosed, I had a lovely woman call me from Reach to Recovery and she was so sweet. She was a 13 year survivor I believe. Very cool.

Not sure about the mets deal... but I think that there would be many people who would benefit from talking to other mets gals. Somehow, being among sisters, feel so darn good!

lizws

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I thought about doing it also and even have the application sitting on my desk.  They sent it to me last year.  Reach to Recovery volunteers work with the patient after their surgery here. There isn't a rep in this area at all.  I want to work with them at the time of diagnosis.  I'm not sure there is such a thing out there but am going to talk with my friend who is an ACS big wig. 

I wasn't contacted by a volunteer but knew I could call if I needed to.  Part of the application has to be filled out by your doc/oncologist verifying you are "able" to be a volunteer.



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DoreenF

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I volunteer with Y-Me -  I'm what they call a match counselor -  I talk with people who have a similar situation as mine ... they also have peer counselors and you sign up for shifts to on the hotline.  Y-Me has a two day training class and then requires you to pass a test and  mentor with a peer counselor -  you listen in one some of their calls - and then they listen in on some of your calls -  once you've passed the mentoring you're certified to be a  peer or match counselor  - additional training is required each year -   I think it's only 2 hours ... they have many sessions that can be called in to - some for the counselors only - others on the Y-Me share-ring which is open to anyone.  

I tried to also vounteer with the ACS for Reach for Recovery -   several times -  I was told that someone would contact me ...  both times there was never any follow-up.  I should probably call and try again. 

There are lots of ways we can help ...  I consider my participation on bc.org as another way to help others get through the cancer journey.

Doreen


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FLLoriK

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I think I am ready to help others. I am the "call" person in the support group that I go to. Any new people that need a calm (ha!) voice to talk to will get me! We just got our first male bc member.

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