The Breast Cancer Survivor group, After Reach, will celebrate their 15th year in April of 2011. A group of 15 women in various stages of recovery met Monday evening at the New London Family Medical Center cafeteria. The group was lead by survivor Jane Witczak, who reviewed pamphlets and information from the American Cancer Society that covered a variety of topics, including guidelines for early detection, an explanation of lumpectomy procedures, chemotherapy and what to expect, radiation therapy, breast biopsy and other helpful explanations for breast cancer survivors and their families. Witczak commented, “We can rejoice in the fact that today doctors are on our side and looking for ways to detect cancer. As we pray in our own way, remember to include the doctors and researchers who also want to find a cure.”
The group shared information, stories, and social time. Member Betty Allen made a pink ribbon cake for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The After Reach group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday in the following months: April, May, June, September, October and November. The door is always open and friends are made quickly.