When you’re facing breast cancer, talking to someone who’s been there can really help.
The Contact a Survivor Website Program allows breast cancer patients to connect with trained cancer survivor volunteers online. This program is especially important for those newly diagnosed with breast cancer, but anyone can utilize this program. All emails received are kept confidential. Our trained volunteers respond to emails and provide comfort and personalized support during critical times, as well as providing information and resources available to breast cancer patients and to their caregivers, spouses, children, family and friends here in Berks County. *
If you would like to talk with someone who truly understands your struggle and has “been there before”, please read the following volunteer profiles and choose the one whose experience best matches your question or situation.
*all information is non-medical.
Occupation: Field Service Operations Manager Hobbies/Interests: Travel, biking, spending time with family and friends. My Story: I live in Sinking Spring with my husband and daughter (currently attending the University of Pittsburgh). I was diagnosed in April 2003 at the age of 34 with Stage I, Grade 3, invasive ductal carcinoma. I received four rounds of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation. At the time of diagnosis, Breast Cancer Support Services was there to support me, and I am truly thankful. Email Colleen
Hobbies/interests: Volunteering at BCSS and the Rotary Club of Muhlenberg. My Story: I live in Reading/Muhlenberg area. My family and friends come first in my life. I was diagnosed in November 2013. A few weeks later I had a bi-lateral mastectomy. Next came chemo, and a month after chemo was completed I had reconstruction. I saw that BCSS was having an Open House, (when I was still going through chemo) so I decided to check it out. “I was bald, scared and not sure why I was going but I knew I needed something - just didn’t know what. I found people that knew what I was going through.” I have been volunteering at BCSS ever since. Email Terri
Hobbies/interests: I love crafting and spending time with my family. My Story: I live in Lebanon with my fiancé and my three children. In April 2016, at the age of 32, I was diagnosed Stage 4 de Novo, ER/PR+ Her- with metastasis to my liver. I received ten rounds of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation. I've also had a double mastectomy with no reconstruction. My first experience with BCSS was through their Newly Diagnosed Support Group. Since then, I remain very active in numerous BCSS programs, especially the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) where I am a volunteer Face2Face Coordinator and State Leader. Email Vanessa
Occupation: Organist at Alsace Lutheran Church and Clerical Assistant for J. Mikulsky Railway Supply Co. My story: I am 62 years old and I live in Exeter Township with my husband and daughter. My son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter live an hour away. I was diagnosed with Stage 1 DCIS in August 2015. I had a stereotactic needle biopsy, sentinel node biopsy and lumpectomy that August. I also had six weeks of radiation (5 days a week). I also developed Level One Lymphedema in my right arm and hand. I have been the Organist Alsace Lutheran Church for 27 years. I also work as a clerical assistant for J. Mikulsky Railway Supply Co., Inc. I retired from Reading School District where I was the Junior High/ Middle School Choral and General Music Educator. I have found BCSS to be a great source for information, comfort and healing! Not to mention, I have met some inspiring and wonderful friends! Email me if you would like to talk! Email Nina