Living with METS? We can help.
As the number of people living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) continues to increase, the need for emotional support for this unique group of breast cancer patients is even more significant and pivotal.
ABCD understands the importance of having someone to talk with who truly knows what you are going through, and our MBC Mentors can do just that.
Striving to ensure our MBC Mentors and Program Participants have the best information and resources we proudly work directly with:
Lesley Kailani Glenn – founder of Project Life
Janice Cowden – MBC Thriver and Advocate, Patient Advocate, ABCD Mentor and author of our comprehensive national resource list
Support for ABCD’s MBC program comes from Lilly
Janice Cowden: Plan to Live
“Here and now.” That’s what matters most to ABCD Mentor Janice Cowden. She’s a mother, grandmother, and former pediatric nurse who’s also a passionate advocate for the metastatic breast cancer community.
No matter what’s on your mind, we can connect you with trusted, reliable resources that can make a big difference during and after treatment. Some of the topics we can assist with include:
When can I have a Mentor?
Mentors are available at time of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. There are no time parameters to when you can have a Mentor.
How quickly will I be matched?
Once you’ve talked with a Match Specialist, and shared information about yourself, your diagnosis and the most important thing you’d like to talk to a Mentor about, we are able to match you within 48 business hours.
Can I have more than one Mentor?
Yes, you can have as many Mentors as you’d like. For example, a person may be evaluating surgery options and wants to talk with someone who’s undergone a lumpectomy and someone who had a mastectomy. Or, a person may request a second Mentor after they’ve completed treatment to talk about moving forward after a breast cancer diagnosis.
Can my partner get support too?
ABCD provides emotional support to anyone impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis. We have trained Friends & Family Mentors – a spouse, sibling, friend – who have supported someone going through breast cancer who are ready to help others.
Can I talk with my Mentor in person?
Most of our Mentors provide support over the phone or online. If you and your Mentor want to meet in person, you can talk about it together.
What information do you need about me to make a match?
We’ll gather basic information about you and your breast cancer diagnosis. We’ll match you with a Mentor who has similar personal traits, family dynamics and breast cancer type. We’ll ask you what’s the most important thing you’d like to talk to your Mentor about, and we’ll make a meaningful match.
Is my information confidential?
Yes, your information is held in confidence and only shared with your Mentor.
How long will my Mentor be there to support me?
Your Mentor will be there for as long as needed.