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Breast CancerSupport Aotearoa
is here to help you navigate your experience of breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Support Aotearoa has been helping people diagnosed with breast cancer since the 1980s.
We are the only national organisation in New Zealand with a peer support focus for those diagnosed with breast cancer and are recognised by medical providers of breast cancer services as a reputable source of structured peer support.
We have built collaborative networks with a multitude of organisations so we can always find appropriate support for you, no matter where you live in Aotearoa.
Because we’ve been where you are, we know that sometimes you just need support from someone who’s experienced breast cancer too.
We provide appropriate peer-based support for people of all ethnicities, through our network of Māori, Pasifika, Asian, and NZ European volunteers throughout New Zealand.
Our aim is to empower and enable those with breast cancer to make well-informed decisions about their treatment, care, and recovery.
The support we offer is non-medical, practical (tips and tools), and has a focus on the emotional wellbeing of a person, with the four pillars of Te Whare Tapa Whā guiding our approach.
We support those with breast cancer and their whānau to be as strong and well as possible in all four of these areas as they navigate their breast cancer journey.
Along with our team of dedicated volunteers, Breast Cancer Support Aotearoa (BCSA) funds a National Service Coordinator role. We also have the strategic guidance of a committee to oversee the management and governance of the organisation. If you would like to volunteer for us, please get in touch
As Chair of Breast Cancer Support Aotearoa, I know from personal experience that the camaraderie of others who have shared similar challenges is a tonic for the soul.
The focus of our organisation is to enable and empower these kinds of connections through our peer support programmes in the hope that we may offer those with breast cancer an approach to care and recovery that complements medical treatments.
Not long after my breast cancer diagnosis fifteen years ago I joined a Nordic walking group for those who’d had breast cancer. This regular contact with others was a wonderful turning point for myself and countless other women. This is what I hope we can do for you too.
NATIONAL SERVICE COORDINATOR
As the National Coordinator of Breast Cancer Support Aotearoa, I have the unique privilege of working with a great team of women who have experienced breast cancer themselves and share a determination to give back to others travelling a similar road.
The key message of our organisation is ‘Tū rangatira ai’, ‘We’ve been there too’ and indeed we all have. Everyone volunteering or working for us has experienced this cancer that affects over 3,000 women and men every year in Aotearoa New Zealand.
It is through our shared pathways that we can support those whose journey may have just started, or those who may need some help further along the way.
I was put in touch with the Breast Cancer Support team 21 years ago, following my breast cancer surgery.
The help, friendship and confidence BCS gave me made such a difference to my experience, from post-surgery to finishing chemotherapy, and dealing with a life that would never be quite the same again.
There is no doubt the support I received from BCSA aided my recovery and I want others travelling a similar road to receive that support too.
CHRISTCHURCH SUPPORT GROUP COORDINATOR
Coordinating our Christchurch Breast Cancer Support and offering support and a listening ear to people at such a scary and unknown time, gives me such an immense sense of satisfaction.
Being a survivor of breast cancer myself, I think it is so important that newly diagnosed people see that although this is a stressful and overwhelming situation to be in, you can have a positive outcome and it will get better. Our group is full of these women. We share experiences, support and understanding of the uncertainty a diagnosis can bring. We enjoy much needed laughter and celebrate each milestone along the way.
I’m so proud to have met so many inspiring women and admire and respect the strength each of them brings to others in our group.
After a regular mammogram I was diagnosed with ductal breast cancer and I had a mastectomy.
After returning to full time work I became sadder and sadder until my physio suggested that I make contact with the BCSA group that met on Auckland’s North Shore. Two meetings later I felt like my old self again.
When the BCSA called for volunteers to share their experiences and support others, it felt really important that I get involved after the support I had received. I now help out in whatever way I can - through my story, volunteering, and on the BCSA committee.
Your donation means we can give even more support to those who need it, at the time when they need it most.
We love to hear from women and men who would like to use their breast cancer experience to support others.
We're always here to support you. Our breast cancer support line is available from 8:30am to 5:00pm, 365 days a year.
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