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A note from Louisa, Discussions About Cancer group facilitator:
“I had Breast Cancer 6 years ago. I felt going to a cancer support group would be intimidating and scary. I didn’t feel the need, and I didn’t want to go to a group because I didn’t want to relive everything and have to talk about it.
I wasn’t ready to talk about my cancer immediately after, but a couple years later I realized I had lots of questions and some issues arose, my friends and family didn’t know how to answer or help me with my questions.
That’s when I went to a support group and it was so rewarding and extremely helpful. It felt good to vent with people who have been through it. We are the only ones who know exactly how we’re feeling and can relate. It is very comforting, You don’t have to be alone. That’s why I decided to start a support group so YOU can have an outlet in a safe space to help you get through.”
The LGBT community is disproportionately affected by cancer. Below are links to articles from the National LGBT Cancer Network.
From their website www.cancer-network.org
"These articles, written by staff and volunteers of the National LGBT Cancer Network cover a wide base of topics. Drawing on current research data, the articles are written in plain language, intended to be understandable to a broad audience who may not have a background in science, but with citations that will earn the respect of healthcare professionals."
- Bisexuals and Cancer
- Breast Reconstruction in Lesbians and Bisexual Women
- Cancer and the LGBT Community
- Cancer Resources for the LGBT Community
- Gay Men and Cancer
- HIV and Cancer
- HPV and Cancer
- Lesbians and Cancer
- Transgender/Gender-Nonconforming People and Cancer
LOFT Peer Support Groups are open topic, drop-in groups. Groups are led by facilitators who identify as peers with those in attendance. There is no need to preregister and no fee to attend.
Donations are welcome. Suggested donation is $5; more if you can, less if you can't. Fees related to activities are the responsibility of participants.