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    A Valentine's Day Gift - All Year Long...

    Valentine's Day is a time to send special greetings to people who we know and care about.

    Did you know that there are volunteers in the online breast cancer community who send these messages every day. And you can be one of them.

    Chemo Angels believe that people who are going through the breast cancer experience with all of the physical, emotional and mental rigors of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or other cancer therapies deserve some pampering and special treatment! Volunteers provide just that.

    Gilda's Club was founded as a special place to offer support to cancer patient's, survivors and families. Named for the comedienne Gilda Radner who died of cancer, her living legacy is a home for comfort and sharing. There are local clubs in most areas of the United States. Clubs have recently opened in Canada and England. Volunteering at one of these provides an opportunity to give back some of the comfort showered on us during our breast cancer experience.

    National Lymphedema Network provides information on this neglected area of our illness. Many post surgery or radiation patients develop swelling that is often painful and have no idea what it is or what to do do make it more comfortable. This organization provides "penpals" for lympedema sufferers. If you have gone through this and can offer some support to a fellow traveler, just visit the site and pick up a friend.

    So if you don't feel like just sharing your caring one day a year, join the ranks of those who make it a daily routine. If you don't have the time or the energy to give, send a donation - in a Valentine's Day card. Make sure to use the Breast Cancer Awareness stamp on the envelope!


    February 14 , 2000

    Last updated March 31, 2006




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