GyniGirls Share Love, Laughter, and More While Battling Cancer
Free support group for women meets monthly in Langhorne, PA,
needs unique to women faced with life-challenging illness.
“You have cancer.” Those words can shake a woman to her very core when she hears them from her doctor.
But there is a place to go for support from others who have been there. They call themselves the GyniGirls—women who are living with gynecological or any other type of cancer—who meet once a month in Langhorne to share hugs, laughter, tears, and a sympathetic ear.
“Healing starts from the heart,” explains Susan Apollon, the psychologist who helps facilitate the group. “You cannot heal your body if you don’t find a way to love yourself first. When you find a place where you can feel peace and safety, your body responds at the cellular level. You begin to immediately create the chemicals that boost immunity.”
That peaceful place is created at the Center for Women’s Health when the GyniGirls meet to guide and reassure each other throughout the healing process. The group was formed about a year ago by Amy Harvey, MD, who brings her expertise as a gynecologist who works with women challenged by cancer.
Meanwhile, Apollon brings more than 25 years of experience as a psychologist specializing in cancer patients to the group. She also brings the perspective of someone who has survived breast cancer.
“When you learn you have a life-challenging illness, you’re in deep shock at first because you’ve lost your sense of being whole and healthy,” says Apollon. “Over time, you find you’re much more powerful and resilient than you ever were. Cancer becomes a teacher for you. It provides you with a different perspective about life.”
It’s that different world view that connects the women who attend, Apollon adds. In fact, every woman has acknowledged that cancer has enabled them to look at life differently.
“They treasure experiences that they took for granted before,” says Apollon. “It’s a gift—something special we would not have had if we hadn’t had that experience (of cancer). Each one of us has something lovely to share, and we bring that to each other, and we value one another.”
Apollon has also seen members regain some sense of control over their lives.
“Not only is it a warm, intimate group, it’s a place where they can come and feel a greater sense of control over the circumstances that they deal with each day as they go through treatment and the healing process. They become more confident, more grounded; they feel like someone has their back.”
That includes tending to each other in good times as well as not-so-good times, says Apollon—through laughter and loss, love and tears.
GyniGirls also welcomes caregivers and family members of cancer patients. The meetings, which are free and open to the public, take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Center for Women’s Health, located at 540 North Woodbourne Rd., Langhorne, PA, 19047.
Our meetings are usually held the 3rd Wednesday of each month. However, changes
do occur. Please call Monica at 215-750-6611, extension 125. to register and
confirm the meeting date.
Breast Friends - Bucks County Breast Friends
Support group that offers strength, encouragement, and
compassion to those faced with a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Initiated in 2007 by breast surgeon, Dr. Beth DuPree, BCBF began with only a few individuals. Today there are close to 400 women who call themselves Breast Friends.
This dynamic sisterhood of support is currently facilitated by the help of
team members. Monthly meetings, the BCBF Facebook group, and many shared Breast Friends events allow members to connect, bond, and heal. Breast Friends are women of vitality, positive energy, and inspiration, many chairing or serving on such BCBF committees as Pay-It-Forward, Celebrate Life, Sewing Circle, and Sunshine Committee.
What brings Breast Friends together is a common diagnosis of breast cancer. But what keeps Breast Friends connected is a genuine willingness to support and encourage one another through their diagnoses, through their treatments, and to their survivorship. And for Breast Friends it is not enough to just survive this diagnosis. Breast Friends share their journeys with the intention of seeing all Breast Friends become
THRIVERS, reclaiming lives of great health and healing. No woman given the diagnosis of breast cancer will ever have to take her journey alone as long as she has her Breast Friends.
BCBF General Meetings
First Thursday of each Month -- 7 to 9 PM
LIFE St. Mary
2500 Northgate Road Trevose, PA 19053
Check out their Calendar of Events for the next meeting dates and times.
Breast Cancer Org
community has really outstanding information regarding cancer symptoms, treatment, complimentary and holistic treatments. Excellent information in understanding the cancer you have and the treatments available and how to integrate complimentary medicine with traditional.
Plus other valuable information to ease the journey as well as to not only survive cancer, but to
Community you are able to chat with others and they have active forums dealing with breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Websites
An excellent guide to sites for .various kinds of cancers, in addition to breast
cancer, as well as resources for support groups, information, forums and links.
Breast Cancer Answers
http://breastcancer.answers.com A great site that is visually pleasing, informative and explains the basics and non basics re topics related to cancer… found to be especially valuable to kids interested in learning about cancer related matters.
offers recommendations and valuable information, support and guidance for all cancer patients, in addition to a wonderful section dealing with Integrative and Complementary Medicine... Nancy is a Stage IV Ovarian cancer survivor and psychologist dedicated to helping others survive and thrive.
For younger people there are 2 excellent websites
Young Survival Coalition and
Stupid Cancer Organization for teens and adolescents... so many of our youth need major support and guidance.
American Cancer Society
Cancer Society has a wealth of information dealing with cancer and cancer related forums.
Feel free to explore the links below to
see if we may assist you...
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