ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis No one should experience breast cancer alone. We know.
ABCD's focus is on truly personalized peer support for people affected by breast cancer - patients and loved ones. Our work is rooted in the fundamental belief that there are distinct benefits to personalized breast cancer support provided by people who have "been there (we call them Mentors)," that support is as important as clinical care during all parts of the journey from diagnosis to building a "new normal," and that the best peer Mentors are trained and supported during their journey of helping others. Anywhere there is a phone or internet we can help. We complement the work of health care providers by serving as a reliable, accessible and highly personalized service for breast cancer patients and their loved ones. That commitment includes survivorship journey services for all Mentors and specialized services for those living with advanced, complex and metastatic breast cancer. Services are free at all times and are available by contacting ABCD or through a growing number of cancer centers that partner their peer support services with ABCD.
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ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis was founded by a group of women – led by Melodie Wilson Oldenburg – who realized that having breast cancer is about much more than biopsies, surgery and chemotherapy. Most of ABCD’s founders are breast cancer survivors who discovered that the most valuable information and support came from others in similar life circumstances with similar experiences with the disease. Not everyone diagnosed with breast cancer knows where to find that kind of help. That’s where ABCD comes in. ABCD trains volunteers to be Mentors who then provide personalized support and help through (a) our partnerships with key cancer centers and (b) ABCD's one-to-one nationwide Helpline and customized peer Match services. All services are for patients and loved ones. Helpline Mentors are available by phone & email to provide immediate support and access to personalized services. Match Mentors provide ongoing support and are made on the basis of clinical information and personal life circumstances, prioritizing what is important to the caller. Mentors and ABCD staff work together to make sure that everyone's journey includes personalized support from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. ABCD Mentors are supported at all times; as their giving back this is their survivorship journey, too. Based in metropolitan Milwaukee, ABCD has trained Mentors residing coast to coast. Our services are available for free, anywhere, as long as you have a telephone or internet connection. We are committed to wrap around personalized support but do not want to duplicate the work of others. ABCD focuses on directly providing personalized services that so often get lost in the breast cancer experience and connects those we support with respected resources for general support and complementary breast cancer services when needed - ideally, rooted in their own communities. All services are free and confidential.

Mission: ABCD provides free, personalized information and one-to-one support to people affected by breast cancer – patients, families and friends. While science searches for futures solutions, ABCD complements the work of healthcare providers by serving as a reliable, accessible and highly personalized breast cancer support resource for patients and their loved ones.

Date with a Plate is going Virtual! While the format for this year’s annual fundraiser will be different, our goal remai...
08/03/2020
Date with a Plate – After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Date with a Plate is going Virtual!
While the format for this year’s annual fundraiser will be different, our goal remains the same – to raise awareness and support for breast cancer patients and their families. Now all of our supporters around the country can take part in this one-of-a-kind event, including YOU!

Registration is now open and is completely free, thanks to numerous ABCD sponsors and partners.

The live event will feature a variety of fun interactive elements, like sharing social media posts and a live news-style broadcast. Elizabeth Brenner and Carol Cameron will also be presented with annual ABCD leadership and impact awards. We’ll have an online silent auction of unique items and one-of-a-kind experiences provided by ABCD’s community of supporters, as well as opportunities for general donations to support ABCD’s services.

Click the link below to find out about Date with a Plate!

While the format for this year’s gala will be different, the goal remains the same – to raise awareness and support for breast cancer patients and their families. Now all of our supporters around the country can take part in this one-of-a-kind event!

We have a new website! www.abcdmentor.orgWe hope you'll love our brand-new digital home! It's really easy to navigate – ...
07/31/2020
After Breast Cancer Diagnosis – Customized, one-to-one breast cancer support

We have a new website! www.abcdmentor.org

We hope you'll love our brand-new digital home! It's really easy to navigate – focusing on the work that we do and celebrating the extraordinary people involved in our organization

Click the link below to check it out!

Breast cancer is so much more than chemo, radiation, and surgeries. Getting through it requires reliable, consistent support from someone who knows personally what it’s like to hear, “you have breast cancer.” At ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, you’ll be matched with a professionally-tra...

We have a new look!But our focus remains the same – to provide exceptional emotional support to anyone impacted by breas...
07/30/2020

We have a new look!
But our focus remains the same – to provide exceptional emotional support to anyone impacted by breast cancer. Our updated brand includes a new “kaleidoscope” logo, which reflects the diversity of our services and the customized one-to-one support we provide!

Today, with heartfelt thoughts, we remember our founder's birthday. Her achievements in the breast cancer community are ...
07/13/2020

Today, with heartfelt thoughts, we remember our founder's birthday. Her achievements in the breast cancer community are unprecedented. ABCD proudly continues her work, striving to ensure no one goes through breast cancer alone.

07/08/2020
The Recovery Room

Cancer stressors are a fact. As Dr. Leslie Waltke points out, you don't have to be a super human and try to handle it all on your own. It's ok to ask for help. ABCD is always there to help you manage those stressors.

Join Dr. Leslie Waltke in The Recovery Room to learn the difference between stress and distress and which one is most modifiable. Forcing yourself to have a positive attitude 24/7 isn't always beneficial. Watch here to learn ways to re-frame stress and to help decrease your distress!

“The power of connection is so important.  It’s nice to do Internet research, but sometimes you can go down the rabbit h...
07/03/2020
Nailah Cash O’Bannon and Kathryn Walker: A Story of Connection - ABCD

“The power of connection is so important. It’s nice to do Internet research, but sometimes you can go down the rabbit hole.” - Nailah

Click the link below to read Kathryn and Nailah's full interview.

Breast cancer before the age of 40 is relatively rare. But it was a stark reality for Nailah Cash O’Bannon and Kathryn Walker, who were diagnosed in their 20s. As they absorbed the shocking news, both women found themselves at the beginning of an unexpected path, in which they would navigate the c...

Today's the last day to watch Ginger!Ginger is about a recent college grad with a passion for life but an aversion to re...
06/26/2020
Ginger | Milwaukee Film's Sofa Cinema, proudly supported by Associated Bank

Today's the last day to watch Ginger!

Ginger is about a recent college grad with a passion for life but an aversion to reality. Working a less-than-ideal job and dating a not-so-great guy, Ginger isn’t sure what direction her life is headed in. When she's suddenly diagnosed with breast cancer, Ginger struggles to balance her illness, her treatment, and all the complicated components of her totally unsettled life.

See Ginger via Sofa Cinema, Milwaukee Film's virtual screening platform.

We're over halfway there!!! Thanks to everyone who donated to our 21st anniversary already! Please help us meet our $2,1...
06/16/2020

We're over halfway there!!! Thanks to everyone who donated to our 21st anniversary already!
Please help us meet our $2,100 goal by making a $21 donation today!
https://give.classy.org/21for21years

Help us celebrate our 21st anniversary and support our services by donating $21 to honor, thank, appreciate, and remembe...
06/15/2020
$21 for the 21st

Help us celebrate our 21st anniversary and support our services by donating $21 to honor, thank, appreciate, and remember anyone you know who's been affected by breast cancer or cares for patients, thrivers and survivors!

ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Congratulations to ABCD’s past president and this year’s Power of One-to-One recipient Elizabeth Brenner on being select...
06/11/2020

Congratulations to ABCD’s past president and this year’s Power of One-to-One recipient Elizabeth Brenner on being selected as a Milwaukee Business Journal Woman of Influence!

Check out artist Natalja Yatsuka’s Pink Collection paintings!Each piece is dedicated to a woman undergoing treatment for...
06/09/2020

Check out artist Natalja Yatsuka’s Pink Collection paintings!
Each piece is dedicated to a woman undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Visit her virtual gallery up until June 22.

Natalja is donating a percentage of sales for each painting sold to ABCD!

https://www.nataljasart.com/

On this National Cancer Survivor’s Day, we celebrate survivors of any type of cancer and people living with metastatic d...
06/07/2020

On this National Cancer Survivor’s Day, we celebrate survivors of any type of cancer and people living with metastatic disease.

ABCD is here when you need us most.Visit: abcdbreastcancersupport.orgorCall: 1-800-977-4121
05/27/2020

ABCD is here when you need us most.
Visit: abcdbreastcancersupport.org
or
Call: 1-800-977-4121

“The high price of freedom is a cost paid by a brave few.” Memorial Day is a day we remember the ones who have given the...
05/25/2020

“The high price of freedom is a cost paid by a brave few.”
Memorial Day is a day we remember the ones who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. 🇺🇸

ABCD is here when you need us most.Visit: abcdbreastcancersupport.orgorCall: 1-800-977-4121to be matched with a Mentor.
05/21/2020

ABCD is here when you need us most.
Visit: abcdbreastcancersupport.org
or
Call: 1-800-977-4121
to be matched with a Mentor.

Now more than ever there is a need for staying personally connected and that is, was and always will be ABCD’s core valu...
05/13/2020

Now more than ever there is a need for staying personally connected and that is, was and always will be ABCD’s core value.
We are here for all those affected by breast cancer - patients, families and friends.
Call: 1-800-977-4121
Visit: abcdbreastcancersupport.org

ABCD is here when you need us most.Visit: abcdbreastcancersupport.orgor Call: 1-800-977-4121to be matched with a Mentor.
05/07/2020

ABCD is here when you need us most.
Visit: abcdbreastcancersupport.org
or
Call: 1-800-977-4121
to be matched with a Mentor.

Giving back isn’t cancelled.  #GivingTuesdayNow emphasizes the importance of giving back to communities and causes in sa...
05/05/2020

Giving back isn’t cancelled. #GivingTuesdayNow emphasizes the importance of giving back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection and kindness even while practicing physical distancing.
This Giving Tuesday, please consider donating to ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis and help support all those affected by breast cancer – patients, families and friends.

Click the link below to donate or learn more about ABCD!
https://give.classy.org/ABCDGivingTuesdayNow

“My participants and I are constantly delighted to discover how many similarities we have, not only in diagnoses, but in...
04/30/2020
June Winters: After Breast Cancer, Finding Gratitude and Joy in Helping Others - ABCD

“My participants and I are constantly delighted to discover how many similarities we have, not only in diagnoses, but in our families, shared interests, and so much more.”

Click the link below to read June's full story!

For June Winters, breast cancer was a familiar worry. Two of her five sisters had been diagnosed with the illness before entering menopause, and June followed a rigorous screening regimen as a result. Beginning in her 20s, she underwent regular tests including mammograms, MRIs, and clinical exams. A...

Now more than ever there is a need for staying personally connected and that is, was and always will be ABCD’s core valu...
04/24/2020

Now more than ever there is a need for staying personally connected and that is, was and always will be ABCD’s core value.
We are here for all those affected by breast cancer - patients, families and friends.
Call: 1-800-977-4121
Visit: abcdbreastcancersupport.org

This Volunteer Appreciation Week, we’d like to thank our Mentors for volunteering their time and selflessly supporting t...
04/20/2020

This Volunteer Appreciation Week, we’d like to thank our Mentors for volunteering their time and selflessly supporting those in need.

You are the heart of our organization and we truly appreciate everything you do for ABCD.

A Personal Message from ABCD Executive Director.
04/17/2020

A Personal Message from ABCD Executive Director.

Susan G. Komen Wisconsin Facebook Live Webinar Series!
04/15/2020

Susan G. Komen Wisconsin Facebook Live Webinar Series!

Easter is the time to rejoice and be thankful for the gift of life, love, and joy.  Have a Blessed day!
04/12/2020

Easter is the time to rejoice and be thankful for the gift of life, love, and joy. Have a Blessed day!

04/10/2020

Visit www.abcdmentor.org or
Call 1-800-977-4121
to be matched with someone who truly understands.

ABCD wishes a “Chag Sameach” to everyone observing Passover, beginning at sundown tonight at the first seder.   During t...
04/08/2020

ABCD wishes a “Chag Sameach” to everyone observing Passover, beginning at sundown tonight at the first seder.
During these uncertain times, may Passover traditions and rituals connect you and your family to one another even if you are apart. May we all be together next year!

04/07/2020
ABCD's power of one to one breast cancer support!

Watch Dr. Leslie Waltke of The Recovery Room as she shares why ABCD’s services are so important to breast cancer patients and why she believes in the mission of the organization.

Breast cancer patients and survivors, here is an incredible and powerful free resource available specifically for you. ABCD - after breast cancer diagnosis o...

Visit: acbdmentor.org to help make a difference from home!
04/03/2020

Visit: acbdmentor.org to help make a difference from home!

“My Mentor had a profound effect on me.  When I connected with Evie, I really felt like my mental health was being taken...
03/31/2020
Dara Kumbera: A Story of Determination - ABCD

“My Mentor had a profound effect on me. When I connected with Evie, I really felt like my mental health was being taken care of.” - ABCD Mentor & Participant Dara.

To read Dara's full story - Click the link below!

Even before her diagnosis, Dara Kumbera knew what it meant to battle breast cancer. In her family, the illness was a familiar and unwelcome occurrence: her mother, grandmother, and cousin had all passed away from the disease. Dara’s own diagnosis came in 1998, when she was only 30 years old. After...

Date With a Plate 2020 has been Rescheduled to October 31, 2020. All previous tickets purchased will be honored on the n...
03/25/2020

Date With a Plate 2020 has been Rescheduled to October 31, 2020.

All previous tickets purchased will be honored on the new event date! If you haven't purchased your ticket yet - you can do so by clicking the link below!

https://give.classy.org/DWP2020

Since all of our services are phone-based or can be conducted online, ABCD will remain available as usual.Please contact...
03/23/2020

Since all of our services are phone-based or can be conducted online, ABCD will remain available as usual.

Please contact us if you or anyone you know has questions or needs guidance related to a breast cancer diagnosis.

www.abcdmentor.org or 414-977-1780

“There is no disruption in service because of the coronavirus.  Our trained people are standing by – our Mentors are ava...
03/19/2020
A One-to-One Support System for Women with Breast Cancer

“There is no disruption in service because of the coronavirus. Our trained people are standing by – our Mentors are available over the phone.”

Past ABCD board president and longtime supported Elizabeth Brenner joined The Morning Blend TMJ4 to assure all those who need ABCD that we are still here and ready to help.

Click the link below to watch the full interview!

Explaining Match Mentoring with ABCD

Address

5775 N Glen Park Rd
Milwaukee, WI
53209

Milwaukee County bus system serving Silver Spring Drive and Green Bay Avenue

General information

While science searches for future solutions, ABCD helps people affected by breast cancer now, complementing the work of healthcare providers by serving as a reliable, accessible and highly personalized breast cancer support resource for patients and their loved ones. Our fundamental beliefs guide all of our work: http://www.abcdbreastcancersupport.org/about/fundamental-beliefs/

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis nurtures hope and restores confidence in all those affected by breast cancer. We are passionate about building connections to create a caring community of people who really understand what it’s like to have breast cancer or to support someone who does.

ABCD was founded in 1999 by a group of women – led by Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist Melodie Wilson Oldenburg – who realized that having breast cancer is about much more than biopsies, surgery and chemotherapy. Most of ABCD’s founders are breast cancer survivors who discovered that the most valuable information and support came from others in similar life circumstances with similar experiences with the disease. Not everyone diagnosed with breast cancer knows where to find that kind of help. That’s where ABCD comes in. We provide free, personalized information and one-to-one support to patients, families and friends affected by breast cancer, from the newly diagnosed to those in treatment and on into survivorship. Our services focus on emotional and holistic support to complement medical care. Skilled intake staff actively listens to what a caller (“Participant”) needs and finding answers or solutions to her/his most pressing needs, from short-term support about appearance issues and financial management to more extensive matches between a Participant and breast cancer survivor (“Mentor”), whose specific diagnosis, life stage and concerns match their own.

Each match is carefully created to ensure a meaningful connection between a Mentor and Participant that meets the needs of the Participant and can last a long as needed; sometimes it’s a few phone calls during the treatment decision-making process and other times, matches develop into lifelong friendships. No one else – not a nurse navigator, not a helpline, or a website – provides this highly customized connection to someone who has truly ‘walked in your shoes.’

Based in Milwaukee, ABCD has trained Mentors residing coast to coast. All services can be conducted over the phone or via email, in English or Spanish, and are available to anyone in the United States or around the world. We also have Mentors who speak French, Polish, Russian, Portuguese and Ukranian. Based on the generous support of our donors, all ABCD services have been and always will be free and confidential.

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Congratulations to ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis for joining the Waukesha County Business Alliance! As a member of this great organization, we look forward to meeting you and helping each make our businesses thrive in Waukesha County!
So proud of my oldest sister Mary Kay Linari for completing her first official Triathlon at age 69 - and after 2 bouts dealing with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. And congratulations to #teamphoenix and its other athletes for their accomplishments.
I launched the day today getting to know the wonderful women leading ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis was worth smiling about all morning long. Thank you, Ellen Friebert Schupper and Therese Burkhart for the warmth and gracious "first meet." I TRULY look forward to being involved with this meaningful organization!! #teamJameson #AlwaysGrateful
So happy to connect with you today!
Free ZUMBA offered to all African American breast cancer survivors in milwaukee call Lisa 414-595-9595 to sign up
Hello I am looking for African American breast cancer Participates, in MIlwaukee Wisconsin Who are interested in participating in a 12 week free exercise , nutrition class. Participants will be compensated 20.00 for completing the class and it is free. Please call Lisa @ 414 595-9595. Sisters We Thrive, an American cancer society funded program to uwm school of public health & Black health coalition of Wisconsin is our community partner Alice Yan leads this program.The sponsor is the National ACS office in Atlanta.
I am 62 years old diagnosed in Dec 2016 Invasive ductal cancer stage 2 1 node involved. 2 tumors on right breast 1 cm and 2.5. Did 6 rounds of TCHP. Had a double mastectomy in June. When they opened me up 4 nodes were removed and no cancer was found. Now I am 7 weeks out post with expanders. My oncologist said I hit a home run. My surgeon is so happy as well. Went to see the radiologist oncologist he said my results were wonderful. He is not recommending radiation even though it is protocol. I will be having herceptin until January 2018. I am on the fence. Do I do radiation or not. If anyone is out there and had a similar situation would love to hear from you. I could do trial and leave it up to a computer to choose.