AWARENESS & EDUCATION

Breast Cancer Exposed™

This dynamic instrument is much more than just a calendar. It has been called inspirational, a source of empowerment, informative, educational and more by men and women. As you turn the pages of beautiful photographs through 18-months there is information about types of breast cancer, treatment options and proactive steps to help minimize chances ones chances of developing breast cancer.

For the small contribution of just $20 US Dollars, you can view beautiful pictures of women and men THRIVING after a cancer diagnosis, own a piece of history and gain life saving information.

Sistagirls – REAL TALK

This program offers breast health awareness and educational discussions in intimate settings. Just grab a few women who are interested in learning more about breast health and we will come to you. We will meet in your office at lunch, at a church, a community center or we can talk in the comfort of your living room or sit around your kitchen table! Our goal with this program is to meet you where you are. We simply want to spread the message that early detection saves lives.

“Train up a Child”

This program is in partnership with the Get In Touch Foundation®. The GIT Foundation developed a phenomenal tool called a Daisy Wheel® designed especially for young girls in grades 5-12 to teach them how to do a proper breast self-exam. Mary Ann Wasil Nilan, breast cancer survivor, GIT founder and designer of the Daisy Wheel® wanted to make sure her daughters and other young girls were educated on breast health. Carrie’s TOUCH™ is bringing the Daisy Wheel® to California! We will help you implement the program at your school or any social organization interested in training young girls on breast health.

http://getintouchfoundation.org/

 

ADVOCACY

Carrie’s TOUCH™ is pleased to have been the lead sponsor for California’s Oral Chemotherapy Bill, currently identified as AB 1000 (Perea). This bill seeks to establish parity between oral chemotherapy drugs and chemotherapy drugs administered intravenously. We believe you shouldn’t go broke trying to pay exorbitant out-of-pocket costs for oral medication!

Please join us in the fight! Send your letters of support to Assembly Member Perea’s office today!

http://www.aroundthecapitol.com/Bills/AB_1000/20112012/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-AB-1000-Californias-Access-to-Cancer-Treatment-Act/156278394436397

OUTREACH

Carrie’s TOUCH™ can be seen throughout the community at various events sharing information about breast health and breast cancer. We participate in health fairs, community events, churches, school career days and you can find us at breast cancer walks. Let us know about your next event coming up, we’d love to join you!

RESEARCH

Carrie’s TOUCH has had the opportunity to participate in a Needs Assessment study with the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Cancer Center on African Americans Breast Cancer Survivors.

We are currently in Phase II of Project SOAR (Speaking Our African American Realities), a community-academic partnership with UCLA.

We are excited about our previous research opportunities and we look forward to more including conducting our own study one day!

 Carrie’s TOUCH funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program in partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to present the community-academic research project, Project SOAR (Speaking Our African American Realities). If you are an African American woman living with a diagnosis of breast cancer, learn more about this study and how you can be a part of it.  Contact SOAR@carriestouch.org or k.martin@ucla.edu.

African American Women (AAW) diagnosed with breast cancer are challenged with poor health outcomes; they also can experience a low quality of life in specific areas, which can persist two years or more following diagnosis. There are little research and few theoretical models to inform effective approaches to wellbeing in AAW diagnosed with breast cancer. In two pilot studies, this research will examine contributors to quality of life in AAW diagnosed with breast cancer. Specifically, community partners have hypothesized that the Strong Black Woman schema may influence the ways in which women cope, and specifically coping through avoiding or approaching the breast cancer experience, as well as important outcomes such as depression, fatigue, cognitive problems, and perceptions of growth from the cancer experience.

The Strong Black Woman Schema posits that AAW are driven by history and society to present an image of strength, suppress emotions, resist support from others, achieve success with inadequate resources, and prioritize caregiving over self-care. These facets of the schema are seen as having negative consequences for AAW’s health and well-being, but more positive facets, such as ethnic pride and commitment to complete treatment, also deserve attention. Further studies are warranted to determine the impact of positive and negative facets of the Strong Black Woman schema on health outcomes for breast cancer survivors.

Two pilot studies will address these questions:

1) Is the Strong Black Woman schema relevant for AAW breast cancer survivors and if so, how?

2) Are the schema’s facets related to approach- and avoidance-oriented coping processes and primary (depressive symptoms) and secondary (fatigue, cognitive problems, cancer-related perceived growth) outcomes?

SCREENINGS

We host or participate in annual mammogram screening events. Stay tuned for information about our next FREE mammogram screening event.

SUPPORT

Groups

In the beginning, Carrie’s TOUCH held monthly support group meetings where only three persons attended each meeting. That was over four years ago. Today, we gladly offer to opportunities of support group meetings to over 80 men and women living with a breast cancer diagnosis!

Maxine’s Angels support group meets every second Monday of the month at the Sam Pannell Community Center.

Diamonds & Pearls support group meets every second Thursday of the month. Please call for more information.

Home Visits

A Home Visit is the chance for family, loved ones and friend to gather shortly after a diagnosis to learn more about a breast cancer journey. This is the time we familiarize the patient and others about terms they may hear from their doctors and develop a plan for the first appointment with the surgeon, oncologist or radiation oncologist depending on the patient’s course of treatment.

It is our hope that during this visit we help take the sting out of the unknown. We aim to serve as a companion in an effort to bridge the gap between the physician and the patient.

We DO NOT give medical advice!

It is our hope that we will educate and empower the patient to make informed decisions about their cancer treatment.

BASIC NEEDS

We NEVER want to see a patient without basic needs. When possible we provide financial resources to assist patients with basic needs. Please call for more information.