The social network for women facing breast cancer.

SAN FRANCISCO, FEBRUARY 17, 2015 — MyBCTeam, the social network dedicated to women diagnosed with breast cancer announced that more than 15,000 women have become members on the network. Based on its rapid growth and success in the United States, MyBCTeam also opened its doors to seven countries outside the United States this past December.

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MyBCTeam expands internationally.

According to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, globally, breast cancer now represents one in four of all cancers in women.

 

“Every week we receive emails from women around the world asking us to open MyBCTeam in their country.  There’s massive pent up demand in the breast cancer community for a network that makes it easy connect with others going through the same experience,” says Mary Ray, co-founder and COO of MyHealthTeams, Inc., the San Francisco-based company that created MyBCTeam.

 

“Technology is making it possible for women around the world to provide emotional support and practical advice,” says Ray. “Advice such as what family-planning questions to ask your doctor before beginning chemotherapy, or even something related to self-image like, ‘What’s the best way to wear a wig that looks most natural?’”

 

As with all of MyHealthTeams’ social networks, MyBCTeam is free and available as a mobile app for iPhones and Android devices. Women diagnosed with breast cancer can find it at http://www.MyBCTeam.com.

For all inquiries, please contact Press@MyHealthTeams.com.

SOURCE MyHealthTeams.com

 

Happy New Year from MyBCTeam!

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t met.”

                                    -William Butler Yeats

 

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We’re very grateful for your presence on MyBCTeam, and hope you’ll continue
to visit and connect with us, and more importantly, the members of MyBCTeam.

Have a wonderful new year in 2015! Your friends at MyBCTeam.

Written by NancyW

A couple of years ago, the New York Times published an article about how hard it is to make friends as an adult. Especially, after getting married, having kids, and basically hitting the majority of ‘adult’ milestones.

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A few years ago, I was over 40, and fit the stereotype of someone happy with all of my relationships cultivated over the years. Who needs to make new friends when you have strong social ties already? After all, I had my strong network friends and family, life was great! Then suddenly, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Just like that, I felt immediately alone. Even within my close knit community of friends and family, I didn’t feel connected in the same way. I loved everyone, and I know everyone loved and wanted to care for me, but I still felt isolated with cancer.

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Like thousands of women before me, I Googled the breast cancer treatment paths I was about to embark on with my team of providers. Eventually, I found MyBCTeam, a social network for women like me. I met some of the most amazing and strong women on the site. But one woman and I especially hit it off. Her name is Kristen McCormick.  We were both diagnosed around the same time, surgeries around the same time, married our high school sweethearts, both have an older son and younger daughter around the same age. Kristen lives in New York and I live in Chicago. We became instant friends — the best of friends. We were on each other’s teams on MyBCTeam. We became friends on Facebook, we called each other and texted each other. The only thing missing: we NEVER met in person. For three years, throughout our breast cancer treatments, and recovery, we talked about the possibility of meeting up, but our health issues, money and just life in general stalled our best intentions to meet face to face, until recently.

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When I learned Kristen was doing the Making Strides’ breast cancer walk in Staten Island,  I told my husband I would love to surprise her in person, and do the walk with her. So with the help of my husband and Kristen’s family, we made it happen. My husband and I flew to NYC. We headed straight to Kristen’s home and surprised her that evening.  I can’t explain the giddiness. The sheer excitement I felt to meet the person who has helped me and who I have helped through some of life’s crazy ups and downs was overwhelming and thrilling at once.

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For some, adult milestones involve getting married, buying a home, having children, etc. For me and Kristen, our paths crossed on MyBCTeam where we faced and shared breast cancer treatment milestones. We found ourselves connecting with and supporting someone who understood better than even our closest friends and family. The treatment and survivor milestones (it’s been three years since we were diagnosed!) we faced together has been indescribable. I don’t want to suggest that my friends and family didn’t play a role in helping me. Of course, they did. It was a very scary time for me and my family and with their help and the help of my other amazing friends we made it through. I have always tried to stress to my kids as bad as they think the situation was we needed to stay focused on all of the positives. While I wish my breast cancer never happened, the major positive was befriending an incredible person I would never had met if I had not been diagnosed. Thank you, Kristen. You can’t put a price on good friends that you meet and keep in life. And the friends you meet and keep through a health crisis are particularly valuable throughout a lifetime.

Friends and family usually mean well. It’s fair to say they always mean well when they hear that you have breast cancer. But sometimes, how they respond comes across…a little awkward. Share if you’ve been there.

MyBCTeam is the social network for women facing breast cancer. Sometimes strangers who have been in your shoes feel closer than friends and family.

The following is a personal story written by Kristy, an ambassador of MyBCTeam, the social network for women facing breast cancer. Below she shares how when planning to begin a family, her breast cancer journey began. If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, go to MyBCTeam. and connect with other women who ‘get it’. Thousands of women from all over the country are here to share not only their stories, but their daily lives: the good days and bad days of living with breast cancer. Read more at www.MyBCTeam.com

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When I was younger, I used to fear death. “What happens to us?” “What if I never see you again?” I used to ask my parents questions all of the time. One night when I was having trouble sleeping my Dad said to me, “Kristy, we are all going to die. It’s a fact of life, but if you spend the rest of your life worrying about when it’s going to happen then what kind of life have you lived?” read more…

The following is a personal story from Nancy, an ambassador of MyBCTeam, the social network for women facing breast cancer. Below she shares her story through an inspirational and emotional poem she wrote. If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, go to www.MyBCTeam.com and connect with other women who ‘get it.’ Thousands of women from all over the country are here to share not only their stories, but their daily lives: the good days and bad days of living with breast cancer. 

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Nancy and her husband on a recent trip to Puerto Rico.

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She blurted: I should have this lump checked out
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The below post is from the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation. Amy Niles, Director of Patient Advocacy and Professional Relations, shares with MyBCTeam the resources and services that PAN can offer to those who are underinsured. If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, go to MyBCTeam and connect with other women who “get it”.  Thousands of women from all over the country are here to share not only their stories, but their daily lives: the good days and bad days of living with breast cancer.

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For thousands of breast cancer patients, including many members of the MyBCTeam Nurse Assisting Patient Undergoing Mammogramcommunity, one of the first questions regarding treatment and quality of life is, “How will I pay for this?” Patients who have been just getting by or even those who consider themselves fully financially stable often find themselves unable to afford the out-of-pocket costs associated with their prescribed medications. For many, the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation may be able to help.
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