Breast Cancer Resource Center Savannah, GA USA

Resources

Emotional Resilience

1) Counseling and Therapy Opportunities- find the best fit for you

The emotional wounds that rise with a cancer diagnosis are incredibly common. Fear, sadness, anxiety, and grief are experienced by many both during and after a trauma such as this. Many survivors recommend finding a counselor or a therapist to help you through this journey. It’s all about finding a good “fit” for you, so below are a few places you can check out and find your fit.


Building Blocks Family Counseling:

Building Blocks Family Counseling has offices in Savannah, Rincon, and Pooler, GA. They also do virtual appointments. Check out their “About Us” tab on their link above to learn about their therapists. They offer both individual and group therapy for breast cancer patients too. Check out MAKING LEMONADE.

Building Blocks is here to help with their MAKING LEMONADE course. Unlike a support group, this class is run by licensed professionals and is about learning the coping strategies needed when those emotions inevitably rise. You can hear from them in our Emotional Resilience Practical as well as our podcast interviews. To register for the complete Making Lemonade class or to connect with an individual therapist, contact them at 912-349-8043.

Emotional Wounds & Healing w/ Ashley Moore, MS, LMFT

Trauma, PTSD, and Breast Cancer w/ Ashley Moore, MS, LMFT

Making Lemonade A Breast Cancer Therapy Course with Julia & Terri


Heritage Counseling

They’re located in Rincon, GA and have several counselor’s and therapists available to help. You can find their bios on their “Our Therapists” tab at the link below.


The New Breath Counseling Center, Inc

They specialize in Marriage/ Couple’s Counseling and Sex Therapy for adults. They provide pre-marital counseling, grief counseling, self-esteem, stress management. They specialize in sexual dysfunctions, which also include Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Diabetes, MS and sexuality.


2) Six Pillars to Resilience

A FREE Research-Based Resilience Course

The resilience course is a series of 10 quick YouTube videos where we discuss how our brains process trauma and how we can rewire them for resilience by focus on six key areas. Each class dives into detail about each of the key components to resilience, while providing you with simple, concrete things that you can do for each.

3) PODCAST: Keepers of the Flame

The Keepers of the Flame podcast interviews specialists, survivors, authors, and more. Every episode centers around empowering you with information and providing you with support. It can be found on Google Podcast, iTunes, and our Podcast Link. A sample of the series’ interviews include:

  • Radiation Oncologists
  • Breast Surgeons
  • Medical Oncology NP
  • Therapists
  • Lymphedema Specialists
  • Gynecologists and Certified Menopause Practitioners
  • Genetic Counselors and High Risk Specialists
  • Plastic Surgeons
  • Survivors, Previvors, Inflammatory Breast Cancer Patients, those with Recurrences
  • Margie Singleton (who founded Margie’s Army Foundation) and set out on a mission to change Georgia law around breast density.

4) Coastal Hypnosis Center

Deborah Riner
912-261-8906 (o)
912-996-3944 (c)
coastalhypnosis@aol.com

Coastal Hypnosis Center offers Clinical Hypnotherapy; Reiki (which is energy work with therapeutic touch); Acupuncture; and Massage Therapy.  Her office is out of Brunswick, but she does regular hypnotherapy sessions at Memorial Hospital in Savannah. You can visit her website or follow her on her FB Page.

What to expect with Hypnotherapy?

It’s about ‘Deep Relaxation’ – allowing you to find a calmer, more peaceful state so that you are better able to handle the stressors in your life.  Deborah has been working specifically with cancer patients at Memorial for the past 5 years (as well as their loved ones).  High-anxiety patients are often referred here, especially prior to a procedure; however, Deborah recommends that you reach out immediately after diagnosis because that’s when everything starts to set in.  Sessions are 45 minutes long; and she says that 30 minutes of hypnosis is equivalent to 1 hour of REM sleep.  At the end, she provides clients with some suggestions of things to remember to help them return to a calmer state when their anxieties and fears begin to rise.

5) Reflexology

Jan Mariette
819 E. 66th Savannah, GA
912-596-0828
reflexologyinc@aol.com

Reflexology: is a type of acupressure where thumbs and fingers are used to work reflex points in your body (face/feet/hands/ears).  It can help decrease anxiety and stress; and it can further benefit cancer patients by decreasing the nausea that they often experience from chemo.  Reflexology can also enhance sleep, improve circulation, and reduce the symptoms of neuropathy and lymphedema.  Jan sees clients at ACI (Anderson Cancer Institute in Savannah) and also at her office.  If you’re a patient at ACI, contact Memorial’s social worker for specific details on eligibility for sessions.  Or, you can contact Jan Mariette directly and learn more at her website: Reflexology Inc.


Physical Resilience

1) YOGA

Yoga helps improve flexibility, balance, and relaxation. It’s a great way to practice mindfulness (one of the Six Pillars to Resilience) and to enhance your mind-body connection, which is often a HUGE piece towards learning to accept your new normal (both physically and mentally). Check out the programs below for one that suits your personal needs the best.

Barre+Yoga Room

6016 Hwy 21 S Rincon, GA 31326

The Barre+Yoga Room in Rincon offers a variety of classes, including: gentle yoga, hot flow, buti yoga, barre+yoga, yin, pulse, and more. They even offer a practicing with prayer class as well as live and virtual options. The owner, Mary, even volunteered to teach our physical resilience practical class in our Resilience Curriculum. In it, she teaches us how to correctly do 10 different poses and what each of those poses do for our bodies and mind. Check out Barre+Yoga class list to find one that’s a good fit for you; and check out Mary’s physical resilience practical class with Keepers of the Flame. To learn more, contact Mary at: thebarreandyogaroom@gmail.com

More Yoga Opportunities

  • Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors at Memorial. Memorial Hospital in Savannah, GA. — Free. (time/availability adjusted due to COVID)
  • Yoga at United Way in Effingham. 711 Zitterour Dr. Rincon, GA 31326 — Free. Open to anyone. (contact prior to attending due to COVID)
  • Yoga at Candler. In the Lung and Heart Building at Candler in Savannah, GA (contact prior due to COVID restrictions)
  • Kym’s Thai Yoga. 135 Goshen Rd Suite 201 Rincon, GA— Qigong, Meditation, Yoga available. Contact Kym at 912-224-1410 to learn more about their current COVID time/availability

2) Livestrong at YMCA

  • A program designed to help with your physical health after a cancer diagnosis
  • A 12 week program designed to provide a progressive fitness program for anyone who has battled cancer.
  • The cancer diagnosis must be in the patient’s medical history; it includes any type of cancer at any time in the participant’s life.   
  • This is not a physically demanding class that’ll push you to your limits.  Instead, it’s an opportunity to learn equipment, attend informative talks centered around health and wellness, and a chance to attend a variety of fitness classes prepared especially for Livestrong at the YMCA. 
  • To put it simply, there’s no intimidation, only progressive strength and progressive cardiovascular fitness; and it’s specialized to each participant.
  • They start with medical clearance, and then schedule an Intake.  Participants can share their stories, which give the Livestrong team the ability to offer modifications as needed.  The program will be highly individualized and tailored for each participant (no matter their entry point). 

Who is eligible and cost?
Everyone is welcome (members and nonmembers) – the YMCA sponsors the $500.00 participant fee; so it is FREE for participants

Where?/Who to Contact for Information?

Effingham YMCA   Regina Clontz             912-826-2199      
   Regina.clontz@ymcaofcoastalga.org  
West Chatham YMCA Sarah Puente             912-748-9622          
   Sarah.puente@ymcaofcoastalga.org  
Islands Family YMCA   Jacquelyn Overholt             912-897-1192   
 Jacquelyn.overholt@ymcaofcoastalga.org  
Tybee Island YMCA   Allison Bernzott             912-786-9622    
   Allison.bernzott@ymcaofcoastalga.org  
Habersham YMCA   912-354-6223  
Liberty County   Doni Brezenski             912-368-9622   
   Doni.brezenski@ymcaofcoastalga.org  

When? 

  • The program meets twice per week for 12 weeks
  • Contact your local YMCA branch for when the next session begins. 

Additional Support

1) Susan G. Komen

Susan Komen has a variety of services and grants available for assistance. They have community grants that fund education, screenings, and diagnostic and treatments. They have programs available to help women who can’t afford mammograms to get them; and they have a national treatment assistance program for qualifying breast cancer patients. Visit Komen Coastal Georgia for more information on the financial assistance programs for the uninsured or underinsured, or call them directly at 912-232-2535.

Have you been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer and live in Coastal Georgia?

Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia wants to help meet the needs of those living with metastatic breast cancer. In order to have the greatest impact, they want to hear directly from those who know best…those who are living with metastatic breast cancer. Check out Komen’s card below or visit their site directly (Susan Komen Coastal Georgia) so that your voice can be heard and that they can work towards meeting your needs.

Want to Learn More?

2) A quick guide to resources available in the Savannah, GA area

For more information visit Memorial Health’s support pages: see their calendar of events and support groups available.

ProgramContactDetails
Breast Cancer Support Group: Support B.R.A.S)Susan- 912-897-3944FREE
Every second Sunday of the month – alternating b/w Candler & Memorial
Dana’s Circle912-350-7845For kids whose families affected by cancer
FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered)912-350-7845www.facingourrisk.org
For those with BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutations
Resource RoomsRooms available at the hospital with flyers, brochures, etc.
Available daily at Memorial and Candler in Savannah
Genetic CounselingZoe – 912-350-0956Provides risk assessment based off of genetics
Discuss intervention strategies
By Appointment
High Risk Clinic @ MemorialJen Davis, NP – 912-350-1537Learn about their Early Action Screening Program
Survivorship Program at CandlerMarcia – 912-819-87846 week support program covering topics like diet, exercise, etc

For patients at Memorial Health in Savannah, GA: here are the Integrative Therapy Services that they offer

Genetic Counseling w/ Zoe Siegel

High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic: What Does it Mean? w/ Jennifer Davis, NP

Integrative Therapies for Breast Cancer Patients w/ Morphia Scarlett

3) Prosthetics, Tattoos, Wigs and More

People will say that you have to learn to love and accept the ‘new you.’  While I recognize that there is truth at the heart of that statement, after my surgeries, I wanted to know what exactly that meant.  I mean…seriously… how do you go from being one way your entire life to waking up the next day and being forever changed?  What’s the secret to accepting the new you?   Lots of resources to help you, check out some of them below.

Nipple Prosthesis:

For those who don’t want another surgery, but who long for realistic looking nipples, check out these nipple prosthesis. (www.pink-perfect.com).  They come in different sizes and colors and are custom made.

3D Nipple/Areola Tattooing:

Following a mastectomy, women who also had their nipples removed, may choose to have 3D nipple tattoos done. It’s important to find professionals who specialize in this type of tattooing. Below are two professionals who do, along with their contact information.

Honor & Grace Tattoo: Kelly Borders

7506 White Bluff Rd. Savannah, GA (912) 201-3730

Follow on FB and IG @honorandgracetattoo

or Click on Button Below to Visit Their Website


Restoration Ink: Renee Mashinot

Renee is a cosmetic medical tattoo artist who specializes in 3D nipple and areola tattooing.  If interested, contact her at 954-600-6325 (reneemaschinot@gmail.com) or visit her website below.

Boutiques: Where you can find Breast Prosthesis/ Bras/ Swimwear/ Wig Fittings/ Headwear

The Woman’s Health Boutique:

5702 Skidaway Rd
Savannah, GA 31406

Mary Rahal, RN: 912-692-0100

Opened in 1995, The Women’s Health Boutique fits breast prosthesis and bras for mastectomies.  They help women who choose not to have reconstruction, women who have reconstruction fail, as well as those who want more discretion while they’re in the middle of reconstruction.  They help women who’ve had lumpectomies and want to feel and appear more symmetrical too.  This boutique has swimwear for mastectomy and lumpectomy patients; and they also have headwear and wigs for those undergoing chemo.  They do wig fittings and have both human and synthetic hair.

They do contracts with insurance companies; contact them directly to learn more

Hanger Clinic:  

906 East 68th St
Savannah, GA 31405

Jordan Hamilton, CFN: 912-355-4901 :
Board Certified Fitter of Mastectomy

For those who either choose not to have reconstruction or are unable to have it, Hanger Clinic helps mastectomy patients find the best prosthesis and bra for them.  They also have post-surgical mastectomy bras (a must have after surgery to prevent chaffing while wounds heal) and surgical camisoles (that provide pockets to hold the drains).  They also have camisole sleeves and gloves to help control symptoms for Lymphodema patients.

They do contracts with insurance companies; contact them directly to learn more

Transformation Station:

Located at Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion
225 Candler Dr #102
Savannah, GA 31405
912-819-8386
edwardsv@sjchs.org

Vernell at Transformation Station is a Certified Mastectomy Fitter.  Here they fit post mastectomy women for prosthesis; and they also assist women after lumpectomies who want to appear more symmetrical.  They have pocketed bras that hold the prosthesis, hats, scarfs, wigs, post-op camisoles with pockets for the drains, as well as survivor gifts of encouragement.

They do contracts with insurance companies; contact them directly to learn more.

4) Help with Menopause

Often times, some of the treatments that we get for breast cancer can send us into a medically induced menopause. Dr. Pam Gaudry (a gynecologist and certified menopause practitioner) has written a book, Love Sweat & Tears: The Menopause Romance Revolution, where she explains what women need to know about menopause. She tackles questions like, what can you do to improve symptoms and increase intimacy? Dr. Pam has also created a documentary based off of her book, where she stars alongside Joan Rivers, Jenny McCarthy, and more.

5) Sarah Cannon

Sarah Cannon provides ability to create an online portal where you have access to:

  • Recommendations for local resources
  • Educational information
  • Ability to create and manage a personalized Support Plan
  • Optional crowdfunding opportunities

6) Prepared Meals to Go

Located in Rincon, GA ; 912-675-4253

Having meals made for you following your surgery and during treatments such as chemotherapy is INCREDIBLY helpful! Often times we don’t have the energy or muscle strength (especially post-mastectomy) to be able to cook. So, whether your loved one orchestrates it for you or you do it, South Fork Provisions in Rincon, GA is there to help. They have prepared meals set to go. They update their menu weekly, and you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram (@southforkprovisions) to stay connected and “see what’s cooking.”

7) Cleaning For a Reason

Cleaning for a Reason will do FREE house cleanings for women fighting cancer. Battling cancer is exhausting; and not only do women lack the energy to clean during treatment, but they also NEED to limit their exposure to germs. A clean house can be critical, yet seemingly difficult for women to do themselves. That’s where Cleaning for a Reason comes into play. They will do it for these women for FREE. Visit Cleaning for a Reason to find out more about their program and to find a participating company near you by simply entering in your city or zip code.

8) MEDBANK

MEDBANK will advocate and work through the ‘red tape’ for getting the uninsured and underinsured the proper medications that you need.  

MEDBANK services Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, Effingham, and Toombs County.  For more information and to find out if you qualify, call 912-356-2898 or visit www.medbank.org.

9) American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery Program

MATCH ‘FIGHTERS’ WITH ‘SURVIVORS’: Those undergoing a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment plan are MATCHED with survivors who underwent a similar ordeal.
  1. call their toll free number at 1-800-227-2345
  2. answer a few questions so that they can match you with the best possible survivor match – the one most similar to your situation (ie: age, stage, treatment plans, etc)
  3. a survivor volunteer (your match) will contact you – usually by phone.

10) CaringBridge

Where you can create a free, private website to share your latest health updates with family and friends

Visit CaringBridge to find out how to get started with your own support page.

  • FREE
  • private
  • share health updates and don’t have to retell the same story a thousand times
  • can get encouragement and support
  • ask family and friends for help (food, transportation, etc)

11) Young Survival Coalition

For support of young women diagnosed with breast cancer, visit the Young Survival Coalition

12) Right Action for Women (RAW) MRI Financial Assistance Program

Christina Applegate, award-winning actress and BRCA breast cancer survivor, founded Right Action for Woman (RAW). The organization offers MRI financial assistance for those who are at an increased risk for acquiring breast cancer in their lifetime and have a referral from their medical provider for the MRI screening. To find out if you qualify, visit Right Action for Women MRI Assistance.

13) FOX (Physical and Occupational Therapy House Calls for the Geriatric Population)

Where they Treat

Fox will make house calls to the geriatric population, aiding with physical and occupational therapies as well as exercise physiology. They treat hips, knees, back, falls, osteoporosis, and more. They will help rehabilitate our elderly by helping them recover muscle function, regain balance and mobility, increase functional independence, and work towards maxing their strength, endurance, and flexibility. Visit Fox’s websiteto learn more and to find out where they’re available near you. For those in the SAVANNAH, GA area, contact Casey Jones (Account Manager) at casey.jones@foxrehab.org

Books

Here are just a few books that help us better understand ourselves and work towards healing.

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”

-Brene Brown


“Mature love is extending hospitality- even toward the parts of your soul that are angry, fearful, anxious, or sad.”

-Cook & Miller


“Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going inside ourselves.” 

-Van Der Kolk


“What if the worst parts of your life are actually gateways to the very best parts you’d never want to do without?”

-Lysa Terkeurst


“Women may experience the primary trauma of a BRCA mutation – in the form of cancer, fear of cancer, mastectomy, and so on – but their partners, who have a lifelong stake in their well-being, also suffer.”

-Lizzie Stark


“In grief, it can be hard to sit still, and sit silent, but finding pockets to let yourself be sad, be angry, or to feel whatever it is you want to feel can help process and integrate the powerful feelings that come from a loss.”

-Counselman Carpenter & Redcay


“Much of the beauty of light owes its existence to the dark.”

-Brene Brown