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Individual and Group Support

One-on-one Peer Support

According to Cathy Landavazo, a Peer Mentor and support group facilitator with the Comadre Program Hispanic/Latina women tend not to talk about their problems. “It’s kind of like we’re supposed to be the martyrs. You don’t want to worry anybody, so you tend not to say anything to anybody except that you’re fine. Even if you feel terrible, which you do, you say ‘I’m OK.’” “If I wouldn’t have had anybody to talk to, to cry to, or scream with, I think I probably would have had a breakdown,” says Cathy of her breast cancer ordeal. Thanks to the Comadre a Comadre program, the Albuquerque resident had the support she needed. A comadre is a close friend considered part of the family.  The Comadre Program pairs newly diagnosed women with a “peer Mentor Comadre” a more experienced breast cancer survivor, who has “been there.”  The Peer Mentor Comadre calls, visits and provides support for the first few months and “talking,” one on one.

Support Groups

A breast cancer diagnosis is often characterized by high anxiety, fear, confusion, and loneliness. Seeking support from friends and family can make a tremendous difference in emotional well-being. Support groups have shown their effectiveness for mitigating the psychosocial aspects of cancer by conveying information, empowering patients, facilitating social and psychological adjustment, and helping patients cope with life after a diagnosis of cancer. The Comadre Program offers individual English and Spanish support groups for women and their loved ones monthly. The support groups are conducted by trained peer facilitators and are held at Casa Esperanza  at 1005 Yale NE between the hours of 5:30-8:00 p.m.. Comadre support group meetings include fun, laughter, food and a shared common bond.

A segment from !Adelanté con Esperanza! / Going Forward with Hope.