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Breast Cancer Diagnosis Inspires Resources and Support for Others

  January 07, 2019

By Sarah Ellery, Founder, My Hope Bag

You have breast cancer” — words no one wants to hear. No one is ever prepared to handle that diagnosis. I was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ in December of 2009. The first thing I asked the doctor, through tears, was “What do we do now?” I didn’t hear his answer since I was still digesting those four words.

After returning home and having a little time to think about what the doctor said, I started thinking about my family, what I should do next, should I get on the internet, who can I call who has been through this, and so much more. Well, I didn’t know anyone who had been through this journey before me and knew of no support groups. I felt very alone, even with my loving family around me. I was eventually put in touch with a woman who had been through what I was experiencing. Unfortunately, she wasn’t the encouraging voice that I was seeking. So, I went through surgery and treatments without knowing what to expect.

A year later, a dream to help others going through a similar experience became My Hope Bag. One of the main goals of the organization is to be able to provide a place for women to turn when they hear those dreaded four words. Realizing the need for more support and positive resources, I thought how great it would be to have a place where women could go to feel supported and have all their questions answered under one roof.

That idea became the Breast Cancer Resource Expo. It is now an annual event where 30 to 35 vendors are present to answer questions, discuss ways to improve quality of life during treatment, and offer support and resources. These vendors are selected because they all have breast cancer patients in mind and can, in one way or another, assist with the breast cancer journey.

The Breast Cancer Resource Expo will be on Saturday March 9, 2019 at the Phoenix Airport Marriott, 1101 N. 44th St, Phoenix, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The event is free and there is plenty of free parking. Vendor spaces are still available.

There will be physical therapists, essential oils, wigs, naturopathic doctors, cancer doctors, cancer related non-profits, and many more vendors present. All of these organizations are available to answer questions about breast cancer that men, women, and caregivers may have. The atmosphere is very relaxing for guests to feel comfortable chatting with the various vendors.

If you have any questions, or would like to present your organization at the Expo, please contact or
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January 07, 2019


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