Y-Me offers support at all hours
Aug 18, 2011
The Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization, which began over thirty years ago when late founders Ann Marcou and Mimi Kaplan, both diagnosed with the disease, sought to help local Chicago women who were also suffering from the same fate, GetHealthy.com reports.
Since its humble beginning, the group has flourished into a nationally acclaimed resource for women dealing with breast cancer. It has free services, holds programs and most importantly offers support for those undergoing treatment through its hotline.
"We have a live person answering the phones 24/7 and 365 days a year. It doesn't matter if its Christmas Day or New Year's Eve, they can always talk to a breast cancer survivor," Andrea Evans, contact center manager at Y-Me, told the news outlet.
Those manning the phone lines are all breast cancer survivors who have been trained and certified in the best ways to talk with diagnosed callers, which should keep them busy as 1 in 8 women is predicted to be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, according to BreastCancer.org.
"So many times when someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, things happen so fast. There are so many decisions to make and it's very emotional. It's always so helpful to talk with someone who's been through it," Evans added.