From Dr. Nan Van Den Bergh, clinical professor, School of Social Work at Florida International University:
The Rainbow Survivor's Network is being developed as research has shown that gay women may not find "mixed" cancer support systems to be ideally suited to their needs. This is because of: 1) discomfort in "coming out" to strangers at a time when one is vulnerable and 2) different concerns and needs than other women regarding body changes and the impact on one's spouse or partner.
We are holding our initial orientation 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 26, 2014 at SunServe Social Services in Wilton Manors.
Van Den Bergh notes: "This is a one to one mutual aid and peer support program connecting a current LBT cancer survivor with someone newly diagnosed. It is not a support group."
MUTUAL AID NETWORK FOR LBT CANCER SURVIVORS
Area Resource and Referral Organization for Women (ARROW Inc.) announces the initiation of South Florida’s first network for lesbian, bisexual and transgender cancer survivors. This one to one “buddy program” will match an LBT person surviving cancer with a newly diagnosed peer. Receiving encouragement and support from someone who has “been there” can be extremely valuable for anyone managing the many challenges associated with cancer treatment and recovery. This is not a support group, but a person to person mentorship program. LBT persons surviving ALL cancers are invited to be a part of this network.
For more information, please contact ARROW Inc. at: 305-892-0928 or 305-766-1220.