Snip from Liz Szabo's USA Today profile:
In most support groups, "one or two patients sort of take over, and it turns into a bitch session," Attai says. "That's not what you see with #BCSM. ... We have a common goal -- that's to educate, empower and support, and all that participate seem to embrace that."
Schoger says she's been pleased to see how BCSM helps women -- and the occasional man -- think through complex issues and become leaders.
"So many of these women are writing stronger blog pieces and are taking up the mantle in different breast cancer organizations," Schoger says. "I just love watching it."
I never went to an in-person support group during my primary treatment for breast cancer, but BCSM, and the informal mentoring relationships that developed out of it, were vital to me during the past year. So much so that it's hard for me to imagine what it would have been like to have had my first experience with cancer in a time when Twitter, and BCSM, did not exist.
Thank you, founding women of BCSM.
Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.