When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I found several online support groups that I visited frequently for information and insights as I navigated the very confusing world of treatment options and procedures. Many of these sites would provide very hands on practical information – the “in the know” information that my doctors and nurses often couldn’t tell me or weren’t aware of.
One of these groups is “Beyond the Pink Moon,” a Facebook support group developed and led by the wonderful and compassionate Nicki Boscia Durlester. Nicki started the Beyond the Pink Moon Facebook group in 2010 to provide an active, private forum for women to share their questions and insights regarding breast and ovarian cancer, as well as genetic mutations increasing hereditary cancer risk, including BRCA1 and 2.
The Pink Moon Lovelies, as Nicki refers to us, are an amazing group of women who willingly provide compassionate support and advice to other women facing breast and ovarian cancer, as they make decisions regarding active treatment as well as prophylactic surgeries including breast reconstruction options. I’m proud to have joined them a few years ago and am continually impressed by the generous women and men in the group who are always happy to provide support for anyone posting a question or just looking for a kind word of support from someone who knows what they’re going through.
Nicki is also the author of the memoir, “Beyond the Pink Moon,” which chronicles Nicki’s own experience with breast cancer. A second book, “The Pink Moon Lovelies: Empowering Stores of Survival,” features a collection of stories from breast and ovarian cancer survivors with a Foreword by renowned breast surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk, Angelina Jolie’s breast surgeon. All proceeds from the sales of both books are donated to breast and ovarian cancer research.
If you or anyone you know are in need of someone to walk with you through this very frightening time, please visit the Beyond the Pink Moon Facebook page.