OCTOBER 14, 2014. Approximately 20 women, consisting of those newly diagnosed with breast cancer, recent post-op patients and long-time survivors, as well as family members, spend the second Thursday of every month at the Cristie Kerr Women's Health Center on the Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health campus, getting better.
At a meeting of the hospital's Breast Cancer Survivor Group, the women – who range in age from their early 30s to their late 60s – share their experiences, their fears, and their successes. At times, there may be guest speakers, and there is always an open forum where subjects ranging from medications and their side effects, to nutrition, to breast reconstruction after surgery are discussed.
At the suggestion of Dr. Julie DiGioia, a breast surgeon and medical director of the Cristie Kerr Women's Health Center, the only full-service facility in the Hudson County area to provide detection, healing, support, and recovery services, the group is at the beginning stages of collecting recipes for a cookbook.
"Food and family constitute such an important part of treatment and recovery," said Dr. DiGioia. "The cookbook will include recipes that reflect the group's cultural diversity and will include suggestions for patients undergoing chemo who have hungry families to feed, but who may be unable to face long lines at the supermarket during their treatment and recovery."
To join the group, call Vivian Rohrsetzer at 201-915-2000 x 4855.