Buddy Check 7: Helping women renew their mind, body, and spirit
Many breast cancer survivors say they still face challenges despite being given a clean bill of health from a doctor.
Breast Cancer Recovery's Infinite Boundaries Retreats aim to help these women heal. They are held in Wisconsin multiple times a year.
The goal is to help these women renew their mind, body, and spirit- something that is often forgotten about once treatments are over.
"Medical community is pretty much done with them, what's next?"
It's a situation all women with breast cancer face.
"They are talking about the chemo, 'let's get better, let's make sure we get rid of this cancer,' but they're not talking about afterwards. What happens after all the appointments stop and you just have to go back to your normal life, and you're still dealing with difficult feelings and the uncertainty," says Klara Hartfiel, program director.
That's the mission of Breast Cancer Recovery's Infinite Boundaries Retreats- to allow these women to find an inner strength and cope emotionally.
"It's really easy to cover that up, and you don't realize how that's affecting your everyday life in terms of relationships and risks you're willing to take," explains Barbara Zuhlke, a volunteer and past retreat attendee.
Meri Degarmo, who has stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, says this experience has been pivotal during her journey.
"Being here you can open up, you can share, you can say what hurts, what doesn't, what you have the most problems with, and it stays in that circle."
They form a sisterhood they likely wouldn't find elsewhere.
"When you're surround with ladies that have had breast cancer, or are still going through the journey, you don't have to worry about censoring the details of 'this is what happened with my surgery,' 'this is what happened during chemo, or radiation,' or anything like that," explains Hartfiel, "You don't have to worry about them, and them being scared, because they get it."
An understanding that will transform their lives for the better.
"We've already laughed together, we've cried together, we've hugged, we've colored, we've sang songs, and it's a bond. I met these people when I got here. They'll be lifelong friends."
Because women living with breast cancer often face considerable medical expenses, Breast Cancer Recovery hopes to keep these retreats as affordable as possible.
They are hosting two fundraising events:
Party with a View
Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 5-9 p.m.
Blackhawk Country Club
3606 Blackhawk Dr.
8th Annual Golf & Spa Classic, hosted by Sundara Inn & Spa and Wild Rock Golf Club
Wild Rock Golf Club, 856 Canyon Road, Wisconsin Dells
Thursday, June 9
Registration at 10 a.m., Tee-off at 11:30 a.m.