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1 Giving each other hope for survival

2 ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND Reach for Recovery Ghana, is a faith-based non-profit organization designed to provide a network of support to breast cancer patients and survivors. This is affiliated to Reach to Recovery international, headquartered in Geneva and the International union against cancer. Theresa Liza an American formed Reach to Recovery International. This was as a result of her personal experience as a breast cancer survivor. She realized that as a cancer patient, one needs someone to talk to in order to survive psychologically. I am Mrs. Gladys Boateng and a survivor for ten years. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in1999 in Accra but had my surgery in South Africa. The immense support and care I received from Reach for Recovery South Africa, inspired me to follow the footsteps of Theresa Liza. So I co-founded Reach for Recovery Ghana with Dr. Clegg Lamptey. This was to extend the same level of support to others who have suffered or are suffering from breast cancer in Ghana. The organization’s mission is to bring hope for survival to all who have been touched by breast cancer by providing a source of information, strength, support and encouragement.

3 PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVITIES FOR 2010 January Date: 17 th Jan Programme: Thanks giving service Location: Action Chapel International Hospital visitation twice in a week (Tuesdays and Fridays)

4 February Date: 20 th Feb Programme: monthly meeting Topic: Healthy Eating Speaker: Mrs. Sandra Ayisi Addo Is about eating foods that would strength the cells in the body to fight the cancer cells and also exercising regularly. It should not be vigorous Hospital visitation twice in a week (Tuesdays and Fridays)

5 Activities: Activity: talk and Screening at Central Gospel Church International, Ofankor (Reach for Recovery in collaboration with the Breast Clinic), Date: 13 th Feb Information Day at Aburi Speakers: Doctors, nutritionist and a survivor

6 He spoke on “Understanding breast Cancer Diagnosis I” some of his topics were Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Breast, What is breast Cancer?, Incidence and Risk Factors. He said breast cancer is caused by uncontrolled growth of the cells in the breast. Not all lumps in the breast are cancerous. The cancerous ones are aggressive and develop rapidly. Some risk factors he said are gender, age, genetic, family history personal history and many others. He spoke on “Understanding breast Cancer Diagnosis II”. He gave Reasons for late presentations to the hospitals. Some of which are 1.Some patients after having their lumps removed, do not go for periodic checkups which later results in reoccurrence. 2. some refuse to report early detection or symptoms to the hospitals. He also spoke on diagnosis and the various stages of the breast Cancer and finally he stressed that early detection saves lives. He spoke on Treatment Modalities. He said the treatment of breast cancer involves a multidisciplinary team approach. Which he said helps the patients. Some of the specialists include the Pathologists, Surgeons, radiologists and etc. He also spoke on the types of surgery which are lumpectomy and mastectomy. He said the stage of the disease determines the kind of surgery to be performed. Other topics he treated include hormone treatment, Immunotherapy, Aromatize Inhibitors and prognosis. Dr. Joel Yarney Dr. J-N Clegg-Lamptey Mr James Adjogatse

7 She spoke on “Treatment Modalities”. She emphasised on chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She said this usually depends on what the Pathologists say thus if the cancer is aggressive or not. She also said the cost of treatment sometimes informs the type of treatment. She said since the chemotherapy is a cycle, patients from distant places find it difficult to under go this treatment. She said radiation usually reduces the rate of reoccurrence of the cancer disease. He spoke on “Complications of Treatment and their Management”. He said during the treatment, patients do go through certain side effects such as nausea, headache, lost of hair, diarrhoea, infertility and etc. He said these effects are treated and do not cause much problems. He also spoke on some other effects such as Numbness,Shoulder Stiffness,Lymphoedema,Hot Flushes and Vaginal Bleeding He spoke on “Restoration of Body Image”. (1)Fixing a drip beneath the skin and injecting it until it reaches the desired size. (2) Another is the use of excess flesh found at the abdomen or buttock to create the breast. He also said though these breasts cannot be exactly as the original in terms of natural feeling and breast feeding, they give some relieve to the patients and hope. He also spoke on some few complications such as infections, Hemorrhage and scars keloid Dr Verna Vanderpuye Dr Martin Kyereh Mr Albert Paintsil

8 Mrs. Angelina Wood is a breast cancer survivor and she spoke on “There is life after Breast Cancer” She encouraged the gathering that being diagnosed of breast cancer is not a death sentence and that some have survived for several years. She encouraged husbands to be supportive during and after the treatment since this would strengthen their wives and help in their healing process. She talked on engaging in activities that would help them feel happy.She also said affected women should help educate people about the disease. She spoke about “Breast Cancer Support Groups”. She recalled her personal experience as a breast cancer patient and the help she received.She said this inspired her to also establish Reach for Recovery Ghana. She said Reach for Recovery Ghana has also shown its effectiveness by visiting/counseling hospital in-patients after breast cancer surgery and freely providing “Goody Bags” (consisting of prosthesis, a pillow, a squeezing ball, a 32 page patient’s guide and an exercise sheet) as well as organizing breast screening programs. Our mission is to bring hope for survival to all who have been touched by breast cancer. She talked about “Healthy Lifestyle”. She talked on healthy eating and she said we should eat less sugar and salt. She encourage the gathering to eat foods that would strength the cells in the body to fight the cancer cells. She also said change of diet and behavior can strengthen the immune system which can help prevent reoccurrence of cancer. She encouraged them to take more green foods such as konkomere and other leaves. She also talked about regular exercise and said it should not be vigorous. Mrs Angelina Wood Mrs Sandra Ayisi-Addo Mrs Gladys Boateng

9 March Date: 20 th March 2010 Programme: monthly meeting Topic: Exercise after surgery This is essential in the healing process. It should not be vigorous but consistent. Speaker: Mrs. Anna Hughton Hospital visitation twice in a week (Tuesdays and Fridays)

10 Activities: Awareness programme (Sensitizing the public on cervical and breast cancers) By: GHS in collaboration with the Coalition of NGOs in Cancer Dr. Kofi Nyarko,National Cancer Control Focal Person, GHS. Talk and Screening at Achimota SDA Church (Reach for Recovery in collaboration with The Breast Clinic)

11 April Date: 17 th April 2010 Programme: Recreational trip Akosombo/ Ada Due to the stress and worries the survivors go through we organize fun trips where they get to socialize and have fun Hospital visitation twice in a week (Tuesdays and Fridays) Activity: Talk and Screening for the “Kayayo” at Tema Station (Reach for Recovery in collaboration with Breast Clinic)

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13 May Date: 15 th May 2010 Programme: monthly meeting Topic: Breast cancer overview Speaker: Dr. Clegg Lamptey Hospital visitation twice in a week (Tuesdays and Fridays)

14 Activity: Book launch Title: Experiencing God’s Grace and Mercy Date: 28 th May 2010 at: 10:00 am By Mrs. Gifty Allotey a Survivor Then Talk and Screening At : 6.00pm Location: Osu-Presby (Reach for Recovery in collaboration with Breast Clinic )

15 Sewing of goody bags

16 June Date: 19 th Jun Programme: monthly meeting Topic: Treatment of Cancer Speaker: Dr. Yarney/ Dr. Vanderpuje Hospital visitation twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays)

17 July Date: 17 th Jul Programme: monthly meeting Topic: Emotional impact of Breast cancer And coping strategies Speaker: Dr. Araba Sefa Dede Hospital visitation twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays)

18 Activity: Talk and Screening (Reach for Recovery in collaboration with the Breast Clinic) Presby church Larteh Akuapim

19 August Date: 21 st Aug Programme: monthly meeting Topic: Interior decoration Hospital visitation twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays)

20 Activity: Information Day at Ho Dr. Joel Yarney Understanding breast Cancer Diagnosis I Dr. Joe-Nat Clegg Lamptey Understanding breast Cancer Diagnosis II Mr. James Adjogaste Treatment Modalities Dr Verna Vanderpuye Treatment Modalities Speakers and their topics

21 Dr. Martin Kyereh Complications of Treatment and their Management Mr. Albert Painstil Restoration of Body Image Mrs Angelina Wood There is life after Breast Cancer Mrs. Gladys Boateng Breast Cancer Support Groups Mrs. Sandra Ayisi Addo Healthy Lifestyle

22 September Date: 18 th Sept Programme: monthly meeting Topic: Beauty therapy Look good, Feel better F.C Beauty Clinic Hospital visitation twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays)

23 October First week in October, Relay for life. By: Reach for Recovery in collaboration with African Cancer Organization in partnership with American Cancer Society Date: 16 th Oct Programme: Pink October celebration. TV and radio talk shows/ Joint walk with the Coalition of NGOs in cancer like IMPACT (including Dr. Kofi Nyarko, National Cancer Control Focal Person, GHS)

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25 Hospital visitation twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays)

26 November Date: 20 th Nov Programme: Planning for next year and sharing. The panel comprises of Survivors share their experiences as survivors. The gathering then plans for the coming year. Hospital visitation twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays)

27 December Date: 18 th Dec Programme: Christmas Party The diagnosis and treatment of cancer brings a lot fear and anxiety so we organize end of year party where the survivors socialize and have fun

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29 I wish you all a blessed and a prosperous new year


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