Project 31: Providing hope to the hurting
Approximately 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. Now, one couple is stepping up to provide support for those affected with the support they and their partners need to heal and communicate properly while doing so.
Sarah McLean is a two-time breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed at the young age of 26 and was a newlywed to top things off.
"I had done a self exam and I didn't think that it was anything, the doctor told me I was too young," said McLean, "When we went back the lump had had grown. I had a lumpectomy, but then it had already spread and went through a double mastectomy."
It was during her recovery that she found it difficult to communicate her feelings of insecurity to her husband, Stephen, so they sought after counseling but found it difficult to find a service that was fit for a couple.
In response to the void they felt was present in the healthcare system they created Project 31, a non-profit organization that supports the breast cancer community through outreach, education, and financial support.
Starting in January Sarah's husband Stephen McLean says they plan to focus more on men who are supporting their partners with breast cancer."We want to help people see there is hope,"Stephen said, "There is life after your diagnosis you can get through it, it's a long journey but there's nothing easy about it, not one thing easy, but you can make it through it."