OCRFA’s Woman to Woman is a unique support program that pairs gynecologic cancer patients with trained survivor volunteers who provide one-on-one emotional support and mentoring to women when they need it most.
Woman to Woman (W2W) is a program that pairs gynecologic cancer patients with trained volunteer survivors who provide one-on-one emotional support and mentoring. Woman to Woman also promotes education and self-advocacy for women in treatment, as well as their partners, families, and other caregivers. From the moment of diagnosis through the end of treatment, Woman to Woman survivor volunteers will help women and their families cope with gynecologic cancer.
Trained survivor volunteers meet one-on-one with the patients with whom they are matched to and who listen, discuss concerns, provide advice, support, and sometimes, just hold a hand. Volunteers are carefully matched to new patients based on cancer type, age, language, cultural background, patient preferences, as well as other relevant factors. Volunteers will be professionally trained. During their intensive training sessions, volunteers learn active listening, communication skills, and how to address cultural differences. In addition, they receive an overview of gynecologic cancers and the issues associated with them, and gain an understanding of their own relationship to their illness as they prepare to volunteer. These survivor volunteers give hope, along with the special insights that can only come from someone with their own personal gynecologic cancer experience.
A Woman to Woman volunteer will be with the patient through the duration of the diagnosis, treatment and recovery. How, when, and where they connect is up to the patient. It can be at a local coffee shop or even one’s home — whatever is most convenient and comfortable. While face-to-face interaction is recommended, patients can also talk on the phone or exchange emails. The program is flexible and based on the patients’ needs, desires and preferences.
I am available to answer any questions that you may have about the program. I wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of the program in case you have patients now or in the future that could benefit from the extra support. I hope this program will be a huge success for us! If you are aware of any newly diagnosed patients now or in the future to whom you believe would benefit from this program please let me know! Also we are still looking to recruit GYN Cancer Survivors who might be interested in volunteering to become a mentor for the program. Thank you so much!