Though breast cancer does not have a color, the journey, narrative, and experience of a Black woman surviving cancer are oftentimes radically different from a white woman.
Black women are burdened by many factors including lack of adequate support, lack of doctor-patient trust, lack of financial and material resources, lack of awareness and data and lack of education about breast cancer and its many treatments and side effects.
Survive and Thrive’s purpose is simple and is inspired by the breast cancer diagnosis of Rev. Tammie’s personal journey, the women she serves, commitment to support more Black, Indigenous, Women of Color, and to humanize their experience with breast cancer.
Rev. Tammie says Survive and Thrive is the future of breast cancer advocacy because it is still unacceptable that Black women are dying at 41% higher rates than white women.
“We are implementing tangible support and resources for Black, Indigenous, Women of Color and creating a clearer pathway of communication and understanding between patient and doctor through a more comprehensive picture of the whole woman, not just her diagnosis,” she adds.
Key features of the app are:
- “I WAS JUST DIAGNOSED” Page that offers an easy “Start Here” option for new survivors.
- Meditations, affirmations, journals, and reminders created for Breast Cancer Survivors.
- Support groups, videos, financial resources, oncologists of color, free/low-cost therapy, and other resources.
This app is available on iOS devices and provided for free by Carrie’s TOUCH.