Methodist in the Media

Women Find Understanding via Breast Cancer Support Group

Published: Oct. 18, 2023

Vicky Kiefer remembers finding the lump.

It was the fall of 2014. The Fremont woman went to her doctor and after being diagnosed with breast cancer, began a course of treatment.

“Everything went well,” she said. “I had several surgeries. I went through radiation. It wasn’t recommended that I have chemotherapy. I finished (radiation) on Valentine’s Day.”

Sometime thereafter, Kiefer began attending a support group for breast cancer survivors at Methodist Fremont Health. Years later, she still attends meetings, where she finds camaraderie among fellow attendees, enjoys a lunch and has the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics through special speakers.

Carmen Heller, a registered nurse and oncology navigator, facilitates the Sisters and Survivors Support Group.

Heller believes one of the best parts about the group is that it offers friendship and support for survivors.

“They enjoy meeting up with one another and sharing about their story and other events going on in the world,” Heller said. “We talk about a lot of different things.”

Fremont Tribune: Women Find Understanding Via Breast Cancer Support Group