Let us begin by defining what a "mother" is. In the eyes and hearts of a woman with breast cancer, her mother may be her biological mother, her adoptive mother, her aunt, her grandmother or someone special to her whom she has always felt was like an "other mother." It is important to acknowledge all women who may fulfill such an important role for a daughter. Every woman needs all of the love and support possible to help her and her other family members get through an experience like breast cancer.
The purpose and mission of MSDBC is to assist mothers of daughters with breast cancer to be able to provide the optimum amount and type of support needed for themselves and, in turn, for their daughters so that they jointly can cope with the effect breast cancer has on each of them as women, and as mother and daughter. The support provided to mothers will be provided and coordinated according to their individual needs.
The goals of MSDBC are:
MSDBC Network system provide the opportunity to express emotional anxiety about the effects breast cancer has on a mother and her daughter. It allows a forum for mothers to exchange ideas regarding coping mechanisms that have been tried by others and found to be beneficial. The system promote open and frank communication between mothers who are jointly experiencing the same painful process that breast cancer has on a family. These This system provide a safe, confidential and supportive atmosphere where women can talk with others who are experiencing similar concerns. They discuss the difficulties they are dealing with associated with their daughters' diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. For mothers who are breast cancer survivors themselves, it provides an opportunity to express their guilt-ridden emotions associated with the genetic link and painful recall of their own personal breast cancer experiences.
Some of the Specific Objectives for the MSDBC Network System are:
The forum for these this system includes but is not limited to: local, regional and national meetings; One-on-one telephone calls; private meetings of two or more mothers and daughters; Internet communication through existing bulletin boards such as Prodigy, America Online and CompuServe; communication by mail or fax; and communication through newsletters or private letters.