My name is
Joanne Sullivan. I am a retired, Emergency and Internal Medicine board certified physician. I am also a cancer
diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast in June of 2010. My medical background and my connections to
the medical community didn’t help me get through this difficult time. It was my
networking with other cancer survivors that helped me. Their stories, their
strength, and their connections carved my path to recovery.
Now, even as I
have completed most of my treatment, other survivors continually encourage and
inspire me. Sharing my experiences,
feelings and fears with people facing similar struggles has helped me deal with
This is why I decided to create a cancer support group. Based in Westborough, Massachusetts, Cancer
Support for All, or CaSfA, was organized the summer of 2011. It is a group committed to helping ALL those
whose lives have been touched by cancer--men, women and children survivors of
all types of cancer as well as their loved ones.
CaSfA provides support and hope through all stages of
survivorship—from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. We offer networking
and informal discussion groups and frequent social events. CaSfA also hosts monthly workshops and
presentations that focus on improving our physical, emotional and psychological
We often have special classes, such as yoga and T’ai Chi, for interested
members. Frequent newsletters
keep members informed about cancer related events occurring on the web and
across the nation. The newsletters also
contain information about cancer related news, such as current research, new
cancer drugs, and updates from various medical conferences.
Membership in CaSfA is free.
Benefits of membership include our informative and educational
newsletters and personal email invitations to our events.