Fortify Peer Mentorship Program

Fortify Peer Mentorship Program

Background

Hi I’m Beth, the Founder of Faith Through Fire and the Fortify Peer Mentorship program. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 35, I had the benefit of multiple mentors. Their support was invaluable during the treatment process and made such a profound impact emotionally that I began to mentor newly diagnosed women myself once I completed treatment.

Why?

Studies have shown that the diagnosis of cancer presents unique medical and emotional challenges. These issues can lead to increased depression and a lower quality of life, making us ideal candidates for a mentorship relationship.

How It Works

When I was diagnosed, I did not feel emotionally equipped to invest in a new relationship, and the idea of meeting anyone new when I was so devastated just felt like to much work. This program was designed with that in mind. This relationship is primarily through text. It can be a single communication, episodic, or ongoing; you control the process. Our goal is to let you know you are not alone and to provide encouragement during a difficult time in the least intrusive way possible.

Special Note

With the onset of COVID19 our program has become even more critical as patient anxiety is at an all-time high. If you have been newly diagnosed with breast cancer or know someone who has, show your support by participating or pointing them to this program. You can ask for a mentor here .

Final Word

Fortify means to strengthen. There is something special about having someone walk quietly beside you while you endure hardship and then being that person for someone else down the road. We are stronger together.

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