This month, AnthologySF is turning over their regularly-scheduled anthology reading to the breast cancer support group that I’m in — Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS).
At this event, I (along with a few other contributors to the book) will be reading a piece I wrote for our upcoming book centered around the aftermath of treatment, piecing our lives back together, and climbing these treacherous cancer stairs to get a better view. The book will be available in September 2015.
If you’re in SF, please come out and support us! The event is being held at 7pm at La Movida Wine Bar, 3066 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.
Bay Area Young Survivors (BAYS) is a support and action group for young women in the SF Bay Area who are living with breast cancer. It was founded in 2004 by two young women because support group meetings with older women did not address our unique needs in dealing with issues related to fertility, child rearing, dating, body image, early menopause, careers, and lack of peer experience with cancer.
The goal of BAYS is to break the isolation of living with breast cancer by providing a community built on compassion, understanding, hope, and inspiration. We are at each other’s sides during death, births, chemo infusions, and birthdays. Virtually every day of the year we add new members and throughout the year we also lose members to the disease. We welcome the newly diagnosed, to those with recurrent or metastatic disease and long-term survivors.
BAYS achieves it goals by sharing information, experiences, and resources through 3 main services. We offer: over 30 support group meetings annually with free childcare, an active online network, and community-building events to support the emotional and educational needs of our members.
BAYS published an anthology in 2013 entitled, “The Day My Nipple Fell Off and Other Stories of Survival, Solidarity, and Sass.” We look forward to publishing our newest book in the fall.