breast cancer app

a breast cancer app to help you Survive and thrive

Surviving and Thriving! It’s what we’ve been forced to do these past two years. I know you agree with me. Who knew, there’s an app for that! Not too late if you ask me…because sis…we need something. A guide; the warning memo we never received in early 2020…something! 

 

Anyway, I’m here to share a new breast cancer app that’s helping Black women humanize their experience – Survive and Thrive app.

 

Globally, breast cancer affects women more than any other type of cancer and is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women. 

 

Did you know that Black women have a 31% breast cancer mortality rate? This statistic shows that we have the highest mortality rate in comparison to any other U.S. racial or ethnic group. – 42% higher when compared to white women with an identical diagnosis.

 

We are not as likely to be diagnosed with this disease, and the symptoms and effects we experience are significantly worse. 

 

Don’t be startled or defeated by this revelation; the more you know, the better you will survive. And now a breast cancer app could be the answer.

breast cancer app

The app developed by Rev. Tammie Morrison was a response to her own diagnosis. Yes, she was startled by the statistics and vowed to do something about it. She is a 17-year breast cancer survivor and has dedicated herself to advocating for cancer patients and their families through the trauma of a cancer diagnosis. 

 

Her support group Carrie’s Touch which she co-founded alongside her late sister Lynne Rankin-Cochran, is dedicated to lowering the mortality rate of black women diagnosed with breast cancer. 

 

This is another Community Bringing Breast Cancer Awareness To Women Of Color.

 

She has contributed majorly by providing tremendous support and assistance to survivors and their families and spreading awareness about this issue that has plagued our community. 

 

As a student at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, Rev. Tammie as part of her graduation requirement needed to manage a community project. She decided to spread the word and make it known that early detection is what truly saves lives, her target audience being the faith-based African American community. 

 

She launched a campaign shortly after to distribute fans in seven Sacramento Valley churches. Along with the fans, she included breast self-exam cards which displayed an African American woman from Susan G. Komen and the official African American breast cancer “Ribbon of Life” by Creative Organization, Inc. 

Rev. Tammie

For Rev. Tammie, it was important to include materials that accurately represented the women she served, this should tell you a lot about the character of the woman spearheading this organization. 

 

She visited every church, sharing her story and personal mission to save the lives of black women through raising awareness and educating women on proactive breast health actions. Talk about walking the walk!

 

The response she received was overwhelming, and as the project came to an end, she knew she could not stop there. With this drive and passion to save lives, Rev. Tammie teamed with her sister to launch Carrie’s Touch, Inc.

 

What truly changed the game is the new Survive and Thrive App, launched by Carrie’s Touch in their 15th year of operation. Carrie’s Touch recognizes that we as black women are burdened by a number of factors regarding our health. 

 

Some of these issues we face include a lack of adequate support, lack of financial and material resources, lack of doctor-patient trust, lack of awareness and data and lack of education about breast cancer and its various symptoms, treatments and side effects. 

 

Survive and Thrive’s purpose is inspired by Rev. Tammie’s personal experience with a breast cancer diagnosis, and her commitment to support more Black, Indigenous, Women of Color, and to humanize their experience with breast cancer. 

 

Rev. Tammie revealed that she aims to create a clearer pathway of communication and understanding between patient and doctor through a more comprehensive picture of the whole woman, not just her diagnosis. 

 

Some key features of the app include:

  • An “I WAS JUST DIAGNOSED” Page, that offers an easy “Start Here” option for new survivors.
  • Meditations, affirmations, journals, and reminders for Breast Cancer Survivors.
  • Support groups, videos, financial resources, oncologists of color, free/low-cost therapy, and other resources. 

 

I love what this black woman is doing for our community. We no longer have reason to fear the unknown or expect the worst, because there are people like us working tirelessly to ensure that we are well educated and prepared for every fight that life confronts us with.

This app is available on iOS devices and provided for free by Carrie’s Touch.

 

https://www.carriestouch.org/mission-credo

https://www.surviveandthriveapp.com/

 

N.B. Black women are often diagnosed with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, which means that the cancer tests negative for the hormones estrogen and progesterone and a protein called HER2. This particular type of breast cancer is more aggressive than others, and it does not respond to some of the medications that work for other forms of cancer. 

 

Go ahead and give the gift of an app to someone with breast cancer today. I promise it would be one of the BEST gifts ever!

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