Supporting Our Sisters International is dedicated to increasing breast cancer awareness, improving continuum care and services.

Our support group meetings will be the 3rd Saturday of each  month.
We will meet on December 15, 2018

Time: 1- 3 PM
Kaiser Permanente
Mercantile Lane, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774
301-494-7315

We welcome new ideas and value enthusiasm from
members and volunteers.

Coping With Cancer During the Holidays

Holidays are traditionally viewed as a time to celebrate. Many people enjoy reuniting with family and friends, giving and receiving gifts, and celebrating religious traditions during this time. However, sometimes people with cancer and their loved ones feel “out of step” from the rest of the world during the holidays. In fact, the holiday season can prompt new questions, such as: How do I take care of the holiday rush and myself at the same time? How can I celebrate when I have so many other things on my mind? What will my life be like next year? Sharing these concerns with the people you love and who love you can help you feel more connected.

Here are some additional tips for coping with cancer during the holidays:

Make plans to get together with friends, family or co-workers over the holidays. Trying to celebrate alone can be very difficult, so accept some invitations from others, or join an organized group activity through your local YMCA, YWCA, church or synagogue. Find the right balance between celebrating with family and friends and spending the time you may need on your own. Give yourself permission to pace your activities and to decline an invitation or two so that you have the energy to enjoy the gatherings that are most important to you.

Create a new holiday season tradition that makes the most of your energy. Change your usual holiday activities so you relieve yourself of some of the pressures of entertaining. Have a “pot luck,” with family members each bringing a dish for the meal, have someone else host the meal, or suggest eating out at a favorite restaurant.

Enjoy special moments. Try to focus on new traditions that have been established, rather than dwelling on how cancer has changed a holiday or special occasion.

Talk to your health care team about upcoming special events. They may be flexible about appointments in order to accommodate travel or other needs.

Be an innovative shopper or gift giver. Use mail order catalogues, shop over the telephone, or try online shopping this year. You can also make a gift of sharing your thoughts and feelings. Write a short note or make a phone call to let others know that you are thinking about them.

Express your feelings in ways that help you receive the support of the important people in your life. Tears can bring a sense of relief. Laughter can be relaxing. Sharing can be comforting. It is common to experience a mixture of anticipation, excitement and apprehension about the future. Let your feelings breathe, and talk them over with a loved one, friend or professional counselor.

Celebrate strengths you and your loved ones have developed. Many families who face the day-to-day challenges of cancer discover strengths and courage they didn’t know they had. Reflect on the strengths you have developed, and build on them during the holidays.



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About

Supporting Our Sisters International®

History & Mission

Supporting Our Sisters International (SOSI) founded by Madeline “MAD” Long-Gill, a survivorship organization was created to improve continuum care among African American and Hispanic breast cancer survivors. The goal of the organization is to help reduce breast cancer mortality for African Americans and Hispanics by focusing on health education for survivors.

 

Madeline established SOSI after many years of direct services as a training instructor for public assistance recipients, a homicide minister, domestic & sexual violence advocate, and a volunteer of 12 years with the St. Louis affiliate of Susan G. Komen Foundation. She served as President of Sisters Network Prince George’s County, an affiliate of Sisters Network Inc. These coupled experiences helped her understand the importance of health equity for all breast cancer survivors. Under her leadership, the awesome executive team of Sisters Network Prince George’s County reached over 10,000 people in less than 2 years through community health programs, workshops and medical screening participation. 

 

SOSI was created to support sisters worldwide with a message of health, hope, healing and quality care. Although the color pink represents breast cancer, SOSI has chosen to add a hint of green to denote living green aimed at helping women live healthier lifestyles to reduce their risk or recurrence of breast cancer.

 

SOSI has joined forces with survivors, family, friends, healthcare providers, researchers, community stakeholders, faith-based communities, and national organizations to create informative change within the breast cancer movement. SOSI believes we must support one another if we are to be the change. It will take all hands on deck to prevent and save lives!

 

Our mission: Through our exceptional attention to service, we are dedicated to saving lives by going beyond breast cancer awareness to empower, educate and inspire women around the world. We are committed to improving continuum care and services for the minority and under-served the community.


SOSI Timeline

 

1995    Madeline’s mother-in-law Carolyn L. Gill passed away from complications related to breast cancer

 

1999 – 2012   Madeline Long-Gill volunteered with Susan G. Komen Foundation

 

2011    Madeline L. Gill, Josephine Long (mom), Mary Gabourel             (aunt) were diagnosed with breast cancer

 

2013    Opened chapter of Sisters Network Prince George’s County

 

2013 – 2014   Reached 10,030 people in Maryland, DC and Virginia area

 

2015    The creation of Supporting Our Sisters International to reach women nationally with a survivor-ship message of hope


Supporting Our Sisters International


P.O. Box 1341
Landover, Maryland 20785
Phone: 301-494-7315