A band of women with a special bond

On Oct. 15, women from across the region attended the 2104 BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London to learn about breast reconstruction post mastectomy. They heard directly from plastic surgeons about the various options and from women who have had the surgery. On hand was a vibrant band of women – members of the Circle of Sharing, a support group for women by women who have had or are considering breast reconstruction. They shared their experiences and even allowed women to view real results. The Circle of Sharing, created in 2009 by St. Joseph’s Breast Care Program, was ahead of its time, recognizing and responding to a need long before the emergence of national BRA Day. The support group is unique in breast care – for the generosity of spirit of its members, the wisdom they impart, and the comfort they provide. 

Group of women at BRA Day 2014

Many friendships have blossomed at St. Joseph's Circle of Sharing, a support group for women who have had or are considering breast reconstruction post mastectomy. Four founding members were instrumental in planning the group, which was created in 2009 and has since grown to about 140 women. The  four include, font row, Lorraine Harvey, left, and Janice  DeGroot, back row, Sue LeMoine, left, and Sophia Collin.

Meet the founders of the Circle of Sharing and read their compelling story.