Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center helping local patients
Caroline McClain, the manager of the Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, speaks at the July meeting of the East Walker Chamber of Commerce.
Daily Mountain Eagle - Rick Watson
By RICK WATSON,Daily Mountain Eagle
DORA — Caroline McClain, the manager of the Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, said that the facility supports breast cancer survivors and their loved ones with resources and support from their cancer diagnosis onward.
McClain detailed the services offered by Forge as the guest speaker at the July meeting of the East Walker Chamber of Commerce.
One example of the services they provide is individualized plans. These plans include helping patients understand the treatment they are receiving, what they may need and when they will need it.
For example, if someone needed transportation to a doctor’s appointment, Forge associates would work to find a resource to help with that need.
“The goal at Forge is to help eliminate barriers to care, and gaps in services so that people have an opportunity to live the best quality life possible,” McClain said.
Forge can also find a lay advocate who can, for example, attend doctor’s appointments with patients and take notes about what the doctor says.
Sometimes patients need a peer mentor. This is usually a breast cancer survivor or someone who has had a similar journey.
Another service is telephone support for off hours and weekend. Feedback from past patients suggested this service.
“When patients work with Forge, they become a part of our family,” McClain said. “It’s amazing to see the survivors we’ve been working with since the program launched in 2016.” McClain went on to say that Forge works to provide everyone with free services that would benefit them in their journey.
Forge partners with various organizations in the community such as Capstone Rural Health Center and others to help bring services and resources to anyone who needs them.
The facility is at 1 Medical Park East Dr. in Birmingham. For a complete list of services and resources one may go to their website, www.forgeon.org. They may also call the center at 205-838-6159.
In other action, chamber officials reminded attendees about the Second Annual EWCC Golf Tournament at Horse Creek Golf Course on Aug 17. One may go to www.eastwalkerchamber.com for registration forms.