Cancer Awareness and Mental Health in the African-American Community

On October 14th, I had the privilege of speaking at the Alfred Williams Community Center's Pink Glitz Gala honoring cancer survivors and those who have transitioned. Nearly 100 guests, approximately 35 survivors, enjoyed a beautiful night of comedy, music, education, and words of inspiration.

Generally speaking, African-Americans are challenged with the idea that we have mental health needs requiring a counselor or therapist. Anxiety and depressive or mood disorders are not readily accepted in our community. The stigma is tremendous and often paralyzing. As such, those living with breast cancer and their caregivers have a tendency to set aside their psychological needs and focus only on the physical.

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