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Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center’s Program and Volunteer Coordinator, participated in Camp Bluebird and led an activity focused on the importance of nutrition.
On Oct. 14, breast cancer survivors and their loved ones from Blount, Cullman, and Walker counties were provided a day of relaxation, rest, and reflection of their breast cancer journey at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center in Cullman.
What's so funny about breast cancer? Carla Youngblood can tell you. And after just a few minutes, we bet she'll have you laughing. To help others combat fear when breast cancer strikes, Youngblood has become an advocate at the Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center in Birmingham. In this volunteer role, she offers information, support and guidance to women as they go through the process of diagnosis, medical appointments and treatment.
The Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center offers monthly gardening classes to survivors and co- survivors – care givers, loved ones, healthcare professionals. The goal is to “tie survivorship and health to something related to gardening.
St. Vincent’s Health System is hosting a National Cancer Survivors Day event on Sunday to commemorate National Cancer Survivors Day. Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, which offers support, knowledge, strength and direction for both survivors and co-survivors will be there.

Forge- WBRC - May 5, 2017

The Breast Cancer Support Group of Walker County is inviting all breast cancer survivors and their co-survivors (family and friends who care for them) to their monthly meeting being held today at 1:30 p.m. at the Carl Elliott Library in Jasper. A representative from the new Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center in Birmingham will be the guest speaker
Mother and daughter, both nurses, Madeline and Kristen share their journey in dealing with cancer and survivorship following Kristen’s breast cancer diagnosis at age 35.

Collaborative Care - November 22, 2016

Rebecca Di Piazza isn’t sure anything could have surprised her more than being diagnosed with breast cancer at 24. So she fought. And a decade later, she’s not only still here, but she’s also helping others who are walking the same road.
When Susan Sellers was diagnosed with breast cancer, she got nervous. And then she got quiet. “My kids were 10 and 13 at the time, and when you have kids, it’s different — you don’t talk about it because you don’t want them to be scared,” she said. But she needed to talk.

Restoring Normalcy - October 1, 2016

Survivor uses experience to help others fighting breast cancer.

Forging On - October 1, 2016

Why Forge? This short question opens a door for people like Rebecca Di Piazza to talk about a new resource available for breast cancer patients, survivors and their families.
Community leaders from Brookwood Baptist, UAB Medicine, UAB School of Nursing, Grandview, and St. Vincent’s Health System call the Forge breast cancer survivorship support center collaboration something remarkable in our community.
The Breast Cancer Survivorship Rehabilitation Initiative unveiled Forge as the official name of the community-based therapeutic program. The name, Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, was chosen to represent and embody the spirit of survivorship and the personal triumph over cancer, according to a press release from the center.
“To Forge” means to steadily make progress and invokes a feeling of strength and safety. It means to be strong, powerful, brave and steadfast. The term embodies the journey of the breast cancer survivor – a steady and gradual forward movement in life, even in the face of obstacles.
Breast Cancer Survivorship Community Report Released On the eve of Breast Cancer Awareness Month the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham released a comprehensive report on breast cancer survivorship services in the area.
The Women’s Breast Health Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham awards $287,000 grant for Breast Cancer Survivorship Rehabilitation Initiative.
02/27/2018
Forge Gardening Class: Lawn Care
A well-kept lawn provides you and your family with an outdoor space to relax and enjoy while increasing your quality of life. Join us this month as we learn all about grass seed and lawn care; types of turf; zero-scaping; how to reduce chemicals; and plant death vs. dormancy. We will also discuss the benefits of outdoor exercise and using a push mower vs. riding lawnmower. Both beginners and seasoned gardeners will learn and benefit from this class. To reserve your place, we request a $5 reservation fee. Scholarships are available; for more information please contact Forge at 205-838-6159. Hosted by Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Birmingham Botanical Gardens; Forge's monthly classes are for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their loved ones and the healthcare professionals that serve them.

When? 10:00am-11:30am

Where? Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223
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03/08/2018
Forge Share: Blount County Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group
Join us as we share and empower one another. For more information or to RSVP, call 205-838-6159.

When? 6:00 pm

Where? Crossroads Baptist Church, 801 AL-160, Warrior, AL 35180
03/09/2018
Forge General Volunteer Training
Are you interested in supporting Breast Cancer Survivors and their loved ones? Sign-up for Forge's 2 day Volunteer training! Please note, applications must be submitted prior to training. For more information or to register, call 205-838-6159.

When? March 9th, 2018: 4:00 pm-8:00 pm & March 10th, 2018: 9:00 am -1:00 pm

Where? Oasis Counseling, 1900 14th Avenue South, Birmingham AL 35205
03/27/2018
Forge Gardening Class: Seed Propagation
Few gardening pursuits are as rewarding as growing your own plants from seed. Join us this month as we learn the art of seed propagation, including how to multiply, reproduce and breed new plants. We will discuss tips to consider as you reconnect and share intimate moments with your spouse or partner. We will pot bulbs for you to take home and discuss the importance of cultivating and maintaining relationships during breast cancer treatment and throughout survivorship. To reserve your place, we request a $5 reservation fee. Scholarships are available; for more information please contact Forge at 205-838-6159. Hosted by Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Birmingham Botanical Gardens; Forge's monthly classes are for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their loved ones and the healthcare professionals that serve them.

When? 10:00am-11:30

Where? Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223
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04/24/2018
Forge Gardening Class: Fairy Gardens
Join us as we create whimsical fairy gardens that you can take home to watch grow and share with your children, grandchildren or another fairy garden enthusiast. Even the least crafty of us will learn how to create a miniature, planted play space with endless opportunity for customization and make-believe. This form of classic horticultural therapy is a time-proven practice that can help us to take time to appreciate the little things in life. Sparking creativity has many therapeutic effects that can benefit survivors during treatment and throughout life. We will discuss the benefits of appreciating small wonders and engaging your creative side for survivorship. *Please note: participants are asked to bring their own pot or container to use to build their fairy garden. Participants are also welcome (but not required) to bring their favorite fairy supplies. Participants will receive more details upon registering for the class. To reserve your place, we request a $5 reservation fee. Scholarships are available; for more information please contact Forge at 205-838-6159. Hosted by Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Birmingham Botanical Gardens; Forge's monthly classes are for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their loved ones and the healthcare professionals that serve them.

When? 10:00am-11:30am

Where? Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223
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05/22/2018
Forge Gardening Class: Decorating with Chocolate
Great news for chocoholics! Studies suggest that eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease, help control blood sugar and slash stress. Join us as we discuss the importance treating oneself while maintaining a balanced diet throughout survivorship. We will also discuss myths vs. truths regarding nutrition and cancer, including the hot topics of sweets and sugar. We will make chocolate covered strawberries and (moderately) indulge in a decadent chocolate tasting! To reserve your place, we request a $5 reservation fee. Scholarships are available; for more information please contact Forge at 205-838-6159. Hosted by Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Birmingham Botanical Gardens; Forge's monthly classes are for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their loved ones and the healthcare professionals that serve them.

When? 10:00am-11:30am

Where? Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223
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06/26/2018
Forge Gardening Class: Water Conservation
There are seasons where little or nothing can grow due to drought; just like our lives, there may be seasons of little growth due to a personal drought. However, you can take steps to help manage these seasons by preparing for the weather and supporting your personal growth. Join us as we learn how to properly assemble and use a ran barrel, as well as how to better manage our personal seasons of drought. This month’s activity can help with gross motor skills and safe lifting techniques. You will also take home your own rain barrel to use in your garden. To reserve your place, we request a $5 reservation fee. Scholarships are available; for more information please contact Forge at 205-838-6159. Hosted by Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Birmingham Botanical Gardens; Forge's monthly classes are for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their loved ones and the healthcare professionals that serve them.

When? 10:00am-11:30am

Where? Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223
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07/24/2018
Forge Gardening Class: Flower Arranging
Plan a party! Accessorize your home! Come and learn how to make a beautiful flower arrangement that you can take home to use as a centerpiece for a party, share with a neighbor, or make your home look and smell as beautiful as the flowers. You will also learn the survivorship benefits of flower arranging, further developing fine motor skills, and spending time with others. To reserve your place, we request a $5 reservation fee. Scholarships are available; for more information please contact Forge at 205-838-6159. Hosted by Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Birmingham Botanical Gardens; Forge's monthly classes are for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their loved ones and the healthcare professionals that serve them.

When? 10:00am-11:30am

Where? Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223
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8/28/2018
Forge Gardening Class: Garden Journaling
A garden journal is your own personal diary of your garden’s journey. Keeping a garden journal helps you learn about your plants and soil as you go and gives you a written record of your garden layouts, plans, successes and failures. Similarly, many people find that writing their personal thoughts and feelings down in a journal helps them along their breast cancer journey. Some survivors also use journals to reflect upon milestones and to mentor other survivors. Join us as we discuss the benefits of personal journaling and learn how to keep a garden journal. To reserve your place, we request a $5 reservation fee. Scholarships are available; for more information please contact Forge at 205-838-6159. Hosted by Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Birmingham Botanical Gardens; Forge's monthly classes are for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their loved ones and the healthcare professionals that serve them.

When? 10:00am-11:30am

Where? Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223
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09/25/2018
Forge Gardening Class: Good vs. Bad Insects
All bugs are not created equal! Ever wonder what is crawling on your beautiful flower or ripe tomato in your garden? This month we’ll learn how to tell the beneficial insects from the bad bugs and how they help or hurt your garden. In addition, we’ll discuss how to use IPM (Integrated Pest Management) to help solve pest problems in your garden, while minimizing risks to yourself and the environment. We will also share information about supportive services available to breast cancer survivors in our community that help improve overall health and wellbeing. To reserve your place, we request a $5 reservation fee. Scholarships are available; for more information please contact Forge at 205-838-6159. Hosted by Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Birmingham Botanical Gardens; Forge's monthly classes are for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their loved ones and the healthcare professionals that serve them.

When? 10:00am-11:30am

Where? Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223
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10/23/2018
Forge Gardening Class: Composting
Composting is nature's way of recycling with numerous benefits: it enriches soil, helps retain moisture and suppresses plant diseases and pests; reduces the need for chemical fertilizers; reduces methane emissions from landfills; and lowers your carbon footprint. As composting can build a foundation for soil health, we will also discuss how to build a foundation for survivor health. You will also make a compost bin to take home! Come and learn all about the benefits of composting, micro and macronutrients and safe lifting techniques to use with your new compost bin. To reserve your place, we request a $5 reservation fee. Scholarships are available; for more information please contact Forge at 205-838-6159. Hosted by Forge Breast Cancer Survivor Center, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and Birmingham Botanical Gardens; Forge's monthly classes are for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as their loved ones and the healthcare professionals that serve them.

When? 10:00am-11:30am

Where? Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223
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11/27/2018
Forge Gardening Class: Holiday Decor
Ribbons! Mistletoe! Berries! Come and prepare for the holidays while learning decorating tips and tricks. Put these new skills to use while decorating a miniature potted tree to use as a festive centerpiece or give as a holiday gift. Learn how to plant and care for your tree after the holidays to enjoy it throughout the year. We will also discuss techniques and tips to help breast cancer survivors and co-survivors cope with stress and stay healthy during the holiday season.

When? 10:00am-11:30am

Where? Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223
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For more info or to get an event added, please email: info@forgeon.org