Poland | Fundacja OmeaLife

The main goal of the OmeaLife Foundation is to create a support group for patients with breast cancer, educate patients and their families, cooperate with doctors and politicians, improve the quality of treatment in Poland and promote preventive activities. OmeaLife is the only foundation in Poland that takes care of young women with breast cancer and represents their interest.

OmeaLife members participate in international conferences in order to have worldwide knowledge about current methods of breast cancer treatments and to exchange experiences with other patient advocates.

On 11 - 12 May 2018, the Foundation founded a Patient Advisory Committee Chair during the International Breast Design Days in Lódz. OmeaLife organised a workshop with 50 patients from all over the country. This resulted in a manifesto, which was presented during the conference. It describes the needs and expectations of Polish breast cancer patients. This was the first initiative of this type in Poland. The Foundation cares about the idea of creating a modern model of patient-centered oncology in Poland. The workshop was a good start for this discussion.

OmeaLife organises workshops and meetings for patients that help them achieve better quality of life during and after treatment. These are, for example, thematic workshops in the field of dietetics, psychological support, beauty care, photo sessions, and motivating meetings with inspiring people.

OmeaLife promotes a healthy lifestyle by giving lectures and inviting patients to join sport activities, fun events dedicated to them. The most popular event is Rózowa Plaza – The Pink Beach, organised on beaches in coastal resorts every summer in Poland.

The OmeaLife Foundation was created in 2016 on behalf of all young women suffering from breast cancer. It was founded by four young women who were diagnosed with breast cancer still before their thirties. They met in the clinic and formed a strong bond, not only because of the cancer but because they were full of energy and had an exceptional, optimistic attitude towards life, too. Even during the extensive and extremely difficult medical treatments they've never stopped dreaming and living their lives fully. They were making career, starting their own businesses and having an active personal life. Now, after this long journey they support other women in Poland. They want to show them a different way of going through this extreme experience, teach them to take control of their lives and take care of their quality of live during and after medical treatment.

Today, the foundation is a co-creation 15 volunteers and their number is growing constantly.