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Twitter Chats #LBBCchat: Coping With the Financial Impact of Breast Cancer

When:   Wednesday, June 25, 2014
8 p.m. - 9 p.m. ET


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If you have concerns about the financial impact of a breast cancer diagnosis, our hour-long Twitter chat, Coping With the Financial Impact of Breast Cancer, is for you. Using the hashtag #LBBCchat, our panel of breast cancer, finance and legal experts will provide you with the information to help you be your own best advocate by helping you discover

  • what insurance will cover, and how to navigate both hidden and visible costs of breast cancer.
  • how breast cancer can impact your personal finances.
  • workplace accommodations and disability rights, and what you can do if you lose your job. 
  • resources available to you to help you ease the financial burden of medical bills.

About Our Panelists

Monica Fawzy Bryant, Esq., is a cancer rights attorney, speaker and author, and serves as chief operating officer for Triage Cancer, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education and resources on cancer survivorship issues. Ms. Bryant is also a principal at North Start Alliances, a nonprofit business consulting and services firm. Throughout her career, Ms. Bryant has provided numerous education seminars, written articles and blog posts, and appeared on community television and radio shows discussing healthcare related legal issues. She received her bachelor's degree in law and society, with an emphasis in criminal justice, and psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and her law degree from The George Washington University Law School. Follow her on Twitter at @TriageCancer.

Deborah Freedman, Esq., is deputy director of Community Legal Services, Inc. (CLS), a nonprofit law firm in Philadelphia, Pa., that provides free legal representation to low-income Philadelphians in civil cases. Previously, she served as interim executive director of CLS and as managing attorney of the North Philadelphia office of CLS and its family advocacy unit. Ms. Freedman has been a lawyer at CLS since 1992. Prior to positions in management, Ms. Freedman was a staff attorney and supervising attorney in CLS’ public benefits unit. Ms. Freedman taught law at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University and has been faculty at numerous continuing legal education programs. She received her bachelor's degree with High Honors from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of Yale Law School. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and has served as a volunteer on LBBC's Breast Cancer Helpline for more than 2 years. Follow Ms. Freedman on Twitter at @debbylf.

Emily Kitchen, is the associate manager of external relations, at the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation. She manages social media, peer-to-peer fundraising, donor/provider external communication, and also assists in the execution of PAN’s fundraising strategy. Ms. Kitchen has been with PAN for a year. She previously worked for the Biotechnology Industry Organization in their Business Development department. Emily graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Management and holds certificates with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and the Center on Philanthropy. Emily brings several years of working with a variety of nonprofit organizations. Follow Ms. Kitchen and the PAN Foundation on Twitter at @PAN_Foundation.

Sarah Merchant is a volunteer for LBBC's Breast Cancer Helpline and the CEO and founder of Beyond Stage 4 (, a volunteer-run nonprofit that raises funds and awareness for metastatic breast cancer research. Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer when she was 28, Ms. Merchant is a single mother and has personally experienced the struggles of coping with the financial burden of ongoing cancer treatment. She received her BFA in new media design at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and was a successful web and social media designer in Boston, MA, prior to her diagnosis. Sarah is a part of LBBC’s Young Women’s Initiative as well as the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Project Lead, in order to better advocate for women and men with breast cancer. Follow Ms. Merchant on Twitter at @insertboobshere.

About Our Twitter Chat

The first 40 minutes of the chat will consist of our panelists tweeting responses to commonly asked questions about the financial impact of breast cancer. The remainder of the chat will be a question-and-answer segment in which you may ask our panelists questions you have about the financial aspects of a breast cancer diagnosis. We will post a transcript of the chat the following day.

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Participating in a Twitter Chat

Twitter chat, also known as a tweet chat, is an online conversation in which moderators and participants use the popular social media platform Twitter to discuss a topic using a hashtag (#) that threads the conversation. The hashtag for our Twitter chat is #LBBCchat

After you sign up for a free  Twitter account*, you can either

  • go to the top right-hand corner to the search bar on Twitter and enter “#LBBCchat”
  • go to  LBBC’s Twitter page on March 3 and click the hyperlinked  #LBBCchat to view the chat’s thread in real time
  • use one of the following free Twitter chat applications to view and participate

*If you do not wish to sign up for a Twitter account, you can still watch the Twitter chat by going to LBBC’s Twitter page or looking at the thread,  #LBBCchat.

If you are new to tweeting and Twitter chats, you may want to simply observe our program. However, we encourage you to participate and engage in our chat and with our panelists. Here are some tips for participating:

  • Be as brief as possible when you tweet. We suggest this because Twitter has a 142-character limit. Use abbreviations and if you include URLs in your messaging, use a free tool like  tinyURL, which shortens lengthy URLs to preserve your character count.
  • Try to keep your tweets and retweet (RT), Twitter’s function or style of resharing another user’s tweet, to a minimum for the first 40 minutes. This will allow more people to participate, as well as make it easier for audience members to follow the chat. Feel free to RT or “favorite” tweets you like; it may attract more people to the conversation.
  • Please be patient with us and our panelists. We may not be able to get to your questions right away during the first part of the program. We will do our best to respond and will make every effort to get your questions answered during the audience Q&A.
  • During the audience Q&A, tweet us your questions. We will “quote” your tweet or RT it for our panelists to respond. If you are uncomfortable asking your Twitter question or do not wish to be retweeted, please email your questions to with the subject line “#LBBCchat question.”
  • If you get confused or lose your place in the Twitter chat, go to  LBBC’s Twitter page. This may make it easier to follow the thread, especially if you are not using a Twitter chat application.

Here are additional online resources for participating in Twitter chats:


Janet Fouts, The Social Media Couch’s “Twitter Chat How To”