If you or a family member has been diagnosed with chordoma, we're here to help!! This support group has over 1,800 members in 75 countries and was created by chordoma survivors to help guide newly diagnosed chordoma patients to the Chordoma Foundation through the initial organization of choosing chordoma experts and why, and to help you learn from from others who have already been down the many paths of this journey.
Chordoma Support Groups By Country
Note there are CF volunteers who may be active members in separate support groups, these groups are private and not affiliated with the Foundation. While this page and the moderators have .org addresses, we do not request or accept donations since we are not a tax exempt organization. The information and communications in the Support Groups is solely for informational purposes and they are not intended to provide medical advice. None of the founders, moderators, administrators, or other members of the groups take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following posts within the group. The posting of comments does not constitute the practice of medicine, and any information shared does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider.
Chordoma Support Groups, Documents, and other useful links
We each understand feeling confused, afraid, even lost at first. Not only was there a diagnosis of cancer, but a very rare cancer! Take deep breaths, try not to get overwhelmed. Chordoma expert physicians, organizations and group members recommend that you don't rush treatment and do your homework, watch the Foundations expert videos, and connect with the Patient Navigators by clicking this link.
Sharon lives in New York City, diagnosed with clival chordoma in 2004. Her brief video story is at this link.
Chris' daughter Madison now 22, was diagnosed in 2013 with cervical chordoma: they live in Simi Valley California.
A Private Online Support Community
Traveling for Treatment?
The Group Hosts/Moderators are Sharon Berlan and Chris Jones
The group is hosted in a private Facebook space but we're not a social media site... we're a global support community. Since the group is private only members can see posts within the group, and they won't be on your Facebook "wall" or "timeline".
One in a million
To request admittance to the support/survivors group (unaffiliated with the CF), please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and very briefly outline how chordoma impacts you or a friend/family member, and what city/country you live in. (Unfortunately we need to qualify requests to prevent access to spammers and help maintain member privacy). Once you have emailed the us and briefly explained your situation, please go to the private Facebook Chordoma Support and Survivors site here, and press the “Join” button. There will be a pop-up asking questions: If you don't answer, we cannot admit you as we need to prevent spammers and preserve member privacy.
This amazing group has over 1,800 members in 75 countries with vast amounts of wisdom, experiences, compassion, and tribal knowledge.
If you feel alone, isolated... like nobody could possibly understand what you're going through...you may feel much less alone in our global online village... we are all in this together!