Marin Man to Man is a drop-in, dues-free support
group open to any male whose partner has, or has had, breast
cancer (or another life-threatening disease).
It also welcomes any man who has had breast cancer himself.
The breakfast group, which marked its 20th
year in 2013, meets weekly on Wednesdays in Denny's
restaurant, Corte Madera.
Although the members are apt to
talk about -- and even laugh about
-- virtually anything, their
emphasis is on making newcomers, and each other, feel less isolated,
uncertain, misunderstood or afraid.
Marin Man to Man meets to exchange views,
concerns and information. It has no facilitator, but the common
interests of the group and respect for each other create a mutual
The men provide an easygoing, compassionate
forum in which each member can discuss and understand the difficulties
of being a prime caregiver.
Long-term members share how they have strived
to be supportive and loving, and how each man can reassure his
partner that both she and their relationship are likely to survive. Current
members share, too, how to cope with the frustration of their
needs often coming second to those of their partners.
Marin Man to Man provides a non-judgmental environment
that lets new attendees learn from those who are -- or have been
-- in similar places.
More information is available by writing
Woody Weingarten, chair, or Marv Edelstein, vice chair/treasurer, at info@Marin-Man-to-Man.org (or calling Woody at  459-3434).