Below is an update from our first session of 2015 and a reminder about the next meeting this weekend.
January 31 recap from Mary Pinniger
The Ruby Slipper Cancer Support Group met at Rockwood Centre in the living room, which provided a warm and casual environment and allowed the group members to feel comfortable and at home. There were 9 members attending and the group expressed relief and joy that the group is meeting again.
Mary put a suggestion jar for anyone to put comments, suggestions about the focus of the group and ideas for future group content. We had a new member who commented that he is going to refer a friend who recently was diagnosed.
Rounds (check-ins) were done, the energy was lively and the following suggestions were recorded for future groups: One member suggested they be given a focus to think about for the following group, that this would help them focus better between group meetings. I suggested that they think about what resources them, what creates joy or well-being for them, and that next meeting each member can speak about their experience with this.
The group decided that a “Show and Tell” format would be something that would be fun to do after check ins, for the next meeting one of the members is going to bring her paper toll cards
that she is making. All of the group members expressed interest in this process and excitement at seeing others and sharing their own creative process. A group member asked about anxiety, that anxiety takes the joy out of the events they normally would experience as joyful. Mary talked about how anxiety which is a neuro-physiological event involving the stress hormone cortisol, interferes with our ability to experience space. Anxiety creates a kind of compression psychologically. Mary taught them a tool that they can use when they catch themselves being anxious or in fear, and the tool involved their legs, feet, and their sense of smell, sight, and sound. The tool will open their higher brain centres and close their fear brain, or fight and flight brain, which is what gets triggered when they feel anxious. The members will experiment with this tool.
A discussion ensued about getting the word out as an outreach for other people who have a cancer diagnosis. Two of the group members said they would volunteer to have their picture
and name and a short statement from them about what the group support has meant for them. Mary expressed that she would bring this suggestion forward to the Ruby Slipper Board. The consensus was also that individual contact is a better way to reach people than broader based advertising.
The next meeting is February 7 • 1 - 3pm
Facilitated by Mary Pinniger at our new location.
Rockwood Centre in Sechelt • 5511 Shorncliffe Avenue, Sechelt
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