A few things to mention as we wrap up March…
March 27 Support Group Recap
12 members attended including Mary Pinniger, facilitator and Donna Bell who was a guest.
Check ins were completed and much information was shared between the members, particularly with a new member who was new to the chemo process and is dealing with Esophagus cancer. Presently there are three members who are being treated for this kind of cancer. The information shared about doctors, kinds of chemo, the radiation process and surgery vs. no surgery was invaluable to the members and the kind of information gives the members and idea about what to expect and how to talk to their doctors.
There was a suggestion that the idea of the buddy system be implemented and Mary suggested that if a member wanted a buddy they put their name in the suggestion jar which is always present at the meetings. Mary would assist in the pairing if needed.
Two films were suggested - one called Cancer: the Emperor of All Maladies will be shown on PBS perhaps around the end of March and will be hosted by Ken Burns. Watch for it. More info here: http://video.pbs.org/program/story-cancer-emperor-all-maladies/ (Cancer: the Emperor of All Maladies is also a book that has had very good reviews)
The second program was on 16x9 and was Saturday on Global at 7pm. It was called the Cost of Cancer and a 15 minute segment can be viewed here: http://globalnews.ca/video/1659721/full-story-cost-of-cancer
A discussion occurred about Harmony House the program which is free in Seattle to canadians. Weekend retreats are offered at no cost. A group member mentioned that she couldn’t find the link to the free retreats. Mary will bring it next time.
A suggestion was made that one of the members who will be starting a series of aggressive chemo stay in the Cancer Lodge opposite the Cancer Centre. The cost is $55 per night and includes meals. One member mentioned that this was a God send for her when she was going through her own treatment. More info about the Jean C Barber Cancer Lodge can be found here: http://info.cancer.ca/csd/DetailCon.aspx?lang=E&id=3278&cid=12&sid=3278&si=6031
For marketing a suggestion was made to put an ad in the Seashell Echo - the Senior Centre’s newsletter. It would be free. (Ashley will look into this.)
There will be a meeting on Easter Saturday as Mary will be here and members showed interest in attending. There will be a discussion in the next meeting about what would make a good buddy. Defining what a person needs when they are going through various stages of their cancer process.
Also if there is time at the next meeting, Mary will lead the group in creating Vision Boards. She will bring the material necessary.
The next meeting will be Saturday, April 4 at 1:00pm
Easter Weekend Support Group
A mentioned above, the group WILL run over Easter long weekend… The next meeting is April 4. April 18 is the one after that.
Flair on the Coast Rock N Roll Fundraising Night
Flair on the Coast (think "Look Good, Feel Better" but even better because it's local!) will be doing a rockin' fundraising event April 18 from 7pm - 11pm at the Sechelt Senior Centre (5604 Trail Avenue, Sechelt) Featuring the amazing band PLAYBACK, a cold buffet and raffles! It's sure to be an entertaining night! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased from Hair Matters, Wakefield Jewellers, Georgian Trading Co, Info Centre in Sechelt, Shell Garage – Wilson Creek, Swish – Lower Gibsons, Rowland Brake and Muffler. Contact 604-740-3110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
If you have any questions at all please send us an email!