July 5 session:
Facilitator: Kathy Bolton
The meeting started off with a round the table introduction for a new member. A general summer catch-up, showing pics of families, talk of travel etc.
There was some discussion of the book “Radical Remission” by Dr. Kelly Turner and it will be available to borrow from Kathy in the near future. For more info: www.radicalremission.com
A general discussion with the topic being about planning for the future, ie. travel, when living with cancer. Some of the suggestions that came out of it were about travel insurance with a pre-existing condition as part of the package. Looking at plans and packages that are not refundable, whether they are worth our while etc.
The Advanced Care Plan document was discussed (introduced to the group in June by Patrina Wing from Vancouver Coastal Health). It was decided that the last meeting in August the group will spend 1 hour of meeting time on it as a group. Kathy volunteered to find a fairly straightforward place to start in the workbook, and will do it in advance so we can have a better idea about how to get through it. If you have this workbook, please feel free to bring it to the August 23rd session (4th Saturday of the month)
July 20 session:
Facilitator: Kathy Bolton
The Group opened the meeting with individual updates of where they are in their treatments, check-ups etc. Members were sharing experiences reconnecting with family members, challenges with traveling, difficulties when other people have a different perception of what your capabilities and needs are when on the road or away from home. Most of the group members gave useful suggestions about being firm about your needs and finding the best way to look after yourself.
There was a query about the progress on the booklet on services available on the Coast that the Ruby Slipper is funding. This booklet is an on-going project that quite a few people are helping to have put together. It is not certain when it will be complete.
The group feels that a lot more people on our Coast could benefit from our group that the Ruby slipper funds. Know someone else who has/has had cancer? Please tell them about our group!
There was some discussion about the supplement, liquid chlorophyl, individuals were sharing their experiences with it. (From an article written by Kris Carr: "Chlorophyll contains a powerful blood builder that’s said to increase red blood cells, improve circulation, ease inflammation, oxygenate the body, and counteract harmful free radicals. By eating (and drinking) a diet high in chlorophyll (raw fruits and veggies, especially leafy greens), we dine on liquid oxygen, the very substance we need to stay alive and thrive.") Haven't read anything by Kris Carr before? Check out her bio here: http://kriscarr.com/about/about-kris/ Her website has a wealth of knowledge for the cancer thriver!
August 9 & August 23