NEWS + RESOURCES
Just a reminder that there is a support group being held tomorrow May 2 at Rockwood Centre from 1- 3pm. The next one is May 16.
Ruby Slipper Auctions
Many of you may have heard that the Ruby Slipper Auction was a huge success. Over $50,000 was raised in order to support our community facing cancer. You can check out a slideshow from the event here: http://www.rubyslipperfund.com/gallery.html
Here is a great resource for relaxation… Tracks are downloadable here: https://cancerchatcanada.ca/page.php?p=resources/relaxation
A new study done by UBC researchers have determined that YES, chemo brain is very much real. Click here to read more about their discovery: http://news.ubc.ca/2015/04/27/chemo-brain-is-real-say-ubc-researchers/
April 4th 2015
The group wished to meet on the Easter Weekend and we had 8 people in attendance. There was a new member who had heard about the group from the paper and felt that the group was valuable because she could not connect with her family who continued to be in denial about the seriousness of her health and deterioration. She reported that she would like to bring her sister who also was going through a cancer process and felt unsupported and isolated. We welcomed her to do this and members volunteered to phone her to connect with her if this would help to get her to the group. Check ins were lengthy and followed by a discussion about partnering in order to support and track each other when group members were going through chemo or surgery.
One group member who was going to newly engage with the chemo and radiation process was supported and a commitment of connection during her process was discussed. Several group members suggested that the Cancer Lodge across from the hospital was convenient and a supportive place to stay during the intense chemo that this member was going to endure.
Information was shared about the process involved with esophogeal cancer and various treatments and doctors were recommended by those who had experience in the past.
There were 12 members in attendance this week. One member who had returned to her place of birth to see her family had returned to the group and was welcomed by all. She brought her dog who she reported was her resource, following on the theme that show and tell was to talk about what resources us and what keeps us going when times are tough. Her dog who was very sweet was welcomed by all and did his own rounds.
Rounds were lengthy and several members received support for their emotional, physical, and mental process around their cancer treatments. Some members have been challenged by rising cancer markers.
Some members were facing new tests and revisiting tests repeated from their past. There was some discussion about how to stay optimistic while waiting for test results.
There was also discussion about what a person could do to strengthen their immune system while undergoing chemo or in between the chemo treatments. Mary had brought a video about this for the group to watch but because rounds and discussion were lengthy there was not enough time for the video. Mary said that she would bring it the following group. The next group meeting will be May 2 and May 16 following that.
QUESTIONS / COMMENTS
If you have any questions or feedback to give please feel free to reach out to our wonderful facilitator Mary Pinniger or send us an email: email@example.com
All the best,