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“I’ll never forget the day I was informed that I had breast cancer. I couldn’t believe it. I did tell the doctor, ‘I believe you’ve got my test mixed up with someone else’s test.’ But the doctor stated, ‘No, this is your test.’”
Frankie was at work when her doctor called with the diagnosis. “I felt so alone,” she offered. “When I got off work, I sat in my car and prayed that I would do whatever I had to do to get through this and not be a burden to my family.”
Frankie learned about Cancer Support Community from a friend. “I became involved with the Girlfriends Circle cooking classes,” she said. “They taught me to eat healthier and change my diet around the foods I grew up with.” She has also found opportunities to socialize at Crafter’s Corner and the drumming circle. “Overall, I’ve enjoyed everything that I have attended,” Frankie noted.
“Without the group's support, I don’t know how I would have been able to go through this journey,” Frankie reflected.
Not long after Frankie finished treatment, her sister, Darlene, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Naturally, Frankie introduced her to Cancer Support Community, and they started attending classes together.
"When you have cancer, no one tells you where to go. Cancer Support Community has been there to answer questions," offered Darlene. "I don’t know what I would have done without them."
Darlene brings her daughter and grandkids to some of the programs. She also enjoys the meditation classes. "Sometimes you need to step back and just enjoy life, put things on the back burner. We all need relaxation."
“Meeting other people who are going through the same journey I am on has been helpful. I am just appreciative of being there.” Darlene said.
Supporting both Frankie and Darlene throughout their journeys, Pam also started attending programs at Cancer Support Community as a caregiver.
Pam enjoys the Cooking for Wellness classes, meeting people, and learning from Cancer Support Community’s abundant resources library. Pam said, “If it weren’t for Cancer Support Community, I don’t know where my sisters would be. They needed the support, and I needed the support to support them."
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THE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL challenges of cancer and its treatment can be overwhelming even after treatment. Long-term survivorship care is an important step in the cancer journey to keep survivors, and their loved ones, on the path to living a healthy, fulfilling life after cancer. At Cancer Support Community, we provide community programs and resources, from teaching participants to change eating and exercise habits, and managing long-term physical side effects to returning to work, just to name a few.
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At Cancer Support Community, cancer survivors and their caregivers have a place to share their experiences, learn from others, and develop bonds that help sustain them through the journey.
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