“Cancer Connection offers a haven where people living with cancer, their families and their caregivers can learn how to cope with their changed lives and bodies and emotional turmoil by sharing strategies and resources. All of our offerings are free of charge. There is much to be gained from learning to team with the medical system and draw on our own strengths, a constellation of integrative therapies, and the wisdom of our peers who have traveled the same road before us.”
For the duration of my treatment, I went to the Cancer Connection almost weekly to take advantage of the free integrative therapies. My personal favorites were massage and reflexology, but I occasionally scheduled a reiki or acupuncture session, also wonderful!
A few months into treatment, I also started attending the breast cancer support group, which now meets bi-monthly. My husband occasionally attended the support group for caregivers.
Since finishing treatment, I have participated in a couple of the creative programs offered: the writing group as well as the clay class. Again, all of these services, supports and opportunities are 100% free. I am honored to be able to give back a fraction of what the cancer connection has given me and many hundreds of others affected by cancer.
“I’m not asking us to all lay down in protest, I am simply asking that we no longer just lay down in defeat.
I ask that we no longer lose 110 (US) every day. I am asking us to MET UP.”
For most of us diagnosed with breast cancer, the greatest fear is death. And if we are lucky enough to complete treatment without any signs of cancer remaining, our greatest fear becomes recurrence. So far, I am lucky enough to be cancer free. But of course, this is not the reality for far too many diagnosed with breast cancer. And unfortunately, much of the funding goes to raising awareness and encouraging early detection, rather than finding a cure for metastatic breast cancer (mets).
I’ve chosen MET UP as the 2nd fundraising recipient for two reasons: I want to support the individuals affected by mets, as well as the cause to end mets. And I trust and respect the work of the grassroots organizers who recently started MET UP – I trust they will do important, action-based work with any funds they receive.