The Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Foundation is proud to announce the first meeting of our Community Cancer Support Group (All Cancer Diagnosis). The group will meet bi-monthly (every two months) with the first meeting being held on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center; 211 Medical Drive, Natchitoches, LA 71457. Refreshments will be served.
“As a cancer survivor myself, the Support Group was very beneficial to helping me navigate my own journey,” said Group Leader Laurie Morrow. “Our group is a judgement free zone where participants may tell their story or sit quietly and listen. There’s no pressure to share your story, yet you will find others in similar situations.”
Some groups focus on specific areas of cancer, but this group is for all types of cancer regardless of when or where you received or are receiving treatment. Support groups can give you a chance to vocalize your journey, feel more hopeful because you are not alone, and allow you to learn from others stories as well.
Cancer diagnosis can often generate powerful emotions such as fright, shock, worry, anger, and disbelief. Feeling as if no one can understand or relate can lead to feeling all alone and isolated. Sometimes even the most supportive family members, loved ones, and friends cannot understand exactly how it feels to experience living with and beyond cancer.
Survivors and caretakers created this group so that no one has to feel alone. These meetings are for anyone with cancer and/or anyone touched by the disease (Caretakers, Family Members, Friends, etc.) no matter where you have taken or are taking your cancer treatments. Group members can share feelings and experiences that may seem strange or difficult with others that can relate.
This group includes both cancer survivors and family members. It is important to invite your loved ones, caretakers, family, and friends that are along this journey with you. We will focus on family concerns such as understanding how they can support the person with cancer, share resources for assistance, and how to cope with financial worries.
Group members can also share practical information and helpful tips amongst each other. Some examples are what one might expect during treatment, how to manage pain and other side effects of treatment, and how to communicate with health care providers. Exchanging information and advice can provide a sense of control and reduce feelings of helplessness. Involvement in a support group can often create a sense of belonging that can help people feel more understood and less alone.
The Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Foundation also has a Breast Cancer only Support Group that meets bi-monthly (every two months). The first 2019 meeting for Bosom Buddies is Monday, February 4, 2019 at 5:30p.m. at the Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center; 211 Medical Drive Natchitoches, LA 71457. Refreshments will be served.
The Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization run by the Northwestern Louisiana Cancer Center to further help its patients. The Foundation offers the Community Cancer Support Group and a Breast Cancer Support Group “Bosom Buddies.”
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Monday, January 7, 2019 NLCF Community Cancer Support Group
Monday, February 4, 2019 NLCF Bosom Buddies
Monday, March 4, 2019 NLCF Community Cancer Support Group
Monday, April 1, 2019 NLCF Bosom Buddies
Monday, May 6, 2019 NLCF Community Cancer Support Group
Monday, June 3, 2019 NLCF Bosom Buddies
Monday, July 1, 2019 NLCF Community Cancer Support Group
Monday, August 5, 2019 NLCF Bosom Buddies
Monday, September 2, 2019 NLCF Community Cancer Support Group
Monday, October 7, 2019 NLCF Bosom Buddies
Monday, November 4, 2019 NLCF Community Cancer Support Group
Monday, December 4, 2019 NLCF Community Cancer Support Group
Although no RSVP is necessary, you may RSVP on our Facebook Event page or by calling 318-238-3322 Press Option 1.
Any questions about these groups may be directed to:
Laurie Morrow- 318-332-2066
NLCC Community Cancer Support Group Leader
Sarah Stewart- 318-464-3850