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The return of Chemo Brain workshop!

Due to popular demand, we have brought back our Chemo Brain Workshop. Conducted by facilitator Michaela, this workshop will help you understand Chemo Brain and share strategies for coping.

This workshop will run on Friday, December 11, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Coming soon: Giving Tuesday: Dec 1



Reminder this Tuesday is December 1st, 2020 marks Giving Tuesday!

Your support provides support and changes lives of people in our community.
Funds ensure that cancer care can survive.

Ensure you don't forget by donating to HopeSpring now.

Thanks to all who have already supported HopeSpring for GivingTuesday!
 

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In Search of Volunteers for our Peer Support Program

What is peer support?
People on their cancer journey often benefit from the practical help and advice they receive from others who have lived through similar situations. Support groups bring people together and provide a safe forum for exchanging perspectives, sharing concerns, and gaining confidence to face the future ahead.

Support groups are typically led by a trained health care professional. “Peer support” is a term we use to refer to advice and help received from fellow patients or people without medical training.

How to Join

Join as a peer support volunteer – 

Application form: https://www.hopespring.ca/ getinvolved/volunteer 


Searching for your help!
Are you or do you know someone who is part of the marginalized community going through a cancer journey? If so, we want to hear from you.


HopeSpring is seeking your help for an important research on cancer in the marginalized community. Our university students are looking for participants to interview. A marginalized community is defined as a group of people who experience alienation or disenfranchisement resulting from social exclusion and preventing them from participating fully in receiving adequate care during their cancer journey. This can include people with a disability, minorities, LGBTQ+2, Indigenous, and persons Living in Poverty.

 To date, there has been limited research examining how HopeSpring is helping the marginalized community. We want to change that! As a part of our on-going workshop series, we are conducting research to examine how marginalized community navigate our programs to receive adequate care during their cancer journey.

 We are passionate about making sure that the research findings help HopeSpring offers ways to help the marginalized community navigate our services and that we are offering programs that will assist them. As such, after the study is completed, a workshop will be provided to members and a report on the research results will be provided to HopeSpring executive board.

To participate, please contact

Nohelia Millon
Volunteer and Facilitator Coordinator

HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre
475 King St N, Tower Suite
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2J 2Z5
volunteer@hopespring.ca

Thanks in advance for your participation!

A Note From Amy

This week in A Note from Amy she talks about how you can support a friend or loved one with going through cancer.

Are you feeling down?

Do you feel down since receiving your cancer diagnosis?

Many people feel sad or down after being diagnosed with cancer, during and after treatment. It is perfectly normal to experience depression during your cancer journey. Know that help is available to you. To find out what resources are available to you and your family, please view Depression Services Guide - Community and Online Services. This document was put together by Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program in association with Cancer Care Ontario.
In addition to these community resources, we offer Cancer Care Counselling.

When you should see a community dietitian

Cancer and cancer treatment can affect your appetite (when you do not have a feeling of hunger or interest in food). You may also have questions about what you should eat. 
Talk to your health care team about any trouble you have eating (e.g. upset stomach, trouble swallowing) or if it becomes harder to eat. 
A Registered Dietitian has training in food and nutrition. A Registered Dietitian will work with you to make a plan that fits your goals and lifestyle. 

Registered Dietitians have special training in many areas of health


PCCN Virtual Support Group:

PCCN Virtual Support Group
Are you a man with Prostate Cancer, a family member of someone with Prostate Cancer or a caregiver supporting someone with Prostate Cancer? The Prostate Cancer Canada Network Waterloo-Wellington chapter is here for you. 

Our next virtual support group meeting is on 

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Zooming at HopeSpring:

A brief reminder that when you sign up for sessions at HopeSpring using Zoom to use the link immediately following "Join From PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android" as pictured below. This is the only link that will take you directly to your session:


If you are having technology challenges please reach out to enTECH - a local group of volunteers from UW who will assist you with your technology. To register with enTECH please visit http://www.entech.club/.

Have you been recently diagnosed with breast cancer?

Have you been recently diagnosed with breast cancer?
CBCN has begun to put together advocacy guides. “Deciding Which Breast Cancer Surgery is Right for You?" is the first of CBCN ’s Advocacy Guides which examines options and standards of care for breast cancer surgery. View the guide and learn what steps to take to self-advocate for the option that’s best for you. View it here: https://cbcn.ca/en/advocacy-guides

Are you 15-39?


You are invited to participate in a research study that aims to better understand adolescent and young adult cancer survivors’ experiences transitioning back into physical activity after cancer treatment. 

 

The study involves completing a brief questionnaire and a 45-60 minute individual interview (by telephone or virtual meeting room). Your participation in this study is voluntary.  

 

Your participation in this study will assist the researchers in developing strategies to smooth the transition into physical activity post-treatment for adolescents and young adults in order to increase their physical activity participation and improve associated health outcomes.  

Participants will be offered a $20 gift card for your involvement in the study.  

 

This study has been reviewed and received ethics approval through the University of Toronto Research Ethics Board (Reference #39245).  


The Chemo Chat Show with Sarah Mills and....

Looking for something a little different? The Chemo Chat Show with Sarah Mills and....might be for you. Join Sarah as she undergoes chemo and conducts a chat show with guests.

Cooking at Home - with protein for cancer-related fatigue

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In this "Cooking at Home" video they talk about the importance of including different sources of protein, especially if you are dealing with cancer-related fatigue.

Cancer Survivors Survey

Please use the secure survey link here: https://redcap.utoronto.ca/surveys/?s=NWWARAMCK9

HopeSpring in the Community

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Community Partners Events

This calendar displays holidays and information provided by our community partners.
Friday, December 25 → Saturday, December 26
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HopeSpring Staff Working Remotely

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Waterloo Region Public Health COVID Dashboard

Waterloo Region Public Health has put together a COVID dashboard. To view it, please visit Waterloo Region Public Health COVID Dashboard (external website).

Feeling suicidal, depressed or just need to chat?

or visit Here 24/7.

Virtual Programs at Wellwood:

You're invited to join Wellwood in Hamilton for virtual programs!

 Wellwood in Hamilton offers some different programs that you may be interested in, including: 

  • Cardmaking
  • Zentangle
  • Self-Guided Therapeutic Touch®
  • Energy, Boost & Balance.

To register, please visit the Virtual Wellwood form

You're invited to attend:


Starting September 16, join Dr. Rob Rutledge – Radiation Oncologist, CEO and Chair of the Healing and Cancer Foundation, and Associate Professor at Dalhousie University based in Halifax, Nova Scotia – for an 8-part webinar series on psychosocial issues and the different challenges of living with cancer.
Integrating Spirituality – Dec. 9
The Attributes of Remarkable Cancer Survivors – Dec. 16

COVID-19 Cancer Patient Support HUB - available to you

Did you know you have access to the COVID-19 Cancer Patient Support Hub? This hub contains resources and information for cancer patients during the time of COVID-19. Here's a list of information available:

This hub of information is available to every person in Canada affected by cancer. 

Our doors are open to anyone, period.

At HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre, our door is open to anyone, always. (1)

Know Your Lemons Breast Cancer Education

One Day Program Coming Soon!
KNOW YOUR LEMONS


The mission of the Know Your Lemons Foundation is to help men and women find breast cancer as early as possible. They do this in part through helping others become better informed on breast health, breast cancer symptoms, screening and risk factors.

Location: Zoom

Date: Thursday evening
December 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Register here https://www.hopespring.ca/programs/knowyourlemons


New To HopeSpring!!! Peer Support

Peer Support

Peer support program aims to support anyone who is affected by cancer. It will offer an important service in helping members feel connected to their communities and assist in reducing the effects of loneliness and social isolation.

Meet Moiz

Moiz has joined HopeSpring to initiate a peer support program. He is currently working to complete his master’s in Population Health. He has completed a bachelor’s degree majoring in health studies and is experienced in program development and supporting patients in accessing resources they need.

Peer support is provided:

Mondays through Fridays from 4:00 - 8: p.m.

To access Peer Support Monday - Friday please use this link: Monday - Friday (Zoom)

Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

To access Peer Support on Saturday please use this link: Saturday (Zoom)

Program Schedule

Here's our program schedule.
Saturday 10AM → 11:30AMET
Monday
Cancer Care Counselling with Amy
Monday 4PM → 8PMET
Tuesday 11:30AM → 1PMET
Women's Support Group with Tammy
Tuesday 1:30PM → 3PMET
Gentle Yoga For Symptom Management
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ISO: Headcoverings and Fabric Face Masks

We are looking for headcoverings and cancer caps in neutral or solid colours for our members. These headcoverings are provided to our members who are losing or have lost their hair due to cancer treatment, through no-contact delivery methods. We are also looking for matching fabric face masks for our members.

If you have some you’d like to donate, you can drop them off at the Inn of Waterloo front desk. For more information, please call us at 519-742-4673.

Thank you to KWCF - Ann Frank Fund!


 

Thank you to Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation!

Thank you to Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation for your support of HopeSpring and our Puddle Jumpers program in Cambridge.

Thank you to those organizations who support us through generous grants!

Are you passionate about your community?

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Are you passionate and community-minded? Want to help shape the future of #HopeSpring? We want you! We are actively recruiting members of our Board of Directors. Everyone has a voice at our table.To apply please visit Are you a passionate, community-minded individual? We want you!

Thank you Eli Lilly Canada!

Thank you to Eli Lilly Canada for your support. Their grant contribution ensures we can deliver our virtual programs directly into your home, allowing you to participate in a wide variety of programs like counselling, support groups and gentle exercise from the safety and comfortable of your home. As well their support ensures our team can work remotely safely from their homes.

Thank you to the George Lunan Foundation!

Thank you to the George Lunan Foundation! The foundation assisted with funding our technology needs in response to COVID-19. This foundation is part of the reason why we can deliver our programs and support directly into your homes. George Lunan Foundation funding also ensured that our team members are able to work remotely from home, ensuring their safety.

Thank you!

Thank you to Merry-Hill Golf Club for your support of HopeSpring. In December the Women's League contributed $7,000 to us in support of Breast Cancer. Your support helps ensure that women in our area are supported through their cancer journey, have mastectomy camisoles available and have wigs available when they are losing or have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. Thank you!

Thank you to Foxboro Green!

Thank you to Foxboro Green for your on-going support! This year, despite COVID restrictions, Foxboro Green has donated over $10,000 to HopeSpring. In total, Foxboro Green's support of HopeSpring has exceeded $100,000. We thank the Foxboro Green Golf Committee and residents for your continued support.

We also wish Foxboro a very happy 25th anniversary


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