Support Programs

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You might think about joining a support program if you are feeling isolated, want a safe place to acknowledge difficult emotions, or want to meet others and learn how they are dealing with all the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

The healing benefits of a peer support group

  1. Provides a place to exchange ideas, ask questions and develop coping skills.
  2. Identifying with others brings more perspective to our own journey.
  3. Reduces the tendency to bottle up emotions by offering a safe place to express them.
  4. Gives peace of mind and a sense of relief to loved ones and family members.
  5. Creates an opportunity to learn from others and find new resources.
  6. Strengthens communication skills and self-expression.
  7. Decreases isolation and helps to bring more life balance.
  8. Brings about an immediate sense of relief by being a part of a supportive circle of others who are focusing on healing.
  9. Opens a window of opportunity for personal growth during a challenging time.
  10. Decreases stress and increases focus on healing.

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HopeSpring offers the following Support Programs:

Cancer Care Counsellor
HopeSpring proudly offers an on-site Cancer Care Counsellor who provides counselling to those affected by cancer. We recognize the impact of the cancer diagnosis which often is debilitating for the patient and their family. HopeSpring gives the patient and their family the tools to navigate through the system with the support of the Cancer Care Counsellor.
We offer one-on-one counselling, couples counselling, family counselling, child(ren) with parent(s) and caregivers counselling.

Location: Waterloo

Date: Monday and Thursday

Time:

Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 24 

March 2, 9, 16, April 6, 13, 20, 27

Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sept 30, Oct 28, Nov 25, Dec 23
Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 

Feb 6, 27 

March 5, 12, 19, 26, 

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Youth Only)Jan 10, 24, Feb 21,
March 6, 20, April 3, 17

Designed for: 

  • individual one-on-one support,
  • couples counselling,

  • family counselling,

  • child(ren) with parent(s), and

  • caregivers counselling.

To book an appointment, please call 519-742-4673.


Caregivers Support Group 

Cancer not only has a significant impact on the patient but on the family and their caregivers. This support group provides family members, friends or persons who play a significant role in the care of the cancer patient the opportunity to meet with other caregivers. The group will share issues and concerns regarding the care of the cancer patient and the effect of the diagnosis on relationships, life style and emotions. This group is to help improve the ability to cope, communicate and live with cancer.

Location: Waterloo

Date: Monday

Jan 27

Feb 24

March 30

April 27


Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Designed for: Caregivers only

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Men's Support Group
Come hang out with other guys who are going through cancer too! This program provides an opportunity for men who are patients in active or post treatment and men who are caregivers to meet with each other for information gathering, networking, and conversation about their experience with cancer. Benefits of participating include increasing your overall well-being, gain information and reduce anxiety and depression. Take charge — gain confidence and become empowered. Registration required.

Location: Waterloo

Date: Wednesday

Jan 8, 22 

Feb 5, 19 

March 4, 18 

April 1, 15, 29


Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Designed for: men who are members and/or caregivers.

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Online Support
Meet others going through the same challenges as you are without leaving the comfort of your home. We are now offering online support through CancerChatCanada facilitated by psychosocial oncology professionals at collaborating cancer centres. They will host free, confidential, text-only, live online chat support groups for our cancer patients, survivors, and family members - regardless of where you live in Ontario. Meet once a week for 90 minutes over the course of ten weeks.

This program is for members.

Register through Cancer Chat Canada for the next available 10 week session


Ovarian Cancer Support Group
Women can share their concerns about the impact of living with Ovarian Cancer. This support group is professionally facilitated and offers education, information on resources, and caring support whether you are newly diagnosed or for women who are facing recurrence. The group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month.

Waterloo: Thursday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Jan 16 

Feb 20 

March 19

 April 16


This program is for members.

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Women's Support Group

Support among the group is offered, tips are shared and strategies for coping discussed. A wide range of on top of mind topics are discussed each week including everyday life events, past, present or future. Come discuss concerns about your future cancer treatments, eating problems and relationship issues.  The group is warm and friendly and a good social circle for women with cancer.

Cambridge: Tuesday morning, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

          Jan 7, 14, 21, 28 

          Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 

          March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

          April 7, 14, 21, 28

Waterloo: Tuesday evening, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

         Jan 14, 28

         Feb 11, 25 

         March 10, 24 

         April 7, 21

This program is for members and open to all types of cancer.

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