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Dear <<First Name>>,
This is what's happening remotely at HopeSpring this week. 
Catch these programs while you can! Available for a limited time.
Peer Support Chat Series, Coping with Stress and Mental Health

Do you struggle with the impacts of mental health and stress related to your cancer diagnosis? If so, please join us.

During the event, Amy will discuss different strategies and tools to cope with stress related to cancer. This can help patients to learn new ways to better cope with stress and prevent the onset of mental illness. Register here

 

Programming Information and Updates at HopeSpring
Children and Youth Programs
Go to hopespring.ca, programs page for more details and to register

COMING SOON!

Physiotherapy Summer 2021  
Use The Link Below to Sign In
This would be an excellent meeting to attend if you are looking to educate yourself on advances, updates and new equipment for treatments at Grand River Regional Cancer Centre. Look for sign-up coming soon!

Topic: Prostate Cancer Support Group WW Zoom Meeting with Dr. Gopaul
Time: May 25, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
 
Join Zoom Meeting

The Canadian Breast Cancer Network (CBCN) has put together a Q&E: Questions and Experts series to address the fact that oftentimes, breast cancer patients have questions and concerns about their diagnosis and their health that they are unable to get the answers to. Whether it's because of limited time with their primary healthcare provider or because they don't have access to a specialist, many times, their questions go unanswered.

Date: May 26th
Time: 2PM (EDT)

Dr. Mark Basik, MD, FRCPC, a Surgical Oncologist at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, QC will be answering questions about breast cancer surgery.
Register Here

Look Good Feel Better Bonus Programs Available
The kit is provided to participants once they attend the Skincare and Cosmetics workshop. Register here
Alternate Programs Available 
 
Prostate Cancer Support Group Waterloo-Wellington-Next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 25th, 2021
     
 
Scan above to go directly to PCCN website.
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 Support Group Waterloo-Wellington chapter is here for you. 
.For our next virtual support group meeting - In person meetings are suspended because of the  pandemic, but PCSG Waterloo Wellington meets via ZOOM the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Join our mailing list for meeting invites.

You may join our mailing group by clicking here. Keep informed of the activities of Prostate Cancer Support Group – Waterloo Wellington.   

Erica Dann is helping coordinate a research study led by Dr Jennifer Brunet and Jenson Price of the University of Ottawa. In an effort to evaluate a brief webinar developed to help significant others provide social support for physical activity to young adult cancer survivors, they are looking for your help to recruit research participants.

Who: Young adult cancer survivors and significant others
Contact: Research Assistant, Jenson Price, for additional information about the study at jenson.price@uottawa.ca or 613-562-5800 ext#7300

Please see details on the recruitment poster for more details about the study. 

Please let me know if you have any questions and/or are interested in assisting them with their research study.

Thank you for your time.

Lifestyle
Your Weekly Dose of Nutrition Nutritional Info for those with cancer
A summer guide to eating for cancer patients

A Summer Guide to Eating For Cancer Patients

Written by Alyssa Adler
Read on here


Note: This site is also available in Spanish 
5 Summer Safety Tips for Cancer Patients and Survivors

5 Summer Safety Tips for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Summer can pose unique health challenges for those dealing with cancer. Whether you’re a long-term survivor or are still undergoing treatment, here’s how to stay healthy and safe while enjoying the season. Read on

Conquering Loneliness
During the last year, many people have dealt with or are dealing with loneliness, particularly if you are also dealing with cancer/treatment alongside the pandemic and stay-at-home orders. Read on for helpful tips from HealthBeat from Harvard Medical School...

Loneliness and isolation can have serious health consequences. Research has shown that people who feel lonely or isolated are at increased risk for developing coronary artery disease, stroke, depression, high blood pressure, declining thinking skills, an inability to perform daily living tasks, or an early death.
Steps you can take to conquer loneliness:
  • Connect meaningfully with family and friends in a way that works best for you: whether by phone, via video chat, or even by talking with your neighbours across the fence or in a park.
  • Be thankful. Loneliness can lead people to focus on themselves and their hardships. Aim to express appreciation toward friends, family, and strangers.
  • Focus on what you can change. Spending time dwelling on your current situation can perpetuate loneliness; rather, focus your attention on something within your control and work at it.
  • Enjoy being busy. Complete a chore, spend time writing, find a new hobby, or just allow yourself to delve into a new activity.
  • Remove negativity and smile. Surround yourself with people and activities that bring you joy. Consider taking a break from the news, or at least limiting your consumption. Just the act of smiling can make you feel better.
  • Be kind, understanding, and patient. Work on treating yourself and others with compassion. Engaging in pleasurable interactions can also help those around you, and may result in deeper connections.
  • Develop a routine that provides balance and familiarity. Create a daily plan that includes physical activity, time for connecting with loved ones, a project or hobby, and a relaxing pleasure.
Source: HealthBeat Harvard Medical School
Image: AJ Watt/Getty Images
From our great group of students called Positivity4Patients own Catherine Bulanadi.
If you enjoy their work, they would like to hear from you, email them at positivity4patients@gmail.com

Share Your Story

YOUR STORY MATTERS. We want to give our community a deeper understanding of how this past year has been especially challenging and isolating of our cancer patients. If you are comfortable doing so, we would be incredibly honoured if you shared how you have found inspiration in your cancer journey.
If you are interested in sharing your story, please email Mary Lou Miller at marketing@hopespring.ca

Program Planner 
Spring & Summer Programming, Schedules and Registration now available online
https://www.hopespring.ca/programs

Please register for all programs by following the links below, visiting www.hopespring.ca or calling 519-742-4673

This Week:

Monday, May 24 - (closed for Victoria Day)  Peer Support via Zoom 4:30-6:30pm
Tuesday, May 25 Women's Support Group Daytime with Tammy via Zoom 11:30am-1:00pm, Gentle Yoga For Symptom Management with Tammy via Zoom 1:30-3:00 pm, Peer Support via Zoom 10:30am-12:30pm, Qi Gong with Joel 7:30-9pm, Women's Support Group with Christina via Zoom 6:30-8:00pm
Wednesday, May 26 - Peer Support via Zoom 4:30-6:30pm, Men's Support Group with Shawn via Zoom 6:30-8pm, 
Thursday, May 27 Cancer Care Counselling via Telephone or Zoom, Peer Support via Zoom 10:30-12:30pm, Tai Chi with Judy via Zoom 10-11:30am, Gentle Movement and Community Conversations via Zoom 10-11:30am, Yoga for Cancer Recovery via Zoom 9:30-11:00am, Meditation with Tammy via Zoom 6:30-8:00pm
Friday, May 28Peer Support via Zoom 4:30-6:30pm, Chemo Brain via Zoom 2:00-3:00pm
Saturday, May 29 - Puddle Jumpers via Zoom  9-10:30am, Peer Support via Zoom 10:30am-12:30pm
Sunday, May 30 Puddle Jumpers via Zoom 9:00-10:30am, Little Scientist via Zoom 1030-11:30am

Following Week:

Monday, May 31 Peer Support via Zoom 4:30-6:30pm, Reiki with Beverly via Zoom, Small Steps to a Better You with Bindia via Zoom 3:00-4:00, Cancer Care Counselling with Amy via Zoom or telephone, Caregivers Support Group with Amy via Zoom 4:00-6:00pm, Know Your Lemons via Zoom 7:00-8:00pm
Tuesday, June 1 - Women's Support Group Daytime with Tammy via Zoom 11:30am-1pm, Gentle Yoga Symptom Management with Tammy via Zoom 1:30pm-3pm, Qi Gong with Joel via Zoom 7:30-9pm, Peer Support via Zoom 10:30am-12:30pm
Wednesday, June 2 - Peer Support via Zoom 4:30-6:30
Thursday, June 3 Cancer Care Counselling via Telephone or Zoom, Gentle Movement and Community Conversations via Zoom 10:00-11:30am, Peer Support via Zoom 10:30-12:30pm, Tai Chi with Judy via Zoom 10-11:30am, Yoga for Cancer Recovery via Zoom 6:30-8pm
Friday, June 4 Peer Support via Zoom 4:30-6:30pm
Saturday, June 5- Puddle Jumpers via Zoom 9:00-10:30am, Peer Support via Zoom 10:30am-12:30pm, Expressive Arts for Youth via Zoom 2:00-3:30pm
Sunday, June 6 - Puddle Jumpers via Zoom 9:00-10:30am, Little Scientist via Zoom 10:30-11:30am

Search for Alternative Programs
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Know of a great, free online resource? Share it with us by emailing concierge@hopespring.ca and we will add it to our list.
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