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Dear <<First Name>>,
This is what's happening remotely at HopeSpring this week. 
My Story
Many of our community have beautiful personal stories to share about your cancer journey Your story could encourage others, could help others find their way.
Where can I begin? What you found helpful or encouraging, discoveries you made along the way, what you found out about yourself.

We would encourage anyone currently going through a journey or past journeys to share here. To contribute, send your story to Mary Lou Miller at HopeSpring at

This week in MY STORY we hear from Madonna Scott! Madonna's story highlights the importance of self-checking and reveals some of the struggles that we face while on our journey. Check out her personal recommendations for HopeSpring programs. Read on to the end of her story to find out Madonna's inspirational update. All the best Madonna, with life and your volunteer work in cancer care. Thanks for sharing your insightful story with us.
Madonna Scott (recent photo) shares her story this week with valuable tips that worked during her healing process.
My Story
By Madonna Scott

Proud to say that I have been cancer free for 5 yrs and have also completed the required rounds of anastrozole medication during that time.

Originally, I found a small pea-sized lump in my right breast when I was lying flat on my back after a dreadful car accident.
The resulting stress, PTSD, x-rays, doctors visits, chiropractors, all took a "bite out of me".

01/06/15, was the date etched in my mind-of when my biopsy was completed. Surgery came in March 2015 and had finished 16 radiation treatments by May 2015. My birthday in May that year was celebrated by bringing birthday cake for the radiologists.

I am grateful for the remarkable team at Cambridge Memorial Hospital and the Kitchener Cancer Clinic. I also want to thank HopeSpring for taking care of me with the Look Good Feel Better program, the Yoga Meditation and amazing Reiki.

Madonna's Updates: I was so impressed by the Reiki Practitioner, that when I moved back home, I studied Reiki 1 and Reiki 2, so that I may return the favour and give free reiki sessions to other women recovering from cancer. "It is so rewarding to give back!  Reiki rocks!"
"My recommendation is self-check, that's how I found that "C" and because it was found in the early stages, was able to get it out of me so quickly."
"Self check is key to survival".

Sincerely Madonna
Try-Reiki for healing
Podcast Fans!! Check this out!!
Introducing John Tukums, he is the Founder and CEO of Inc., a medtech start-up company based in Canada's Silicon Valley (aka Waterloo) and enables people to access their freedom built upon advanced respiratory technology.
Check out John's podcast with exciting guests, details below. 
Happiness Oxygen, Happiness 2.0 with John Tukums, self development
Happiness 2.0, Episode 20-Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellman

Imagine having the power to breathe in and create 'happiness oxygen.'

How would that change your life? Happiness 2.02 is a mental health show for entrepreneurs that empowers listeners to find their 'Breath 2.0' — accessing deep calm to sustain peak states of performance and happiness.
Hosted by entrepreneur John Tukums, a TEDx speaker, entrepreneur, author, and inquisitive human being, the podcast features:
  • Journeys of entrepreneurs, change-makers, and champions. The tragedies, challenges, afflictions they encountered, and how they found their success and wellbeing.
  • Breathing techniques to keep illness at bay, increase happiness, control mental health.
  • What' flow states' are, how to achieve them, and what they can do for your physical and mental health.
Hear from the people who are reshaping our world and providing hope based on what's possible through their breakthroughs in mindset, biology, and health. Guests include:
  • Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Lou Ignarro; NY Times Best-Selling Author of 'Breath' James Nestor
  • CEO and Chair, Global Wellness Summit, Susie Ellis
  • Former CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann
What does Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellman of the Gates Foundation see as the Future of Health?
In this new podcast, John Tukums had the honor of interviewing Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellman, the former CEO and Senior Advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and current board member of Pfizer. John and Sue discuss:
  • Improving the communication around the scientific process to regain credibility.
  • Educating ourselves and today's youth on public health and climate change.
  • How you can and why you should expose your children to science at an early stage.
Get your weekly dose of Happiness Oxygen every Monday
Introducing Chat Series
Peer Support Chat Series-ChemoTherapy, starts March 8th @ 5pm
Many Thanks for Your Support

Updates on the after effects of the fire at The Inn of Waterloo

Many thanks to our wonderful community for the support shown recently after the fire at our home space at The Inn of Waterloo. The outpouring of support has humbled us, the kind words, check-ins, donations, sharing and comments of posts on social media, contributions of items, and monetary donations, this support means the world to us.

For direction if you wish to help with the Fire Relief Fund and efforts read more for additional details.

Update: Frannie's Restaurant and Bakery at 2890 Victoria St. N. in Breslau has offered to be a drop off site for physical donations for HopeSpring Fire Relief.
TONIGHT-Meeting will take place from 6-6:30pm.
Bonus Programs Available-Registration Required

To register or discover LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER visit

Prostate Cancer Support Group Waterloo-Wellington-Next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23rd, 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.   
ISO Helpers
At HopeSpring, we want to provide our community with a deeper understanding of how this past year has been especially challenging and isolating for our cancer patients. 

Your story matters!
Whether you are newly diagnosed, in treatment or beyond, your words have power, and can help someone get through isolation. 
If you are comfortable, we would be incredibly honoured if you could share how HopeSpring has made an impact in your life during the pandemic.

Six inspiration tips to get you started on how HopeSpring helped you:
  1. What have you found incredibly helpful
  2. What have you overcome and how
  3. Any program that you especially enjoy and why
  4. Something that was memorable
  5. A quote, a phrase something that you read
  6. A photograph and why it has meaning
If you are interested in sharing your story, please email Mary Lou Miller at Thanking you in advance.
Nutrition and Lifestyle

So You Haven’t Seen Your Friends in a While. Here’s How to Meaningfully Reconnect.
Waterloo Wellington Regional Cancer Program
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.

Visit to continue reading. 
Plan Your Week Here

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

This Week:
Monday, February 22 - Cancer Care Counselling via Telephone or Zoom, Peer Support via Zoom 4-8pm, Caregivers Support Group with Amy 4-6pm via Zoom, Know Your Lemons, via Zoom 7pm
Tuesday, February 23 - Women's Support Group Daytime with Tammy 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  10:30-2:30pm
Wednesday, February 24 - Music Therapy for Cancer Patients with Meredith via Zoom 2:00-3:30pm  Peer Support via Zoom 4-8pm, Zentangle with Cindy, via Zoom 1-2pm
Thursday, February 25 Cancer Care Counselling via Telephone or Zoom, Gentle Movement and Community Conversations via Zoom 10:00-11:30am, Peer Support via Zoom 10:30-2:30pm, Tai Chi with Judy via Zoom 10-11:30am, Mediation with Tammy via Zoom 6:30-8:30pm
Friday, February 26 Music Therapy for Caregivers with Meredith via Zoom 3:30-5pm  Peer Support via Zoom 4-8pm
Saturday, February 27 - Peer Support via Zoom 10:30am-2:30pm, Gentle Flow and Let Go with Anh via Zoom 9:30am - 11:00am, Music Therapy for Youth with Meredith via Zoom 1-2:30pm

Coming Up:
Monday, March 1- Cancer Care Counselling with Amy via Telephone or Zoom,  Peer Support via Zoom 4-8pm
Tuesday, March 2 -  Women's Support Group Daytime with Tammy: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. via Zoom
Gentle Yoga For Symptom Management with Tammy: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. via Zoom
Peer Support via Zoom 10:30-2pm, Women's Support Group with Christina via Zoom 6:30-8pm, Qi Gong with Joel 7:30-9pm
Wednesday, March 3 - Peer Support via Zoom 4-8pm, Men's Support Group with Shawn via Zoom 6:30-8pm, Music Therapy for Cancer Patients via Zoom 2-3pm
Thursday, March 4 - Cancer Care Counselling via Telephone or Zoom, Peer Support via Zoom 10:30-2pm, Tai Chi with Judy via Zoom 10-11:30am,Gentle Movement and Community Conversations via Zoom 10-11:30am
Friday, March 5 Peer Support via Zoom 4-8pm, Music Therapy for the Caregiver via Zoom 3:30-4:40pm, Chemo Brain via Zoom 2-3pm
Saturday, March 6 - Puddle Jumpers via Zoom  9-10:30am, Yoga for Cancer Recovery via Zoom 9:30-10:30am, Peer Support via Zoom 10:30am-2:30pm, Gentle Flow and Let Go with Ahn via Zoom 10-11:30am, Music Therapy for Youth via Zoom 1-2pm, Art Therapy via Zoom 10-11:30am

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