Nov 06, 2013 - 2:00 am
I want to share 2 resources:
There is a wonderful Cancer Retreat Center in North Carolina - Wind River. www.windriverservices.org It is a small, peaceful, special place - home of 2 amazing folks, Shannon and Dave. They share their home to facilitate residential retreats in the Spring and Fall for cancer survivors - there is no charge. Grants and donations help to fund the retreats. Their retreats are open to people with all types of cancers - most especially those in or recently completing treatments, or having a recurrence. It is a lovely, peaceful place with time to share, have fun, laugh, play, enjoy healthy food, nature, and special people. I highly recommend it. In 2013 they also ran a gyn retreat in Greensboro, NC which was funded by a grant through Athena's Run for gyn cancers.
I'd also like to suggest that, for those who don't know, many cancer centers have support groups and counseling available for cancer patients/survivors and caregivers. The Cancer Support Services, at Duke Medical Center, which include wonderful counselors, are free to patients of the cancer center. It has been invaluable to me to have time with a compassionate professional. someone not in my family or circle of friends, that I can talk with frankly about a range of emotions. I'd recommend checking into services at the Cancer Center where you go, and/or with the American Cancer society for other resources near you.
Hope this is helpful for others.
Sungranny - night owl :-)