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National Cancer Wellness Awareness Day
Supportive care programs for cancer patients are more important than ever before.
The days following a diagnosis of cancer are some of the most difficult a person can face. Most are afraid and overwhelmed, thinking only of dying, and don’t know where to turn for help. Too many face this challenging journey alone, unaware that support services are available, at no charge, to aid in their wellness.
Supportive care programs improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their loved ones by helping them live well with the disease. Learning to live with cancer, means learning to heal your mind and your soul, along with your body.
But COVID-19 has changed everything, with cancer patients paying an even higher toll. The increased isolation, the cancelled surgeries and treatments, and the limited access to health care providers have heightened the cancer crisis and the need for supports.
Wellspring provides programs, services and resources to help anyone living with cancer overcome the emotional, physical, practical and informational challenges that typically follow a diagnosis. Throughout this current healthcare crisis, Wellspring has remained available to provide vital supportive care programs through online interactive group sessions, individually through self-paced webinars, and as telephone-based supports.
Jill, a Wellspring member, found herself alone, terrified and “emotionally and physically rattled” when diagnosed with cancer in the middle of the pandemic and facing a prolonged postponement of her life-saving surgery and treatments. Jill turned to Wellspring for help and now can receive the emotional and physical supportive care she needs while remaining in her home. “It’s extraordinary,” said Jill. “It’s the only thing that is helping me manage right now.”
The demand is now more significant than ever before. Since the start of the COVID crisis, many of our Niagara-based programs are offered through Wellspring’s Well on the Web. These programs, together with Wellspring programs offered across the network, have been accessed more than 14,000 times over the past two months, with participants reaching out for help from across the country. This is a significant increase in need from the same period in previous years.
Cancer doesn’t wait for a pandemic to end. Thousands of Canadians have been diagnosed with cancer since the COVID crisis began, and the need for supportive care has significantly increased. Crucial emotional, psychosocial, physical and practical supportive care, such as that provided by Wellspring, is available to help all individuals not only survive cancer but to maintain the highest quality of life while doing so.
Wellspring Niagara and all Wellspring centres within the network are funded through private donations. Funds raised for Wellspring Niagara, stay in Niagara. Enclosure: Current Online Resources Available