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African Cancer Support Group

Diagnosis

Cancer diagnosis is one the most stressful experience in cancer patient’s life.  Being in a support group helps survivours, patients cope with emotional trauma caused by the disease. While some people experience shock, anger, and disbelief, others may feel intense sadness, fear, and a sense of loss. Even the most supportive family members and friends cannot understand exactly how it feels to have cancer, this can sometimes lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Aim
our aim is to support survivors, patients, and caregivers, and to share stories, symptoms, information, and coping strategies.  Participants give and receive support and discover strength, hope, and comfort among those who have also experienced some of what they are going through.

It is a safe place to share information, coping skills, and most importantly, a place to give and get emotional support.   Survivors and those on remission give words of hope to fighters, ways to cope, and the ability to share without fear.

Members can access emotional and practical support from others with a similar lived experience.

By speaking with peers, members will be empowered to seek information and support they need and will feel less alone and isolated.

 

Why join
Being in a support group can help everyone develop new skills to relate to others.  Members of the group who have the same problems can support each other and may suggest new ways of dealing with a particular challenge.

 

What we offer

Emotional Support

Reduce Stress

Finding Joy

Reduce Feelings of Helplessness

Better Manage Emotions

Provide Coping Skills

Reduce loneliness

Companionship

 

Core Values

Respect

Confidentiality

Empathy

Compassion

Who can attend?

ACSC Group is also designed for specific audiences, including:

  • Africana/Black individuals living with cancer
  • Cancer Survivors
  • Patients
  • Caregivers, family members, and friends
  • Anyone interested in learning about cancer

 

Meeting

The group meets every second Sunday of every other month at different locations to create awareness on cancer within African/Black Community; Educate and Advice members and visitors on health matters relating to cancer.  It is facilitated by peer trained by the Canadian Cancer Society.  The group brings together survivors, patients, and caregivers of African descent in an informal, friendly, and confidential setting where attendees can share their experiences and support one another on the challenges of living with and beyond cancer.

 

Due to COVID19, meetings are now held virtually through Zoom, if you would like to join the discussion or make presentation, please email: ACSG@gmail.com or call Mrs. Florence Omara at 403-305-6161 or Mrs. Yinka Oladele 403-880-6692.