here. To do a little more online research, visit our resources page or visit the Frankly Speaking about Cancer® homepage here. There is a community of support behind you. To learn more about Cancer Support Community North Texas and our three DFW clubhouses, please call (214) 345-8230. Our licensed mental health professionals and counselors are here, FREE of charge, for you!
Type of Cancer
5 Things to Give a Friend With Cancer Upon hearing that a friend has been diagnosed with cancer, most of us jump into “helper” mode. Since we can’t actually fight the battle for our friend, we want to do the next best thing, which is to make his/her fight easier. I’ve had the unique opportunity to be on both sides of this type of situation as a cancer patient and a helper. It’s actually given me a great perspective because I know what was helpful to me, and those are the things I try to do for others. While there are numerous things you can do to help, below are some I suggest.
- An organizational calendar—If you are planning meals for your friend, it’s a great idea to give him/her a calendar detailing which days meals will be delivered. You can also include what the meals will be and who will be bringing them. This not only lets your friend know what to expect, but it will make writing thank you notes easier. CareCalendar.org lets people go online and indicate which needs they will be helping with such as meals, carpool, etc. Others can check the calendar to make sure they are not duplicating efforts.
- A countdown chart—When I was first diagnosed, I made a funny chart to put on the fridge. I had circles for every treatment, and a big smiley face after the last one. Each time I finished a treatment, I marked another circle off the chart. It may seem like a small thing, but being able to see my progress really helped. I’ve done the same thing for friends, and they felt the same way. You can get as creative or as simple as you want. The main thing is to see that progress is being made.
- Pictures of happy times—Fighting cancer can be draining and often depressing. If your friend is in the hospital, make a collage of happy pictures. This is a great reminder that life is good, and there are more happy times to look forward to.
- Financial assistance—Very few people will come right out and ask for monetary assistance. However, medical bills can add up quickly, even with insurance.Giveforward.com is a fabulous resource for providing help with doctor bills, hospital bills, and other expenses. It’s easy to set up, and friends can donate any amount they choose. The key with GiveForward is to get the word out. Use your imagination and create contests, use social media, or even start a phone tree. The last thing a cancer patient needs to worry about is the high cost of treatment. Give Forward helps alleviate that concern and lets patients use their energy to fight their illness.
- Time—Lots of people ask, “What can I do to help?” and then never call or follow up. If you truly want to help your friend, give your time. Be there if he/she wants to talk, cry, or scream. Offer to drive him/her to do errands. Help sort the laundry, clean the house, or any other everyday task. You don’t have to give expensive gifts…your time is invaluable.
Plano Gets Its Own Cancer Support Community Clubhouse
New Plano Clubhouse Offers Free Support to Those Living with CancerCancer Support Community of North Texas (CSCNT) is excited to announce the opening of its first Plano-based clubhouse. The new location is the third clubhouse within the 19 counties CSCNT serves in North Texas. Others include Dallas and Tarrant County locations. The new clubhouse, in a newly renovated space of Texas Health Presbyterian Plano, opened its doors to cancer patients and their families on April 1st. The new clubhouse at Texas Health Presbyterian Plano is located at 6300 W. Parker Road MOB 2, Suite 129, and the clubhouse can be found at the intersection of Parker and Midway. Support groups and events are underway and the staff has already started giving informational tours. The he clubhouse will have its official grand opening party and ribbon cutting on June 26, 2014. Media are encouraged to attend. “By adding new locations, we hope to make it easier for people to have access to our comprehensive program of support. As our reach continues to grow, so will our impact. Cancer support looks different to each person living with it and with our robust program of support, we have something to offer everyone. We are confronting cancer head on and encourage you to join us in the fight,” said Mirchelle Louis, CEO. For over 10 years Cancer Support Community North Texas has provided its members with fun events, support and networking groups, individual counseling, health and fitness related classes and so much more, free of charge. Building the Plano clubhouse allows CSCNT to serve more North Texas neighbors and increase its area of impact. The Plano clubhouse will offer everything from a breast cancer networking group to Zumba classes. Other activities scheduled for the new clubhouse include wellness groups, bereavement support and programs for children and teens. Examples of what the Plano clubhouse will offer include healthy living seminars with topics on cooking and nutrition, cancer-specific groups that focus on everything from brain to breast cancer, workshops on insider tips from oncology professionals, health insurance seminars and beauty workshops. “I am very excited to know about Cancer Support Community coming to our area. I’ve learned about all the wonderful programs available to persons with cancer. My mother and my grandmother both had breast cancer and I saw how difficult it was to get the support they needed. This clubhouse provides people with comprehensive programs and support all in one place. I look forward to seeing more Cancer Support Communities, and am so glad to have the CSCNT in my city. I am in the fight,” Dr. Betty Bell Muns. About Cancer Support Community North Texas Cancer Support Community North Texas ensures all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. Completely free of charge and nonprofit, Cancer Support Community North Texas is a place where people with cancer as well as their families and friends are learning to live with cancer and thrive beyond it. The organization offers educational presentations, support and networking groups, fun social events, children’s programs, bereavement support, and workshops on topics including yoga, meditation, and reiki. The community serves as a lifeline for strength, hope, encouragement, and guidance. The effects are often life-changing. For more information, visit CancerSupportTexas.org. About the Cancer Support Community In 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. The combined organization, with more than 50 years of collective experience, provides the highest quality social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer through a network of over 50 licensed affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations and a vibrant online community, touching more than one million people each year. Backed by evidence that the best cancer care includes social and emotional support, the Cancer Support Community offers these services free of charge to men, women and children with any type or stage of cancer and to their loved ones. As the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community delivers a comprehensive menu of personalized and essential services including support groups, educational workshops, exercise, art and nutrition classes and social activities for the entire family. In 2013, CSC delivered more than $40 million in free services to patients and families. The Cancer Support Community is advancing the innovations that are becoming the standard in complete cancer care. So that no one faces cancer alone®. For more information, please visit www.cancersupportcommunity.org. To view an invitation to the grand opening of the brand new Plano clubhouse, click here.]]>
One Run benefits Cancer Support Community North Texas, the area’s only provider of support and education for people living with cancer – at no cost to the individual.
Have you received your One Run save the date yet?! If not, here is all of the information you need!
Schedule of Events
7 am Registration
8 am 1K Walk
8:30 am 5K Run/Walk
8:45-11 am Celebration
Sponsorships start at $1,000; Download sponsorship form here.
For more information, please contact Ann Whaley at (214) 345-8230 or visit the One Run website at OneRunTexas.org.
10 Actions You Can Take to
Improve Your Quality of Life1. Take one day and make one decision at a time. Try to focus on resolving only today’s problems. Avoid projecting worst-case scenarios for the future. Taking one small step at a time can help you feel less vulnerable and give you a greater level of control. 2. Ask for support. Be open with your family and friends about how you feel and how they can support you. Offer specific examples, such as: driving you to appointments, researching sources for financial support, or just listening when you want to talk. It is also good practice to take someone with you to medical appointments to take notes and help you remember instructions. Your nurse or oncology social worker can offer a wealth of information. 3. Communicate with your health care team. Prepare a list of questions for each appointment. If you don’t understand something, ask for clarification. Ask to see x-rays or scans to get a better picture of your status. If you do not develop a good relationship with your doctor, consider finding another. In general, it is useful to get a second opinion on your diagnosis and treatment to feel more confident about next steps. 4. Retain as much control of your life as is reasonable. Having cancer can make it difficult for you to feel in charge of your life and your care. Work with your doctor, nurse, and caregiver to develop a plan that gives you as much control over your life as you desire and can comfortably handle. 5. Acknowledge and express your feelings. A diagnosis of cancer can trigger many strong emotions. Take time to listen to yourself. Find constructive ways to express your feelings through writing, talking, physical activity or creative pursuits. Consider professional support if you feel that depression or anxiety is hampering your ability to function well. 6. Seek support from other cancer survivors. Often, people find a sense of comfort when they communicate with others affected by cancer. Ask your doctor, nurse, or social worker for local support groups. You can also contact the Cancer Support Community for ways to connect one-on-one, in groups, or online with others. 7. Learn relaxation techniques. “Relaxation” refers to a calm,controlled physical state that will enhance your well-being. Relaxation is something that you might have to learn, or build it into your day, but it is important to do so. Consider music that makes you happy, reading a book, or taking a walk. Yoga, tai-chi, or meditation programs are also helpful. Take time to enjoy the moment. 8. Do what you enjoy. Try to find humor in the unexpected moments of each day. Consider activities that you enjoy and can do comfortably. If you need to spend time alone, allow yourself that. 9. Make healthy lifestyle choices. It’s never too late to make changes that will absolutely improve your well-being. Improving your diet, including exercise in your routine, and maintaining intimacy are all ways of feeling better both physically and emotionally. 10. Maintain a spirit of hope. Hope is desirable and reasonable. Even if your cancer journey is complicated, you can set small goals and enjoy daily pleasures. You may want to redefine how and when you experience hope by focusing on your spiritual beliefs, cultural customs, and family connections.]]>
Saturday, March 29, 2014. The event, exclusively for breast cancer survivors, is free of charge. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The retreat will be held at the Cancer Support Community of North Texas, 8194 Fogelson Lane, Dallas, Texas 75231 on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas in the Texas Health Resources University building. Parking is free. A map of the location can be downloaded here. The program begins with a panel of physicians who will take questions from the audience. The remainder of the day will be spent in breakout sessions. Registration is open and will close on Friday, March 21, 2014. Registrations are available on a first-come first-served basis. Space is limited. Should you have any questions, call Jeanice Janes, RN at 214-345-2036.
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
8160 Walnut Hill Lane #113 | Dallas, Texas 75231
For more information, download packet here.
$25,000 Presenting Sponsor
$15,000 Platinum Sponsor
$10,000 Gold Sponsor
$7,500 Valet Sponsor
$5,000 Silver Sponsor
To download a sponsorship contract or for more information, please click here:
Cancer Support Community North Texas to Honor Texas Health Resources CEO Doug Hawthorne with First Annual Community in Action AwardDallas, January 24, 2014—This spring Cancer Support Community North Texas (CSCNT) will honor Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with its first annual Community in Action Award. The award celebrates individuals who emulate the spirit of CSCNT’s vision: that no one should face cancer alone. Hawthorne was chosen as the first recipient of this award for his dedication to creating healthier communities. Through that vision, Hawthorne helped to expand the area’s premiere psycho-social emotional support program for patients living with cancer by creating locations for Cancer Support Community North Texas, an independent provider, at three Texas Health Resources locations. In doing so, Texas Health Resources became the first major health care system in the nation to offer the CSC gold standard of cancer support on a hospital campus. The Community in Action Award is bestowed upon those who are dedicated to confronting cancer through their work or life’s mission, and who embrace the needs of people living with cancer in the North Texas community. Currently, the CSCNT program is located at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance, with a new office to open at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano in March of this year. Finish out for the new clubhouses is made possible by a gift from Jean-Claude Saada and the Cambridge Mindful Living Foundation. CSCNT’s inaugural Thrive gala, the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, will celebrate Hawthorne on April 23, 2014 at the Hilton Anatole. The reception, dinner, and live auction will help raise funds to continue the free comprehensive program of support that CSCNT uniquely offers to North Texas. Sponsorships for the Thrive event are available beginning at $5,000. Funds generated by the event support programming that directly aids those in North Texas living with cancer. “Doug Hawthorne changed the way healthcare is delivered in our region for the better,” said Mirchelle Louis, CEO of CSCNT. “He has spent his career as a healthcare leader making countless contributions to the community, and his visionary intelligence and genuine heart make him the person we most wanted to recognize this year. We thank Doug for a great first year of being aligned with Texas Health Resources and look forward to many more years of providing support to those affected by cancer together.” The announcement comes shortly after Hawthorne announced his decision to step down as CEO later this year. Hawthorne reshaped the Texas healthcare industry in 1997 when he led the creation of Texas Health Resources, an alliance of Presbyterian Healthcare Resources, Harris Methodist Health System, and Arlington Memorial Hospital. Today it is one of the largest healthcare providers in the region. CSCNT provides free social, educational and emotional support to all people impacted by cancer: patients, their families and their friends. The cozy clubhouses are a haven for patients managing illness. Networking groups, yoga and meditation workshops, social events, children’s programs and educational presentations offer everyone affected by cancer the tools not just to live, but to thrive. “The membership, events, and education CSCNT provides are free because we want every person impacted by cancer to know they are fully supported. The funds raised by the Thrive gala support initiatives and program for the entire year. We are thrilled to gather this April to honor Doug Hawthorne, who has done so much for the healthcare community during his incredible career,” said Louis. About Cancer Support Community North Texas Cancer Support Community North Texas ensures all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope to all people affected by cancer. Cancer Support Community North Texas offers a menu of personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer, not just the patient. For more information on Cancer Support Community North Texas visit CancerSupportTexas.org. About the Cancer Support Community In 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. The combined organization, with more than 50 years of collective experience, provides the highest quality social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer through a network of over 50 licensed affiliates, more than 100 satellite locations and a vibrant online community, touching more than one million people each year. Backed by evidence that the best cancer care includes social and emotional support, the Cancer Support Community offers these services free of charge to men, women and children with any type or stage of cancer and to their loved ones. As the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community delivers a comprehensive menu of personalized and essential services including support groups, educational workshops, exercise, art and nutrition classes and social activities for the entire family. In 2013, CSC delivered more than $40 million in free services to patients and families. The Cancer Support Community is advancing the innovations that are becoming the standard in complete cancer care. So that no one faces cancer alone®. For more information, please visit CancerSupportCommunity.org. ]]>