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CSC General Wishlist

List of Common Supplies Needed for Ongoing Operations [toggle title=”Kitchen Supplies”]

  • Coffee Cups
  • Plastic Drinking Cups – 16 oz and 8 oz
  • Plastic Knives/Forks/Spoons
  • Paper Napkins
  • Paper Plates – large and small sizes
  • Paper Towels
[/toggle] [toggle title=”Office Supplies”] Print Cartridges for HP DeskJet 3050 Copy Paper White (Letter and Legal) Assorted Colors (Letter) File folders 1/3 cut Yellow Blue Red Orange Purple Legal Pads Mechanical Pencils Black or Blue Pens Individually Packaged Items Snacks Chips Cookies Crackers Fruit Snacks Juice Boxes Nuts Granola Bars Fresh Fruit [/toggle] [toggle title=”Noogieland Supplies”] Large rolls of Butcher paper (white) Model Magic Modeling Clay or Plasticine Music CDs that are good for teens Paint brushes with fine tips Self Hardening Clay (no bake) Train set Hot wheels cars Board games for children 4-8 [/toggle] [toggle title=”Gift Cards”] Target Wal-Mart Sam’s Office Depot Michael’s Grocery Stores Gas Cards [/toggle] [toggle title=”Art Supplies”] Paint (Acrylic, Watercolor, Tempura) Paint Brushes Canvases (Any Size) Small Scrapbooks Scrapbooking Supplies [/toggle]  ]]>

CSC Alliance Clubhouse Wish List

The Alliance Clubhouse has officially opened their doors! Providing in-kind goods and services is a great way to support Cancer Support Community North Texas. With these gifts, more funds are able to go to programming and helping our members. Please call the Alliance Clubhouse in Tarrant County at (682) 212-5400 with any questions.   [toggle title=”Art Supplies:“] Tabletop Easels Canvas (all sizes) Drawing Pads Acrylic Paints Mediums Water Colors Palette Knives Drawing Pencils Pastels Paint Brushes Puff Paint Colored Pencils Markers Crayons Modeling Clay Play Doh Paint Storage Cups Plastic Artist Palettes [/toggle] [toggle title=”Scrapping:“] Scrapbook Paper Stickers Scrapbook Albums Die Cuts Paper Cutters Embellishments Paper Mat and Tag Pads Stamps Stamp Pads Storage [/toggle] [toggle title=”Jewelry Supplies:“] Beads Beading String Cording Hemp Clasps Storage Containers [/toggle] [toggle title=”Electronics:“] DVD/VCR Combo Camera Laptops Wii Games [/toggle] [toggle title=”Health & Wellness:“] Yoga Blankets Yoga Mats Throw Blankets [/toggle]  ]]>

Tips for Caregivers

Finding out a loved one has cancer can be overwhelming. Cancer affects not only the person diagnosed but all those who care about that person. You may be wondering, “What should I do now?” or “How can I help?” At Cancer Support Community, we believe you have the ability to make a difference. The following ten tips are intended to help you tackle the challenges of caring about someone with cancer.Here you will find information and resources for caregivers, those who provide emotional, spiritual, financial or logistical support to a person diagnosed with cancer.   

Find YOUR Support System

When a friend or loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it’s an emotional time. Roles and expectations may change (or you may wonder if they are going to change).  Sometimes it’s difficult to talk with your loved one about your feelings, because you both have so much going on. Many find one of the best ways to cope with stress, uncertainty, and loneliness is to talk to others who share similar experiences. You can learn from personal experiences how to be effective in your new role as a caregiver.  There are 46 Wellness Communities and Gilda’s Clubs across the United States that offer free support groups and educational programs for patients and caregivers.  Cancer Support Community Online also holds professionally-led, password-protected support groups for caregivers, free of charge. As a participant, you will receive and share ongoing support, feedback, and information with other people affected by cancer. If you are interested in joining an online support group, please visit “Join the Online Community” using the link at the top of this page.  If there isn’t a Wellness Community or Gilda’s Club near you and you prefer in-person support, doctor’s offices and hospitals are great places to seek referrals. Only you can determine what type of support works best for you. What typically doesn’t work is not seeking any support at all.  

Gather Information

There is truth to the phrase, “Knowledge is power.” There’s no way to completely grasp the ups and downs of a cancer diagnosis and treatment – and you shouldn’t be expected to.  Being armed with knowledge may help you accommodate you loved one’s needs, however, and put you at ease because you know what to expect. Cancer Support Community can help you learn about the course of cancer, its stages, recommended treatments and side effects of medications through its national patient education programs.  To learn more about your loved one’s cancer diagnosis, visit “Learn About Your Cancer” using the link at the top of this page.  

Recognize a “New Normal”

Patients and caregivers alike report feeling a loss of control after a cancer diagnosis. Many caregivers are asked for advice about medical decisions or managing family finances and/or need to take on new day-to-day chores. It is likely that your tasks as a caregiver will create new routines – after all, you’re taking on a new role in the patient’s life as well as your own. Maintaining a balance between your loved one’s disease and the daily activities of your own life can be a challenge. It may be helpful to identify the parts of your life that you can still control – such as your own health and relationships. In doing this, you will be able to create a strategy for integrating new routines with old ones. It may also help to acknowledge that your home life, finances, and friendships may change for a period of time. Sometimes the laundry might not get done, or maybe takeout will replace home cooking. Try to manage each day’s priority as it comes – it’s alright to put other tasks on hold. Take a deep breath and realize that the support you provide is priceless.  

Relieve Your Mind, Recharge Your Body

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the tasks of caregiving. Mini-breaks are an easy way to replenish your energy and lower your stress. Try simple activities like taking a walk around the block or closing your eyes for 10 minutes in a comfortable chair.Taking time for yourself is not selfish – it’s necessary. You are working hard to provide and secure the best care for your loved one. Time spent recharging your mind and body will allow you to avoid depression or burnout. Research shows the person you’re caring for benefits most when you are healthy and your life is balanced. Seek ways to rejuvenate your spirit. Everyone holds beliefs about life, its meaning and value. Many people have a spiritual dimension, whether or not they subscribe to a particular religion. Feeling spiritually connected can provide comfort and may also help you to put your situation into perspective. Prayer, meditation, and other spiritual practices can ease distress. Finding your own ways to meet this need may also help you recharge.  

Take Comfort in Others

Caregiving can sometimes take a great deal of time. Many caregivers feel a loss of personal time over the course of their loved one’s illness. Keep in mind that while you are taking on new and additional responsibilities, you are still allowed a life of your own. Many seasoned caregivers advise that you continue to be involved with your circle of friends and family. For some, remaining involved might mean playing an active role in school or community activities. For others, it may mean weekly visits with a best friend. Only you can determine the level of involvement that is right for you, and that level may change over time. No matter your choice, it is certain that you will appreciate having someone to turn to as you care for your loved one.  

Plan for the Future

A common feeling among caregivers and people with cancer is uncertainty. It’s hard to know what the future holds. While planning may be difficult, it can help. Try to schedule fun activities on days when your loved one is not feeling the side effects of treatment. You can also give yourselves something to look forward to by planning together how you will celebrate the end of treatment, or a portion of treatment. Planning for a future in the long-term is also important and can be increasingly stressful for a caregiver when sometimes, two futures are being planned – one based on survival and the other based on the possibility of losing your loved one. All of us, whether we have been diagnosed with cancer or not, should have in place necessary paperwork such as healthcare agent, power of attorney and a will.  You can ask your loved one if he or she needs, or wants, assistance. It is in everyone’s best interest that you begin this process sooner rather than later. Having essential paperwork under control will allow you to have peace of mind.  

Accept a Helping Hand

It’s okay to have “helpers.” In fact, you may find that learning to let go and to say “YES!” will ease your anxiety and lift your spirits. People often want to chip in, but aren’t quite sure what type of assistance you need. It’s helpful to keep a list of all caregiving tasks, small to large. That way, when someone asks “Is there anything I can do?” you are able to offer them specific choices.  

Be Mindful of YOUR Health

In order to be strong for your loved one, you need to take care of yourself.  It’s easy to lose sight of your own health when you’re focused on your loved one. But if your own health is in jeopardy, who will take care of your loved one? Be sure to tend to any physical ailments of your own that arise – this includes scheduling regular checkups and screenings. And just like your mother told you: eat well and get enough sleep.  

Consider Exploring Stress-Management Techniques

Even if you’ve never practiced mind-body exercises before, you may find that meditation, yoga, listening to music, or simply breathing deeply will relieve your stress. Research shows that these practices can enhance the immune system as well as the mind’s ability to influence bodily function and relieve symptoms. Mind-body (or stress-reduction) interventions use a variety of techniques to help you relax mentally and physically. Examples include meditation, guided imagery, and healing therapies that tap your creative outlets such as art, music or dance.  If this interests you, seek out guidance or instruction to help you become your own “expert” on entering into a peaceful, rejuvenated state. Wellness Communities and Gilda’s Clubs across the country offer mind-body therapy and guided imagery programs on a monthly basis. Enter your zip code into the dark gray box on the right side of this page to find an affiliate near you.  

Do What You Can, Admit What You Can’t

Throughout these ten tips, we’ve touched on many tasks associated with caring for a loved one. Even seasoned caregivers find themselves caught up in the whirlwind of appointments, daily errands and medicine doses. No one can do everything.  It’s O.K. to acknowledge your limits. Come to terms with feeling overwhelmed (it will happen) and resolve to be firm when deciding what you can and cannot handle on your own. Your loved one needs you.  You cannot do this alone.  Together, you can get through. – See more at: http://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/MainMenu/Family-Friends/Caregiving/Tips-for-Caregivers.html#sthash.1Ys0upem.dpuf]]>

Texas Health Resources and Cancer Support Community

Texas Health Resources and Cancer Support Community expanding access to services for patients and their families

Cambridge Mindful Living Foundation leads philanthropic efforts with gift 

ARLINGTON, TEXAS, Aug. 27, 2013 – Cancer affects more people than just the person diagnosed with the disease.  It also affects the family and friends of people who are living with cancer. Texas Health Resources has joined with Cancer Support Community North Texas to create one of the most comprehensive cancer care networks in North Texas.  The collaboration supports Texas Health’s  philosophy of treating the whole individual – body, mind and spirit – and recognizes the need to embrace not only the patient’s physical condition but also the emotional, spiritual, family and social impact of the illness. A generous gift from the Cambridge Mindful Living Foundation in support of the endeavor is leading fundraising efforts on behalf of cancer patients and their families. The Foundation is a philanthropic organization founded by Dallas-based healthcare real estate developer Cambridge Holdings, Inc. Cambridge chairman and CEO Jean-Claude Saada said, “Cancer Support Community’s expertise in offering essential support to cancer patients and their loved ones reinforces Texas Heath’s patient-centered philosophy and will mean the most comprehensive cancer care in North Texas. Cambridge is proud to support this important initiative.” Cancer Support Community North Texas provides information about cancer treatment and help in managing the illness and coping with emotions related to cancer. They also provide patients and families with wellness education and support for managing disruptions in work, school and family relationships. Cancer Support Community North Texas is part of a national organization encompassing a network of more than 50 local affiliates across the country with 30 years of expertise in psychological oncology. All services provided by Cancer Support Community are free and include educational presentations, support groups and networking groups, a children’s support program, social events, nutrition seminars, and workshops such as yoga, meditation and reiki as well as bereavement support. The alliance will provide patients and families who are dealing with cancer access to expanded social and emotional support services close to home. Initial plans include Cancer Support Community North Texas facilities on the campuses of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. “Our goal is to couple advanced medical treatment with compassionate, respectful care for the whole patient and for those who love and support the patient,” said Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources.  “The people of Cancer Support Community share similar values that focus on every patient as a unique individual.  We deeply appreciate the passion and dedication to serving people with cancer that members of Cancer Support Community bring to this relationship.  We are also extremely grateful for the generous financial commitment made by Cambridge in support of expanding emotional and social support for our patients.” “Cancer Support Community’s vision is to see that no one has to face cancer alone. Our plan has long been to be in communities throughout North Texas so that anyone impacted by cancer has a place to find answers, support and social interaction close to home. We are grateful to Texas Health for this opportunity to locate on their campuses and to Cambridge for their generous support of this important endeavor,” said Mirchelle Louis, CEO of Cancer Support Community North Texas. The alliance between Texas Health and Cancer Support Community is non-exclusive. Patients being treated at facilities other than Texas Health are welcome to take advantage of the services offered at all Cancer Support Community locations.  Texas Health also has relationships with other cancer support service providers.  “Our ultimate goal is to provide cancer patients with comprehensive care,” Hawthorne added.  “We will bring together like-minded organizations in an environment that fosters collaboration and encompasses the whole spectrum of needs.”   About Cancer Support Community North Texas Cancer Support Community exists to ensure that 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 is a place where people with cancer and their families and friends are learning to live with cancer, and hopefully beyond it.  The community is their lifeline to strength, hope, support and guidance.  The effects are often life-changing.   About Texas Health Resources Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley Hospitals, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.texashealth.org.   About Cambridge Holdings, Inc. Founded in 1987, Cambridge is a Dallas-based real estate firm specializing in the development and management of healthcare facilities, healthy communities and health enhancing services across the United States. Cambridge projects are sustainable, vibrant places in which to receive health and wellness services, to live, work, learn and innovate. By design, they promote and support personal and societal well-being, in keeping with Cambridge’s passion for making positive differences in the lives of people and communities we serve. For more information about Cambridge, call 1-888-522-5624, extension 318. ]]>

Cancer Support Community Cancer Experience Registry

What is the Cancer Experience Registry? It is a community of people touched by cancer where the primary focus is on collecting, analyzing and sharing information about the experience and needs of the patient and family throughout the cancer journey. Why is it important? There is a need to include social and emotional care as an integral part of cancer care. This has been shown to improve quality of life and also health outcomes of cancer survivors. The information collected from the registry will be used to inform the future of cancer care, develop programs and offer services to more effectively address the emotional and social needs of people affected by cancer. Who is eligible to participate? The Cancer Experience Registry is open to people touched by any type of cancer. Whether you were recently diagnosed, you are undergoing treatment or you are years past treatment, you are eligible to participate. By joining, you can make a difference in improving the quality of life and wellbeing of people touched by cancer. How to participate? If you have ever been diagnosed with cancer, please join now and share your experience with us. Your personal information will be protected. Also, if you know somebody who has been diagnosed with cancer at any point in the past please encourage them to join. You can join by clicking on the link below!   For more information, visit http://www.cancersupportcommunity.org/MainMenu/ResearchTraining/Cancer-Experience-Registry.html.]]>

15th Annual Hispanic Wellness Fair

Immunizations for children • Blood pressure checks • Body fat analysis • Cardiovascular education • Cholesterol screenings • Child safety information • Dental screenings • Depression screenings • Diabetes screenings • HIV/AIDS screenings • Mammograms and cancer• AAscreenings • Medical consultations • Nutrition education • Parenting information • Respiratory screenings • Stroke information • Vision screenings

New Services: Here are some of the new services that will be provided at the fair.
  • Hearing Test for 17 & older provided by Pleasant Ridge Internal Medicine
  • Vision screening for adults provided by Community Eye Clinic
  • Ask a Pharmacist provided by ReCept Pharmacy
  • Healthy Cooking Demonstrations provided by American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association
  • Exercise Demonstrations provided by YMCA
  Schedule for the day:
  • 8:30 a.m. Short program emceed by City of Fort Worth Councilman Sal Espino. We encourage you to join us. If you would like to attend, you will have access to enter the exhibit hall before opening the doors to the public.
  • 9:00 a.m. Doors open to the Fair
  • Lunch is from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.
  • 2:00 p.m. Event closes
For more information go to HispanicWellnessCoalition.org.  ]]>

Dominoes Help Create Community

“Ready to play dominoes?” If you’re around the clubhouse on a Monday evening, this is the most important question of the night! Dedicated volunteers Cathy Susie and Heather Barthlow have been playing dominoes with members since 2012, and they have even roped a new recruit, Whitney Hanlon, into the fun! The game is the same every week, but it’s not the score that’s important. The friendships that have been formed over this year have seen every member at the table through ups and downs, happiness and heartache, and even a clubhouse move! “I know we’ve finished our volunteer hours, but can we come in and play dominoes with the guys? We miss them!” asked Heather as soon as CSC reopened in April after relocating. Relationships are at the core of CSC’s mission, and we know the benefits those special connections bring to our members, volunteers, and staff. Did you know?

  • The estimated value of volunteer time for 2012 is $22.14 per hour.
  • Volunteers at CSC contribute over 3,000 hours of service each year.
  • CSC is the 3rd largest volunteer placement for the Junior League of Dallas.
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Tarrant County Clubhouse Opening in July

Here we grow…again! We are excited to announce that CSC-NT has opened another satellite office at Texas Health Harris MethodistHospital Alliance, which is located at Golden Triangle Blvd. and I-35W in Ft. Worth, Texas. The new Tarrant County clubhouse is open Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. With the opening of the new clubhouse, also comes the welcoming of the new Tarrant County Program Manager, Cynthia (Cyndy) Cervantes. Cyndy comes to CSC-NT from the field of foster care services, and most recently was the Director of Social Services for a large foster care agency. She is no stranger to CSC-NT, as she completed an internship back in 2009. Come visit the Tarrant County clubhouse and give her a warm welcome! [caption id="attachment_1394" align="alignleft" width="150"]Cindy Cervantes Cyndy Cervantes[/caption] CSC’s same comprehensive program of support for persons impacted by cancer will be offered at the Tarrant County location, including support groups, educational presentations, wellness workshops, and social activities. Stay tuned for more details! While the phone number is pending at this location, you can call 214-345-8230 for more information.]]>

One Run for Cancer 2013 in September

Cancer Run Katy Trail Dallas TexasOur 3rd annual ONE RUN will be held September 28th, 2013 at Reverchon Park in Dallas. The event begins with registration at 7 am, and includes a 1K walk, a 5K walk, and a 5K fun run along the Katy Trail, followed by a post-run celebration featuring food, family fun activities, and a high-energy performance by VOCAL TRASH. This year’s honorary chair is Marty Turco, former Dallas Stars goaltender – “the smartest goaltender in the NHL“. To sign up or for more information go to OneRunTexas.org.]]>