Virtual Support for People Living with Cancer & their Loved Ones

During this difficult time where citizens of DFW counties have been ordered to “shelter in place,” Cancer Support Community North Texas has been working diligently to transition many of our support services to a virtual platform so that everyone can stay safe while still having access to much needed support.

Our support groups are up and running through Zoom for current members:

Wellness Support Group (for those in active treatment)

Family and Friends Support Group

Metastatic Support Group

Post Treatment Support Group

Living with Loss Support Group

Amigos Unidos (Spanish speakers support group)

We are also offering our membership process virtually. Our support groups are FREE to people living with cancer, survivors, as well as friends and family members. You just need to become a member of Cancer Support Community to access them. People can sign up for a virtual membership appointment by emailing one of our Program Managers:

Angela Sims, Dallas Program Manager: asims@cancersupporttexas.org

Catherine Nandy, Plano Program Manager: cbolton@cancersupporttexas.org

Stacey Birst-Yates, Fort Worth Program Manager: sbirstyates@cancersupporttexas.org

In addition to our support groups, Cancer Support Community North Texas is offering many of the same classes and presentations that our members are used to attending in person on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/CSCNT These are available to the public. Here are a few examples: Cancer & Nutrition, Managing Pain, Clearing and Renewing Meditation, Gentle Exercise, Qigong, Understanding Disability (Spanish language video), Boredom Busters: Making Bath Bombs, and for the kiddoes – Making Slime, and many more. Each video premieres at a certain time and date and is then available permanently. For a complete list of our live and pre-recorded Facebook videos, just click on “Videos” on the menu at the left of the page.

Here are some other local virtual resources:

“Living with Breast Cancer and COVID-19. What you need to know about mastectomy and reconstruction surgery during this uncertain time”  –  video will premiere live on the AiRS Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery Facebook page this Thursday 4/2/2020:

https://www.facebook.com/events/656085461633518/

“How to Overcome ANXIETY and FEAR in a Corona Virus World: The Spiritual Response” – InnerWellbeing (Spanish subtitles available): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsSx0e6HCYQ&t=937s

Young Adult Virtual Support Group for anyone ages 18-39 who currently has or has had cancer in the past – Young Adult Support Program at Simmons Cancer Center UT Southwestern: contact Alex Huffman, LCSW, OSW-C, Clinical Social Worker at youngadults@utsouthwestern.edu or text/call 214-267-UTYA (8892). https://utswmed.org/cancer/support-services/young-adult-cancer-support/

(the web page says support groups have been cancelled, but will be updated to reflect the virtual group)