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Cancer Support Group Offered
October 28, 2008

Beginning in November, Clay County Medical Center will offer, Living with Cancer, a support group for those who are coping with the challenge of cancer.  This group includes individuals fighting the disease; friends and family who are sharing the challenge; those who have survived cancer and those who have lost loved ones to the disease.  The group will meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month, from 5:00-6:00 p.m., in the Education Center on the second floor of the northeast wing of the hospital.

The National Cancer Institute reports that people who have been diagnosed with cancer and their families face many challenges that leave them feeling overwhelmed, afraid, and alone. It can be difficult to cope with these challenges or to talk to even the most supportive family members and friends. Often, support groups can help people affected by cancer feel less alone and can improve their ability to deal with the uncertainties and challenges that cancer brings. Support groups give people an opportunity to meet and discuss ways to cope.  The mission statement for Clay County Medical Center is to:  Provide quality medical care; offer comprehensive services for our communities; treat others with respect and dignity; and to maintain fiscal responsibility.  Living with Cancer is just one way to fulfill that mission.

Those participating in the group provide reassurance and practical advice. For example, a patient getting ready for treatment might want to prepare meals ahead and freeze them.  Even though cooking a meal is not possible, heating something up might be manageable.  That kind of practical advice often comes from someone in a support group.

For more information about the Living with Cancer support group you can contact Sally Chestnut, Director of Social services at Clay County Medical Center (785-632-2144) or at home (785-632-2018).