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New Diagnosis

You’ve just gotten the news. Time to stop, take a breath and let us help you focus on the next step.

Emotional Support

When cancer invades, your world is turned upside down. While the medical community focuses on your physical health, there is no denying its impact on your emotional health – fear, a sense of the loss of control, anxiety and isolation – to name a few. We provide a safe space to process your emotions through a variety of ways – with a licensed mental health professional, a supportive group of peers who “get it” or a match with a volunteer who has walked a similar journey. 

  • Counseling – One-on-one assistance with a licensed mental health professional
  • Peer-to-Peer Network – Our peer-to-peer connection group is made up of compassionate, inspiring people who have walked a similar journey as you. The “Thrive Tribe” program is built around a variety of individuals with stories connected to cancer that want to help lighten the load for others. They’re ready to share how they’ve dealt with comparable situations or had the same questions.
  • Support Groups
    • Living with Cancer group listings
      • Tuesdays: 4:00 – 5:15 pm (currently meeting via Zoom)
  • My LifeLine

I have cancer, now what do I do?

First, take a deep breath… or better yet, several of them. When we are faced with shocking news, a series of chemical reactions begin to prepare our mind and body for action. Hearing your name used in the same sentence as cancer can be the emotional equivalent of an earthquake. Here are some initial steps:

  1. Learn the details of your cancer by asking your oncologist or nurse the following questions:
    1. Name of cancer
    2. Size and location
    3. Where it started
    4. Has it spread
    5. Is it considered aggressive or slow-growing
    6. What are the treatment options
    7. For each treatment option, what are the side-effects and the success rate
  2. Make a list of your support system – list everyone in your life who would be supportive in some way and who you could count on.
    1. Start with family

**Source: Edward T. Creagan, MD, Oncologist, Mayo Clinic

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