As women, we are often called upon to serve as caregivers for our loved ones while also contending with career and social obligations. So when cancer strikes, we may find ourselves in the unfamiliar position of needing the same kind of compassion and support we so often devote to others. Fortunately, the cancer journey is one that no woman has to travel alone.
The Wellness Community - Arizona (TWC) has been supporting cancer survivors and their families since when we first opened our doors in March, 1999. Our mission is to provide “the other half of cancer care” through a diverse range of cancer-specific education, nutrition, exercise, stress management, and art and music therapy programs. Today, we offer more than 100 free monthly programs, including professionally-led support groups, educational workshops and mind/body classes utilizing the “Patient Active Concept,” in which people impacted by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope, regardless of the stage of disease.
Last year, we hosted close to 13,000 visits at our historic home in downtown Phoenix, a 2,400-square-foot historic bungalow that provides the foundation of a nurturing environment that is a welcome respite from the clinical setting of many hospitals, medical offices and clinics. Also sharing our one-acre property are the Phoenix Suns Exercise and Wellness Center and a 2,200-square-foot, state-of-the-art Teen and Family Center, where we offer education, support and cancer wellness programs for teens and families living with cancer.
TWC recently established a Cancer Support Network™, founded upon partnerships with leading hospitals like John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center and the Comprehensive Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital. We’re also reaching out to serve new areas of the Valley by forging alliances with community organizations like Premiere Oncology of Arizona, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center and Valle Del Sol Latino Cultural Center, and faith-based organizations like Paradise Valley United Methodist Church.