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Hope, Compassion and Support for Cancer Survivors and their Loved Ones

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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.

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Paula- Thank you for this information about The Wellness Community in Phoenix. As an Arizona resident I have benefited from the programs and services your organization provides and have found them very helpful.

EmpowHER members who live in other communities will be glad to learn that The Wellness Community is an international nonprofit organization. You can find the main website here: http://www.thewellnesscommunity.org/Default.aspx

You can find information on US affiliates here: http://www.thewellnesscommunity.org/hc/Communities/Local-Communities/communities.aspx

You can find information on international affiliates here:

Even if you don't live in an area that has a location near you there is a lot of valuable information available to you through the website as well as 24x7 support from their online community. The Wellness Community is part of a larger organization now known as the Cancer Support Community. Backed by evidence that the best cancer care includes emotional and social support, the Cancer Support Community offers these services to all people affected by cancer. Likely the largest professionally-led network of cancer support worldwide, the organization delivers a comprehensive menu of personalized and essential services. Because no cancer care plan is complete without emotional and social support, the Cancer Support Community has a vibrant network of community-based centers and online services run by trained and licensed professionals.

June 22, 2010 - 6:47pm
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