group to meet in Grangeville
A Hope for Helping Others support group for survivors of breast cancer will meet at the Soltman Center in Grangeville at 10:00 a.m. every Monday in July. Co-facilitators for the group will be Carol McLean, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Sr. Corinne Forsman, SMHC Mission Integration Director.
“The goal of the group is for members to combine their knowledge and resources to help one another find ways to cope, to find peace and to face the future,” said McLean. “Every one has different ways of coping. Opening our arms and sharing that knowledge may help another person. That’s what the group is about, no matter when someone was diagnosed.” Both facilitators are breast cancer survivors.
The final session on Monday, July 30 will feature Doris Bevins, a lymphodema specialist from St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. Lymphodema is the swelling that can occur when lymph nodes are removed. She will talk about methods to lessen the likelihood of its occurrence and to help offset its effects.
According to McLean, anyone is welcome to attend the final educational session, even if they have not attended the prior support group sessions. “If enough people attend and are interested in continuing the group we will discuss the possibility of adding an educational component and having regular meetings beginning in the fall,” said McLean. “In the meantime, we’re hoping those who attend will find share their experiences and help others in the process.”
The facilitators will pull from their personal experiences and from a variety of information sources including the book, Fifty Things To Do If You Have Cancer.
The July 2,9,16, 23 and 30th sessions are free. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. Please contact Sr. Corinne, 208-507-1308 or Carol McLean, 208-926-7632 for further information or to informally register. The series is sponsored by St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics. The sessions will meet in the Soltman Center, Main Street, Grangeville.