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Ongoing Support Groups
No one understands what a cancer patient is feeling and thinking as well as another cancer patient.
Realizing this, the Cancer Resource Center offers a wide array of support groups and programs that give the patients and their families the opportunity to gather and share.
C.H.A.N.C.E. - Head & Neck Cancer
Oncology professionals discuss special challenges & concerns for anyone diagnosed with head & neck cancer. To register, call 703.558.6913. 4th Wednesday of every month 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Breast Cancer Patients with Children
Join other mothers to discuss living with a breast cancer diagnosis & raising a family. 4th Friday of every month 1:00 - 2:30 pm
“Opening Windows” - Recurrent/Metastatic Cancer
Share experiences, thoughts, concerns with other people with metastatic/recurrent cancer. Facilitated by an oncology counselors. Call 703.558.6913 to register. 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:30 am
"Man to Man" - Prostate Cancer
Discussion group for men and their spouses or significant others. Co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Facilitators: prostate cancer survivor and oncology social worker. No registration required.
4th Tuesday of every month 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Mindfulness & StressNEW!
A support group for people interested in using mindfulness to reduce stress. In the Cancer Resource Library. 4th Wednesday 1:00 - 2:00 pm
"Support Sisters" - Early Stage Breast Cancer
Women with breast cancer discuss sexuality, self-esteem, emotional changes, as well as effective coping techniques. Facilitator: oncology social worker. No registration required. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Enjoy a free half-hour of Reiki, a gentle, non-invasive, ancient form of healing. Appointment is required. Please call 703.558.6284. 2nd Friday of each month 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Write Away Group
Writers or aspiring writers with cancer meet and share what they have written about diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. View a published poem, "Rose", by a member of the Write Away Group! Call 703.558.6913 for meeting dates and times.
Healing Through Art
An art therapist faciliates a group to show participants how to use art media to cope with a cancer diagnosis. To register, call 703.558.5555. 3rd Wednesday of every month 7:00 - 8:00 pm
A Poem From The "Write Away" Cancer Support Group
By Katherine Traynham From: Can You Come Here Where I Am? Poetry and prose of seven breast cancer survivors E.M. Press, 1998
My mother gave me a rose for my birthday. A tea rose, Chrysler Imperial, blood red. I planted it in the front yard So I would see it, coming and going. I'd just gotten married. It bloomed every year, the most beautiful reds On eighteen inch stems (From June to September).
My mother gave me a rose for my birthday The year I stopped loving roses. The year after my chemo. I saw its perfection despite my neglect, And though I have never put stock in such signs I took it inside and put it in a crystal vase And showed my daughter what I didn't believe: This rose shouldn't be here, in May, as I said. (They bloom here from June to September).
My mother gave me a rose for my birthday. John Kennedy whites, pale and creamy and lush. I planted it in the front yard So I would see it all summer long. She told me white was for memory. Grandmother was gone now. It bloomed every year. I fed it, and the red (From June to September).
You feed them and tend to the canes when they're done. I put them in the front yard, you know, So you can see them coming and going And the John Kennedy white, - that's for memory. My mother gave me this rose for my birthday.