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Cancer and the process of fighting it can have many effects on the body. Mercy developed Thrive to empower patients with the tools to deal with the burdens of this devastating disease.
Get more than just treatment. Come full circle on your road to recovery with another component of Mercy's comprehensive cancer services.
Gems of Hope Inc. is a nonprofit organization that offers gifts of jewelry mounted on inspirational cards to cancer patients. The patients are invited, along with family and friends, to attend workshops to create these works of art for others. Gems of Hope provides unique opportunities for patients to connect with others. Exposure to inspirational quotes and access to a resource library become the true gems that patients can carry through their treatment and beyond.
Cancer Really Sucks is a website designed for teenagers by teenagers who have loved ones facing cancer. This could be family members or friends diagnosed with cancer. With a mission to help teens deal with questions and emotions of cancer, the Cancer Really Sucks website provides strategies to cope. Teens are able to post stories about their situations & questions on the Message Board link, speak with other teens through a monthly live chat and find strategies to cope under the "How to Deal" link.
After-breast cancer support group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center Community Room. For more information, call 365-HOPE (4673) or (800) 642-6329.
Live By Living provides transformative outdoor experiences for cancer survivors and their caregivers. Their day hikes are structured to help you build up your strength and stamina, find solace in the beauty of nature, and make new friends with people who understand what you’ve been through. They're cancer-based, but not cancer-focused. Learn more about Iowa and Illinois events.
The American Cancer Society offers a variety of programs. For more information, call (319) 365-5241.
If the inability to pay is preventing you or someone you know from having breast care, Especially for You funds are available. Call (319) 221-8889.
The following are book examples available to check out by calling Hall-Perrine Cancer Center at (319) 221-8771:
Current copies of books chosen by Gems of Hope, a local advocacy group, are available at Mercy's Watts Medical Library or Hall-Perrine Cancer Center.