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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.
A fun, free three-session program designed to help children ages 5-12 cope with a loved one's cancer diagnosis. Each child will meet other children facing similar circumstances and will receive a free yoga kit and a Becky and the Worry Cup book and cup. The sessions are led by licensed social workers and a trained yoga instructor. Parents are invited to browse resource materials for their children as the children are in their session. Call the Gems of Hope office for more information: (319) 393-9681.
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.
Five-week series about cancer and coping skills for children (ages 5-12 years) who have a family member or friend with cancer. Contact Hall-Perrine Cancer Center at (319) 221-8771 for the next meeting date.
The following programs are offered: I Can Cope; Look Good Feel Better; Early Support; Reach to Recovery; Road to Recovery. For more information, call the American Cancer Society at (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 ReNew Image Center offers the best possible post-surgery and cancer-recovery products available.
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.