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Overview

Wellspring offers a wide range of programs, each designed and proven to help you, or your
loved ones, overcome the many challenges associated with a diagnosis of cancer.

Below you can review the programs available. On your first visit to a Wellspring centre a Peer Support Volunteer will meet with you and privately talk with you to help select, and access, all the programs that are best suited to your particular needs, your interests and your time.

The Right Program at the Right Time

The following legend will help you assess the time and energy you will need for each program:

Drop in programDrop-In Programs: These programs require no ongoing commitment and are especially helpful for those who are not feeling well, are in treatment or are coping with symptoms that make commitment difficult.

Registration or appointment requiredRegistration or Appointment Required: These programs require a commitment to attend all sessions.

Registration and home practice requiredRegistered Programs with Home Practice: A commitment to attend all session is required, as is a commitment to home practice.

You will also note that programs are available for both patients and caregivers, for patients only, and for caregivers only.

Advanced Cancer

Patients with advanced disease can experience a significant sense of isolation from the broader cancer community. The Oasis Advanced Cancer Program is a series of program-based opportunities for patients to come together for support, networking and for life-enhancing activities.

Members who wish to join any of the following programs, are asked to speak with the centre manager, who will arrange for the leader of the program to contact you before your first session.

[Leaf1]  Oasis Advanced Cancer Support Group

[Leaf1]  Oasis Art Expression Studio

[Leaf1]  Oasis Cancer Exercise

Bereavement Programs

Wellspring offers a special bereavement program, providing emotional, spiritual and psychosocial support for individuals and families who have recently lost a loved one to cancer.

Drop in program  Bereavement Support Group

Drop in program  Peer Support

Drop in program  Energy Programs

Emotional Support

These easily accessible programs, commonly attended by new members, provide a safe and confidential place to share personal feelings and concerns with others in similar situations. Each program utilizes various strategies to help people manage their emotional well-being.

You might think about participating in an emotional support program if you are feeling isolated, want a safe place to acknowledge difficult emotions, have a challenge that requires a fast or personal response, or want to meet with others and learn how they are managing with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

Group Support

Programs for patients and caregivers:

Drop in program  Gay Men’s Support Group

Registration or appointment required  The Healing Journey

Programs for patients only:

Drop in program  Laryngectomy Support Group

[Leaf1]  Lymphoma Support Group

[Leaf1]  Men Talk

[Leaf1] Ovarian Cancer Support Group

[Leaf1]  Patients Connect: Support and Relaxation

[Leaf2]  Breast Cancer Support Group

Programs for caregivers only:

[Leaf1] Caregivers Connect: Support and Relaxation

 

Individual Support

Programs for patients and caregivers:

[Leaf1]  Peer Support

[Leaf2]  Energy Programs: Reiki, Therapeutic Touch or Healing Touch

[Leaf2]  Family Counselling

 

Coping Programs

[Leaf1]  Meditation

[Leaf1]  Relaxation and Visualization

 

Expressive Programs

Programs for patients only:

Registration or appointment required  Art Therapy

[Programs for patients and caregivers:

Drop in program  Drumming/Music Therapy

Practical Programs

Living with cancer brings many practical, real-life challenges, such as financial and childcare struggles, or preparing for a return to work when treatment is completed. Wellspring’s practical programs provide members with help to overcome challenges in the context of day-to-day, lifestyle issues.

You might think about participating in practical programs if you have taken a leave of absence from work, if you have drug costs not covered by OHIP, or require financial advisement, or if you require assistance in getting to and from programs.

Programs for patients only:

Registration or appointment required  Money Matters

Registration or appointment required  Money Matters Clinics (HR/Career Coach, LTD, Employment Law, Wills & Estates

Registration or appointment required  Returning to Work (Online)

Programs for patients and caregivers:

Registration or appointment required  Child Minding

Registration or appointment required Transportation

 

Physical/Functional

Health restoring programs have a focus on rehabilitation, with the goal of helping patients recover from the various physical, cognitive (thinking) or lifestyle impacts of cancer.

You might think about participating in a physical/functional program if you are experiencing fatigue, physical and/or mobility limitations, or want to improve lifestyle choices to achieve wellness and reduce the risk of a cancer recurrence.

Programs for patients only:

Drop in program  Yoga for Symptom Management

Registration and home practice required  Cancer Exercise

Registration and home practice required  Brain Fog

Programs for patients and Caregivers:

Drop in program   Yoga for Cancer Recovery

Drop in program  Qi Gong

Please notes: Health recovery requires time and energy. Some members choose to take these programs after their treatment is over and they have more time and energy available, while others choose to participate during their treatment. It is never too early to enhance health, but time and energy to attend these programs are required to realize full benefit.

Members with metastatic illness may also find that these programs support their well-being.

 

Programs for Parents and Children

Wellspring provides a variety of programs to help families living with cancer. Programs are available to help parents with cancer, as well as families that have a child with the illness. These family-focused programs provide support, information and coping skills to help all members of the family.

You might think about a program for parents and children if you have questions about how best to support your children, wish to learn about age-appropriate communication and coping strategies, or want to connect with other parents who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

When a parent has cancer:

Programs that include the whole family:
• Online Educational Guides (downloadable)
Family Counselling
Children’s and Parents’ Program
Children’s and Parents’ Events

When a child has cancer:

Programs for the whole family:
• Online Educational Guides (downloadable)
Paeds & Parents Family Counselling
Paeds & Parents Group
Paeds & Parents Events (fun and entertaining social events)

 

 

Information

Each phase of the cancer journey brings a different set of questions. Wellspring’s information programs provide credible, expert-led answers.

The Informational programs at Wellspring provide members with current information about cancer, teach some of the fundamentals of good nutritional practices and provide patients and caregivers with access to experts on a wide range of cancer-related topics.

You might think about participating in an informational program if you are experiencing side-effects of treatments that make eating difficult, if you are struggling to manage your weight during treatment, or if you are seeking information on topics such as complementary therapies, spirituality, coping with fears or regaining wellness.

Programs for patients and caregivers:

Drop in program  Lending Library / Resource Centre

Registration or appointment required   Well Talks @ Wellspring

Registration or appointment required   Nourish

 

Over Time

Although we understand that cancer treatment or recovery can take some time, we hope that a day will come when you have regained your health and no longer require the programs and services that Wellspring offers. At that point, Wellspring has recommendations for long-term health and wellness programs available in your community. These programs can help you stay well and retain the recovery you achieved.

Or, when you are ready, you might also consider offering your wisdom and experience through one of Wellspring’s many volunteer roles, such as Peer Support Volunteer, Front Desk Volunteer, Community Outreach or Fundraising Volunteer. Each role helps Wellspring help others, and full training is provided.