In the spirit of February, the month of love, we decided to profile a couple that attends Wellspring Downtown Toronto.
Rick and Anita learned about Wellspring Downtown Toronto through a family member when Rick was facing his third bout of cancer, all of which were unrelated to one another. The husband and wife came to Wellspring in the hope of speaking to others who had gone through the same cancer and surgery. “We went to Wellspring together,” says Anita. “It is so comforting and welcoming. The staff and leaders are wonderful.”
Rick participated in Healing Journey Levels 1, 2 and 3 as well as the Cancer Exercise program. “I give the programs two thumbs up. “I felt I was able to express myself and be open with my emotions. Apart from Anita, I don’t really have many people to talk to about my experience, so Wellspring is reassuring. There I am surrounded by others going through similar situations. The Exercise program also helped me to improve my fitness level, focusing on increasing my lung capacity which my doctor had recommended following my surgery.”
Anita believes it is so important to have a place that both caregivers and patients can attend. “I definitely see the positive impact Wellspring has had on Rick. He needs to talk about what he is going through and I can only listen. I am so happy that he can go to Wellspring to speak with others who understand. He has been able to meet people at Wellspring, and he has now formed relationships. For me, I’ve found great benefit from the Reiki and from attending the Be Well Talks along with Rick. I also really appreciate receiving periodic phone calls from Wellspring volunteers to check in on us. Wellspring really cares. Having this type of support available at no charge is amazing. It would be so difficult for people to pay for these programs if they were off work due to cancer.”
“People at Wellspring are genuine,” says Rick. “Over the years, there have been occasions when I have felt discouraged about what life has thrown at me but I don’t feel that way at Wellspring. If there weren’t programs like the Healing Journey there would be many lost souls. People often feel abandoned going through cancer and Wellspring is a place for people in similar situations to unite. Wellspring has been so important to us that we have decided to leave a bequest. We want to keep the programs alive in the future.”