Also known as ‘chemo-brain’, Brain Fog is the common term for changes in cognition (thinking) that often results from cancer and its treatments. Many cancer patients experience decreased memory, shorter attention spans, difficulty solving problems and a reduced ability to multi-task. Brain Fog is an educational program that teaches ways to improve cognitive functioning. Under the direction of an experienced professional leader, participants meet with others who are experiencing similar difficulties and learn proven strategies that can be adapted to individual needs. This program was developed by Maximum Capacity. Wellspring facilitators have completed extensive training through Maximum Capacity to facilitate this program.
Note:This program is offered online so that you can access it from the comfort and privacy of your home. You will need a PC or laptop, or tablet, with a camera and microphone. Home practice is required, along with a commitment to attend all sessions.
Relaxation and Visualization
This is a drop in program. No registration is required.
Also known as guided imagery, this program provides a relaxing and peaceful experience that can improve one’s sense of well-being, reduce stress and provide skills to help cope with a cancer diagnosis. This program is a good starting place for new members. As well as being introduced to others as a support group and networking opportunity, you will learn various coping strategies. Relaxation and Visualization is led by a professional program leader who leads the group in guided mediation followed by a guided imagery session and a group discussion.
This is a six-week educational and support program designed to help cancer patients achieve a successful and sustained return to work following an absence due to cancer. Under the leadership of a professional program leader, topics include readiness to work, need for accommodation by your employer, treatment side-effects that may impact job performance, and how to get ready for the return.
Note: This program is offered online so that you can access it from the comfort and privacy of your home. You will need a PC or laptop, or tablet, with a camera and microphone. Registration is required, and only cancer patients who are preparing to return to work should participate. Home practice is required, along with a commitment to attend all six session.
Back at Work: Moving Beyond Cancer and Letting Go
Many people who are back at work may feel detached or separate from the cancer world, yet cancer is still very much a part of their life. You might be having trouble letting go of cancer, or feel like you are still processing that journey. This session will help you move beyond your cancer if you are feeling stuck. It will help you identify how your cancer journey may be impacting our work like and will offer helpful strategies to reduce your focus on cancer.
Please Note: Only those who have already transitioned back into the workplace following an illness should participate in this session.
Back at Work: Managing Stress in the Workplace
It is well known that stress can influence our health and ability to cope. For many cancer patients, their diagnosis and treatment was likely a period of time that includes great stress. Returning to work and being back at work can be an equally stressful time. Ongoing stress at work can reduce our ability to perform well and to deal effectively with workplace demands and conflicts. This session will provide helpful strategies for managing stress at work.
This is a drop-in program. No registration is necessary.
This gentle style of yoga is for patients who are in the process of regaining their general health and wellness, as well as for those who are experiencing significant adverse physical symptoms that require a modified approach. Wellspring Yoga is designed to provide a fulfilling yoga experience while also transferring skills and techniques to support self-managed yoga practice outside of Wellspring. The program includes demonstration of various yoga poses that use meditation and breathing techniques and participants follow along only to the extent they are able.
Nutrition is important at any stage of the cancer journey. Wellspring’s Nourish program provides many different sessions on cancer and nutrition using latest research to teach the fundamentals of good nutritional practices for cancer patients and, in many instances, includes cooking demonstrations, food sampling and take-home recipes. If you, or someone you are caring for is experiencing side-effects of treatment that make eating difficult, or want to know more about how healthy eating can aid in cancer recovery and reduce the risk of cancer coming back, then these sessions are for you.
The programs above are offered either at The Sobey Cancer Support Centre or at the Weekend Kitchen Space at Sobeys Clayton Park, 287 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, Nova Scotia.