“The biggest step is opening the door to a Wellspring centre, but once you do, the welcome is so great,” says Vivian Weinert a Wellspring member since 2004. “I just took a deep breath, walked in and I immediately felt safe. I felt like I was home. You need a lot of caring and love when you are going through cancer and Wellspring gives you just that.”
Although Vivian participated in a variety of programs at Wellspring Westerkirk House, she feels that the Healing Journey program was what saved both her life and her sanity. “I really enjoyed all six levels because each level gave me new knowledge, helped me learn about myself and helped me learn how to cope with my emotions.”
“I started donating to Wellspring because I believed the organization saved my life. Without the support and learning gained at Wellspring, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” says Vivian. “I wanted to see that type of help extended to others, just the way it was to me.”
Vivian has been donating to Wellspring annually since 2005. “To receive, you have to give and vice versa. I look at donating and giving back as a pleasure not as a demand. I encourage people to give as much as they can because the funds given to Wellspring are used directly to help others going through cancer.
Always awed by the fact that Wellspring does not receive any hospital or government funding, and that people can use the programs at no charge with no questions asked is what drives Vivian to continue to spread the word about Wellspring whenever she meets someone who has a connection to cancer.
“Wellspring is a community where people can meet others who are experiencing similar emotions and are in similar situations. I tell them to just walk in the door and they’ll never again feel like they’re alone, and that is so important when you are going through cancer.”
“Wellspring gave me the strength to get through cancer and it provided me with comfort and hope. What I learned at Wellspring is worth a million dollars, so I always make sure that each year, I give a little bit of it back” says Vivian. “And remember to keep the JOY in your heart.”