The following is just a sampling of some fantastic programs available to cancer patients in Alberta:
"At Wellspring, people living with cancer tell us what helps them the most – having access to information, receiving support, and learning new ways to cope. Wellspring Calgary exists to inform, support, and empower patients, families and caregivers by helping them to address the fear, isolation, disruption and practical problems which cancer can bring to our lives. All of our programs, services and resources are offered free of charge and without referral."
Sampling of programs offered free of charge:
- Peer Support - One-to-one support with trained volunteers who are cancer survivors or have been caregivers to a person with cancer to assist you through your cancer journey, for as long as you need
- Energy Programs - Reiki, Reflexology, Therapeutic Touch are gentle and soothing approaches to promoting health and well-being.
- Relaxation and Visualization - Also known as "Guided Imagery", uses mindfulness-based imagery and scripts to help reduce stress and achieve a sense of relaxation and calm.
- Expressive Arts - Class options include Chinese Calligraphy, Watercolor Techniques, Contemplative Arts Mixed Media, Journaling and more.
- Yoga - Yoga combines body awareness techniques through gentle stretching and movement with meditative and breathing exercises. It can help reduce stress as well as help you to achieve a sense of calm and well-being.
- Brain Fog - Brain fog, chemo brain and chemo fog are informal terms used to describe the cognitive deficits often associated with cancer and cancer treatment. Brain fog is an educational and experiential program that introduces participants to cognitive enhancement strategies.
- Healthy Steps - Moving you to Better Health with the Lebed Method, is a therapeutic research-based exercise and movement program designed to help you thrive!
- Return to Work Program - An eight-week program that covers: personal readiness to work, managing health, employment standards and legal rights and the management of finances and benefits.
2. Thrive Centre (University of Calgary Faculty of Kinesiology)
What: An innovative fitness facility aiming to empower and improve the quality of life of people affected by cancer. It is free for use for cancer patients, survivors and their support people. The gym is monitored by exercise specialists and volunteers who have specific cancer and exercise training.