Canadian Cancer Society - No need to go it alone

    CALGARY, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - Knowing that you're not alone can make a world
of difference, especially to someone who is facing a cancer diagnosis. To make
sure that no one has to go through the experience alone, the Canadian Cancer
Society has launched a new series of support groups throughout Alberta.
    Each group is tailored for a specific group of people, some aimed at a
different age group or particular type of cancer. One such support group is
aimed at young women, aged 20 to 45, who have recently been diagnosed with
breast cancer.
    "I was very eager to meet other young women who were in the same
situation," says Sara Graling, one of the participants in a pilot group for
young women with breast cancer. "I remember those feelings of isolation and
having trouble relating to my old life. The support group really eliminated
those feelings."
    The pilot groups were so successful that they have evolved into the
Inspiring Hope Support Group Series, each consisting of eight two-hour
    "Community support groups can play a critical role in helping people
living with cancer cope during what can be a very challenging time in their
lives," says Lesley Washington, registered social worker and Manager of
Supportive Care for the Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division. "Our
intention is that these groups will truly inspire hope and improve quality of
life by bringing together those undergoing a similar experience for mutual
support and learning."
    Led by experienced healthcare professionals and cancer survivors, the
sessions are structured but allow for some flexibility in format and topics.
To make registration and accessibility easier, the Canadian Cancer Society has
created a new section on its website dedicated to its support services,
highlighting the Inspiring Hope Support Groups. The new section can be found
at or through the conventional site at

    About the Canadian Cancer Society

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization
of volunteers and employees whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the
enhancement of the quality of life for people living with cancer. When you
want to know more about cancer, visit our website at or call our
toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Deanna Kraus, (403) 541-5375, Media Relations Specialist, Canadian Cancer
Society, Alberta-NWT Division,

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