Cancer support center has new facilitator, meeting place
FORT MOHAVE — Being the light in what often is a person’s darkest time is what We Care Cancer Support Center, Inc., is all about.
The resource center is many things to many people — from patients who have been diagnosed recently to those who have survived and thrived — but its message is the same — no one has to face the monster alone.
The We Care office at 1225 Hancock Road, Suite 202, offers a variety of services, including information, items for patients going through treatment, including wigs and prosthetics, financial help with travel expenses, and co-pays and prescriptions on a limited basis.
In addition to the practical items for day-to-day living, the most important resource We Care offers is a strong support system.
Consisting of a strong network of volunteers, survivors share their personal stories and their wisdom with anyone seeking answers and help through monthly meetings.
However, organizers are moving their regularly scheduled gatherings to a more intimate, friendlier place, with a new facilitator at the helm.
The new volunteer support meeting facilitator is Lynn Mobley-Headrick.
“I’m a new breast cancer survivor,” she said. “I feel like I’m a good listener. I like to help people and I like being able to offer people a place where they can go and feel comfortable.”
Support group meetings will take place at The Cup at Roxy’s in Fort Mohave, across from Walmart at Hammer Road.
“I think it will be a nice change to have meetings here rather than the common room near our office on Hancock,” said Karen Morris, We Care spokesperson. “It’s non-clinical, it’s more relaxed, and it’s a healthier environment with all of the foods and drinks offered here. It’s a little different from what we’ve been doing. We wanted to make it fun and different.”
The Cup is a relatively new coffee shop offering natural and organic smoothies, pastries, gourmet coffees, sandwiches and more.
“We have a nice selection of teas, herbal, organic; we also have organic sugars that have no fructose, and we make a variety of pastries with it, including cinnamon rolls,” said Grace Black, employee of The Cup, cancer survivor and We Care volunteer.
“We always say ‘cancer doesn’t have me, I have cancer,’ ” she said. “Our meetings are about giving empowerment to the patient. Seventy-five percent of overcoming this disease is mental attitude. All three of us (Black, Morris and Mobley-Headrick ) are cancer survivors — that is not by accident. Our attitude has been to not take this, but to fight back and we want others to fight back, too.”
Organizers also plan on a more varied format for the monthly gatherings.
“We have special guest speakers and video presentations on occasion and the meetings are a chance for everyone to get to know each other,” Black added. “We’ll have teachings to educate, to inform for empowerment, recovery, we’ll talk about exercise, different facts to stay healthy, holistic alternatives to help and more. Our focus is to give information and give everyone a voice, to be a sounding board for everyone to be heard.”
The physical and emotional toll can leave patients spent, confining them to the four walls of their homes, she said.
“Sometimes the only time people go out is for the necessities, grocery shopping, doctors’ appointments and that’s it,” Black said. “But to take a little break and attend meetings in a place with a more relaxed atmosphere, that’s uplifting and different than what they do on a daily basis. It is a nice change. Come in, have a smoothie or a cup of tea. People here want to be here to help you.”
Meeting with survivors offers real life hope, she said.
“Being diagnosed with cancer is not a death warrant,” Black said. “You don’t have to look at it that way. People do lose their battles, but so many people are surviving and that doesn’t happen by accident. We are here to encourage, uplift, empower, educate and support.”
We Care hopes the addition of a new facilitator will encourage new participation, Morris said.
“We decided it was time to make some updates,” she said. “We wanted people to know we’ve made some good uplifting positive changes with our new facilitator and our new meeting place. Hopefully people will find it more comfortable and inviting.”
We Care Cancer Support meetings are held the third Thursday of each month. The next meeting is 11 a.m. Thursday at the Cup, 5221 Highway 95.
“Meetings are held rain or shine, no matter if one person or 25 people show up,” Morris said. “Come early or stay later. Now we’ll have it in a nice place that’s easy to find, it’s intimate, but fun.”
For more information call We Care Cancer Support at 928-299-5022, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. To contact Mobley-Headrick, call 661-547-7678.