Support group for cancer caregivers offered in Blue Hill

Emotional support in a group setting for those caring for loved ones with cancer

ELLSWORTH: The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center in collaboration with Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County and Friendship Cottage will be offering a series of support groups during the month of June to help provide emotional support to cancer caregivers.

A cancer diagnosis not only affects the patient, but also their loved ones, in particular those who take responsibility for becoming caregivers during and after treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, most caregivers face some degree of depression, anxiety, and fear when cancer becomes part of their lives.”

Thanks to a grant from Thriving in Place Downeast, a project of Healthy Peninsula and its community partners, the Beth Wright Center will be hosting three weekly cancer caregiver support group meetings in Blue Hill. The groups will be facilitated by Janice Ronco of Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County and Anne Ossanna of Friendship Cottage and are open to anyone who is or has been a caregiver for someone with cancer.

“Caring for a loved one with cancer can be exhausting and overwhelming, and it can be hard to put ourselves first when we are caring for someone else who is sick,” says Naomi Graychase, Program and Volunteer Coordinator at the Beth Wright Center. “Our center serves not just cancer patients, but their caregivers, as well. We know that helpers need helping, too.”

The groups will be held at the Blue Hill Public Library on Mondays: June 12th, June 19th, and June 26th from 10-11:30 a.m.

There is no charge to attend and everyone is welcome. Drop-ins are welcome or interested caregivers can call the Beth Wright Center at 207-664-0339 or email [email protected] to register.

What: Cancer Caregiver Support Group
When: Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m., June 12th, 19th, 26th
Where: Blue Hill Public Library
Contact: Naomi Graychase, Program and Volunteer Coordinator, Beth Wright Center, [email protected], 207-664-0339

The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the needs of cancer patients, cancer survivors, and their caregivers in Hancock and Washington Counties. For thirteen years, we have been offering hope, knowledge, and support to cancer patients and their families in Downeast Maine. Find us on Facebook.

This entry was posted in News. June 5, 2017