Covenant Health offers a support group for anyone who has survived any type of cancer. The support group will meet next on Thursday, July 19 from 7-8 p.m. at the Joe Arrington Cancer Center Chapel.
According to the American Cancer Society, over 13 million people in the United States are cancer survivors, partially due to strides made in cancer detection and advances in treatment.
The support group has many different functions. The group provides support and allows survivors to share experiences. It also allows survivors to connect with one another and celebrate the large and small successes.
Joe Velasquez, the patient and community services supervisor at Joe Arrington Cancer Center facilitates the support groups. He explains that there are members of the support group that have participated for the entire time the support group has existed, which is over 15 years.
"Those individuals are highly important as the reason they are there is not for themselves, but to give the new members support and to share their experiences from having cancer," Velasquez said. "All of this is a huge benefit to the newer members of the group who still may be undergoing treatment or may have questions or fears about what is in their future."
The Joe Arrington Cancer Center Chapel is located inside the main entrance of the cancer center. For more information about the support group call 806.725.8002.