Letter: Cancer Walk & Talk is fantastic
Maybe you’ve seen us on Thursday mornings, walking near the hospital, in good weather and bad. Men and women, various ages and fitness levels, we have one thing in common — our lives were touched by cancer. Our cancers run the gamut; multiple myeloma, skin cancer, male as well as female breast cancer, prostate cancer, etc., and we are at different places in our treatment, but we all benefit from exercising together and then checking in with each other.
We walk from 10 to 11 a.m. and then talk from 11 to noon. Group founder Nancy Reinisch brings a healthy recipe each week, and clinical social worker Diane Carnoali leads us in a relaxation as we leave to face another week. Once a year, we collaborate on Cancer Kits for the newly diagnosed. We obtain skin lotion, tea, gentle toothbrushes, journals and pens, and other helpful items and put them together in colorful fabric bags. This year, the cancer center needs 200, and we¹ll make them on April 9.
Valley View Hospital provides our Walk & Talk group with a lovely meeting room (the chapel) and with a beverage from the hospital coffee shop when we finish our walk. We’re grateful to Valley View, and for September, our hard-working barista, and for our volunteer, Trish, who brings our coffees. We meet at 10 a.m. every Thursday in the Valley View Hospital chapel. Some folks choose to come just for the talking portion, and that’s fine.
I was bald as a bean when I started coming, and the group made me feel both welcome and confident that my hair would grow back and my strength would return. The Cancer Walk & Talk group is a fantastic source of support during a frightening time. If you or someone you know would benefit from this group, please spread the word.
Deb Williams, Triple Negative Breast Cancer survivor
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