A gathering of the majority of our support group facilitators was held on July 22. This group photo was taken to commemorate the event.
Pictured, left to right, top row to bottom row:
Denise Krouse, EvergreenHealth Living with Metastatic Cancer Support Group
Pamela Krueger, Cancer Lifeline Clinical Program Administrator
Ada Pang, EvergreenHealth Breast Friends Support Group
Trenecsia Wilson, Valley Medical Hope in Your Heart & Survivorship Groups
Basha Brownstein, UWNW Women’s Group & Living with Cancer Group
Vivian Foxx, UWNW Living with Metastatic Cancer & Lymphedema Groups
Courtney Zier, Virginia Mason Living with Cancer & Dorothy O’Brien Young Adult
Grace Yang, Dorothy O’Brien Young Adult Cancer Support Group
Keri McLerran, Virginia Mason Federal Way Living with Cancer Support Group
Brenda Joy, EvergreenHealth Gastrointestinal Cancers Support Group
Dianne Graham, EvergreenHealth Bosom Buddies & Overlake Living with Cancer Groups
Tricia Matteson, EvergreenHealth Living with Cancer & Oral, Head and Neck Cancer
Support Groups and UW Valley Women’s Cancer Support Group
Not Pictured but Present: Sandi Johnson, EvergreenHealth Lung Cancer Support Group
We spent the afternoon and early evening together, connecting to one another and sharing about the experience of facilitating the many support groups Cancer Lifeline offers (all groups are currently online).
Our agenda included; a warm-in round of self-introductions, small group breakouts about how facilitating support groups have affected each of us, several renewal practices to support the well-being of our facilitators (guided meditation, nervous system reset sequence, journaling, independent nature walk), a teach-in about the latest developments in psychological science related to support groups, and a discussion plenary about shared topics of interest. We shared a meal in the middle and supported one another as professional colleagues. Each of our support group facilitators is an amazing member of our Cancer Lifeline community and getting to experience natural connections together made for an inspiring experience. We hope to offer connecting retreats to nourish our support group facilitators on a regular, ongoing basis.