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We hope you’re having a great summer!
We can’t believe it’s July already! This summer is flying by!
We wanted to let you know that Cactus Cancer Society (formerly Lacuna Loft) will be pushing pause on programs through the month of July. We’ve got some pretty amazing things in the works and we’re very excited about getting back to you this August with more wonderful programs.
What do we plan on doing for the rest of the month? Trust us, it’s not a vacation ;). It’ll be business as usual over here as we strategically plan, grant write, program plan, evaluate, dream, network, and talk young adult cancer survivorship to anyone who will listen! We’ll also be moving into our new website for Cactus Cancer Society (pardon our dust in the interim, and more on that here), as well as going crazy at the chalkboard with Elephants and Tea planning out Gabfest 2021!
Don’t’ worry! While we’re busy behind the scenes, you’ll still be able to:
- Read through our blog! It dates back all the way through March of 2014, so there’s lots to read!
- Take part in a meditation series with Mamma G at Elephants and Tea on July 11th and July 18th!
- Sign up for our new Guy’s Discussion program! It premieres in August and we are SO excited about it.
- The next Survivorship Series has been announced! Register today!
- Check out our Grief to Gratitude workshop with Lov Yoga and Tara Picklo that is starting when we get back!
- Are you a healthcare provider? Get all the details on our FREE continuing education course with LCSW Jean Rowe, Nourish, Nurture, and Renew.
- And much, much more on our Upcoming Programs page!
In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you! Feel free to email email@example.com and tell us anything! From what new yummy recipe you’ve tried out, who your favorite Tik-Tok-er is, to what Pinterest fails (or wins!) you’ve been up to creating this summer! It could even be what you want to see more of here at Cactus Cancer Society, we want to hear it all!
Have a wonderful July and we’ll see you in August! 🙂
My name: Annie
Home: Billenica, MA
Favorite book: The Artist Way by Julia Cameron
Hero: I’m inspired by authentic people and those who shine their lights bright.
Superpower: Staying positive and putting one foot in front of the other.
Hardest challenge: Going through treatment and figuring out the “new normal”.
Guilty pleasure: Chocolate and House Hunters
Favorite Lacuna Loft Program: Unspoken Ink Creative Writing Program
Proudest moment: Nurturing my children and watching them grow.
The best piece of advice I’ve received: Take things one step at a time.
How I stay mentally healthy: Journaling, Yoga, Walking/ Jogging
Personal Mantra: Never give up, one day at a time, I love mantras!
My favorite part of being part of Lacuna Loft: Knowing that I’m not alone. Being part of a supportive and encouraging community.
Meet Leslie Palliere.
My name: Leslie Palliere
Home: Currently I live in Aiken, SC- HOME is Payson, Utah
Hero: My grandma, my mom, my aunts, and my brothers.
Superpower: Making meaningful connections with children
Hardest challenge: Loss of fertility, depression, divorce, and post-cancer treatment chronic conditions that are a constant reminder of personal losses.
Guilty pleasure: Binging on favorite TV shows, wine, and chocolate-covered salted caramel.
Proudest moment: Graduating with a Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences
The best piece of advice I’ve received: Be patient with your body, and allow yourself to feel how you feel.
How I stay mentally healthy: Daily meditation, daily and weekly check-ins with support groups, friends, and family, allowing myself time to be still, rest, and reflect, creative writing and journaling.
Personal Mantra: These have been changing often lately: current favorite is: “I take pride in myself daily.”
My favorite part of being part of Lacuna Loft: The instant feeling of safety and connection I have within Lacuna Loft groups, and the amazing friendships that have been made. The consistency of the programs has helped my confidence grow and writing has helped me work through so many issues and all allowed me to rediscover myself and feel more like ME again.
We’ve got some exciting news! Have you heard about our newest program initiative, The Guys Discussion Group?
Led by LCSW Dennis Heffern, each month we’ll hear from a different community member on a certain topic with a chance for open discussion at the end. In this guys-only program, we’ll shoot the breeze with men of all young adult cancer experiences. Nothing is off the table. You won’t want to miss it!
The first one starts on August 23rd! Sign up to be on our email list (more on that below) and we’ll send you the Zoom link when it’s time! This group is for any guy facing cancer, whether that means patient, survivor, or caregiver.
Sign up on our program list using the link below, choosing ‘Guys’ Discussion Group’ as one of the programs for which you’d like notifications. Lacuna Loft will send you an email about a week before the workshop with information on how to join the video chat. ***You’ll need the link that we’ll provide you, a headset with a microphone, and a webcam.***