Stressful Conversations

Stressful Conversations

This post was written by Stephanie McLeod-Estevez, LCPC and originally published on the Creative Transformations website. Stress & Serious Illness Being diagnosed with a life threatening illness certainly amps up the stress levels for ourselves and our loved...
Using Meditation to Manage Cancer-Related Pain

Using Meditation to Manage Cancer-Related Pain

Most people dealing with cancer experience pain at some point – before, during, and/or after treatment. Managing pain – both physical and emotional – can be an enormous challenge for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. While pain medication is often necessary,...
Providing Comfort ~ Learning What to Say and Do

Providing Comfort ~ Learning What to Say and Do

This post was written by Cancer Community Center volunteer, Jamie Brookes. Have you ever felt awkward in a sad situation, not knowing what to say or do for a person who is suffering in some way? It’s safe to say most everyone has. If a friend or loved one is ill or...
Cancer-Related Fatigue: What It Is and How to Manage It

Cancer-Related Fatigue: What It Is and How to Manage It

This post was written by Rebecca Vincelette, MSW. Rebecca is currently a counseling intern at the Cancer Community Center. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, at the age of 33, Rebecca now supports other young women with breast cancer through her involvement in the...
Building Resiliency with Creative Transformations

Building Resiliency with Creative Transformations

Part of the challenge of cancer is dealing with new unknowns. Shaken from the relative normalcy of life before cancer, we may be uncertain about our own inner resources. As we process a new reality, we strive to find the strength, courage, and willpower to face the...
Caregiver Cupcakes ~ Delicious Little Morsels of Love

Caregiver Cupcakes ~ Delicious Little Morsels of Love

Thank you to volunteer Jamie Brookes for his work on putting this story together. In times of illness and grief, words can be awkward and insufficient, but small gestures can go a long way.  An act of kindness communicates the essence of human connection – empathy,...
Finding Relief from Cancer Symptoms Through Acupuncture

Finding Relief from Cancer Symptoms Through Acupuncture

Most Wednesdays you will find Erica Blair Reilly at the Cancer Community Center, moving in and out of a quiet room as she provides acupuncture treatments to cancer patients. Inside the practice room are four chairs that recline to a comfortable resting position. The...
“Totally Uplifting” Experience of Support Groups

“Totally Uplifting” Experience of Support Groups

Scott Keysor was just 46 years old when he was diagnosed with cancer in October of 2014. A special education teacher at South Portland High School, Scott heard about the Cancer Community Center through a friend. As soon as he finished a six-week course of radiation...
Cancer Community Center Receives Grant to Expand Services

Cancer Community Center Receives Grant to Expand Services

The Cancer Community Center has received a $7,500 grant from the Welch Charitable Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to expand free complementary therapies so that more community members facing cancer will be better able to cope with diagnosis, treatment, and...