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...
Learn to Cook with Cannabis ~ Experience Symptom Relief

Learn to Cook with Cannabis ~ Experience Symptom Relief

Thanks to Cancer Community Center volunteer, Jamieson Brookes, for writing this post. The use of cannabis, aka marijuana, for cancer and other medicinal uses and benefits has been growing rapidly and many cancer patients find it provides them with significant relief...
Chemo Is Not The Worst Part – Ryann’s Story

Chemo Is Not The Worst Part – Ryann’s Story

This post originally ran on the Q97.9 website as part of their Cans for a Cure promotion.   I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 33 years old. My husband, Grant, and I were finally ready to start a family. I began a prenatal vitamin regimen and after a few weeks...
Kim “The Worst is Over, I Hope”

Kim “The Worst is Over, I Hope”

This post was written by Kim Hartley, a cancer survivor who uses Cancer Community Center services. This post originally ran on the WJBQ website to help promote Cans for a Cure 2016. Kim’s Cancer Story I had my first mammogram when I was 26 years old. The doctor did...
Founder’s Award Presented to USM Professor

Founder’s Award Presented to USM Professor

Mary Anne Crawford, LCPC, Adjunct Professor of Counseling at the University of Southern Maine was presented with the Cancer Community Center Founder’s Award at our annual meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. The award is given to an individual who embodies the...