After getting breast cancer, I spent a few years focused on survival and going through chemo. Then the past few years have been about healing my body from the side effects of chemotherapy. I'm now NED, No Evidence of Disease, but most people don't know that the trauma cancer patients & survivors go through can last for years. I've also had to work on my mind and spirit.
Then I found a cancer support center in Sherman Oaks called WeSpark and started going there regularly. It's special place I can go to when I need the emotional support of a group, gentle yoga, a writing workshop or a drawing class. There were times I was there 3 times in 1 week.
Being around other people going through cancer helped, it pulled me out of isolation. It was healing to be around people who "get it", what it's like after getting a cancer diagnosis and navigating through a world of uncertainty, the decisions to be made and the emotions while dealing with all of it. WeSpark been a safe haven for me to go to, especially on days I feel sad, anger or frustration. After going there to be comforted, I always leave feeling much better. All of the staff and other guests there are incredibly sweet.
I wish I found Wespark sooner--who knew such a loving place existed. All of their programs are fueled by donations and fundraisers. Please help keep this awesome place going and contribute!