‘You’re not alone’

New sup­port group in Labrador West for women deal­ing with a can­cer di­ag­no­sis

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY

Frances Lynch and Cindy White both know what it’s like to face a health cri­sis and the im­por­tance of hav­ing some­one to talk to, to lis­ten and to of­fer com­fort.

Lynch was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in 2016. White’s breast can­cer di­ag­no­sis came the next year.

The women — who have known each other for many years — be­gan get­ting to­gether to talk about their ex­pe­ri­ences deal­ing with the dis­ease.

Know­ing how im­por­tant it was for them to have each other to lean on, the two Labrador West women started a sup­port group to help other women on their can­cer jour­ney.

Find­ing com­fort

While both Lynch and White have had dou­ble mas­tec­tomies, their can­cer bat­tles were dif­fer­ent.

“There was just the two of us (get­ting to­gether),” Lynch said. “I learned things from Cindy that I wished I had known and she learned things from me that helped her.”

White said Lynch has been extremely help­ful to her since her di­ag­no­sis.

“We sat at my kitchen ta­ble, looked at my pros­the­sis. Frances showed me her pros­the­sis. We com­pared what was more com­fort­able. It’s trial and er­ror,” White said.

It’s that com­fort level that these can­cer sur­vivors want to share with other women.

“Some of the can­cers for women are very per­sonal... and some women aren’t com­fort­able talk­ing about (their can­cer) in sup­port groups for men and women,” Lynch said.

The sup­port group is open to all women who are deal­ing with or have dealt with not only breast can­cer but all types of can­cer. Women who are a sup­port to oth­ers with can­cer are also wel­come to at­tend.

Em­pow­er­ing

Lynch feels that be­ing sur­rounded by women who have faced a can­cer di­ag­no­sis and who are mov­ing on with their lives is em­pow­er­ing.

“That’s great en­cour­age­ment, to know you’re not alone,” she Cindy White, left, and Frances Lynch have started a can­cer sup­port group for women in Labrador West.

said.

The goal of the group is to have some­one to talk to and/or lis­ten to, Lynch said.

She be­lieves the sup­port group will be par­tic­u­larly help­ful to women newly di­ag­nosed with can­cer.

Lynch said nei­ther she nor White are med­i­cal ex­perts, rather are shar­ing their per­sonal sto­ries in an ef­fort to reach out to other women.

“Ev­ery­body is go­ing to go on a dif­fer­ent (can­cer) jour­ney. Some peo­ple will have harder roads than oth­ers. Just to hear other peo­ple’s sto­ries is help­ful,” Lynch said.

The first sup­port group meet­ing is sched­uled for Wed­nes­day, Nov. 14 in the meet­ing room at the Labrador City Arena. The town is pro­vid­ing the room free of charge. Other meet­ings will fol­low the first Wed­nes­day of ev­ery month.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the group call White at 709-280-1261 or Lynch at 709-280-6975.

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