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So that no one faces cancer alone- support group organizes at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien

Hospital news | Thursday, October 6, 2016

“Receiving the news that you have cancer triggers strong emotional responses. I know because I have heard those three words no one ever wants to hear- you have cancer,” shared Christine Carlson of Prairie du Chien. “A cancer diagnosis is life-changing. You and your family are faced with the uncertainty and worry that comes with such a diagnosis. You experience all kinds of emotions: shock, anger, fear and disbelief.”

Christine Carlson feels strongly about helping others. She shared, “Every person impacted by cancer has a unique story and experience- whether they have been just diagnosed, going through treatment, or a family member or friend of someone living with cancer. I know that from my own journey- from being someone who’s been there- I can help provide a supportive environment where people will find support and understanding. That’s why I am reviving a Cancer Support Group in Prairie du Chien with the help of others. The group sessions are open to anyone and everyone- all cancer types, and whether you are a patient, a survivor or a friend or family member of someone with cancer.”

The first group session will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Starting in November, regular meetings will be held every third Wednesday of the month at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. Participants may enter the ‘main entrance’ of the medical center and then will be directed to the conference room on the upper level.

Tara Nalepinski, Social Worker at Crossing Rivers Health, commented, “It is incredibly heart-warming that Christine is reaching out to others by organizing a cancer support group again in Prairie du Chien. And there are several other individuals that are interested in helping facilitate the support group to help others deal with experiences and challenges presented by cancer and treatment. Those interested in joining the session are invited to participate in the first session on Wednesday, October 26, starting at 7:00 p.m. I also encourage area residents to help spread the news as the cancer support group reorganizes in Prairie du Chien. If you have any questions, please contact me at 608-357-2000 or Christine at 248-860-1760. Information on this support group and other programs and services available through Crossing Rivers Health is also posted on the website crossingrivers.org.”