Focusing on Cancer Survivor Wellness

February 17, 2021

During the 2019-2020 funding year, West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition continued its plight in providing exemplary education and resources to reduce the burden of a cancer diagnosis. In collaboration with community partners (WellStar Health System and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension), WCGCC set out to implement a series of wellness activities to support, promote, and encourage cancer survivors during their personalized journeys to achieving optimal health and well-being. WCGCC also completed the recertification of both of their longstanding Cancer Exercise Specialist/Trainers and recruited one additional trainer to aide cancer survivors in their wellness journey.

In light of the evolving public health crisis, WCGCC had to re-strategize their approach to providing a personalized, in-person wellness program. The following strategies/activities were implemented in-person before COVID-19 and later transitioned into a virtual platform.

Nutrition Class. An oncology dietician provided healthy cooking demonstrations to participants once a month from January to March 2020. Of these, a total of 41 participants were able to acquire healthy cooking recipes and tips.

Breast Friends for Life. An all-female breast cancer support group that promotes emotional healing. During the funding year, the age demographic served was 20-80 years of age. The activity was implemented once a month from January to
February 2020 and later canceled due to COVID-19. A total of 14 participants were able to attend the support group.

All Cancer Support Group. Newly diagnosed cancer patients and cancer survivors (of both genders) engaged in constructed activities and workshops to emotionally heal inner wounds to regain confidence and outer strength to continue their journey to optimal health and well-being. The activity was implemented once a month from January to February 2020.

Art Therapy. A creative expression activity that allowed participants to fellowship, heal, and implore their inner consciousness. Activity, geared toward men and women was implemented twice a day from January to March 2020. Of these, a total of 54 participants were in attendance.

Walking for Fun. The activity started in December 2019 and took place in the gym of a local church. Participants were provided with an opportunity to exercise and fellowship with one another.

Crochet Therapy. The activity was offered twice a month and allowed participants to commune in a nurturing and supportive environment while knitting hats and blankets. The activity was implemented in January and February 2020.

Yoga. A strengthening and mobility enhancing activity were postponed in November due to challenges in securing a facilitator to conduct classes.

West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition

West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition, based in Columbus, serves communities throughout west central Georgia and Alabama.

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