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Review for Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara, Westlake Village, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

April 2008, just 3 days after I was diagnosed with HER2+ breast cancer, my husband and I walked through the doors of The Wellness Community, Valley/Ventura (TWCVV). How was I going to tell my family, my friends, my two small children? I knew I wanted answeres, but only from someone I knew could relate "first hand" to what I was going through. I knew the fight for my life was just begginning. "Fear" was a fight all in itself. TWCVV was somewhere I could go to share how I was feeling and get insight, advice, and knowledge from others that already traveled the road I was just begginning. So with my new found strength and unexpected friendships I was able to take charge of my fears and begin my jouney. Every Wednesday night when I walk through those doors to meet with the gang (support group), I feel an instant and overwhelming sense of comfort and relief. I feel safe. There I can speak freely of my fears and concerns and not be judged. Living with cancer is not only physically and emotionally depleating, but financially depleating as well. The center offers not only support groups, but other activities such as Tai Chi, Yoga, Watercolor, Guided Imagery, Expressive Writing, and many others, all at no charge to the participants. Medical and Surgical Oncologists, Reconstructive Surgeons, Nutritionists, Acupuncturists and Stress reduction Specialists are just a few of the very informative speakers they have invited to speak to participants. And because laughter sometimes really is the best medicine, my family and I have had the pleasure of attending "Comedy Night", the second Monday of every month. TWCVV assists with all that is jeopardized with a cancer diagnosis, the Body, Mind and Spirit.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping to take some of the fear out of upcoming procedures and treatments and lifting the spirits of those effected by cancer, including friends and family members.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ability to help others, as they have helped me, and participate in some of the out-reach events, speaking on behalf of TWCVV.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Amazing. Compassionate, genuine, respectful and professional, and always have a welcoming smile.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have more out-reach programs. They could expand existing branches and retrofit thier infrastructure to accomidate more individuals in need.

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Role:  Client Served & Physical Therapist Assistant / Pilates Instructor.