Wellness

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Your wellness journey begins here!

We invite you to enter the relaxed, peaceful and home-like setting of the JGH Hope & Cope Wellness Centre – Lou’s House. It is here that you will discover many diverse programs and activities that will help you live well with and beyond cancer.

The Wellness Centre is a community effort. Affectionately referred to as Lou’s House, in tribute to the memory of Lou Adler, the Centre is managed by Hope & Cope staff with the assistance of cancer-experienced volunteers. Course instructors and specialists graciously donate their time and expertise to help develop and teach a variety of classes and programs.

Membership is open to anyone who is currently undergoing treatment or who is up to one-year post-diagnosis. Give us just 1 hour of your time and we’ll get you started on your personal path to wellness! Click here for more information about membership criteria and to download and print the forms.

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Exercise & Rehab

ActivOnco: setting you on the path to wellness

Exercise is one of the best things you can do to feel stronger, more energetic and more positive both during and after cancer treatment. Our unique ActivOnco active-onco-600x400program is designed to help you regain as much strength, balance and flexibility as possible and to cope with some of the side effects of treatment such as fatigue, nausea, swelling, pain and reduced physical function.

Our team of physiotherapist and exercise physiologists will provide you with a careful assessment and a personalized exercise plan that can be completed at home or in our fully equipped gym. The gym is supervised by volunteers, under the guidance of the ActivOnco team.

We also offer a wide range of activities in our bright and airy yoga studio. These include yoga, tai chi, qi gong, dance classes and more!

Our team will be happy to recommend activities that are safe and right for you. Registration and a complete physical evaluation are mandatory. For more information, please contact our Exercise Program Coordinator at 514 340-3616, ext. 212, asintharaphone@jgh.mcgill.ca.

Nutrition

Eating well as part of a healthy lifestyle

HC-wellness-kitchen-2Has your appetite been affected by cancer treatment? Are you confused by all the conflicting reports about which foods are good for you and which should be avoided? Do you want to try recipes that are easy to make, nutritious and delicious?

Our Nutrition Program, developed by an experienced cancer dietitian, includes:

  • Healthy cooking – Weekly classes in the Wellness Centre’s fully equipped demonstration kitchen
  • Lectures on specific cancer nutrition topics (e.g. Basic Nutrition for Cancer Patients)
  • Weigh to Go! – An 8-week healthy weight loss series for patients AFTER cancer treatment combining exercise and nutrition
  • Cooking with Ensure? For sure! – Talented amateur chefs whip up recipes provided by Abbott Nutrition, the makers of Ensure
  • Cuisines of the world – Participants share recipes from their native countries

These programs are partially sponsored by Abbott Nutrition.

Stress Reduction

Exploring the Mind-Body-Spirit Connection

If you have cancer, or are caring for someone who has been diagnosed, you may feel as if your thoughts and your life are spinning out of control.

We offer several programs that help reduce stress. These include classes in meditation, relaxation and visualization – techniques that are easy to learn and to incorporate into your day – as well as healing touch, reiki and massage. Our monthly laughter workshops are another great stress reliever, releasing those feel-good endorphins and giving you a surprisingly good workout at the same time.

Our specially designed Think Smart, Live Well program is a highly effective four-part workshop that will provide you with practical strategies for coping not just with cancer, but also with everyday stress. You will have the opportunity to practice the skills you learn and to take home a workbook once the program has been completed. Topics include:

  • Reframing negative thoughts
  • Problem-solving
  • Goal-setting
  • Stress management

The program is held monthly, with one-day workshops and refresher courses offered a few times per year.

To register, please call 514 340-8222, ext. 25531.

Creative Arts

Creative expression – whether it involves art therapy, painting, jewellery-making, writing, singing in a choir, or a combination of these art-therapy-600x400activities – can be a revealing way of coming to terms with the complicated feelings, thoughts and emotions that often accompany the cancer experience.

We invite you to explore our creative art programs. Classes, taught by volunteer instructors who create a welcoming, non-judgmental environment, include:

Open Art Studio – painting, drawing, collages and more…

 

Voices of Hope Choir –share the magic and joy of raising your voice in song together with other cancer survivors. Rehearsals are held weekly, in preparation for two annual concerts in June and December.

Jewellery 101 and Just Gems – Learn to make your own bracelets and necklaces. There is a small charge for materials.

Knitting – learn the basics or take our intermediate level class and you’ll understand why so many people find knitting to be such a pleasant and relaxing pastime.

This is the best thing I could have done for my healing: mentally, physically and emotionally. The bonding and support that occurs among the participants is incredible.

Marlene

19 hours ago

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A warm welcome to the newest volunteers who recently joined our Hope & Cope family, pictured here at Volunteer Orientation. They were joined by veteran volunteers who wanted to refresh their knowledge of Hope & Cope's programs, services, policies and procedures.

Nos bénévoles font preuve d’une sagesse qui est le fruit de leur expérience et qui leur permet de comprendre pleinement les préoccupations des patients et de leur famille. Nous souhaitons une chaleureuse bienvenue à nos nouveaux bénévoles.
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WOW!

Our thanks to everyone who purchased tickets to this event in support of Hope & Cope's young adult programming.

We are looking forward to a GREAT event!!!WE ARE OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT!!!!!!!! 🤩

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who bought tickets to the AP Fund Gala - 6th Edition! We are so excited to see you on Saturday night!
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2 days ago

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National Social Work Month

At Hope & Cope, social workers Hinda Goodman and Sandy Lipkus, and future social worker, Rifka Hanfling, meet with patients and caregivers, assessing their needs and referring them to appropriate resources offered by Hope & Cope, the hospital and the community. They also are responsible for interviewing, supervising and training our corps of 450 volunteers and they supervise social work students at the bachelor’s and master’s level. Our Board Chair and former Executive Director, Suzanne O’Brien, is also a social worker. Their professional expertise is invaluable and greatly appreciated by all of us at Hope & Cope!

#NationalSocialWorkMonth #RealPeopleRealImpact

Chaque année, au mois de mars, les travailleuses et travailleurs sociaux de tout le pays célèbrent le mois national du travail social qui reconnaît leur contribution au bien-être de la société. Le thème adoptée par le Conseil de l'ACTS pour le Mois national du travail social 2018 est De vraies personnes. De vrais impacts.
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3 days ago

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The Volunteer Factor – Lifting Communities is the theme of this year’s National Volunteer Week, which will take place April 7-13.

If you’ve used Hope & Cope’s services, we want to hear from you! Nominate a Hope & Cope volunteer who has made a difference in your life. Tell us how he or she lifted you up and helped you through your cancer experience. Send your submission by email to: hkon@jgh.mcgill.ca by March 29th. We’ll print and post a selection of your stories on our website and our social media channels.

L’édition de la Semaine de l'action bénévole cette année se déroulera sous le thème «Le facteur bénévole : pour élever les collectivités». Nous avons besoin de vous! Nommez un(e) bénévole de L’espoir, c’est la vie qui vous a grandement marqué. Dites-nous comment il ou elle vous a inspiré et vous a aidé à travers votre expérience du cancer. Nous imprimerons et publierons une sélection de vos histoires sur notre site web et sur nos canaux de médias sociaux. Envoyez vos soumissions avant le 29 mars par courriel : hkon@jgh.mcgill.ca
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5 days ago

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An Old Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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This has been one of the most significant, remarkable and positive life-altering workshops that I have attended and I am beyond appreciative.

Elisabeth

Think Smart, Live Well workshop