I am Newly Diagnosed
The first thing to remember is that you are not alone. We have many programs and resources to help you cope with the shock of diagnosis and the challenges of treatment.
The wisdom of the lived experience has always been at the core of Hope & Cope. Peer support is offered in a variety of formats by volunteers, under the supervision of our professional staff. For more frequent, one-on-one support, we can match you with a peer mentor who will speak with you by phone at a mutually agreed time. You can also join one of our many general or cancer specific support groups.
Our Think Smart, Live Well workshop will give you the tools to help you manage stress and cope with everything that follows a cancer diagnosis. Worried about losing your hair? We can help you manage the appearance related side effects of treatment. Visit our Resource Room, where you will be fitted with a wig or other head-covering that suits your personality and your sense of style. We also have attractive mastectomy bras and prostheses.
You can learn simple makeup and skin care techniques by registering for one of our monthly Look Good, Feel Better Workshops. Trained volunteers will show how to camouflage hair loss and manage the appearance-related side effects of treatment. Thanks to the generosity of the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, you’ll leave this workshop with a kit of free cosmetics and with renewed self-esteem! To register online for the next monthly workshop, click here
Additional resources available at Hope & Cope include lectures on a variety of topics such as cancer nutrition, given by a dietitian, and basic information about cancer, presented by a nurse. Our library offers a vast selection of printed materials as well.
You CAN live well with cancer. We invite you to become a member of Lou’s House, Hope & Cope’s Wellness Centre, where you can focus on wellness in mind, body and spirit. From nutrition to exercise to creative therapies, relaxation and meditation, our Wellness Centre has it all. To schedule your registration appointment and take that all important first step to wellness, call 514 340-3616.
If you are a young adult (18-39) and on your own or have young children, our CancerFightClub community and En famille program were designed with your needs in mind. Your friends and family may not understand what you are going through, but we do. Click here to learn more about CancerFightClub.
I need to talk to someone
For professional assessment and referrals, please contact our Survivorship Program Coordinator at 514 340-8222, ext. 25531.