A Respite from Your Fears by Mary Lou French

The following was written by Mary Lou French, a group participant at CSC-RB. Mary Lou has recently undergone treatment for ovarian cancer.

I came to the Cancer Support Community on the Redondo Pier, new to the area and knowing nobody. With no friends or family living in my new town, I was alone.

Having been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and having had surgery, I was now finishing a year of chemotherapy and facing another six months of treatments. It was time for me to reach out for emotional and psychological support.

Being weak from chemotherapy, I, nevertheless, knew that I needed gentle exercise so I started attending yoga classes at CSC. These classes were so safe an environment that I didn’t feel stressed if there was a move or position which I was unable to perform. There is only encouragement from fellow students and instructors.

After attending several of the lunch time discussions on Fridays I learned a great deal about how to eat in a healthy manner that would improve the quality of my life. I have implemented these changes into my life and am noticing a wonderful difference in how I feel.

There are so many opportunities at CSC for interacting with other cancer patients and learning from them a well as the wonderful staff.

Last, and most important to me, is the women’s support group which meets on Wednesdays. In this caring and sharing group friendships are born, burdens are shared, and tears are wiped away by women who know your pain and fear, rejoice in your good medical news, and give the emotional bracing that every cancer patient needs.

Cancer Support Community-Redondo Beach is a place you may enter with trepidation about your situation but the friendly smiles and “hellos” of the staff give respite from your fears. You are always made to feel welcome, cared for, and part of the CSC family. I am so very grateful that I found them.

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