The survivorship study will only succeed if people from diverse backgrounds participate.

More American Indian Cancer Survivors Needed for Free Online Workshop

Charlotte Hofer
4/12/13

The American Cancer Society is looking for post-treatment cancer survivors to join an online workshop and national study. If you are interested and meet eligibility requirements, you may be selected to be one of 600 cancer survivors to participate. www.cancer.org/ICT

Are you a cancer survivor? The American Cancer Society (ACS) invites you to join a free online workshop called "Cancer: Thriving and Surviving" that helps survivors adjust to life after treatment.  

During the initial cancer diagnosis and throughout treatment there are many resources available for patients diagnosed with cancer. However, post-treatment survivors often find themselves at a loss—they’re changed emotionally, physically, and spiritually—and they may be feeling alone. That’s where the survivorship workshop comes in: it connects survivors online who have completed treatment but are still struggling to adjust to the new ‘normal.’

“I signed up for ‘Cancer: Thriving and Surviving’ when I was at my lowest point,” says workshop participant Robin Stokes, New Jersey. “I started looking for additional sources of support and encouragement, since I didn’t have it at home. That’s when I found the workshop! Signing up seemed like a no-brainer. Not only did I get help and support by participating in the workshop, but I didn’t even have to get out of bed to do it!”

It’s easy to participate in the workshop. It's done entirely online, so you can choose the days and times that are most convenient for you. All you have to do is log on to the program at least twice a week for a total of 2-3 hours each week. During your online sessions you will connect with other post-treatment survivors and share your experiences. The workshop lasts a short 6-weeks. Best of all, the program can be customized to fit your needs.

“Each week there’s a lesson you’re able to go through, or over several days,” says Stokes. “You do it at your own pace and I found it to be very flexible. I was in control, unlike how I felt going through cancer.”

Stokes says she would recommend the program to other survivors. “The other people in this workshop, though I didn’t know their names and didn’t see their faces, understood exactly how I felt and were feeling the same exact way.” This anonymous community allows you to be honest about how you’re feeling, plus the workshop teaches you ways to manage fatigue, difficult emotions, and the effects of cancer treatment.

Participating in the workshop inspired Stokes to move forward and become an American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery (RTR) volunteer—the RTR program pairs a woman who’s been through breast cancer with a newly diagnosed patient. “If I had to go through cancer, I figured I should try to make it a positive event in my life. In survivorship, I feel that I have a story to tell and an ear to listen.  Becoming a volunteer is part of my healing and survivorship.”

In order to ensure the success of the workshop, your help is needed! The American Cancer Society is surveying participants to see how well they respond to the pilot program. According to Kristi Richardson, Director of Cancer Control at ACS Corporate Center, “We want to deliver programs that are useful for diverse groups of cancer survivors. To see if this program is useful for American Indians, we need them to enroll.”

April is National Minority Cancer Awareness Month, and the American Cancer Society estimates there are over 12 million cancer survivors nationwide. Since American Indians have the lowest survival rate from cancer among any other racial or ethnic group, it’s especially important to take the time to celebrate the life you’ve been given. “Cancer: Thriving and Surviving” gives you the perfect outlet to fight back against cancer, share your experiences and help others, all while building a strong sense of community.

Pre-registration is required, and enrollment is limited.  To sign up, please visit www.cancer.org/ICT.

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping you get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, an estimated 13.7 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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Survivors of any ethnic background are invited to join the post-treatment free online workshop -- Latino, African-American, Asian-American, American Indian-- the more ethnic representation in this study, the stronger it will be. Use this link, and YOU may be selected to be one of 600 cancer survivors to participate! www.cancer.org/ICT
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