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Survivor Network E-Newsletter

October 2012

In This Issue

• Survivor Story -
   John Thorpe
• Myths of Survivorship
• Research Opportunity
• November Education
• New Poll

Together We Can

... share our expereinces with each other and health care professionals to improve the cancer care in Alberta and accross Canada.

Did you know...

that being aware of your current nutrition level is very important when deciding to take a nutritional supplement. Watch the video below to find out more!
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Survivor Story - John Thorpe

John Thorpe grew up in the UK and recently immigrated to Canada 13 years ago. He was a fighter pilot, instructor and test pilot in the British Royal Air Force for over 40 years. When he was blindsided by cancer, he dealt with it in the way he knew best, exercise. John talks about how difficult it was for him when for the first time in his life he was not in control of the health of his body. Now that he is finished treatments, which included surgery, chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, John is enjoying the process of getting fit again. It is a great story that everyone can learn from! CLICK HERE TO READ JOHN'S STORY

Myths of Survivorship - Taking a nutritional supplement can never hurt...

Something that many cancer survivors do somewhere along their journey is go the health food store and load up on nutritional supplements because hey, it can't hurt to have some extra vitamins and minerals... right? In this Myths of Survivorship video Mike Lang talks with world renowned nutritionist and researcher Dr. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD about nutritional supplements and the part they play in preventing and increasing the risk of certain cancers. EVERYONE who takes nutrition supplements or is thinking about taking them should take a look at this video. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Research Study - "Between Life and Death: The Contradictions of Cancer Survivorship"

As cancer treatments have continued to improve, the number of people with a history of cancer has correspondingly increased. Therefore, although cancer was a disease historically associated with death and dying, these associations have begun to be replaced by images of cancer ‘survivors’ – of people who have successfully ‘battled’ cancer. This research project explores how cancer ‘survivorship’ is understood at a broader cultural level and the impacts these images of cancer survivorship have on people with a history of the disease. If you are over the age of 18, have a history of cancer and have completed primary treatment, you are eligible to take part in this study. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

November Survivorship Education Sessions

Here are the upcoming sessions for November. Make sure to mark them on your calendars!

Calgary - Spirituality and Cancer - Shane Sinclair, M.Div., Spiritual Care Coordinator at the TBCC
Thursday, November 15th, 7-8:30pm in the TBCC Auditorium, Tom Baker Cancer Centre

Edmonton - How to find the "New Normal" and Decrease Feelings Isolation: A Patients Perspective - Mike Lang, CancerBridges Survivor Network Coordinator
Friday, November 16th, 3-4:30pm in the Zane Feldman Auditorium, Cross Cancer Institute

Also, to watch Dr. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried's full lecture called "Fighting Cancer With a Fork and a Knife", take a look at the Educational Video's page on The November lectures will also be filmed and put on the Educational Videos page.

New Web Poll

CLICK HERE to go and vote on the new CancerBridges Web Poll. It is one simple way for you to be involved and help us make Survivorship care better in Alberta.
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