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Cancer care today often provides state-of-the-science biomedical treatment, but fails to address the psychological and social (psychosocial) problems associated with the illness. These problems—including patients’ lack of information or skills needed to manage the illness; anxiety, depression or other emotional problems; can cause additional suffering, weaken adherence to prescribed treatments, and threaten patients’ return to health.

Here at Cancer Support Community Arizona, we know the science, but when it comes down to it, Cancer Sucks. Its a long, stressful, and often lonely journey. Beyond our programs that aim to relieve the anxieties that come with lack of full understanding of your treatment, we know that sometimes, you just want to be around people who get it; people who understand what your going through, that you may want to talk about something besides your treatment sometimes, and that you are allowed to just be a person, not a patient.

This quarter, we are so excited for some NEW programs that provide this outlet for our community!

Words of Encouragement

 What do you wish you were told when you were diagnosed?

“You are not alone”

“You are not going to die”

“Everything is going to be ok”

“You are supported”

Words of encouragement is a chance for survivors to come together to write notes we can pass along to those we meet who need a little encouraging. This program is hosted in both English and Spanish to ensure we are supporting everyone who needs a kind word after a cancer diagnosis.

 

Words of Encouragement is held on the 1st Monday of every month (101, 11/5, & 12/3) from 6 – 7:30 pm

Bunco and Bingo

Come together with people of all ages in all stages of their cancer journey to play Bingo or Bunco! With prizes involved, both of these games get a lot of friendly competition going on! Both Bingo and Bunco provide a casual, fun atmosphere to get yourself out of the house!

Bunco is held on the 1st Tuesday of every month (10/2, 11/6, & 12/4)

Bingo is held on Fridays (10/5, & 11/2) from 6 – 7:30 opm

Seasonal Soirees

 Are you a busy parent who just wants to get away from the kids for a night? Maybe just someone who doesn’t think games and crafts aren’t just for kids? Join us for some fun and festive activities for the fall!

Stop by the big green CSCAZ house to catch up with some familiar faces and meet some new friends as we gather together to socialize!

October 3, (4-6 pm) – Horror Movie Night: Get ready to scream with some REAL scary Halloween movies! It’s not fall without Night of the living dead or Cabin in the Woods!

October 17 (6-8 pm) – Murder Mystery Clue: Have you ever thought the board game Clue would be better if it were LIVE ACTION? Well, you’re in luck! Stop by the house for this scavenger hunt style game of Who Done it!

November 7 (10-12 pm) – Fall Festivities DIY crafts: With Thanksgiving right around the corner, combine healing arts with a chance to visit with the CSCAZ family! We will be making Thanksgiving crafts you will want to show off around the dinner table!

November 21 (4-6 pm) – Thanksgiving Potluck: Bring your favorite side dish and catch up with your CSCAZ family before the holiday!

December 12 (6:30-8 pm) – Movie on the Lawn, Christmas Classics: Unlike the other Seasonal Soirees, Movie on the Lawn is open to everyone, from ages 0 – 100! Bring that special someone and get cozy on the CSCAZ lawn to watch the movies it just wouldn’t be the holiday season without!

Survivor Social

At Cancer Support Community Arizona, everyone is a Cancer Survivor – whether you are newly diagnosed, or have been cancer free for years.

Join us for survivor social where you have a chance to get to know other survivors on different stages of their cancer journey. This is a chance to talk about anything from your diagnosis, to what the weather is like outside!

Survivor Social is held on Tuesdays (10/9, 11/13, & 12/11) from 1-2:30 pm.

Book Club

Are you a book worm who never tires of talking through the book they just read? Join our book club where once a month we read, talk and catch up with friends!

October: Ordinary Grace by William K. Kruger

November: The Stolen Child by Lisa Carey

December – Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear

Book Club is held on Tuesdays (10/16, 11/20,& 12/18) from 1-2:30 pm.

Just for Men: Diner Talk

It’s Friday. Go into work late. Have some breakfast. Better yet, hang out with other men impacted by cancer at First Watch-Park Central on Fridays. Maybe you talk about cancer, maybe you don’t. No pressure. We hope you can make it. Actually, pre-register so we know to expect you.

Men’s Diner Talk is held on Fridays (November 16th and December 21st) from 10-11:30 am, see you there!