Cancer patients and survivors find respite from treatment and build friendships with those facing similar trials in a program offered at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
Weekly dancing, yoga, knitting, jewelry-making and journaling classes along with support groups and counseling are offered through the Cancer Services program in two locations near the medical center.
All the services are free and open to everyone, even those receiving treatment from other care facilities, said Teryl MacDougall, Positive Image coordinator.
MacDougall meets with patients to assess the programs best suited for each patient or survivor, she said.
"I listen to the patients, and I look to find what they need and I find a match for them," she said. "I started with just showing them wigs, and the program grew to makeovers and yoga classes and then a whole schedule of weekly classes."
A special room in the Cancer Services building has been set aside for those in the program.