Starting A Circle Of Hope March 21, 2018
In many cancer treatment facilities, private rooms are assigned to patients for when they receive chemotherapy, but Connie Radziewicz is thankful that her doctor's office has a different setup. "We are in a back room with about 10 chairs all around, so then you get to talk to each other. That's where you get to know each other and love each other," explained Radziewicz, who was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer in 2013. "We call ourselves the 'Chemo Sobbies.'"
Radziewicz, who recently had a fifth reoccurrence of cancer, has had multiple surgeries and 30 rounds of chemotherapy in the past few years and is set to go through five more rounds of chemotherapy in the coming weeks. Meeting other women going through treatment and forming a support group fortuitously among themselves has helped her more than she could ever put into words. "Most of them are in their 50s and 60s, but others are in their 20s and 30s," said Radziewicz. "We laugh and we joked and carry on. If you have to be in a place like that, that room is where you want to be."
Inspired by the love and support Radziewicz has felt among those women, she decided to form Circle of Hope, a support group for anyone who has been impacted by cancer. "I realized how much the Chemo Sobbies mean to me, that love and support. We're family," said Radziewicz. Circle of Hope held its first meeting in March and will continue to meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month at Wrightsville Assembly of God (AOG), 365 Orange St., Wrightsville, where Radziewicz attends.
The informal gatherings are for men and women of all ages at any point in a journey with cancer - whether they are in treatment or remission themselves or are walking that path alongside of a loved one. Preregistration is not necessary; folks may simply show up.
Radziewicz volunteered with Memorial White Rose Home Health & Hospice and Hospice & Community Care for many years after her mother died of ovarian cancer. "The families felt free to talk to me because they knew that I had been through it with my own mom," she said.
"I would like to make sure that others know that they do not have to walk alone on their journey with cancer, that we would love to be a part of their support system," Radziewicz emphasized, adding that anybody who would like to share their stories or receive support is welcome.
"Cancer doesn't define you; it's how you react to it," she continued. "That's part of what I'm hoping to do with (Circle of Hope) - to have people understand that just because you have this disease doesn't mean you can't live. I choose to live, and I'm grateful just to be alive."
Aside from forming invaluable friendships with people she likely would not have crossed paths with if not for her diagnosis, Radziewicz said that she has also been steadily chipping away at her bucket list. Parasailing and visiting the Creation Museum have been checked off, while snorkeling and visiting the Grand Canyon remain high on her list of things still to try.
Radziewicz and Laurie Salimbeni, a friend from treatment who has since passed away, applied to Camp Mak-A-Dream in Montana and were both accepted. The camp provides medically supervised, cost-free experiences for individuals affected by cancer, and Radziewicz and Salimbeni attended during a week set aside specifically for women with ovarian cancer. "It was awesome," said Radziewicz with a smile. "We were both on chemo at the time and still climbed the butte. I rode a horse for the first time when I was there, too. You can still live your life, even if you have cancer."
Individuals with questions about Circle of Hope may contact Radziewicz at email@example.com or 717-252-1210.
Support Group Meetings Set March 15, 2018
The Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will offer support groups that are open to the community. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested.
The Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group will meet on Tuesday, April 17, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Masonic Village's Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. This meeting will be an open forum. For directions and to register, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.
Anyone who has lost a loved one is invited to attend the monthly Bereavement Support Group on Thursday, April 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor. Refreshments will be served. For more details, readers may contact Heidi Young at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.
Support Group Meeting Posted March 15, 2018
The Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania (EFEPA) will sponsor a support group meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, at Park City Center, 142 Park City Center, Lancaster, in the Community Meeting Room, located in the Kohl's wing. Brian Long from Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon LINK to Aging and Disability Resources will discuss available local resources.
The next meeting, set for Tuesday, April 17, will feature Jessica Dyrek from Canine Partners for Life, who will discuss the benefits of seizure alert dogs.
Meetings are free and open to the public. Registration is recommended for proper planning. For more information or to register, readers may contact Kerri Michnya at 717-449-1872 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a complete list of support group dates, readers may visit www.efepa.org/support.
GriefShare Session Posted March 14, 2018
Gateway Church, 160 Cowan Road, Parkesburg, will present GriefShare sessions on Tuesdays, March 27 and April 3, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The topic on March 27 will be "Grief and Your Relationships." The topic on April 3 will be "Why?"
The spring session of GriefShare, a support group for those dealing with the death of a loved one, will be held on Tuesdays through May 15. Each session is self-contained, so individuals do not have to attend in sequence. The group leaders are Paul and Twila Ranck.
For more information or to register, readers may visit www.gcwired.com/griefshare or email Griefshare@gatewayonechurch.com.
Bereavement Group To Meet March 14, 2018
St. Benedict Church's Bereavement Support Group for those grieving the death of a loved one will meet on Wednesdays, April 4 to May 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Family Life Center, Room 1, 2020 Chestnut Hill Road, Mohnton.
The meetings are free and nondenominational. To register or for more details, call Judy Campion-Burns at 610-775-7782 or the church parish office at 610-856-1006.
Caregivers Support Group Scheduled March 7, 2018
A caregivers support group meets on the first Friday of each month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at the WellSpan Neurology Office, located at 228 Saint Charles Way, York.
Dr. Ann Stipe of Behavioral Health Services facilitates the meetings.
Partcipants may talk, vent, ask questions, offer advice, laugh, and offer support to each other. There is a fee for the group.
Bereavement Group To Meet March 2, 2018
Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, invites anyone who has lost a loved one to attend its monthly Bereavement Support Group on Thursday, March 15. The group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor.
Refreshments will be served, and there is no cost to attend. For more information, readers may contact Heidi Young at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.
Support Group Slates Meeting March 1, 2018
The Memory Loss Support Group will meet on Monday, March 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at Lancaster General Health Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, located on Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster. Erin Esposito and Jesse Main, doctoral degree interns, will share on the topic "When It's a Good Time to Make a Transition."
The Memory Loss Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month. For more information, readers may call Shelby Swartley at 717-544-3280.
Widows Group To Meet March 1, 2018
Widow to Widow - Lancaster will meet on Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m. in the Legacy Room at Worship Center, 2384 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, for Zumba Gold, the senior edition of Zumba, with Chrissy. Participants may choose their level of activity. There is no charge to participate, but an offering will be received. All widows are welcome.
For more information, readers may contact Elaine Severein at 717-468-5239.
Memory Loss Support Group To Meet February 22, 2018
The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, March 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.
The topic will be "What is a POLST?"
Support Group Meeting Posted February 22, 2018
The Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania (EFEPA) will sponsor a support group meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Park City Center, 142 Park City Center, Lancaster, in the Community Meeting Room, located in the Kohl's wing. A speaker from LivaNova will discuss VNS treatment for epilepsy and answer questions from attendees.
Meetings are free and open to the public. Registration is recommended for proper planning. For more information or to register, readers may contact Kerri Michnya at 717-449-1872 or email@example.com.
ODC Reflects On 70-Year Journey February 22, 2018
Dawn Dixon has worked at the Occupational Development Center (ODC), 640 Martha Ave., Lancaster, for more than three decades. She does quality control and applies labels to boxes of gutter screws, and she enjoys her job. Kristen Ankney, who separates and packages dental wires and bands, loves her job because it keeps her busy. Danny Ribera has done a number of jobs at ODC, but his favorite is making boxes at a facility in Mount Joy where ODC has a contract. "There's a box that's long and narrow that Danny is an expert at making," said Ken Mueller, public relations and development manager for ODC.
All three individuals are able to work at ODC because more than 70 years ago two local women felt that individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities should be educated. "In 1948, there was no such thing as special education in public schools," explained Mueller.
Marian Headrick, who had a son with developmental disabilities, and Olivia Stoner, who had a nephew with developmental disabilities, joined forces and started a school in the basement of one of their houses. The school was called the Child Development Center, and by the early 1950s, it had grown to fill two floors of the house next door to the current center. The first section of the present building was opened in 1956 as a traditional school with a cafeteria and classrooms, but not long after the move, the school became obsolete because of new legislation.
"In 1958, the state of Pennsylvania mandated special education in public schools, and there was no longer a need for what the Child Development Center was doing," explained Mueller, who added that the founders of the school recognized there was still a need for students to be trained and to find work once they graduated.
"That was when the shift was made to become the Occupational Development Center," said Mueller. "That's when we started with our mission that we have today of educating individuals with developmental and educational disabilities with job and vocational skills they can use to earn a paycheck." Mueller noted that ODC does not strive simply to keep clients busy. "The ultimate goal is to allow these individuals to have the most independent lives they can have," he said, adding that ODC has gone through a number of changes in recent years. "We offer more than we ever have before," noted Mueller. "That means one of our supervisors takes our individuals to a work site to work at the business alongside the people who are employed by the business. We want to educate the public and the businesses that we are a resource for employment."
The organization now has a career counselor manager on staff who works to identify students who will be graduating and helps them find employment. "We can help them with internships and job shadowing and to find supportive employment," said Mueller. "Our goal is to help people find jobs they enjoy (based on) passions, interests, and skills. That's where we are really focused right now."
ODC executive director Gregg Richards agreed. "We want everyone to be successful and feel they are contributing in the environment they're in," he said, adding that he hopes to see the 65 clients ODC serves integrated into the greater working community. "It should be a daily thing not only to see someone with a disability but to interact with someone with a disability," he said.
The nonprofit has planned a number of ways to celebrate the 70th anniversary, including performing 70 acts of service in the community and giving out the first Olivia Stoner Awards to a local business and to an individual. Mueller noted the attributes associated with the award will exemplify a commitment to the ODC mission. The organization will also tie the anniversary to its annual appeal and the Extraordinary Give.
Readers who would like to learn more may visit www.odcenter.org or call 717-397-4269.
Church Plans GriefShare Sessions February 15, 2018
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom, will begin two weekly GriefShare groups in March. One series will begin on Thursday, March 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., and the other session will begin on Friday, March 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be no sessions during Holy Week, on Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30.
GriefShare is a 13-week, video-based, Christ-centered grief support group led by trained facilitators. Participants view videos, take part in group discussion and complete workbook exercises based on Bible passages. There is a nominal fee for the guidebook.
For the meetings' exact location on the church campus and other information, readers may contact Judy Newberger at 717-235-2156, ext. 214, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information and registration is also available on at www.griefshare.org.
Memory Loss Group Plans Meeting February 7, 2018
The Memory Loss Support Group will meet on Monday, Feb. 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the third-floor conference room at Lancaster General Health Suburban Outpatient Pavilion (formerly the Health Campus), 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Dr. Timothy Martin will share on "Dementia - When It's Not Alzheimer's Disease."
The Memory Loss Support Group meets on the second Monday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For information, readers may call Shelby Swartley at 544-3280.
Diabetes Support Group Sets Meetings February 7, 2018
A Diabetes Support Group will meet on Wednesdays, Feb. 14, May 9, and Oct. 10, from 6 to 7 p.m. at UPMC Pinnacle Lititz, 1500 Highlands Drive, Lititz, in the multipurpose room, unless otherwise noted. Attendees should use the visitors' entrance.
On Feb. 14, Dr. Charles Mershon from Cornerstone Family Health will discuss "Healthy Ways to Manage Diabetes for Your Heart."
On May 9, Christine Gehman from Lancaster Diabetes Center will present "Dining Out With Diabetes." The meeting will take place at Stauffers of Kissel Hill, 1050 Lititz Pike, Lititz. Gehman will explain how to read food labels, highlight the best food and ingredients to shop for, and provide information about preparing meals at home.
On Oct. 10, a representative of CPRS Physical Therapy will present "Feeling Off Balance?" The speaker will explain how exercise can help improve one's balance and decrease their risk of falling.
Participation is free, and refreshments will be provided. To make reservations, readers may call 866-279-6999. More information is available at www.cprspt.com.
Church Plans Support Group Sessions February 7, 2018
Goldsboro Church of God, 103 W. Broadway St., Etters, will offer a weekly GriefShare support group on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning on March 7. The group is for people who have experienced loss.
Participants may join the group at any time through the end of May, as the specific focus for each week does not require attendance at previous sessions. Singles, couples and families are welcome, but discretion is advised for people under age 15. The group facilitator will be pastor Bob Malick, who recently retired from a full-time pastorate after 30 years of ministry throughout the region.
The Christ-centered ministry features video clips from nationally recognized grief counselors and spiritual leaders, as well as opportunities for mutual support among group participants according to individual comfort level. The workbook provides daily meditations associated with the topic at hand.
For more information or to register, readers may email email@example.com or call or send text messages to 724-630-4956.
Pleasant View Posts Events February 2, 2018
Pleasant View Retirement Community, 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, has posted a support group meeting and a seminar.
A Memory Loss Support Group will meet in the Town Square North Stiegel Dining Room at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Details are available at www.pleasantviewrc.org/event/memory-loss-support-group-february-2018/.
A Parkinson's Disease Resources Seminar will be offered at the Gathering Place on Monday, Feb. 26, at 1:15 p.m. For more information, readers may visit www.pleasantviewrc.org/event/parkinsons-disease-resources-seminar-february-2018/.
Widows Group Sets Meeting January 31, 2018
Widow to Widow - Lancaster will meet on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 10:30 a.m. in the Legacy Room at Worship Center, 2384 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, for a covered dish brunch. Attendees may bring a dish to share and a serving utensil. All widows are welcome.
For more information, readers may contact Elaine Severein at 717-468-5239.
Memory Loss Support Group To Meet January 18, 2018
The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.
The topic will be "Medications Can Be Harmful."
Church Plans Cancer Support Group January 17, 2018
Hempfield United Methodist Church (HUMC), 3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, is offering "Living With Cancer," a new lunchtime support group that meets every other Tuesday from noon to 1:15 p.m. in Room 170. The group will continue to meet through May 8.
Participants may bring a bagged lunch and join cancer coach and counselor Brenda Coffin for this winter-spring support group. She serves as HUMC's minister of spiritual care and counseling and is also a cancer survivor.
The informal gatherings, which are educational, spiritual, and supportive in nature, will cover the mind, body, spiritual, and emotional aspects of facing and living with cancer. Personal testimonies from cancer survivors and group discussions are woven into the program. The public may to attend any or all sessions, which are geared toward those currently undergoing cancer treatment, those who serve in a supportive role as a cancer caregiver and friend, or those who are cancer survivors.
Future dates and topics will include Jan. 30, Preparing for Battle: Emotionally, Mentally, Socially, Relationally; Feb. 13, Build a Healing Community / Caring Bridge; Feb. 27, Power of Prayer; March 13, Attitude Schmatitude: Mentally Fighting the Good Fight; March 27, Nutrition and Physical Exercise, with a guest speaker, recipes, and a food demonstration; April 10, Embracing Emotions; April 24, Visualization: "Peace Like A River" / Mindfulness; and May 8, Relationships: Toxic and Healthy.
For more information, readers may contact Coffin at 717-285-5156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.