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Why we need a CSCENC Clubhouse

Jeannine & David Poythress
Cancer Survivors

by Jeannine Poythress, caregiver

Cancer. It is the word you hear that sends this sick feeling to the  pit of your stomach. I will never forget that day. It takes you back  a few steps. You wonder how you will cope.

On March 1st, 2010, I heard those words. “Your husband, David,  has cancer.” I said, are you sure? The answer was yes. On that  day we began to maneuver this disease called cancer. I felt  afraid and unsure. Will I be able to take in all the information and  somehow make sense of it all? Who would I have to talk with?  Who would be there for me when I had questions? How would I  be able to advocate for my husband the resources he needed?

During David’s treatment and survivorship, we relied on the  resources and programs available to us through the Leo Jenkins  Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society McConnell – Rabb Hope Lodge. When I heard there was an opportunity to  support the Cancer Support Community of Eastern North  Carolina, I was grateful.

Finally, a one stop shop to provide support, answer a multitude of  questions, and provide beneficial programs on nutrition, exercise,  financial assistance, and continuity of care.

My husband and I would benefit from activities to help keep the  mind strong and focused. We believe other cancer survivors and  family members will get support from a place to ask questions  with caring individuals who would understand. Support groups  allow us to be able to share feelings in a safe place. It is a  blessing to be among people with a common ground.

Cancer support programs do just that; bring people together  battling cancer to a common ground. A friend once told me,  “Sometimes life throws us a curve ball.” It’s nice to know there  are programs available that offer support and resources when the  unexpected happens. Thankfully, my husband is a four year  cancer survivor.

However; even now I can use and value a place where cancer  patients and their families can receive the care and support they  so richly deserve and need. A caring environment goes a long  way in the healing process for cancer patients and caregivers.

Survivors’ Day

The annual celebration for survivors, family members and caregivers will be held on Thursday June 19th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the 5 Points Plaza in Uptown Greenville

This event, sponsored by the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center (LWJCC), has taken place over a number of years. But this year Survivor’s Day is getting a whole new look! The event, long held at LWJCC, is moving downtown where, not only will there be more space, but holding the event downtown will also remind people that Survivors Day is for all survivors, no matter where they received their treatment. Continue reading

New Members of CSCENC Board of Directors

We are delighted to welcome Michelle Baker and Holly Parrott Hill to the Board of Directors.

Michelle Baker joined us in January, 2014 and brings a strong financial background to the Board. A graduate of Strayer University, Ashburn, VA, with a degree in Accounting, she has experience as an Account Analyst, Accountant, Account Manager, Relationship Manager, in Department Relations and Business Development.

Holly Parrott Hill joined us in March, 2014 and brings to the Board her experience in community outreach, program development, and training. She has a MA degree in Health Communication from East Carolina University and a BA in Arts in Communication Studies from UNC-Wilmington. She is the Cancer Survivorship Program Coordinator for Brody School of Medicine at ECU Department of Oncology.

Upcoming Events

Frankly Speaking Series coming in September and October.

CSCENC will hold a series of Frankly Speaking About Cancer workshops. These workshops, as are services provided by CSCENC, are free of charge. More information will be provided closer to the presentation date. The topics to be covered are:

Coping with the Cost of Care: A workshop for those living with cancer and their loved ones. Practical advice will be provided on how to deal with the complex challenges in managing the cost of cancer care and will include information about the Affordable Health Care Act.

Lung Cancer: This workshop will discuss the latest treatments for lung cancer. Discussion will include information on the side-effects and how to manage them. Tools will be presented to assist with the social and emotional challenges of the disease.

Breast Reconstruction: Information on breast reconstruction will be presented and will include some reconstruction and non-reconstruction options available. Additionally, information will be provided about how to make the best decisions for yourself, identify medical factors that influence decisions, how to prepare for surgery and what you can expect after surgery.

Mary Frances White, Lung Cancer Survivor


Mary Frances White, Lung Cancer Survivor

In the fall of 2011, I had completed my yearly physical, blood work, and mammogram and thought everything was fine. The only thing missing was my flu shot. When I returned a month later, my family physician asked the familiar question- “Is there anything else going on?” Jokingly I replied “Well I am losing weight but I guess that’s not a bad thing, right?” Her response took my breath. After looking back at my records she found I had lost about 12 lbs. in six months. She said “As a doctor my first thought with unintentional weight loss is possible cancer. Let’s do a chest/abdominal CT just to be safe.’’ Continue reading