Let's Deal with Cancer Together

By Nancy Truscott, Parish Nurse

Posted on April 1, 2015

When my father was 71, my mother encouraged him to have a routine urinalysis. He learned he had kidney cancer and only three months to live. He had a kidney removed, but his lungs were already full of metastases. His mother died of the same disease at age 67. Cancer affects one in three people.

Cancer used to be called the “C” word. Though some families still ask doctors not to mention cancer to a loved one, we have come a long way. I have met many people with cancer over the years as they head home from hospital with needed community services. However, how their life is affected by cancer has been difficult to discuss. Perhaps we would rather not talk about it.

People with cancer, and their loved ones, need support from caring individuals in their families, in their communities and in their church.

St. Paul’s Bloor Street is embarking on a new ministry for those dealing with cancer. Together we will strive to find the ears to listen, the words to speak, the comfort to show, and the feet to walk alongside them on their cancer journey.

Who can doubt what a lonely journey it must be. I have seen the tsunami of information on cancer webpages. Information abounds! Treatments are tailored to individuals now and the odds of surviving cancer have greatly improved. This is all great news. But have we offered enough support to people with cancer, their loved ones, and their stress-filled caregivers?

Over four Tuesday evenings caring folks at St. Paul’s are gathering to support those dealing with cancer. This group is for the many people touched by cancer, either themselves or their loved ones. Join us on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. from April 14 to May 5.

We believe people want to seek triumph through their cancer journey, working together, following Jesus Christ.

Please contact me to register – I would be happy to answer your questions.