After an eight-week course complete with professionally facilitated support groups, workout sessions, and educational workshops on topics ranging from “Fear of Recurrence” to “Relationship Recovery”, six breast cancer survivors were the first to complete Volver al Bienestar – the Spanish adaptation of Cancer Support Community’s (CSC) long-running return to wellness program.
“Providing this valuable series in the Spanish language is unprecedented for our organization and we’re grateful to clinical psychologist and group facilitator Dr. Cristina Gomez, instructors Ana Maria Delgado, Irma Moyao, and Lluvia Higuera, and for our wonderful partner, City of Hope, who helped make this dream a reality,” said Dr. Alison Wong, CSC’s program and clinical director.
In collaboration with City of Hope, CSC developed this no-cost program into a survivorship series specially tailored to Latinx women who have completed active treatment for breast or gynecological cancer. Throughout the series, the group explored what the transition to survivorship means to them.
This group is a wonderful bonding experience for women who are at a similar juncture in their cancer experience and is a helpful way for women to come together and to bridge the gap between treatment and recovery.
On their last evening together, the group celebrated over a meal prepared by the hotel’s chefs.
Tears filled their eyes as they dined and recounted their journey together.
One participant shared, “I feel I got my life back,” while another commented, “I had never been celebrated in this way.”
Another participant brought her violin and played an emotional tribute to the women in honor of their sisterhood.
Dr. Gomez described the group as a “wonderful group of resilient and strong women,” adding “I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve in my capacity to the Latinx community.”
Cancer Support Community Pasadena provides free support groups, educational workshops, and healthy lifestyle classes to cancer patients and their families, cancer survivors, and those bereaved in the greater San Gabriel Valley. For more information, visit cscpasadena.org or call 626-796-1083.