Two new offerings at Elizabethown Community Hospital have been formulated with the goal of helping people facing cancer get through it together.
Leslie Fleury, RN, of the Chemotherapy and Infusion Unit at ECH, has helped to create a new website and support group to help those dealing with a life-changing diagnosis.
“My goal for this year was not only to address the physical and medical needs, but also the psychological and social needs,” Fleury said. “In oncology, there is a lot of distress and anxiety. We are hoping that this will help people be less stressed out.”
Fleury said the website (located at echchemoinfusion.webs.com, and soon to be linked on the ECH webpage - ech.org) will be a platform for patients to find resources throughout the region that can help them.
“It’s a place that they can go to find the resources they need,” she said. “It is nice to have one spot you can go to and we have received a great response from local businesses and people.”
“We wanted to create a site and get local businesses and organizations to contribute their information as a way to get people dealing with cancer information on local services,” Jane Hooper of ECH said. “When you are faced with that diagnosis, you probably have no idea where to start. There is a medical side to this, but there is also a physio-social side as well.”
Along with the website, Fleury also helped to start a support group that is currently meeting on the fourth Sunday of each month at Charm’s Hands in Elizabethtown at 3 p.m.
“Having a non-clinical space for the support group is a great thing,” Fleury said. “We are hoping that as this takes off, the people who are attending these meetings will be the driving force behind them.”
Fleury said they are currently working to bring in different guests to talk and give demonstrations to those in attendance.
“They get the chance to talk with each other about the challenges that they face and get a chance to connect with other people or organizations that can help support them,” Hooper said.
“People are really excited that these are happening,” Fleury said. “I think some are excited for the group and some like the fact that they can be a little more anonymous on the website.”
For more information on the cancer support group and website, call Fleury at 873-3168.