The Hairapy Shop in Ottawa for wigs www thehairapyshop.com is wonderful. Cat, the owner is thoughtful and really encouraging when I was so emotional about losing my hair. She is very knowledgeable as she has alopecia and has to permanently wear a wig. Also she has one room and you make an appointment so very private Finally she told me she went to hairdressing school to learn how to shave heads and she offers this for free if you want. I was so grateful for her sensitive support at a tough time.
I haven't actually tried this yet, but I have finally managed to sign up for it and it sounds promising. It's an 8-week program that includes speakers, exercises (including pool activities), laughter yoga, among other things. The link I have provided is specifically for Guelph but it looks like it is offered world wide. The majority of the ones I found are free. Unfortunately, when I do a search, there doesn't seem to be links to a lot of other cities where it is offered, but it doesn't hurt to look one closer to you.
In my experience, it would be very helpful to have a list of "Navigators" people who know the system, know the right things to ask and do when you get a bad call or report from the doctor. Somewhere, or on the Canadian Cancer Site, so that when you find you need another human being/live person to have your back...you can actually reach someone to be that for you....This is a service I would want to see here, in my situation.
Hi again. So this is not a particular service in a particular city, but what about if you have a list of the blogs written by people going through cancer? I found these REALLY helpful and encouraging. I just did random google searches or sometimes just stumbled upon them, but I was looking to hear stories from other women going through breast cancer. Just like this forum is a way to connect with each other, I found those blogs helpful. Now, I haven't saved the links to any of them but I do still read one of them. It's still ongoing and it's a daily journal from a woman going through breast cancer. I like that it is someone here in Canada so all of her observations about the health care system and drugs and such are more relatable than those from women in the U.S.
The one I am reading now is on Facebook as I get a post every day but all of the journal entries are on a web site she created. She calls them Cancer Daily Dispatches. https://cancerdailydispatches.com/ So far, the woman, named Janice, has been through diagnosis and chemo. She is insightful and it's so good to hear about her everyday triumphs and fears and questions because that's what I felt and went through as well.
Anyway, just a thought. The same thing goes for videos about cancer. Perhaps a list with links to free videos on YouTube or Vimeo or web sites that are personal stories of cancer. That could be another excellent resource.
I'm having my chemotherapy at Richmond Hospital.. My concern when I will have my chemo is transportation. I'm not driving and the hospital is far from where I live. My oncologist told me that there are volunteer drivers who help the cancer patient to go to the hospital. I always call Mary's Volunteer Drivers when I need to go to hospital for my doctor's appointment and my bloodwork and my chemo. I live here in North Delta, BC and here is the number I call (604)515-5400. I'm very thankful to their good deeds.
Daffodildelta , you might also contact your local chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society - my dad got rides through them when he had his radiation treatment years ago (we’re in Ontario). You can also try calling the 1-888-939-3333 number for the Cancer Society - the good people there can probably look up the number for your local chapter.
For Greater Toronto Area residents, there is a Wellspring Downtown Toronto location, 4 Charles St. East, 4th Floor, Toronto, ON M4Y 1T1 Tel. 416-961-1928, 10 minute-walk from Yonge and Bloor subway station, As the other Wellspring locations, they offer these wellness programs: Art for Cancer, Exercise program for Cancer Patients, Healing Journey Levels 1-5, Therapeutic Touch, Chi Life (combination of Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and Meditation), etc.