After the diagnosis: Care and guidance when it’s needed most

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After the diagnosis: Care and guidance when it’s needed most

Finding support while battling cancer
Lynn Philippon, owner of True Boutique, describes clothing and prosthesis for women who have had mastectomies. She started her business after witnessing many women driving several hours to find a prosthesis or ordering them online.
Jo C Soignier shares a hug with Cathy Brown during a recent Cancer Fit class at the Durango Community Recreation Center. Fatigue is an issue. So Soignier has participants rate their energy levels before and after class.
Cathy Brown, left, and Patricia Redding, take part in Jo C Soignier’s, Cancer Fit class at the Durango Community Recreation Center. Soignier says the class uses a gradual progression because people come “with all kinds of challenges.”

After the diagnosis: Care and guidance when it’s needed most

Lynn Philippon, owner of True Boutique, describes clothing and prosthesis for women who have had mastectomies. She started her business after witnessing many women driving several hours to find a prosthesis or ordering them online.
Jo C Soignier shares a hug with Cathy Brown during a recent Cancer Fit class at the Durango Community Recreation Center. Fatigue is an issue. So Soignier has participants rate their energy levels before and after class.
Cathy Brown, left, and Patricia Redding, take part in Jo C Soignier’s, Cancer Fit class at the Durango Community Recreation Center. Soignier says the class uses a gradual progression because people come “with all kinds of challenges.”
More support groups

Blueprints of Hope will start its new walking and hiking support group for cancer patients, survivors and their families in January.
The group will be a chapter of Live by Living, an organization founded in Denver to encourage cancer survivors to build stamina and experience the outdoors.
It’s an opportunity for them to “be in the presence of others that have gone through the same journey,” said Toni Abbey, founder of the nonprofit Blueprints.
The group will meet twice a month and during the second walk of each month a person trained in mental health will attend.
The nonprofit also plans to start a journaling through cancer group, possibly in February, although the details are being worked out, Abbey said.
She hopes the journaling will give patients and survivors a way to sort out their thoughts and give them a way to see how far they have come.
For more information about these groups, visit blueprintsofhope.org or call 970-403-3711.

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