BENEFITING: Harmony Hill of Union
EVENT DATE: Sep 01, 2011
In 2011, approximately 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is a long journey for most. It starts with hearing those words, "It's cancer." After that, it is often a whirlwind of appointments, surgeries, infusions, therapies and advice.
"Everyone tells you what you can and should do. It's hard for people to hear 'we have cancer,'" explains Jan, a Harmony Hill Cancer Program alumna. "It gets in your bones. It changes you forever to accompany someone through this."
Jan has been to two reatreats at Harmony Hill. The first was a Caregivers Retreat and then a Grief and Loss Retreat, "one year and two weeks later," after the loss of her husband to cancer. "Harmony Hill is a caring place where you can stop holding it together. There is something that is magical. Each weekend was a time out. It was about healing and geing understood with others who know. It was a way to relax and heal."
"With a cancer diagnosis, life comes in a new color," Jan continues. "You are a different species. Everything changes. Being at Harmony Hill, it was where people just knew. I didn't have to explain. I was finally with others of my own kind."
The Cancer Program at Harmony Hill is not about curing cancer, but about healing the person affected by a cancer diagnosis. We do this through many different workshop and retreat offerings not just for the person diagnosis with cancer, but for caregivers and loved ones who are also deeply affected by a diagnosis.
In 2011, we will serve over 500 people through our Cancer Program. This program, continued to be offered at no cost to those who attend, does not serve the thousands of people that other cancer related organization can boast but we are less concerned about the number of people that are served and more concerned by the quality of experience that they receive and need while at Harmony Hill.