Women’s cancer wellness and support group to meet in Austin
Cancer is a tough beast to fight, both physically and mentally. Beginning in September, a female cannabis oriented support group will start meeting in Austin.
Through the Texas chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the Texas NORML Women’s Cancer Wellness and Support Group is being formed to support women who are currently going through cancer treatment, may be in remission, are caretakers, or are women in the community who support women during times of need.
From the group’s Mission Statement:
TX NORML Women’s Cancer Wellness and Support group is created to enable women to support each other when going through or coping with cancer treatment. This group is an outreach to patients, caregivers, and those seeking support. The group will be a safe place to gather, to discuss thoughts, information and experiences. The goal is to provide a place to learn, grow, heal, unite, and support one another.
The group released a statement, saying:
On a daily basis, we learn of more women being touched by cancer. Whether you have been diagnosed, are a family member supporting a loved one or have gone through treatment and are now looking for others whom you can relate to; this group is made for you. We want to offer a safe place for women who want to discuss their current treatment plan and/or may be looking for alternative treatment plan information to either replace or augment their current therapy. The intent of the group is to offer alternative information, that may not be readily available to individuals, and present other forms of alternative therapy that can provide additional relief or assistance to a patient’s situation. These alternatives may be related to cannabis treatment programs, body healing, nutrition or other subject matters that members want to explore.
The ability to bring women in the cannabis commuity together is needed and the goal is to provide a place for women to network, bond and share support. We are aware there is a growing interest in reaching out to other states that may be able to provide a legal alternative treatment and we hope to be able to provide this kind of information to women who seek it.
Each meeting will feature a speaker, followed by questions and answers, and then a short open forum where women can share information. During this time, women can ask other members for guidance or direction of how a treatment program may have worked or not worked for them. A handout table will be available for those who want to share information or for businesses who support alternative therapy and are in support of cannabis therapy.
Meetings will generally last about two hours and have seating for 50 people.
The first meeting will be held on Saturday, September 17 at the Milwood Branch Library in Austin from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm.
It will include open discussion on the focus of the group, and time for members to meet one another and share stories.
The October meeting will feature Valeri Glover, a licensed massage therapist who will speak about massage and healing techniques before, during, and after treatment. In December, Laurel James, a registered nurse, will speak with the group via Skype. She runs a cancer support group in Oregon.
The group is being sponsored by the Texas NORML Senior Alliance and Texas NORML Women’s Alliance.
For more information, visit TexasNORML.org.