Month: June 2012

Invisible Ink- working through grief

by Beth Heironimus

In May of 2011, my sister-in-law died. She was much more to me than a sister-in-law, or even a sister — she was a combination surrogate mother and a best friend.

I’ve experienced losses before. My mother and father are both gone. Friends gave me books about grief. I didn’t want books about grief. I wanted my sister-in-law. Our relationship was complicated, and I was struggling to find my way without her.

A friend suggested a workshop, “Invisible Ink,” that was to be held at Cancer Services. It was free, and so I thought I’d give it a try. It involved writing a series of letters to the person lost. That sounds simple, but it is challenging, enlightening, cathartic, painful and freeing all at the same time. You are guided through the process by a caring and skilled facilitator and each session involves a meditation followed by writing and discussion.

Not only have I found it to be a freeing experience for me, it has been powerful to watch other members of the group come to grips with their own losses. We come to grief from differing perspectives. Losing someone dear is never easy. Some deaths are long and arduous, others sudden and shocking. All are painful.

What a gift this workshop has been to me. I would recommend it to anyone regardless of where they are on their own grief journey. It has helped me not only to grieve, but also to grow.

Invisible Ink will be offered again in the fall. Sign up for our newsletter to receive a notification when dates are available.

“I Had No Idea!” How Well Do You Really Know Us?

by Linda Bewley, outreach coordinator

My job is to inform people what Cancer Services does for people with cancer in Northeast Indiana. When I meet with people or groups, I start by asking how many are familiar with our organization. Often, many people raise their hands. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to a supervisory group where most expressed knowledge of our organization, so I gave a brief refresher course. When I was almost finished speaking, a woman raised her hand and said, “I had no idea you did so much!” Several others chimed in, a lot of notes were taken, and all my handouts disappeared. Since then, I’ve received numerous requests to speak to various medical offices about our organization.

From a non-medical perspective, my exercise teacher visited our facility for a tour. She formed a Lapper team and wanted to be sure she could accurately explain Cancer Services to her friends who made donations. Her words were, “I had no idea!” Later that week, when I attended my exercise class, she told the class she had taken a tour of CSNI and her next words were, “I had no idea this organization did so much for so many people.”

These words send two messages : One, more people need to know about the great work our organization does, and two, they open doors for endless opportunities to spread the word. I like message # 2 best!

If you would like a tour, please consider attending our monthly Friends for Lunch event, which includes a tour and light lunch. These events are hosted the 4th Friday of every month and are free and open to the public. RSVP to Amber Recker by email or via phone (260) 484-9560.

East Noble’s Softball Team Strikes Out Cancer, One Pitch at a Time

This spring, the softball teams from East Noble and Prairie Heights High Schools faced off against each other in a special game dubbed “Striking Out Cancer.” The student athletes solicited local businesses and individuals for items to include in a silent auction and they also sold shirts. Together they raised over $1,500 for people with cancer in their community. Thank you for your generous support!

Thank you JX Peterbilt

Our Development Director Amber Recker accepts a donation from Dave Roemer and Rachel Coomer of JX Peterbilt

Last month, the employees at JX Peterbilt in New Haven, organized a jeans day fundraiser for our organization. For $3, employees could wear jeans to work for one day. They raised $1,000 for people with cancer in our community. Thank you employees of JX Peterbilt. It is because of generous donors like you we are able to help over 2,400 people with cancer and their families each year.