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Supporting people living with cancer since 1993
Patrons: Gabi Hollows AO & Prof. Michael Friedlander AM
December 2022 Newsletter
 
Life Force is a community-based organisation, providing support for patients, survivors and carers in Sydney and Regional NSW.
Inclusive supportive care programs open to people of all genders and all cancer types, led by experienced and qualified counsellors and therapists.
  • Reflections
  • Happenings 2022
  • Plans 2023
Be an angel - gift Life Force
Reflections
Dear members, friends and supporters
Greetings from all of us at Life Force
As we come to the close of 2022, we want to say thank you to our dear members, friends and supporters for your ongoing contributions that have enabled us to keep our valuable programs running for another year.
The Best Gift
Be an Angel! Gift Life Force this Christmas.
“It’s a place where people find themselves again, and find the light within them through groups filled with hope and love!”
 
To bring hope and love to more people living with cancer, and to help them recover their sense of self and move forward, please dig deep and donate to Life Force this Christmas.
Your tax-deductible gift will be very much appreciated by all our members facing the many challenges of cancer - physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual.
You may even consider becoming a regular monthly donor, which would be absolutely wonderful and is a great way to show your support.
By donating to Life Force, you are supporting programs that bring enrichment to the lives of all people affected by cancer in NSW.
By donating you are sending a beautiful message to people affected by cancer that you care, and that means so much to people facing adversity.
Whatever you can spare, large or small, will make a difference to their lives.
Thank you for caring!

 

Life Force Supportive Care Services 2022

2022 has been a rewarding year with continuing programs in metropolitan Sydney, regional NSW and online. Life Force Online has enabled people from far afield to join our groups.

Our online support group meetings conducted throughout the Covid pandemic have provided comfort and sustenance to cancer patients and carers so that they were not left to struggle alone when face to face connections were shut down.

They provided ongoing support and an opportunity for people who were geographically separated or had mobility issues to have somewhere to turn to when times were tough.

The good news is the online groups are to be continued as they provide a chance for members to zoom in from anywhere, and current members, who benefit greatly from the chance to be with others who understand, have requested that they continue to be available. Each meeting concludes with a guided imagery meditation to calm the mind and soothe the body.

If you are unsure about using Zoom, our group leader will talk you through the steps to access the meetings. Zoom is easy to use.



Life Force Online meeting dates for Term 1, 2023

Patients and Survivors Group

Patients & Survivors meetings are on Monday evenings 6 to 7.30pm during term.
Term 1   30 Jan – 3 April
 

Carers Group

Carers meetings are on Thursday evenings 6 to 7.30pm during term.
Term 1   2 Feb – 6 April

 

If you would like to find out more and to register, give Jane a call on: 0412 643 751 or visit our website:
https://lifeforce.org.au/what-we-do.html

Wellbeing Programs for people living with cancer 2023  

Resuming face to face meetings.
Our online groups are just one of the supportive care services we offer. In addition, we will be offering face to face wellbeing sessions throughout 2023 in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for patients, survivors and carers.

We are grateful to Woollahra Council for a generous grant which will enable us to run these life-affirming programs.



Put new meaning and joy in your life, Lift your spirits, Renew your confidence and courage.

Commencing Monday January 30th and continuing weekly until April 3rd
Evenings from 6pm to 7.30pm 
St Joseph’s Parish Hall, 10 Albert St, Edgecliff
The meetings will include
Yoga/Gentle movement classes
Art therapy
Music therapy
Meditation and relaxation therapies and practices
Qigong
Sound Bath
Come along and try out our wellbeing groups to support you on your cancer journey and recovery.
To learn more and to register, call Jilly on 0408 610 362.
Registration required.
Regional Retreats for Cancer Survivors
 
We are grateful to Joblink Plus for generous sponsorship of our regional retreat programs


Recent retreats 2022
 
Life Force November Retreat Mid North Coast NSW

Another great experience of caring and sharing with a wonderful group of women cancer survivors.
So beautiful to spend time with such genuine amazing courageous dear people and witness just how empowering and transformative the group experience of love and care can be, strengthening their self identity, self awareness and confidence.
They took home strategies and practices to support them and sustain them as they move forward on their journey.
A great deal of emotional healing took place as they felt a beautiful connection with each other in giving and receiving understanding and encouragement.
The strength of a common bond.
Much love and good wishes from Jilly and the Life Force Team.

Thank you! Joblink Plus.
This is what you help us do …..
Some comments from those who attended:

 

Life Force September Retreat Hunter/New England LHD

This retreat held in Tamworth, North Western NSW, was once again a fabulous experience, providing beautiful supportive care therapies to ten participants.  It was an opportunity for them to come together to express and explore the impact cancer has had on their lives and to support them on a journey to emotional and social wellbeing.
It was great to meet this fantastic group of women and share such a wonderful experience with them.

Here are some responses from the participants …..



Regional Programs for 2023
Our first retreat for the new year will be held in Tamworth in March. As always, we will be offering a beautiful nurturing experience for people living with cancer to support them through their cancer experience from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.
Those residing in the Hunter New England local health district who are interested in attending can call Jilly on 0408 610 362 to find out more and to register. Due to economic needs in country areas the retreats are offered free of charge to participants.
A Better Life for People Living with Cancer
 
Fundamental to all our services is the belief that emotional wellbeing plays an important role in the treatment and recovery of people affected by cancer.
This has been our mission at Life Force from the beginning. The impact of cancer on people’s lives on so many levels – physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual, is huge!
Yet another research project has been undertaken recently by Cancer Council NSW indicating that psychosocial support is a vitally important aspect of cancer care!
Life Force Foundation recognized this 30 years ago and has been providing such supportive care programs for the treatment and recovery of cancer patients and their families ever since.
Indeed, much research has been done over the years nationally and internationally, showing the importance of psychosocial support.    
We have always spoken about the need to treat more than just the disease; we need to treat the whole human being. Life Force provides a holistic recovery model that embraces the whole human being.

 
 

As we come to the close of another year, let us make a commitment to help those people affected by cancer, patients, survivors and carers to deal with the experience in the best possible way and rebuild their lives. See above some of the challenges of cancer.

Be an Angel this Christmas and give generously to Life Force to propel us into 2023, so we can bring our supportive care programs to more and more people in the community facing the challenges of cancer.
Love and warmest wishes for the festive season and the year ahead from all the Life Force Family.
Jilly


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