June 2, 2020 6:00 PM PDT
InspireHealth Supportive Cancer Care offers services without the need for referrals. Since it shifted to accommodate patients online, there has been an over 50-per-cent increase in weekly visits.
B.C. is two weeks into Phase 2 of its restart plan and with the opening of businesses and services, many people have cautiously ventured back to a semblance of life before COVID-19. They have doubled their bubbles, hugged their grandchildren, shared space with loved ones they have dearly missed, as well as enjoying those long-awaited haircuts, manicures, golf games and visits to retailers and cafes.
At the same time, it is important to remember that not everyone will have the opportunity to re-engage the way otherwise healthy people might. These are the people in vulnerable groups, including the elderly, immunocompromised individuals and, of course, the province’s thousands of cancer patients. We must not forget that some are isolated to begin with, a number are anxiously awaiting surgeries, and all are struggling to navigate through these challenging times.
To make matters worse, there are reports around the world that the chaos caused by COVID-19 has resulted in a notable decrease in cancer diagnoses, indicating a reluctance or inability to seek timely medical help. That is a frightening thought as it means an eventual spike in diagnoses, and those cancers will likely be at a later stage than if people had been able to visit their doctor early. My heart goes out to those people who will face diagnosis and treatment in very challenging circumstances.
As a person who has lived with cancer for over 20 years, I have been involved with an incredible organization that offers programs and services to people with cancer at no charge and without the need for referrals. InspireHealth Supportive Cancer Care offers consultations with physicians, clinical counsellors, registered dietitians and exercise therapists, along with a robust series of programs that provide cancer patients with a sense of personal empowerment and choice. Families and caregivers are warmly welcomed to share in their loved ones’ journeys.
As a four-time cancer survivor, without being melodramatic, I can say that InspireHealth saved my life. It is hard to quantify the benefits of having this level of encouraging, nurturing and attentive care while enduring the more clinical and sometimes frustrating effects of treatment. The B.C. Ministry of Health has referred to InspireHealth as an essential primary care oncology service, and provides a portion of the funding that allows it to operate. The rest of the funding comes from private and corporate donors, many of whom are grateful patients who attest to the life-saving benefits they derived. Read the full article…
Mother, daughter battling cancer say local centre helped them thrive – CTV News Vancouver Island, March 2018
InspireHealth gears up for second annual Rain Walk – Kelowna Now, February 22, 2018 – Savannah Bagshaw
Nearly 30,000 in B.C. will get a cancer diagnosis this year – Rain Walk helps fund support – Oak Bay News, February 7, 2018 – Keri Coles
A food photographer’s cancer journey ends, giving rise to a cookbook with recipes by some of Canada’s top chefs – The Georgia Straight, March 28, 2017 – Gail Johnson
First annual Rain Walk brings the sun and smiles out – KelownaNow, March 13, 2017 – Savannah Bagshaw
Sun shines on Rain Walk – The Daily Courier, March 12, 2017
Oak Bay Clinic Offers Supportive Cancer Care – CVT News, March 8, 2017 – Louise Hartland
Fundraising walk in aid of cancer patients – The Daily Courier, March 6, 2017
InspireHealth’s Rain Walk – Castanet, March 6, 2017
An inspirational approach to dealing with cancer – Vancouver Courier February 22, 2017
Living With Cancer – Camosun College Podcast, February 21, 2017 – Cindy Donatelli
Liquid Sunshine inspires inaugural health walk – Oak Bay News, February 17, 2017 – Christine Van Reeewyk
‘This is her legacy’: The powerful story behind Inspired Cooking – CBC News, January 7, 2017
Top chefs join for ‘Inspired Cooking‘ – Vacay.ca, November 29, 2016 – Adrian Brijbassi
Laughter Yoga helps restore psychological and physical health around the world – Vancouver Observer, July 24 2016 – Olivia Fermi