This is what we do best. We share. We share our knowledge and our experience. None of us are experts in cancer, but we're all experts in managing our own lives with cancer. We lean on each other and try to make things just a little bit easier for the next person.
Here are some of the resources and supports that have helped us, along with a list of blogs, side projects and businesses that individual OMG members have undertaken. While many of us have benefitted from these connections, the resources are shared for informational and educational purposes and members of OMG are not liable for any damages resulting from the use of these resources.
Rethink Breast Cancer - https://rethinkbreastcancer.com/
The Centre for Health Innovation - https://thechi.ca/ (previously called The Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC)
Free services: Head start program for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, guided meditation for troubled times, gentle yoga, living with uncertainty support group
Other services (may be covered under your insurance plan) include: acupuncture, massage, reiki, naturopathic care, reflexology, physiotherapy, craniosacral therapy - This place was a welcoming non-threatening environment that helped me so much. I am still a patient and can honestly say I have no idea what I would do without them.
Vibrant Yoga - https://www.vibrantyogi.ca/ALLACCESS - on demand or live gentle yoga classes with only women. 7 day free trial
Young Adults Cancer Canada (YACC) - https://www.youngadultcancer.ca/
Carolyn Smith, DOMP - ottawaholistic.janeapp.com
Jennifer Spak, RMT, DOMP - specializes in fascial tissue dysfunctions at her clinic Livewell Myofascial Release. livewellmfr.com - very helpful to address long-standing stiffness and pain post radiation treatment.
Beth Hoag, Physiotherapist - http://www.bethhoagphysio.ca/ - has helped many OMGers with Cancer Rehabilitation, Lymphedema Therapy, and Pelvic Health. Members have instantly comfortable and at ease with her care.
Sara Quiring, Physiotherapist - https://www.hwphysio.ca/lymphedema-therapy has helped individuals with cording issues.
We love to support each other in our efforts and endeavours. Sometimes an entrepreneurial spirit is ignited post cancer diagnosis; other times, it has always lived there, and we returned to our interests when it was right. Find information and links to some of our writings, blogs, interests, projects or businesses (in alphabetical order).
Our Travelling Library is a basket of cancer-related resources brought to each in-person gathering for participants to peruse and borrow at their convenience. Have something to contribute? Great! Please get in touch and we'll add it to the collection.