Thursday, February 25, 2010
Cancer support group The Wellness Community-Delaware offers a free general cancer support group for people affected by cancer and their loved ones at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. The monthly support group meets in the second floor conference room of the Cancer Care Center on the third Monday of each month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The Wellness Community is dedicated to helping people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support and hope. All facilitators of these groups are trained mental health professionals. Call 645-9150 for information or to register.

Man to Man support group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers a Man to Man support group meeting on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Man to Man helps men cope with prostate cancer by receiving information and peer support. Man to Man is a forum for men and their support network to learn about diagnosis and treatment options through presentations, written materials and videos. Specialists share information such as side effects and how to cope with prostate cancer and its treatment. News and information about nutrition, general health, research and treatment, as well as messages from men living with prostate cancer and other Man to Man activities, are offered to assist in the recovery process. Pre-registration is not required for this free support group. For more information, contact Larry Skala (337-3678) or Grafton Adams (628-8311).

Depression Support Group There is a free bimonthly Depression Support Group meeting in Laurel on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Any person who has signs and symptoms of depression and is under the care of a professional counselor/MD is welcome to attend. To register, call 302-465-6612.

Breast cancer support group Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) has expanded its Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey, a program for women newly-diagnosed with breast cancer, by partnering with Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center in Seaford. The free, monthly program is offered at the Cancer Center located at 801 Middleford Road, Seaford, the third Thursday of each month from 3 to 4 p.m. The program is facilitated by Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center professional staff - Terri A. Clifton, MS, NCC, Cancer Care coordinator; Mary Brown, RN, DSN, manager Cancer Care Center; and Wendy Polk, nutritionist - with assistance from Lois Wilkinson, DBCC special projects manager, who helps facilitate the program at Bayhealth. Together, they answer questions, help calm fears, and share information about resources that are available at Nanticoke, through DBCC, and other organizations within the local community. Of particular value to newly-diagnosed women is DBCC's Peer Mentor Program through which they are paired with a long-term survivor for one-on-one support. To learn more about Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Cancer Center, call Lois Wilkinson at 672-6435. Registration is required and light refreshments and small gifts are provided.

Bereavement support group Compassionate Care Hospice, The Wellness Community-DE and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will collaborate to present a monthly bereavement group, The Next Step.

The group focuses on issues of loss that continue beyond the early stages of grief. Mary Van House, bereavement coordinator, will facilitate the group at 10 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, at the Nanticoke Cancer Care Center, second floor conference room. To register, call Lisa at 629-6611, ext. 2378.

Bureau donates to RMD Room As part of "Food Check-Off Day," volunteers from the Delaware Farm Bureau and the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware delivered food to restock the Ronald McDonald Room at Kent General Hospital recently. The Ronald McDonald Room provides temporary, free housing for families with sick infants receiving care in the Bayhealth Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Volunteers donated $380 worth of food as part of the nationwide celebration, "Food Check-Off Day." "Food Check-Off Day marks the day in which the average American family has paid for its food in the average year. We are able to celebrate this day so early in the year, thanks to the affordable food provided by farmers around the country," said Delaware Farm Bureau Administrator Pam Thornburg. Hospice staff earn certification Delaware Hospice's clinical and administrative staff members recently passed the National Hospice Certification exams. Hospice Certification validates individual competence and knowledge in the specialized area of hospice and palliative care, meeting Delaware Hospice's mission of providing the highest quality of care. Hospice certification is highly valued and provides formal recognition of having achieved a standard of knowledge in the specialty. Congratulations to Sussex County staff: Lisa Carver, RN, CHPN; Katrina Dixon-Willis, LPN, CHPLN; Muriel Foos, RN, CHPN, staff educator; Dawn Sonntag, RN, CHPN; Trawana James-Taylor, CHPNA, certified nursing assistant; Lynne VanPelt, RN, CHPN, hospital liaison; and Claire Walsh, RN, CHPN, Milford team leader.

Brain Healthy Lifestyle Conference The Sussex Delaware Mental Fitness Coalition will present the Second Annual Brain Healthy Lifestyle Conference on Thursday, March 4, from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Del Tech Owens Campus Carter Partnership Building in Georgetown. Bob George will speak on the "Rhythms of Retirement." Workshop topics include Laughter, CSI, Heart/Brain Healthy Food, Facts vs. Quacks, and the Vision Board. There will be exhibits by Master Gardeners, Elderhostel and Brain Teasers, as well as fun activities involving Wii and the Brain Labyrinth. Light refreshments will be served and the event is free. For reservations or more information, call 856-5618.

Area organ donation saves 23 lives The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland recently announced that 23 individual lives were saved in 2009 thanks to the generous donation of eyes, organs and tissues from six donor families at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. In October 2009, Peninsula Regional was one of just five Maryland hospitals - and the only on the Eastern Shore - recognized by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with a Medal of Honor for substantially raising organ and tissue donation rates. The medal was presented to hospitals and organ procurement organizations nationwide who achieved lifesaving organ donation rates of 75 percent or more for a sustained 12-month period.