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Women's cancer survivor group started

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A team of cancer survivors from the Copper Country have coordinated with Portage Health and Aspirus Keweenaw to begin a support group for women.

"Cancer can be one of the most stressful experiences a women has to face," said Anita Quinn, one of the survivors who has pioneered this support group. "A support group can help to cope with the emotional aspects of cancer by providing a place to share experiences and learn from others who are facing similar situations."

This group is for any women in the four-county area living with a cancer, newly diagnosed, in treatment or a long-term survivor. Attendees of support groups will receive many benefits from interacting with others who have been through, or are going through the same thing. The support group will provide a place to laugh a little, and share or learn about resources and tips.

"The vision is to provide a safe place to help women manage their feelings, fears, and sadness," said Angie Van Tassel, another survivor who has helped form the group. "This is simply an opportunity to learn from other women who have been on this journey."

Meetings will be held on the final Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., alternating between Portage Health in Hancock and Aspirus Keweenaw in Laurium. The first meeting is Jan. 30 at the Portage Health Conference Center in Hancock from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The topic of this initial meeting is "Just Get Me Through This!".

For more information contact either Angie at 482-8221 or Anita at 492-9675.

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