Diagnosed with prostate cancer?
We are a Prostate Cancer Support Group helping men in Oakville, Mississauga and surrounding areas. We offer fellowship and guidance through personal experiences. We have made the journey! We can help.
In this difficult time of shut-downs and physical distancing, support for men with prostate cancer is even more important. Please note that we are always available to help by phone or email. If you have questions, concerns or would just like someone to talk to, please get in touch. This is a challenging time for all and doubly so if you have been diagnosed or are undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.
Remember YOU ARE NOT ALONE
(Until further notice, Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan house is closed due to Covid-19). All meetings, including ours, are held by Zoom).
We meet every month in the friendly, confidential, no-pressure environment of Wellspring Birmingham-Gilgan House and we are always ready to welcome visitors. Whether you want to come once or on a regular basis, please know that the group is there for you, ready with experience, encouragement, understanding and support.
In 2019 we had had 22 new attendees, often with their spouses, at our monthly Support Group meetings. So, if you are thinking of coming, don’t imagine that you will be the only new guy in a room full of regulars.
We understand that some men are reluctant to open up on a first visit and we are quite happy if you choose just to sit and listen (or email me and we can talk one-on-one). The choice is yours.
What If I Don’t Want To Go To a Support Group Meeting?
We understand that not all men are comfortable in a group setting and having to speak about their symptoms and side-effects in a room full of other men.
If that’s you (or your loved one), we are happy to arrange one-on-one, confidential discussions. Please get in touch.
Alternatively, you can connect with the TrueNTH Peer Navigation Program sponsored by Movember and Prostate Cancer Canada. This program connects you with a Peer Navigator who has experienced prostate cancer and is trained to guide you through your journey. Note that this program is available for partners/caregivers as well as the prostate cancer patient.
What Can Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House Do For You?
More than 85 per cent of cancer patients experience the non-medical consequences of cancer and its treatment: the fear, anxiety, pain, isolation, financial worries and guilt. Through one-to-one peer support, group support activities, learned coping skills, rehabilitation and nutrition programs, and much, much more, Wellspring has helped thousands of people take an active role in controlling their cancer experience to improve their quality of life. Wellspring Birmingham-Gilgan House
Thank You to Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House for your support and for providing the facilities for our meeting.
Current Meetings & Events
Due to understandable concerns over Covid-19, Wellspring has closed its buildings and moved to on-line and webinar support. We have followed suit and cancelled our group get-togethers at Wellspring until further notice. We still meet monthly by Zoom videoconferencing.
Meetings by Zoom
NOVEMBER 18th – This month’s Zoom meeting will be split between a presentation on the UroSpot technology to deal with incontinence after prostatectomy followed by a general round table on all aspects of prostate cancer, with a special emphasis on questions from new members.
I look forward to having you join us. Just email us and request the direct Zoom link.
Individual support is still available. In the past month, several men have got in touch with us and have been connected with others who are at the same stage of treatment or who are dealing with the same side-effects. Thanks to the great networking of support groups across Ontario, we can reach out to other groups if necessary to find the right person for you to talk to.
Prostate Cancer Updates
The Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) holds an excellent ‘Patients and Caregivers’ Conference every year. The recording of this year’s 2-day conference is on-line. Check out the Agenda first to see what might be of interest to you.
September was Prostate Cancer Awareness month and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of BC presented an excellent 4-part speaker series on different aspects of prostate cancer. You can see them all here on You Tube
Other good educational programs are available from the U.S. Get on our mailing list to make sure you get notified on what’s coming up next.
Other PCCN Group Meetings (all are welcome to attend)
PCCN Brampton – 2nd Tuesday each month, 7pm – by Zoom for the time being. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
PCCN Burlington – Last Tuesday of every month at 7 pm – virtual meetings during the Covid-19 shutdown. Contact email@example.com
PCCN Waterloo-Wellington – 4th Tuesday each month at 7 pm. Meetings being held by Zoom videoconference until further notice. Contact the group at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
PCCN Toronto – Warriors Group (for Advanced Prostate Cancer)
A sub-group for men and women dealing with advanced prostate cancer. Here is an opportunity for men and their partners to meet and learn from knowledgeable fellow survivors. If you feel this may be applicable to you, you might want to join their meetings or join their Facebook group.