Posts from ‘Westerkirk House at Sunnybrook’

New faces @ Wellspring

Posted on August 8th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lauren Bryson Program Coordinator, Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House  Members and volunteers at the Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House might notice a new face in the centre. We are delighted to welcome Lauren Bryson to the Wellspring community as Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House’s new program coordinator. In addition to scheduling programs at the centre, Lauren will also… [Read More]

            Leader turns Member By: Lisa Shamai I have thoroughly enjoyed my years of leading healthy cooking sessions for people with cancer at the Sunnybrook, Brampton and Oakville Wellspring locations. But when I received a diagnosis of AML Leukemia in March this year, my oncologist jokingly said “there goes your… [Read More]

Potlucks are great ways for people to get together, try a variety of dishes and spark new ideas for their own cooking. This month, each GTA Wellspring centre will be hosting a member potluck. We turned to our own Registered Dietitians and Chefs to share some tips and delicious and nutritious potluck recipes. We look… [Read More]

Ethel and Vanessa

Posted on May 2nd, 2014 | 0 Comments

              Despite having a family history of cancer, it still came as a shock when Ethel and her daughter Vanessa were both diagnosed with breast cancer. “It is so difficult having your daughter go through what you went through and knowing what she was in for,” says Ethel. “But… [Read More]

Joan and Caroline

Posted on May 2nd, 2014 | 1 Comment

              Joan and Caroline are often mistaken for sisters or best friends because of their strong friendship and similar positive outlook on life. But, this mother- daughter team, affectionately nicknamed “The Dynamic Duo’ by a Wellspring volunteer share much more than mothers and daughters in most families because both… [Read More]

We Care for Caregivers

Posted on April 4th, 2014 | 0 Comments

As any person with cancer knows, a cancer diagnosis also affects your family members, friends and caregivers. Oftentimes, the anxiety, worries and fears can be as overwhelming for them as they are for the patient. Wellspring understands that these stresses have the potential to change the way patients and their caregivers relate to one another,… [Read More]

Lynne Barone

Posted on April 4th, 2014 | 0 Comments

                  The moment she walked through the doors of Wellspring Westerkirk House for the very first time, Lynne Barone knew she was where she needed to be. The positive difference she saw in herself after attending sessions with the Breast Cancer Support group and The Healing Journey,… [Read More]

Lynn Novokowsky

Posted on April 4th, 2014 | 6 Comments

               Lynn Novokowsky is a veteran Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan volunteer, seeing the centre come to life from an idea, right though to its expansion 14 years later. Lynn first became involved with Wellspring in 2000 while her brother was battling cancer. She was given given tickets to attend an… [Read More]

Yaslyma Ramsankar (Lima)

Posted on March 7th, 2014 | 6 Comments

            Yaslyma affectionately known at Wellspring as Lima, was given the shocking news that she had stage 4 neuroendocrine cancer, (cancer in the pancreas, intestine and liver) with a prognosis of six months to live and no available treatment. Understandably, Lima was, distraught, and angry, Lima felt hopeless and just… [Read More]

Patients with metastatic cancer (also called advanced cancer) often have heightened health and wellness challenges, long-term engagement with the medical system, and uncertainties about the future.  Wellspring offers a support group program for patients living with advanced disease where they can share their stories, challenges and questions in a safe and confidential setting. The Advanced… [Read More]