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A supportive cancer care resource that provides tips from experts, inspirational stories and a forum for connecting with patients and their loved ones.

The HPV and Cancer Stats You Can't Afford to Ignore: http://t.co/aD7tnbt1 from @DrOz 2012-10-10

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]

 This March, Downtown Centre Manager Elsha Leventis will begin yet another exciting chapter in her life after retiring from Wellspring, where she has volunteered and worked for the past 12 years.    Previous chapters included a long spell as a stay-at-home mom raising four children while earning a university degree and two diplomas – one… [Read More]

“I’m on Long Term Disability and my income is only 65% of when I was working. My expenses are way beyond my monthly income. I’m having trouble meeting my mortgage payments. Should I use my RRSPs to try and get by financially? Is this a good option?What other options should I consider?” Many people with… [Read More]

Getting ready for Tax Time

Posted on February 10th, 2014 | 2 Comments

It’s tax time again, and many cancer patients have extra medical costs that could be used as a tax credit. On your annual income tax, there is the Medical Expenses Tax Credit. For the 2013 tax year, the credit is $2,152 or three percent of your net income – whichever is less. So if your… [Read More]

Your New Job: Caregiver for Your Loved One

Posted on February 10th, 2014 | 1 Comment

“So here you are.  A caregiver.  This big, new job you just got – the one you never applied for, the one you never really wanted – is challenging, intense, and probably overwhelming.  But you can do a great deal to help your loved one get the best care possible.  And you are probably very… [Read More]

By Dr Paul Hrkal ND http://www.paulhrkalnd.com/ Dr. Hrkal is a board certified Naturopathic physician and an active member of the Canadian and Ontario Associations of Naturopathic doctors. He also is a member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians.  Dr. Hrkal ND will be leading the discussion series Cancer Proof Your Home: The Impact of… [Read More]

Finding Clarity in Brain Fog

Posted on January 24th, 2014 | 0 Comments

SPECIAL NOTE: Wellspring Westerkirk House will be offering a Back at Work discussion series on Brain Fog called Managing Brain Fog in the Workplace on Thursday February 27, 6:00- 8:00 p.m.. This session is specifically directed at cancer patients who are back at work. To register for this Back at Work session please call, 416-480-4440…. [Read More]

Several years ago, I attended a CPP Disability training session that included the Director of CPP Disability. Someone brought up the issue of Long Term Disability providers including the CPPD Child’s pension in the calculation of LTD Benefits. Let me take a step back to explain. CPPD recipients who have a child/children receive an extra… [Read More]

Angie Morris was selected from the entries in the Elle Canada model search to participate in the Wellspring Well Dressed for Spring Fashion Show. We are thrilled Angie will be walking down the runway on February 24 and she will also be featured in a photo spread in the March issue of Elle Canada. Below Angie… [Read More]

Making the Most Out of Winter Vegetables

Posted on January 10th, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Chef Lisa Shamai, Lisa Shamai Cuisiniere  Just because the temperatures are plummeting, doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice eating vitamin-rich fresh produce. Winter vegetables, such as cabbage, brussels sprouts , squash, sweet potatoes, turnips parsnips, carrots, beets, kale and rutabagas, make delicious additions to your nutrition complement during the long, cold months.  Below are… [Read More]