Calendar Details

Support Groups

New to us?  Contact Jamie for first-time orientation prior to attending groups.  PLEASE NO DROP-INS. 

Living With Cancer Support Group

2nd and 4th Wednesdays

10:00am –11:00am

Facilitated by Katie Boucher, AMFT

This group is designed for those who are newly diagnosed or in active treatment.  Enjoy a safe place to share among peers. Being diagnosed can be scary and confusing. Meet peers going through similar experiences and discover the comfort of participating in a group.

To join, please contact Jamie: 805-238-4411.

Caregiver Support Group

2nd and 4th Wednesdays - concurrent with patient group in a separate room

10:00am –11:00am

Facilitated by Jamie Dunn, LMFT 

Family members, friends and caregivers. It is important that caregivers also practice self-care and balance during a challenging time.

To join, please contact Jamie: 805-238-4411.

Survivorship Support Group

2nd Thursday of each month

11:00am - 12:00pm 

Facilitated by Lindsey Levenson, LMFT & Survivor

This survivorship group focuses on life newly post-treatment, when things slow down, yet the physical and emotional impacts of cancer often remain. We recognize there is a need for support and empowerment in this transitional stage towards survivorship. This is a group open to any age or diagnosis and will be most beneficial for those who identify with the transition away from treatment and into discovering their new sense of "normalcy" in life after cancer.

To join, please contact Jamie: 805-238-4411.

Advanced Cancer Support Group

3rd Thursday of each month

11:00am-12:00pm

Facilitated by Jamie Dunn, LMFT 

This group is to support the needs of patients with stage 4 or metastatic cancer. Come together with others and get support for the unique challenges common with advances stages of cancer.

To join, please contact Jamie: 805-238-4411.

Young Survivor Support Group -

Templeton & San Luis Obispo

Facilitated by counseling staff

This monthly peer gathering is for ages 25 to 50ish - with any cancer diagnosis, at any stage of treatment or recovery. Share your feelings and experiences, exchange practical information, develop friendships and share in a safe environment.

Templeton

2nd Tuesday or Wednesday of each month

(Check Calendar)

6:00pm-7:30pm

To join, please contact Jamie: 805-238-4411

San Luis Obispo

4th Thursday of each month

6:00pm-7:30pm

Held at Wilshire Community Services office: 285 South Street, Suite J
San Luis Obispo, CA

To inquire about joining the SLO group, email:  LindseyL@cscslo.org

Breast Cancer Group  

4th Thursday of each month

11:00am-12:00pm

Facilitated by Lindsey Levenson, LMFT, 2-time breast cancer survivor

This is a breast cancer specific group designed for newly diagnosed patients through year 2.

To join, please contact Jamie: 805-238-4411.

New Support Groups Forming: 

  • Grief After Cancer Loss Support

Learn how to understand and cope with grief after the death of someone you've lost to cancer. This can be a recent loss or one from long ago. 

  • Mens Group
Working specifically on the needs of men in the cancer journey. 

Social Events

Grupo Fuerza y Esperanza 

Alternating Fridays at CSC

6:00pm–8:00pm

with Luz Lujano

This spanish-speaking group is a part of our Latino Support Program and open to cancer patients, caregivers and family. CSC continues to be a safe place for many hispanic families in the community affected by cancer to meet. Call Luz Lujano at 805-423-7171.

Este grupo gratuito de hispano parlantes es parte de nuestro Programa de Ayuda e Información para hispanos (Latino Outreach Program), abierto a los pacientes con cáncer, los proveedores de cuidados, y los familiares. CSC (Comunidad de Apoyo al Cáncer) continua siendo un lugar seguro en la comunidad donde muchas familias hispanas afectadas por el cáncer se pueden reunir. Para obtener más información, y unirse al grupo, llame a Luz Lujano, al numero 805-423-7171

Art Time with Katie

1st Wednesday of Alternating Months

Utilize different media and different prompts for a unique way to process that impact of cancer.

Check the calendar for details

Drumming

Periodic Wednesdays

6:00pm-7:00pm

with Vaughan Kaser, MCAT, MT

KIDS Programs

Support for children who are affected by cancer in the family

  • Surfing for Hope PureStoke Camps (March - October)
  • Valentine's Party - February
  • Family Pizza and Game Night 
  • Blue's Baseball Cancer Family Day - June 2019
  • Family BBQ - Thursday, Aug 1, 2019
  • Halloween Spooktackular 
  • Kid's Art Class 
  • Musical Expressions for Kids 
  • Latino Support Group - children always welcome to Grupo Fuerza y Esperanza. Held on alternating Friday evenings
  • Cooking with kids - to be updated when schedule becomes available
  • Camp Kesem - sleep-away camp in Santa Barbara - hosted by Cal Poly SLO Camp Kesem team - Each Summer
  • Call for more info on any of these events


Education

Survivorship and Community Education Series

Cancer Support Community educational program series are taught by local experts. Focus may be on survivorship, post-treatment cancer care and challenges, current treatment strategies. Topics range from treatment side effects, emotional and cognitive impacts, relationships, family, ongoing health and self-care. Check our calendar for latest topics and dates.

Healthy Lifestyle

Navigating Change Workshop and Journaling

3rd Wednesday of each month

(check calendar for this month's date)

11:30am-12:30pm

Facilitated by Katie Boucher, AMFT

This interactive workshop will focus on survivorship practices that enhance quality of life and management of the emotional and relational aspects of cancer treatment and recovery. This is a journaling and discussion based group. 

Cancer Well-Fit® Sponsored by Cancer Support Community

Held at Paso Robles Sports Club

2975 Union Road, Paso Robles

This is a FREE, small-group, 10-week exercise program to help the first-year survivor restore strength and endurance, at each members’ own pace. Call Kathy Thomas directly to sign up: 805-610-6486 or kathythomas10@hotmail.com.

Beautification Boutique Resources at CSC

By appointment at Cancer Support Community - we offer a selection of free wigs, hats, scarves, mastectomy support products and knitted knockers ®. We also have connections to lots of great outside vendors who can fit you for custom mastectomy bras. Call to make an appointment: 805-238-4411.

Mindfulness Hour

with Katie Boucher, AMFT

Last Wednesday of each month

11:30am - 12:30pm  

Learn to practice the concepts of mindfulness, distress tolerance and emotional regulation. Open to patients & caregivers. Space is limited. RSVP Required.

T'ai Chi Chih 

Periodic dates throughout the year

Move, breathe, focus, and let go, while learning to master the flow of energy in your own body.

Therapeutic Yoga - held at Dharma Yoga (1329 Spring St., Paso Robles)

with Sue Larson

Mondays, 11:30am–12:45pm

Therapeutic yoga designed for cancer patients. Poses can be modified to accommodate various needs and abililities. All levels welcome.

Patient Navigation

By Appointment

Get help with your medical and non-medical resources. Let our navigators support you in finding what you need to better support your care. We can help find resources for medical bills, access to benefits, access to financial resources, support for transportation challenges and much more.

Navigation can help with the non-medical side of patient support, insurance questions and connection to other community resources.

Call to book an appointment! 805-238-4411.

Extra Support Items

Available Upon Request

• Cancer Care Kits - Generously donated water bottles from Paso Bike Tours and lotion from local Mary Kay reps. Enjoy a reusable bag, and stuff it with resources to help with your cancer care.

•  Short-term Counseling - Available for individuals, couples, families and children for support with cancer-related stressors and grief. All provided by mental health professionals. Options include: in-person, on the phone or via secure live video. Call Jamie to inquire about meeting with one of our staff counselors.

Kindles for Chemo- Sponsored by Laura Coats and Thom Schulz. Borrow one of our Kindles for reading while doing treatment.

Lending Library - We have a large stock of educational as well as fun books to help you pass the time through treatment.

• Cancer HelpLine - mental health professionals available on the phone, at no cost, Monday-Friday 6am-6pm


Resource Links

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