It was All About the Hat…and so much more!

Gilda’s Club New Hampshire would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed to the “It’s All About the Hat” fundraising event held on Saturday, May 1st at the Belknap Mill.

This fabulous Kentucky Derby program was nearly two years in the making but so worth the wait! Thanks to the generosity of so many, over $6,000.00 was raised for Gilda’s Club New Hampshire to help us reach our goal of opening a clubhouse in the Lakes Region to support individuals, families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors impacted by cancer.

Sue Caroselli, the owner of Eleganza Wig and Hat Boutique, was the creative and energetic force behind the event. We cannot thank her enough for the countless hours she put in to make this run-for-the-roses event a “galloping” success.

And while I didn’t win the “Celebrity Jockey” race, it was a pleasure having the opportunity to “prance around” with a great field of community leaders who volunteered to horse-around and be an entertaining part of the festivities.

Thank you again to everyone who made the event possible (sponsors, attendees, and volunteers) and for your support of Gilda’s Club New Hampshire.

And most of all, “tip-of-the-hat” in gratitude to Sue Caroselli!

Scott Kalicki

My LifeLine Shows Community is Stronger Than Cancer

MyLifeLine exists to easily connect cancer patients and caregivers with friends and family in order to reduce stress, anxiety and isolation.

By creating your own private website, our goal is to help you find hope, regain control, document your journey, and receive social, emotional, and practical support from friends and family throughout the treatment process and beyond.

On MyLifeLine discussion boards, you can connect with others like you. Share your unique cancer experiences and offer insights, coping strategies and inspiration. Covering a wide range of topics like coping with side effects of cancer treatment, nutrition with cancer, and caregiver support, our discussion boards are moderated by licensed mental health professionals and are available 24/7.

Click here to go to My LifeLine.

GivingTuesday Is Coming Soon!

We have received a pledge to match GivingTuesday donations made to Gilda’s Club New Hampshire up to $10,000, so your donation could be doubled!

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Each year, nonprofits, small businesses, corporations, schools, and faith-based organizations all over the world celebrate the global power of giving. This year Giving Tuesday will be held on Tuesday, December 1st.

We invite you to join the Giving Tuesday movement by supporting Gilda’s Club New Hampshire.

We strongly believe that no one should face cancer alone. Your monetary donation will help Gilda’s Club New Hampshire open a clubhouse and offer free support groups and services to individuals impacted by cancer. Our research-based program will reduce feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and distress. Together we can open the club to empower our members and strengthen their hope. You can donate by clicking this link.

November: National Caregivers’ Month

Cancer in someone you care deeply about can provide many challenges. Family members and friends who take on a caregiving role have a special relationship to cancer. There are many ways you can help, whether you live in the same house with the person who has cancer or far away.

A good way to learn about effective ways to handle the experience is to read the free information, Caregivers, from the Cancer Support Community. You can download it free. Click here to go to their web site, where you’ll see the publication under “Caregiving. 

The Actual Dance

The Actual Dance is an award-winning play that moves audiences worldwide to laugh, cry and then cheer. It’s a love story about a husband who struggles as his wife battles breast cancer. The hour-long performance features original music and choreography.

We’ll be showing it online via Zoom Thursday, 10/29/2020 at 6:30pm.

The Actual Dance is  written and performed by Sam Simon. It is has been called raw and difficult, yet graceful and inspirational. The show is also a workshop on how to find the beauty, dignity and love in one of the most difficult tasks in life: being with the person you have loved most in the world through the end of life. In the spring of 2000, Sam’s wife Susan was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. That diagnosis and subsequent treatments took both of them on a roller coaster ride that moved from elation to despair and back again. The Actual Dance is a presentation of that ride from Sam’s perspective. The Actual Dance itself offers a perspective not often found, that of the “partner” of the person confronted with life-threatening disease. It is also a male voice in the breast cancer journey facing so many people, primarily women. The performance will be followed by a discussion, a time when the audience gets to verbalize their own feelings and reactions not only to the play but to their own journey and experiences. 

Registration is required so we can email the online link to you. Click here to register.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Radio Show

Thanks to better and more targeted treatment options, women are living longer than ever with metastatic breast cancer. This radio show put on by the Cancer Support Community (we are one of their affiliates) features a wide-ranging conversation covering diagnosis, treatment options and shared decision making. Their guest is Dr. Lidia Schapira of the Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

Making Cancer Treatment Decisions Workshop

Gilda’s Club New Hampshire will host Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Making Treatment Decisions – a free, online workshop for people who are in the process of making treatment decisions at any stage in their treatment. Fundamental information about the most current treatments and strategies for making treatment decisions. Cindy Arcieri, MS, APRN, OCN, Director of Nursing and Clinical Operations at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute Londonderry and Merrimack Valley, will present this workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Making Treatment Decisions streamlines crucial resources available to people impacted by cancer. Created by Cancer Support Community, this workshop includes a complimentary copy of the booklet Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Making Treatment Decisions.

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Making Treatment Decisions is made possible through unrestricted educational grants from Pfizer.

Newly Diagnosed?

If you have been recently been diagnosed with cancer, there is information you need to make the best decisions when going through treatment. It helps a lot if you know what questions to ask when you are talking to your doctor. A good place to start is the Cancer Support Community’s page Cancer Diagnosis: What You Need to Know.

Once our program is open in New Hampshire Lakes Region, we’ll have professional staff who can sit down with you and help you decide what questions to ask. In the meantime, you can get assistance by phone through the CSC’s Open to Options program. Call their Toll-Free Cancer Support Helpline at 1-888-793-9355, to speak to a helpline counselor.

Here’s a member’s story from Gilda’s Club Madison

To show you what we are striving to do in New Hampshire:

My name is Kim. I’m 49 years old, a mother, wife, friend, and 6-year cancer survivor. I’m writing to share how Gilda’s Club Madison helped me pursue my cancer path on my terms with laughter and fun.

My family and I aren’t the sort to wallow when dealing with tough stuff. For instance, when I was going through my breast cancer treatment and reconstruction surgery, my friends and family threw me a Bye-Bye Boobies Party, which included a cake. The night ended with my 89-year-old grandfather saying, “Good luck with your remodeling!” Gilda’s Club met me where I was, laughter and all.

One of the best things my family learned at Gilda’s was that there are real health benefits from laughing. Laughter Club is open to the public and I think everyone should try it. I became a member because I had so many questions about cancer and treatment. I wanted support from others that had already gone through it. I’m still a member because I want to share the experiences I went through and pay it forward to new members. A lot of people don’t realize that ongoing support is important! Gilda’s offered support not only for me, but my whole family.

On Tuesday evenings my then 3-year-old and I would go to the family support night. We’d eat a great volunteer-made dinner, and then go to our own support groups. My group was for men and women dealing with any kind of cancer. My son would learn about cancer with other kids. Attending those groups helped us have some really important conversations. Gilda’s isn’t just about support groups. I learned how to knit and crochet, which helped me pass the time after surgery and in waiting rooms. I also learned how to cook healthier, which my family really likes. My favorite skill, which I still use, is relaxation and guided imagery. I use it daily!

Why do I choose to tell my story? Not because I’m a great writer or because I like speaking in front of people. Sharing my story has been therapeutic for me and it’s my hope others will learn from my experiences. Most of all, I want to make sure people know they don’t have to go through cancer alone! Gilda’s is my safe place, my home away from home – and it can be yours, too, if you need them.

Spotlight on Coronavirus: Coping with the Emotions

This online radio show from the Cancer Support Community focuses on the emotions and feelings that cancer patients and caregivers might experience as they cope with the impact of the spread of coronavirus. Many cancer patients and caregivers are reporting feeling alone, anxious, and fearful of the future. On the show guests help put context to their feelings and share strategies to help them cope. Host, Kim Thiboldeaux, CEO, Cancer Support Community is joined by Jamie Aten, a disaster expert who was faced with his own personal disaster when he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer at the age of 35 and Susan Ash-Lee, Vice President of Clinical Services for the Cancer Support Community. Listen to the show