Peer supporter Jen Luce is very excited to meet you!July 15, 2011
I attended my first YACC Retreat in the summer of 2007, a little over six months after I had finished treatment for a diagnosis of a rare ovarian cancer. I was still searching for people who understood what I was going through and could ease my mind about the post-effects of chemotherapy, as I was having many issues.
I found more than I knew I was looking for. I met so many people who “got it” and were there to support each other over the last four and a half years across the country by email, Facebook, and visits through Survivor Conferences and the filming of Wrong Way to Hope. I found coping tools and felt comfortable talking about what I felt I couldn’t with my family and friends. It was safe and with many people in different stages of their journey; I gained insight that I would be ok.
People I meet at Retreat Yourself are so amazing; I now have people all across Canada that I can connect with. There weren’t West and East retreats when I first started attending, so though you won’t meet many people from across Canada, you’ll meet those that are a bit closer to you which helps with keeping connections tight.
I love the fact that I’ve been asked three times now to attend as a peer supporter. I am honoured by this actually, as meeting all of you really does make my heart bigger and allow for me to experience life to the fullest!
“You don’t have to grasp onto the old, when you can embrace the new.” – Jen Luce
Check out my blog about life, peace, and cancer at http://www.turnurlifearound.wordpress.com.