Cancer support group launched

2018-09-25 06:00
CANSA Mkhuhla Care Home Coordinator Linda Cipolla, Holy Trinity Anglican Church’s Cheryl Stockland, and Margi Silva.PHOTO: phindile shozi

CANSA Mkhuhla Care Home Coordinator Linda Cipolla, Holy Trinity Anglican Church’s Cheryl Stockland, and Margi Silva.PHOTO: phindile shozi

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A CANCER Support Group (CSG) has been launched in Hillcrest with the hope of teaching others about the life-changing disease.

Cheryl Stockland, who is in charge of the CSG and is from the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, said that their minister, Rev Gerry Thompson, had a vision: “He said that every church in the Upper Highway should have its own support group and then they can all come together to form a big group with invited speakers so as to teach people about cancer.”

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) is a non-profit organisation whose purpose is to lead the fight against cancer in South Africa by offering a unique, integrated service to the public which involves holistic cancer care and support to all affected by cancer.

CANSA Mkhuhla Care Home Coordinator Linda Cipolla said that they were delighted when they heard that Hillcrest wanted to set up a support group because they didn’t have a group in the area that worked alongside their association.

“The CANSA organisation is trying to get support groups in each of the districts so that each area is serviced by a support group,” she said.

She reiterated that support groups are hugely important to people, saying: “A diagnosis of cancer is a terrible shock, not only to the person with cancer but also the family and their friends. If there is a support group, the newly diagnosed person with cancer can be quickly gathered up to a support group because it helps enormously with adapting to this life change, which the disease of cancer is.”

In conclusion, Stockland said everyone in the Upper Highway is welcome to come to their support group.

“You may have cancer or not; family members, friends and everyone — they are welcome to attend so that they’ll learn about cancer,” she said.

The first group will meet on Thursday, September 20 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Nqutu Road at 11 am. The topic “How stress affects health” is to be led by Psychology Honours student Melissa Van Zyl.

“The group is open to all people with cancer, their carers and anyone with an interest in the topic,” said Cipolla.

For more information contact Cipolla­ on 031 205 9525 or e-mail


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