About the Lymphoma Support Group of Ottawa
The Lymphoma Support Group of Ottawa (LSGO) has provided
lymphoma patients, families and friends in the Ottawa region with
support, information, education and networking since October 2000.
A support group is part of a continuum of care. Everyone in
the support group has coped with the devastation of diagnosis
and is seeking to move on to becoming more involved in living
life to its fullest. Doing something for yourself in addition
to undergoing treatment can bring positive changes. Most cancer
patients find enormous benefits from becoming more informed
about their particular cancer, its diagnosis and treatments.
Becoming engaged as an active member in your own health care
team restores some sense of control and well-being.
The Lymphoma Support Group of Ottawa usually includes a mix of participants,
including newly diagnosed patients and long term survivors, people with different
forms of lymphoma, and their families and friends.
The Lymphoma Support Group of Ottawa holds an information
session in September and holds 8 meetings per year. The
LSGO Meetings are held the
first Tuesday of each month from October to December and from
February to June. Meetings are not held in September, January,
July or August.
Participating in the LSGO assists you in
- Helps you to become educated about your cancer and your reactions to it;
- Lets newly diagnosed patients and their partners, caregivers and families
know that they are not alone. Members often provide their own perspectives
on coping strategies to get through difficult times. They have personal experience
about what it is like to undergo treatments and to live with lymphoma;
- provides a safe, confidential place to discuss individual
issues and concerns with people who are empathetic because
they have faced similar challenges;
- supports people through treatment and recovery
by sharing personal experiences with one another;
- identifies sources of information on lymphomas, treatments
and complementary therapies, which other LSGO participants
have found useful;
- presents on-going education programs, which reflect the
interests and concerns of LSGO participants;
- offers a forum for discussing issues, concerns and suggestions
for improving how lymphomas are treated and managed in the