Undergoing treatment for cancer can be an overwhelming process for patients, both physically and psychologically. When they have to leave their community to receive treatment, it can seem much worse. To help patients through this challenging experience, the Canadian Cancer Society has created lodges in many communities across Canada, where they can receive ongoing support in a home away from home.
Krista King, a Community Service Coordinator for the Society in Newfoundland and Labrador, knows the many benefits of lodges, such as Daffodil Place in St John's.
"I think Daffodil Place as a whole is a great form of therapy and helps people get through what they're going through. There are support groups where they get to speak to each other. They are all there with a common cause and it gives them the opportunity to relate to one another," Krista says.
Daffodil Place, completed in 2002, was based on the Princess Margaret Hospital Lodge, which opened in Toronto in 1958 with support from the Society. It was to be a place for cancer patients coming from outside the city to rest and recuperate before making their journey home. It became the model for lodges across Canada.
Today, the Canadian Cancer Society operates a number of lodges across the country. Cancer patients and their families can stay overnight, learn more about the Society's programs and get the support of other Canadians on a similar cancer journey.
If you're a patient or caregiver, learn more about support services available where you live or call 1-888-939-3333.