Cancer Support Program
The Cancer Support Program, created and hosted by Terry Ratner, offers support for patients, families, and community members through sharing information and providing resources. We have a core of esophageal survivors who continue to attend the meetings and provide strength and information to newly diagnosed patients and their families.
We are the only support group for esophageal cancer in the United States, except for Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The success of our group has opened it up to all cancer patients and a continued lecture educational series featuring distinguished physicians and scientists speaking on a variety of topics.
Meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month.
Space is limited! For more information, contact:
Terry Ratner, RN, MFA, at 602-527-3776.
Check out our website at: www.mrmcancersupport.com
“Writing about loss allowed me to release emotions which were buried for years. I wrote three essays about my late husband, Aaron, which brought about a living resurrection of his life and our life together. Confronting the painful loss brought about new perspectives, a general sense of peace, and the beginning of inner healing.”
Terry Ratner's writing class enabled me to confront my deepest feelings, regrets, sorrows, joys, and to translate those emotions onto paper. We learned to workshop (share) our writings in an environment conducive to learning. There were times when healing was shared among us—NOT with words, but with a closeness felt between people connected by loss.”
-Carolyn Lounsbury, LPN