Gainesville Daily Register

February 14, 2013

Support group meets monthly

Gainesville Cancer Center at 1615 Hospital Blvd. Suite C has a support group that meets the second Tuesday of each month. Various topics are covered in the meeting to provide information to those undergoing cancer treatment, cancer survivors, family members, caretakers, North Central Texas College (NCTC) nursing students and other interested parties, Director Mike Karnes, working with North Texas Medical Center and local oncologists, Tahir Rana, Mohammad Qasim and Sushama Jasti have worked to establish this support group to provide a positive influence on those attending. NTMC volunteer, Judy Grudowski, acts as a liaison for those in attendance. She said, “We strive to make this a place where people can come to ask questions and get answers in a positive environment.” “Being prepared is a vital step in avoiding the trauma in a crisis.” Grudowski continued. “Having a living will is so important for everyone to have no matter the age. With a living will you make decisions in writing so that your family and health care provider can make the right decisions.” Local residents Ted and Judy Westmoreland were in attendance at the Feb.12 meetings. With the recent loss of her father, the Westmorelands came to the session for further support and information. “I feel at peace in knowing that we did everything we could for my father and that his wishes were honored,” Judy said. “This is a wonderful place that not only assisted in difficult decisions but gives us strength.” Sessions are free to the public and further information is available at 940 612 1990

By CATHY MOUNCE, Register Staff Writer

Gainesville — Gainesville Cancer Center at 1615 Hospital Blvd. Suite C has a support group that meets the second Tuesday of each month.

Various topics are covered in the meeting to provide information to those undergoing cancer treatment, cancer survivors, family members, caretakers, North Central Texas College (NCTC) nursing students and other interested parties,

Director Mike Karnes, working with North Texas Medical Center and local oncologists, Tahir Rana, Mohammad Qasim and Sushama Jasti have worked to establish this support group to provide a positive influence on those attending.

NTMC volunteer, Judy Grudowski, acts as a liaison for those in attendance. She said, “We strive to make this a place where people can come to ask questions and get answers in a positive environment.”

“Being prepared is a vital step in avoiding the trauma in a crisis.”  Grudowski continued. “Having a living will is so important for everyone to have no matter the age.  With a living will you make decisions in writing so that your family and health care provider can make the right decisions.”

Local residents Ted and Judy Westmoreland were in attendance at the Feb.12 meetings. With the recent loss of her father, the Westmorelands came to the session for further support and information.

“I feel at peace in knowing that we did everything we could for my father and that his wishes were honored,” Judy said. “This is a wonderful place that not only assists in difficult decisions but gives us strength.”

Sessions are free to the public and further information is available at 940 612 1990