Posted by Guest Blogger on October 08, 2012
Our guest blogger is Cynthia, our MaxStation in Mexico City, who gave this report from a patient group meeting on September 22nd.
In commemoration of International CML Day and the launch of the “Stomp Out Cancer” campaign, our friends in the Mexican patient group, Mexican Association of Leukemia and Gist (AMELEG), held an energizing and empowering event for patients and caregivers.
Patients and caregivers separately engaged in workshops to address their different emotional needs. Patients were invited to talk about their emotions during a workshop hosted by Mariana, my fellow MaxStation in Mexico. She shared that some patients found their voices and expressed to each other their hopes and fears in ways that they hadn’t done before.
In addition to emotional support, the group got ‘physical’ as participants engaged in a yoga workshop, with an emphasis on breathing and de-stressing techniques. What a creative way to equip patients and caregivers with new skills to use at home!
Throughout the day, participants were invited to partake in healthy food choices, like fruits and vegetables. They even shared healthy recipes, giving each other new ideas for how to eat well at home.
Education was also a key part of the day. The group emphasized the need to make treatment information accessible to all participants, and so the speakers worked to “break-down” challenging concepts so that everyone could understand. Dr. Rodriguez explained details about leukemia, and Dr. Xolotl discussed current CML testing, like PCR tests.
Throughout the day, patients, family members, and friends proudly wore their “What’s My PCR?” button! Visit the photo gallery to see everyone honoring the day.