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The Journey: The Road Through and After Cancer

By Staff | Mar 11, 2016

Cancer patients in the beginning stages and just finding a lump, going through treatment or in recovery have one new thing in common: a new group is forming to share support and awareness.

With the help of the American Cancer Society and the Heart of America Medical Center, the first ever “The Journey – The Beginning, Your Recovery & Beyond” is coming up in Rugby. The program will be led by Jody Tuchscherer, a surgical nurse and a cancer survivor herself.

“I’ve always had a desire to get something going, but it wasn’t the right time. But now it is,” said Tuchscherer.

The group will meet for one hour on the third Wednesday of each month. During each session a speaker will shed light on a topic, and a different forms of cancer will be highlighted for awareness. The group is open to those who currently have or have had cancer, along with their support members. Updates on the group can be found on Channel 19 or in the Tribune.

As a surgical nurse, Tuchscherer has seen her number of cancer patients, but without a chemo treatment center in Rugby most patients go to Minot.

“At the end of a treatment, you are most often exhausted and last thing you have energy for is to stay for a support group,” Tuchscherer said. “This fills that need and gives people a chance to understand what you and others are going through.”

Tuchscherer said that even with treatments completed, patients desire to live normal lives, but the road ahead can be scary. Feelings of pain can lead to medical tests and a chronic feeling of waiting sets in. Tuchscherer said “The Journey is about freeing and healing your mind.”

“I chose not to wait for the other shoe to fall,” Tuchscherer said. “But it takes support to be able to do that. [The Journey’s] more than just a support system, it’s educational and a resource.”

For more information, call Tuchscherer at 776-2296.

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