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There is no need to face cancer alone.
Gilda’s Desert Cities provides professional programs of emotional and social support, education, and fitness for everyone and anyone affected by cancer: men, women, children, patients, caregivers, family, loved ones, children of cancer patients, those managing chronic cancers, survivors (however you define it), and the bereaved.
If cancer is affecting your life in some way, you will most likely find a program here that will help you make the best of it.
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Membership and all programs at Gilda’s are free of charge. Membership simply means that:
- You, or a loved one, is affected by cancer.
- You have attended an Orientation that includes an overview of the program and a tour of the clubhouse.
- You have completed a Customized Membership Plan (CMP) with a Gilda’s qualified professional, which includes a brief online assessment to help you sort out specific areas of concern. This is your time to privately discuss specific Gilda’s services for you, and to determine the best support group and other activities for you and your family. You will also be able to explore other resources that may be helpful to you.
Every Tuesday at 10:00 am (English)
Every Tuesday at 3:00 pm (Spanish)
NOTE: Our lectures are open to the public, however, an Orientation is required to become a Gilda’s member and to participate in our ongoing support groups and lifestyle classes and workshops.
Give Thea a call to schedule your personal orientation: 760 770-5678
Our Support Groups
Gilda’s Cancer Support Groups are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals (LMFTs, LCSWs, etc.) who have received specialized training in the emotional stresses that occur when an individual is diagnosed with cancer. It is important to remember the people around the patient — spouses, partners, relatives, children, and friends, are also impacted. These caregivers and loved ones need support too. Our caregiver support groups provide shared wisdom on how best to support a loved one.
Kids and Teens
Cancer is hard to digest at any age—all the more so for young children and teens. At Gilda’s cancer doesn’t need to be a secret and all questions are okay. When children/teens know that other families are having similar experiences, it reduces stigma and provides a safe place to discuss and deal with their own cancer or that of a loved one.
For children ages 6 – 12 who have cancer or a loved one with cancer or have lost a loved one to cancer.
Facilitator is Jamye Jesser, PsyD
Thursday 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Gilda’s cancer support groups are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals (LMFTs, LCSWs, etc.) who have received specialized training in the emotional stresses that occur when an individual is diagnosed with cancer. It is important to remember the people around the patient — spouses, partners, relatives, children, and friends, are also impacted. These caregivers and loved ones need support too. Our caregiver support groups provide shared wisdom on how best to support a loved one.
Healthy Lifestyle Classes
Expressive arts provide a creative outlet and welcome respite from treatment, caregiving, and daily stress. Many members find that learning a new skill or producing something of beauty is an unexpected benefit of their cancer journey.
Education increases a sense of control and confidence in decision making when cancer is involved.
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