Survivor Lunch Bunch looking for new members
By Carole Robinson, Senior Staff Writer
The Survivor Lunch Bunch enjoys lunch at Granite City in Cool Springs.
Three little words, “You’ve got cancer,” completely change a person’s life.
Once the shock has passed and a plan of action mapped out, survival begins. That’s where a support system becomes a lifeline.
Women cancer survivors are invited to join a Survivor Lunch Bunch. This group of ladies—all cancer survivors—have walked down a similar path and are either seeking information, seeking a sisterhood or want to share information and experiences with other survivors.
After surviving her own bout with breast cancer, Linda Mora, saw the need for such a support group. The Survivor Lunch Bunch was born six-years ago when Mora had lunch with cancer survivors from her neighborhood.
“At the time, I didn’t know of a group for support,” she said, so she and her neighbors began one.
Some women are ready and willing to talk about their experience shortly after diagnosis, others share during treatment.
Some need more time to share, but are seeking the security of women who “have been there,” Mora said.
It’s often more about the camaraderie, being with women who understand.
One lady in the group said it took 12-years before she even wanted to talk about cancer.
“Sometimes just listening to those who have survived is helpful and encouraging,” Mora said.
The Survivor Lunch Bunch offers a “safe place” to talk about feelings, anxieties and fears not easily shared with family members or friends who have not experienced cancer.
Women who are going through or have gone through similar experiences “get it.” They have a special understanding of what others may be experiencing, Mora said.
“Our goal is to make new friends, share information, encourage and have a nice lunch,” she added.
“These women provide a caring and comfortable atmosphere to share, laugh and sometimes cry and they offer many shoulders.”
A long-time member of the Lunch Bunch, Myrna is a pancreatic cancer survivor.
“She is our ‘Poster Child,’” said Mora.
Research provides proof that support groups provide great medicine and this group is proof positive, Mora said.
While it began as a small gathering, in just six years the Survivor Lunch Bunch continues to grow with each meeting every other month.
There is no obligation to attend every lunch, but these women are so amazing and have some incredible stories – it’s just too good to miss.
Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a selected restaurant in the Cool Springs area – convenient for ladies who are working.
Anyone cancer survivor who would like to join the group, may contact Linda Mora at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 615-599-4415.
The next lunch is Thursday, Nov. 7 at Wholy Crepe on Meridian Boulevard.
Posted on: 10/25/2013