While visiting the local library today, my attention was immediately drawn to a brochure I saw in the display rack. Perhaps it drew me in because of its calm, soothing colors of pink, white, and green. But when I saw the title, Women of Joy I just had to read it.
This group has recently started a Breast Cancer Support Group in Kansas City, MO.
According to their brochure their purpose is as follows: “To provide support to breast cancer survivors by offering them spiritual support, positive encouragement, friendship and times of artistic expression”.
I stopped to let that sink in. I’m sure most of us know someone who has been diagnosed with this disease. My mother was such a person. She fought it with dignity and grace.
Their mission statement is four-fold. It is stated as follows:
- “To help women find joy in the midst of their difficulties
- To share our stories, faith and hope for the future with others on the same journey
- To provide an outlet for creative expression through writing, arts and craft
- To provide a separate group for children coming with the mothers where cancer issues are discussed and creative activities are provided.”
I like the idea that no one has to travel this path by themselves. Being able to express your feelings through these various mediums of writing, arts and craft is definitely something positive.
I am glad that they have also included a group geared especially for the children. They need to have their feelings heard too.
According to the brochure, the women’s activities include:
- “Painting, clay work, jewelry making
- Journaling and creative writing
- Time of sharing and encouraging each other
Children’s activities include:
- “Story time using cancer related material
- Crafts and coloring books related to cancer”
These support meetings are held the Second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
at the Pittman Road Church of God, 4700 Pitman Rd., Kansas City, MO 64131. Their phone number is 816-737-1313.
Further questions can also be directed to Teresa at 816-356-1229 or Vicki at 816-796-9881. Both of these women have suffered from this disease.
To make it more convenient for mothers of nursery-aged children, service is available for infants to 4 years of age. They request that you call in advance to make arrangements.
If you are in the area and in need of support, I’m sure they will welcome your call and presence with open arms. This is love, care and compassion at its finest hour.
Today, my pink ribbon goes to this group of fine women choosing to make a difference in someone else’s life, even in the midst of their particular struggles. No wonder they call themselves, Women of Joy.
Women of Joy Breast Cancer Support Group brochure from the local Mid-Continent Library.