The support of family and friends is invaluable! But there will probably be things you want to talk about that only another cancer patient and survivor will understand, times you want to discuss things without alarming those closest to you, and topics that someone who has “been there, done that” can best address. Consider the benefits of creating a “connectedness” with others who have “been there… done that” and build social and emotional support as a complement to whatever support system you already have in place and to complement your medical care!

The Local Cancer Community Update Newsletter

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Together We Live with Cancer Supportive Community

TLC (Together we Live with Cancer) is a “Supportive Community” that provides cancer survivors and co-survivors (families, friends and caregivers) with health and wellness opportunities for body, mind, heart and spirit!  TLC consists of:

TLC “Survivorship Sessions” (monthly): These “Survivorship Sessions” are open to anyone experiencing cancer looking for or willing to offer support, encouragement, information and guidance related to the cancer experience. Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:00PM.  Go to the “News/Events” page for details about the next TLC Survivorship Session.

The TLC Supportive Newsletter (quarterly): This supportive newsletter is sent FREE (via e-mail or postal mail) to any area cancer survivor and features informative and inspirational articles written by local cancer patients and survivors for local cancer survivors and co-survivors for local cancer survivors and co-survivors.  Click on the “NEWSLETTER” icon to receive both the quarterly TLC Supportive Newsletter and the weekly Local Cancer Community Update.  Scroll down to locate previous issues of the TLC Supportive Newsletter.





TLC “Survivorship Can Be Fun” Gatherings: These periodic gatherings offer opportunities for cancer survivors to meet and connect with other cancer survivors in a fun and casual setting that focuses on life beyond a cancer diagnosis.

The TLC Supportive Community is open to all area cancer patients/survivors and co-survivors and is sponsored by Dr. H. Marshall Matthews (Matthews Oncology Associations) and Dr. S. Mark Bettag (Sheboygan Cancer & Blood Specialists).  To learn more contact Tim E. Renzelmann, MOA/SCBS Patient Advocate at 920.458.7433 or

YMCA’s LiveSTRONG  Program

LiveSTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease. Their goal is to help participants build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve functional ability. Additional goals include reducing the severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes and improving energy levels and self esteem. They also help participant develop their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as part of their recovery, but as a way of life. In addition to the physical benefits, the program provides participants a supportive environment and a feeling of community with their fellow survivors, YMCA staff and members. YMCA fitness instructors work with you on an individual basis so that the program fits your individual needs.  The instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise and supportive cancer care. For more information contact Carrie Green at (920) 451-8004, ext. 230.

Cancer Community Wig Closet

Matthews Oncology Associates, Sheboygan Cancer & Blood Specialists, and St. Nicholas Hospital offer a “Wig and Head Covering Closet” that provides FREE wigs and head coverings (hats, scarves and caps) to local cancer patients and survivors. To learn more about this local resource, please contact us.

National Cancer Patient Resources

National Cancer Institute


American Cancer Society