The Quilt That Brought Carol to Cancer Support Community

Carol- with quilt

There are many wonderful things we have to be thankful for here at Cancer Support Community, but our amazing  team of volunteers sits at the top of our list. Without them, we would not be able to make such a heavy impact on  the lives of the thousands of central Ohioans who have been directly affected by a cancer diagnosis. One volunteer  for whom we will be eternally grateful is Carol Bomlitz, who is a cancer survivor herself. Carol is always willing to  go above and beyond for our organization, which is why we saw fit to honor her as Volunteer of the Year at this  year’s Night of Chocolate. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Carol to talk with her about her journey with  cancer and how she wound up being such a staple on our volunteer team that we would like to share with you.

“When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August of 1999, I was left with no place to go for information  concerning my diagnosis. All I could find were a few books and pamphlets to read, but no one to talk with, and as  we all know, there are certain things you just can’t read about in a book. We’ve come a long way in disseminating  information and providing resources for cancer patients since my diagnosis, which is why I know how important  programs for cancer patients and their support systems are.

I was fortunate enough to find a cancer support group with which I am still involved in to this day. I take it upon myself to schedule a monthly lunch date for all of us to get together and catch up.  My group has helped me so much along my journey with cancer and I cannot thank them enough, they are everything to me.

My father was always involved in our community, which is something I have clearly inherited from him. It has been 14 years since I initially became involved in volunteering for different organizations. Before I started dedicating my time to Cancer Support Community, I volunteered at Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s. I made a breast cancer quilt to be used in an auction hosted by the organization, and the gentleman who won the quilt decided to donate it back. The following year I added a chair to go along with the quilt for the same raffle. A physician won the raffle and gave it to one of his office workers. Oddly enough, the office worker who received the blanket knew I had made it, and once again, donated it back to me.

When the fundraising event stopped at Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s, I really wanted to continue my work as a volunteer to raise money for events relating to cancer patients. I was fortunate enough to see a sign for Cancer Support Community’s  Charity Golf Classic, so I decided to stop by and donate the breast cancer quilt in hopes of finding it a home. They used it as an auction prize and ironically enough, I knew the wife of the gentlemen that won it, but to this day, I have not told her I made it. I guess you could say that the quilt lead me to Cancer Support Community and I am so glad it did.

When I get involved in something, my family also gets involved. My husband, Elmer, and daughter, Karla, are my go-to people. Elmer is retired and volunteers his time with me and Karla designs beautifully embroidered linens that I use when making gift baskets for all of Cancer Support Community’s fundraisers. I love every part of the fundraising; it’s easily my favorite aspect of volunteering. I enjoy assembling the silent auction baskets and getting things ready for each event.

When asked how many hours I usually volunteer, I find that I have no idea. It doesn’t matter to me, because I love doing it. Knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of so many others who have been affected by cancer is extremely rewarding because we all have one thing in common: we have all heard the three words, “You have cancer.”

If you would like to join Carol and become part of our volunteer team, we would love to have you. Click this link to find out more about how you can get involved with Cancer Support Community through volunteering, teaching, donations and more!

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There are many wonderful things we have to be thankful for here at Cancer Support Community, but our amazing  team of volunteers sits at the top of our list. Without them, we would not be able to make such a heavy impact on  the lives of the thousands of central Ohioans who have been directly… Read more.

Exciting New Programming at Cancer Support Community

Several new groups have been implemented at Cancer Support Community and in the surrounding area over the last few months. We are so pleased to be reaching a broader region and meeting more specific needs at the same time.

Write to Heal: A Journaling Workshop – Everyone has a story.  When cancer enters our life, we may feel that we have lost control of our story. Thoughts can begin to ruminate, emotions may be difficult to express and you may feel like you are at a loss of words. Journaling is an exceptional way to express yourself in a safe and creative manner. This class teaches different journaling techniques. One participant states, “I gained needed insight after doing the journaling exercises. I was then able to explain how I was feeling to my family more easily.” Whether you have been keeping a journal since you were a kid or you have never tried, this class can be beneficial.  All journaling is kept private; you never have to share anything unless you wish to. Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm.

Metastatic Support Group – This group is for anyone who has been diagnosed with any type of metastatic cancer. Metastatic cancer is cancer that has spread from the place where it first started to another place in the body. The type of progression with cancer diagnosis can bring up a distinctive set of issues. Members are encouraged to share their experiences and gain strength and hope from each other. During the first group, participants reported leaving the group “feeling happy” and “being encouraged.” Anyone living with metastatic cancer and their support persons are welcome to join us on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30.

LGBTQ Support Group – Cancer Support Community is proud to partner with Stonewall Columbus to provide a LGBTQ cancer support group. This group was created to help members of the LGBTQ community endure the effects of living with cancer. This group is for anyone affected by cancer, whether you are a person who has been diagnosed or you care for someone who has been diagnosed. Our group will offer a safe, confidential and respectful environment where you are able to connect with other LGBTQ community members and hear about their experiences. The group is intended to provide mutual support and a safe space to express the thoughts and feelings that often accompany the cancer journey. Those wishing to participate in the group may call 614-884-4673 to speak to our group facilitator for more information and to register.

 Prison Support Group – Cancer Support Community exist so that no one faces cancer alone and we are glad to partner with Franklin Medical Center to reach inmates diagnosed with cancer. Franklin Medical Center is a unique correctional facility; it has three medical units providing inpatient medical services to inmate-patients in need of intensive skilled medical and nursing care. Two units house patients with short-term needs. The third unit provides specialized care for those patients with significant long-term medical needs and/or with significant physical disabilities. There are approximately 50 inmates at any one time who have been diagnosed with cancer. Some have received the diagnosis during their incarceration.  We have begun monthly support group at the prison. Inmates are often unaware of others around them who may be diagnosed with a similar disease. This group is providing a safe atmosphere for inmates to meet other cancer survivors and they can are encouraged to provide support to one another within the group and outside of group times also. As this program grows our hope is to reach out to family members of the inmates and offer a community for those providing support from a distance. If you are a family member of an incarcerated survivor and are looking for support call 614-884-4673 for more information.

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Several new groups have been implemented at Cancer Support Community and in the surrounding area over the last few months. We are so pleased to be reaching a broader region and meeting more specific needs at the same time. Write to Heal: A Journaling Workshop – Everyone has a story.  When cancer enters our life,… Read more.

LGBTQ Cancer Support Group Coming to Central Ohio

We are proud to announce the formation of our LGBTQ Cancer Support Group in collaboration with Stonewall Columbus. This group was created to help members of the LGBTQ community process and express the feelings and thoughts that often accompany the cancer journey. Anyone affected by cancer, whether you are a person who has been diagnosed or you care for someone who has been diagnosed, is welcome to attend. Our group will provide a safe, confidential and respectful environment to connect with and provide mutual support to other LGBTQ community members. Each session will be facilitated by a licensed professional and will function as a peer-directed community group.

Please call 614-884-4673 to speak to our Cancer Support Group facilitator for more information or to register. Those wishing to participate in the group must speak to our group facilitator before being admitted to the group. In order to respect the privacy of those who choose to attend, we do not publish the dates and times of this particular program.

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We are proud to announce the formation of our LGBTQ Cancer Support Group in collaboration with Stonewall Columbus. This group was created to help members of the LGBTQ community process and express the feelings and thoughts that often accompany the cancer journey. Anyone affected by cancer, whether you are a person who has been diagnosed… Read more.