Since Lori's days as an overnight camper and counselor she's known the transformative power of immersion experiences, and CHP is most certainly that. Here is a small taste of the gifts that she found at Commonweal.

I Need to Come See You

by Kathy Bero It was spring 2008. I sat broken and alone in my living room listening to a radio talk show. The woman being interviewed spoke about her own chronic health issues over the years and the excellent work she did in spite of those…

Thoughts About Commonweal

Jane found herself referring to the Commonweal Cancer Help Program as “The Mothership” because it felt like the safest and most nurturing space she encountered in helping her with her cancer experience.

How do you hold a moon beam?

Why has it been so difficult and taken so long for me to write about the most meaningful and transformational experience of my life? Wording the question this way may make the answer obvious but I laugh at the first thing that pops into my mind. It’s the line from The Sound of Music song, “How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?”

Thank You, Commonweal

By Daniel Raskin The Commonweal cancer support community became a vital part of my life when my partner, Ann Weissman, died from cancer three years ago last February. Ann got ovarian cancer in 1993.  After treatment and recovery she returned…

Cancer Camp at Commonweal

By Christabel Cheung GangsterLog.Stardate.10.30.2012 – If you lose fat at fat camp, maybe you lose cancer at cancer camp? Ok, so I’m not really that naïve, but I arrived at the Commonweal Cancer Help Program last week after having been…

Leap of Faith

The Cancer Help Program gave this alum the courage to add a furry new memeber to her family.

Three Poems by Jim (Telk) Elkus

Telk's poems are "Stage 4," "The Fall from Certainty," and "Where Are They?"

Dr. Deb

Dr. Deb has figured out how to enliven the lost soul not just for her own healing but also for the healthcare professionals in her life.

In Exile

Sharing moments from a tender counseling session with a bereaved mother, Janie Brown takes a strong and compassionate look at the impact of loss on our hearts and our lives. Do we actually “move on?” Do we actually “get over it?”