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Minutes - Saturday July 12, 2008




Marnie welcomed all members to the meeting. A special welcome was extended to new faces.

Marnie informed all of us that Lori was on holiday and that due to the last minute cancellation of two scheduled speakers, the meeting could be shorter than usual.

There was a reminder regarding the Toronto Seminar on September 12 and 13, 2008. Due to a conflict with the date for our group meeting and the Seminar, our September meeting will be cancelled in order for all interested parties to have an opportunity to attend in Toronto. There is a sign up sheet for anyone wishing to attend. Car pooling can be arranged, if necessary. Let Lori or Marnie know if a ride is required.

There will be a mail out for the Toronto walk/run. Carolyn Henry was unable to be present for today’s meeting, so letters of information will be sent to members.

Marnie introduced today’s speaker, Janice Gumbley. Executive Director of Glanbrook Home Support Programme.

Janice, a support group member, was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2005. She works full time with the disease.

Janice generously supplied packages for all of us. The packages were accompanied by a detailed slide presentation.
Red Folder - slide presentation
Yellow Sheet - the last sheet in the package provides a list of all agencies in the area who provide support and information.
White Package - a new programme that covers the Hamilton/Glanbrook area with meals. A menu is attached.

Janice went through the package page by page. An area on for notes was provided. During and following the presentation, questions were taken and addressed. Janice will gladly provide packages for those who may have been absent from this meeting. You can contact Janice, Lori or Marnie if you would like information.

Marnie thanked Janice for her presentation and an open discussion amongst members was encouraged. Information and personal experiences were shared.


Next Meeting: Saturday, November 8, 2008

Speaker: Dragana Skockovic-Sunjc, Pharmacist

Topic: Natural Medicines - Pros and Cons