Happy Canada Day Weekend!
VHL Canada will be adding another event to raise VHL Awareness in October 2018:
On October 19, the 3D Toronto sign will be lit red & white for VHL; plus, the 'R' will be gold for 'rare'
Note: This sign is in Nathan Phillips Square where the 5K Walk for VHL @ Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will finish! (there'll actually be thousands of other marathon participants there, too)
October 19: Toronto sign red & white for VHL (plus gold 'R' for 'rare')
October 20: CN Tower and Peace Bridge is lit red & white for VHL
October 21: 5K Walk for VHL @ Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
I'm just trying to make it a fun weekend for patients, families, and friends to raise awareness and funds for von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome (and VHL Canada).
If you have any feedback or questions, please contact me.
Peer “Support” for Canadian VHL patients and their family members
Peer Groups – weekly, open/drop-in and online
*Only the Peer Support Volunteer (PSV) is responsible for Group and Individual support. PSV is a permanent volunteer (position) and VHL patient who is an experienced clinical Social Worker with a background in provincial Children’s Mental Health Centres, Registered, and MSW -University of Toronto ‘99).
PSV is also responsible for regular updates and moderation of:
I like doing these things, like laughing and taking quiet walks, and I know that many others do, too. I just didn’t realize that there was research for it to boot!
Smile and laugh
…brains are interconnected with our emotions and facial expressions. When people are stressed, they often hold a lot of the stress in their face. So laughs or smiles can help relieve some of that tension and improve the situation
Walk the dog
… is one way of spending one hour alone everyday, but they are many other ways to do this: Sewing, knitting, walking, swimming, meditating, running, etc… By taking an hour out of your day to be alone, this will give your brain and mind a moment to go through things well before you go to bed. In fact, it can be a great time to think of the day’s events and figure out what it is about them that stress you