Stories of Success

Note from a facilitator at a dissemination site:

“We had our last session last night and all I can say is wow! The participants were so thankful for this course and said so many things that were powerful, I was truly in awe. During the diploma process, many people cried because of the new friends that they made, the things that they learned, and just how much more in control they felt. I wish I had everything to tell you verbatim, but 2 very powerful statements for me were:

‘I no longer feel like a victim.’

‘The course helped me get through my treatment.’

There were so many more comments and everyone seemed to have made at least one if not many changes. And so many connections were made!! I can tell you that many people, including myself, were sad last night to say goodbye to our weekly sessions. It felt like a family.

I have provided health education programs for years and truly have never seen anything like this. I absolutely believe that everyone who participated will continue making changes throughout their lives.  You always hope for that, but you know behavior change is hard. However, with this program, I felt it, I know they will continue to thrive.

Thank you once again (that doesn’t even feel adequate) for sharing this with us.  It was an incredible journey and I cannot wait for the next one!”    

- Note from a facilitator at a dissemination site

“Anticancer Lifestyle program has been a chance to re-evaluate and re-focus on my current lifestyle, and consider changes that might enhance it in the future.  It is a continuing work-in-progress.”

“I have made a sizable advance on assessing who in my life is toxic and who is not. Those who are toxic I remove from my life. Those who are nourishing I embrace…. I practice meditation almost daily. I stretch and do yoga several times a week. I take every opportunity to laugh out loud.”

“The Anticancer Lifestyle Program was, for me, the continuation of a journey.  I doubted there was much more to be gained from the program.  How wrong I was.  The program reinforced the changes I made earlier, but most importantly brought me together with people who have taken control of their lives, have traveled similar journeys, and who share a joy of living.”

“Thanks to the Anticancer Lifestyle Program I have learned to take control of my future and I look forward to many years with my wonderful husband and beautiful children.”

“There is nothing like this anywhere. Please continue your program, it’s so very important to me.”

“When Payson Center called and asked if I was prepared to make a 12-week commitment to the program, I felt like someone had thrown a life preserver to me.  I think the most beneficial part of this program is the support and caring shared by all of us who are lucky enough to be here.”

“The Anticancer Lifestyle Program allows me to continue my attack mode on the home front, by giving me knowledge on healthy choices I can make today.”

“This program is wonderful. It really enlightens you. Margaret and the entire team have provided me and I’m sure all in the class with information that is so useful. I realize that I need to make changes that work for me but I feel that this program has made me so aware that I will make changes more quickly.”

“After reading Dr. David Servan-Schreiber’s book and taking the ACLP course, I felt the empowerment that comes when you are no longer passive, waiting for cancer.  There is nothing more toxic than a sense of helplessness.”

“I was particularly impressed with the classes on chemicals and food.  Both instructors were able to counteract a lot of what is simply not good practices, and were very helpful to our discussions.  I applaud their knowledge, current work and thank everyone involved in this program.”