CanShare Cancer Group Session

Friday, July 20, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 2 Comments

Yesterday, I had a wonderful time with members of CanShare, a cancer support group based at the Benavides Cancer Institute of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital. It was CanShare’s monthly cancer group session and I was fortunate to be there. And yes, it was a day for good news – and there was one news bit in particular that I was happy to share with everyone.

Although I am a licensed doctor, I am more of a writer now. I write about things I am passionate about, such as health, cancer, and the many things I’ve learned as a writer and a blogger. Because of blogging, I’ve had the opportunity to learn about the technical side of blogs, websites, and SEO. And when I met with Lorna Roque and Francie Go, members of CanShare, about a month ago, I had a light-bulb moment -

- I told them I wanted to make a website for CanShare.

Canshare.Org – Coming Soon

CanShare, despite having existed for years now, has never had a website. I then looked at but it was already taken. Even was taken, too. My boyfriend then told me to try as CanShare is, after all, an organization. What a brilliant idea!


Happy Update:
As of December 31, 2012, I have announced an important and exciting update regarding CanShare’s website. Scroll down to see the details!

I then purchased the domain immediately. And a few days from now, I shall ask a few site builders to design the website according to CanShare’s specifications.

And in case you’re wondering, no, I don’t have cancer. But I’ve been writing about cancer for so long that I have developed a soft spot for cancer patients. People ask me why I write about cancer – and I always answer, “Why not?” Cancer is everybody’s problem; cancer is your war, too.

CanShare Cancer Group Session: Highlights

During the CanShare cancer group session, there are a few highlights that I thought are worth mentioning. I list these highlights below.

  • Francie Go, one of the co-founders of CanShare, had a leg cramp because of our pictorials. Yes, we blame the leg cramp on the photo op. But she was fine pretty soon, and we had photos to commemorate her unforgettable cramp. Dr. Beth Miana, a cancer warrior, clicked away worry-free as another member ministered to Francie. Ha ha! The session wasn’t a snore fest, thanks to Francie – and that’s a good thing because snoring increases cancer death risk!
  • Dr. Rebecca Abiog-Castro, a pediatrician and a breast cancer warrior, joined the CanShare session to lecture on nutrition in pediatric cancer patients. I will write about important take-home messages from the lecture in my next article. Here’s a teaser: it is NOT ADVISABLE to use health supplements, such as antioxidants, in cancer. Read why antioxidants may be useless in cancer.
  • CanShare made me an honorary member. It was heartwarming! They gave me a figurine of St. Ezekiel Moreno – the patron saint of cancer patients, I was told. Lorna Roque, one of the CanShare founders, also gave me a pink rose; pink is a color often used to signify breast cancer. (Not so long ago, I quietly left a cancer network – you better read the story.)

    CanShare meeting
  • The domain now belongs to CanShare. I am still in the middle of having the website designed, so it’s an empty space right now – but soon enough, CanShare will have its own website. I am so excited about this!

I feel like an orphan – I don’t have cancer, but a family of cancer warriors and survivors has welcomed me to their group with open arms. They are like a loving foster family to me while I’m away from home. I only hope that I can give back as much as they have. (I’m trying to save up to make sure the CanShare website stays up for a long, long time.)

UPDATE: The CanShare website is now up! It’s not entirely complete yet, but do visit if you can.

Do visit the new website of CanShare, a support group for cancer warriors. You can also visit CanShare on Facebook – and hey, you might as well visit me on Facebook, too!

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a vegan doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She is the editor of The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene Magazine. Get in touch if you want to invite her as a speaker!


  1. Like others, I've always wondered why you always write about cancer. And it's nice that you support such organization. You will be loved for doing such! Nice one, doc! :)

  2. Once in a while, I still wonder why I'm passionate about cancer, too. My boyfriend looks at me like I'm crazy whenever I rant about why people can't relate to cancer. Hehe!

    Thanks, Ventocoseuss - wow, that's a difficult handler to pronounce! :) Thanks for dropping by.