New TMC program provides needed break for cancer patients

Jan. 05, 2013 @ 07:00 AM

Weariness finds even the most sound-minded.
The mission for Thomasville Medical Center is to give rest to the weary through a new program, "Feel Good Friday," which will begin Jan. 18. Feel Good Friday is free to cancer patients who wish to engage with community volunteers while being treated to manicures, hair care, massages and crafts.
"We want to provide a program to make them feel better, if just for a few hours," said Elizabeth Parnell, TMC's oncology program coordinator. "There will be a lot of information to share, information they can take with them. The program itself is not medical, but a happy atmosphere for people to come and relax."
Jane Wilder, TMC director of community relations, said Feel Good Friday functions as a supplement to the "Look Good, Feel Better" campaign through the American Cancer Society.
"It's always exciting when we reach new people in the community," Wilder said. "This is an additional program which can offer simple things that make us feel better. Sometimes, it's little things like that we neglect."
According to Parnell, a patient's emotional well-being is just as important as the treatment to combat cancer. Parnell has witnessed the impact of such a program.
"I'm new to Thomasville, but I'm not new to Novant Health," Parnell said. "Several other communities have done this, including Forsyth Medical Center, where cancer survivors have set up Feel Good Friday for the last 10 years. I thought Davidson County should benefit from this program. What we're trying to do in Thomasville is to reach out to the community and let them know we're here."
To volunteer for Feel Good Friday, contact Parnell at 474-3231. The program will take place on the third Friday of every month.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.