An Evening of Wine, Jazz & Reality to Support FACE IT London Starting the healing process even before surgery.

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The FACE IT program, operated by Dr. Annette Richard, is a free service to help those facing a breast cancer diagnosis with emotional support, viable information, in-home assistance and unique tools not found anyone else. Healing can begin even before surgery.

Getting a diagnosis of any illness is anxiety-provoking…we just want to fill in any gaps.

Two local business women are hosting An Evening of Wine, Jazz & Reality at the Carolinian Winery on June 12, 2009 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM to help raise awareness and funds for one of this city's most valuable free programs that helps those facing the reality of a breast cancer diagnosis. London doctor, Annette Richard, ensures individuals get accurate information and emotional support through their FACE IT program (, plus specialized tools not available elsewhere.

FACE IT informs and reduces the "unknowns" to start the healing process - and that can happen even before surgery. "Today, lumpectomy or mastectomy surgery is considered day surgery, so patients are sent home the same day, a daunting prospect for any patient or their loved ones," said Dr. Richard, a general practitioner based in London, Ontario.

Dr. Richard and nurse Johanne Nichols go into patient homes with a teaching model that supports the learning they've already received through their surgeon or Pre-Admit process. "Patients don't need more information…they are already overwhelmed. What they need is the same information, over and over again in various formats - and we do that in a 3D format," said Dr. Richard. Plus, they give each patient a unique pillow they've designed for comfort and support during recovery.

The organizers of Wine, Women & Shopping, Susan Regier (Vantage One Writing) and Nancy Kirwin (Townsend Farmers' Mutual Insurance) are celebrating the FACE IT program in the spirit of sisterhood. Tickets are now on sale for an awareness open house with free wine sampling, gourmet food sampling, delectable desserts, and jazz music on the patio of Carolinian Winery, 4823 Dundas Street, R.R. #2, Thorndale (just east of London on Dundas Street).

After extensive research, Dr. Richard and Nichols started FACE IT because they understood how overwhelming cancer diagnosis can be and the lack of available support and education. "Recently, we met with a frustrated patient who had a myriad of health issues, including breast cancer, and had been somewhat 'missed' in the system. After exhausting other avenues of support, she found out about FACE IT services. Her husband referred to us as 'Heaven sent,'" said Dr. Richard. "Getting a diagnosis of any illness is anxiety-provoking…we just want to fill in any gaps."

For anyone diagnosed with breast cancer, FACE IT is an invaluable service. There is no cost. The FACE IT team travels to patients' homes throughout Southwestern Ontario and offers telephone and support across the country. FACE IT relies solely on private donations. An Evening of Wine, Jazz & Reality is being held to raise awareness and funds for this multifaceted program. Tickets are $35.00 each or two for $60.00 and are available by calling Susan Regier at 519.471.8726 or Nancy Kirwin at 519.423.6822.


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