Chronic Illness Resources

Chronic Pain

Informative website about chronic illness, nationwide support
group network, newsletters, ability to create a support group

www.chronicpaincanada.com

Toronto  Health Services

News, events, a very comprehensive and organized layout
of all the health services that Toronto offers.

www.torontocentralhealthline.ca

Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario

Official resource to Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on children’s cancer control and treatment.

www.pogo.ca

Non-Cancer

Cardiac Diseases

www.cardiachealth.ca – provides info on many cardio rehab centers in Toronto, provides
informative lectures.

www.cardiackids.ca

Gastrointestinal Disorders

www.Iffgd.org – International Foundation For Gastrointestinal Disorders: managing your health, news, resources and more.

Epilepsy

www.epilepsytoronto.org – Epilepsy Toronto: Support groups, retreats and counselling services.

Cancer

Angel Hair for Kids: A Child’s Voice Foundation

Provides wigs and hair systems to recipients at no cost to
the child’s family. To apply for a wig or hair prosthesis, a health or social care professional (e.g. doctor or
social worker) must contact A Child’s Voice Foundation to request an Angel Hair For Kids intake
application: www.acvf.ca

Pediatric Oncology Exercise Manual (POEM)

www.ucalgary.ca/poem/

Promotes an active lifestyle for children with cancer in order to achieve a better quality of life. Provides recommendations for types of
physical activity depending on the type of cancer, the benefits of physical activity and how to get a child motivated to be active.

Icing Smiles

www.icingsmiles.ca

Provides children who have a life-threatening medical condition that is considered progressive, degenerative or malignant and are within 2 years of their last treatment, free custom celebration cakes.

SAVTI – Academic & Vocational Counselling

www.pogo.ca/programs-support/survivor-care/savtiacademic-vocational-counselling/

Help for those who are survivors of cancer or caring for someone with cancer who is facing learning difficulties. SAVTI facilitates a smoother transition from high school to appropriate education and employment. Support and services when transitioning from high school to employment, university, etc., helps individuals find the appropriate tools and services needed in their next endeavor.

Look Good, Feel Better Organization

www.lgfb.ca/en/

Free workshops for women (teens and adults) diagnosed with cancer around wigs, skin care and makeup techniques to allow women to look and feel their best during their cancer treatment and manage the effects of their treatment

Asbestos

Support is available for mesothelioma patients, survivors and loved ones in many forms: Support Groups, Grief Support and Medical Support

(888) 907-2796

https://gildasclubtoronto.org/resources/

Support Groups

Gutsy Peer Support

Online peer support program for those with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Support to newly diagnosed individuals or caregivers of dependents. Provides advice on how to deal with everyday life with these diseases (e.g., work, school, relationships, stress/anxiety, and travel)

https://gutsypeersupport.ca/gutsypeersupport

Gilda’s Club Toronto

Offers programs of support, education and social interaction to those families that are impacted by cancer. Provided free of charge. Provides traditional support groups (adults, teens and children) facilitated by mental health professionals, educational sessions with expert speakers, artsbased and digital storytelling programs, healthy lifestyles workshops and recreational and social events.

https://gildasclubtoronto.org/

Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program

The AYA Program provides personalized, supportive care to Princess Margaret patients age 39 and younger. The goals of the AYA Program are to identify your individual needs, provide supportive counseling, link you to other community and hospital services
and resources and help you connect to other patients.

www.uhn.ca/PrincessMargaret/PatientsFamilies/Clinics_Tests/Adolescent_Young_Adult_Oncology/

Wellspring

Provides a warm, welcoming and safe community to meet with other men, women and children who are living with cancer. All programs are free of charge for anyone living with cancer, at any stage, as well as for their caregivers and family members. Offers programs such as one-to-one peer support, group support activities, coping skills, rehabilitation and nutrition programs, expressive arts, financial programs and more.

www.wellspring.ca

Pink Pearl Foundation

Support group and events for women aged 18 to 40 undergoing cancer treatment.

http://www.pinkpearlfoundation.org/