Cancer Support Group Aims at Healing Beyond the Treatment

When Dinah Peltier was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, life changed forever. Dinah experienced an outpouring of support from friends, family and support groups in Provo where she was receiving treatment in early 2015, so much so that she remembers that time as difficult but strengthening. Her radiation treatment a success, Dinah returned home ready for the future and not prepared for a new kind of pain. “Once I was back home twiddling my thumbs, my family and friends back to their lives, I began to feel very alone and depressed,” shares Dinah. “That was the hardest part.” Dinah heard there were some online cancer support groups in the Basin but she knew that wasn’t a good fit for her. Inspired by an article in Coping with Cancer magazine, Dinah got serious about starting a local support group last spring. “Doctors are realizing that you can treat the cancer patient but it isn’t over when treatment is done,” says Dinah. “There is an emotional component and people need somewhere they can turn for emotional support as they move forward.” Sponsored by Uintah Basin Healthcare, the Let’s Talk Uintah Basin Cancer Support Group held their first meeting in August and will continue meeting the 2nd Tuesday of every month. Cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and family are all invited to attend with the next meeting scheduled for September 8th at 6:00pm at The Villa, 265 North 300 West in Roosevelt. For more information, call 435-621-6168.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.