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A home away from home

22 March 2018

When Bert Lunnon was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, he and his wife were met with an additional challenge: travelling to and from the cancer centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia every day for several weeks from their home two hours away in Middleton, NS.

Fortunately, Bert and his wife Jean were able to stay at The Dr Susan K. Roberts Lodge That Gives in Halifax – a Canadian Cancer Society-owned and operated residence for cancer patients who must travel away from their home for treatment.

Bert says he couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay during cancer treatment.

“It was like home, only better,” says Bert. “The people who work there are so kind and considerate and helpful. The cooks, Adam and Joe, did a particularly good job of preparing amazing meals and taking great care of everyone.”

Jean was able to stay with Bert at the Lodge, making their experience even better.

“It was so much easier to go there than to drive every day. Everything is done for you and you’re there with people who have the same challenges,” says Bert.

The pair connected with other residents at the lodge who provided friendship and comfort. “We’re all in the same boat. We were all cancer people,” says Bert.

While many who stay at The Lodge love the well-appointed, clean rooms and home-cooked meals, it is often the supportive and family-like atmosphere that guests cherish most. Something as simple as a cup of tea or a game of cards with the other guests can offer invaluable comfort and friendship during a challenging time.

CCS operates lodges in British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Quebec. In provinces where CCS does not operate a lodge, there are often other accommodations for people receiving cancer treatment. To learn more about accommodation services in your province, please call our Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333.