Began By Finding Problems, Growth From Creating Solutions
IT ALL BEGAN IN 2014…
Reclaiming Intimacy was born in 2014 from a few simple conversations between people who were experiencing cancer and illness, that was ultimately affecting their sexual health, in varying ways. At the time, our educational services were held at a small classroom, where our Director of Educational Services, Jen, met privately with people and couples regarding their sexual health and dysfunction issues. It was here we learned just how many patients were silently suffering through sexual dysfunction resulting from cancer & cancer treatment, medical issues, and life’s stressors. It was then we began to wonder how this critical part of patient care and after care living was not being addressed.
This is where our research process started in 2014, as we discovered a community wide breakdown in communication, patient care, and partner support. We listened to our local community advocacy partners, took steps to further educate our staff, and sat down with Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana to begin our planning and holding courses at their facility. We saw every challenge as an opportunity and every problem, solvable. Our goal is to eliminate the shame, silence, isolation, judgment, and confusion so many patients experience by creating a place to find answers, strategies, and solutions.
By empowering patients and their partners, this improves their journey through cancer and illness with proper resources and beneficial solutions. Reclaiming Intimacy is at the forefront of a movement to break the social taboo and provide every resource about sexual health, sexual wellness, and sexual dysfunction- regardless of the cause, cancer, or medical issue.
LEADING THE CHARGE OF CHANGE
We will lead the charge to normalize these conversations within the medical community, provide sexual aids & resources, and treat sexual health and wellness like any other aspect of survivorship & whole-patient care. We hope to help patients regain their sexual health, which is a valid and life-affirming aspect of regaining overall quality of life. Restoring the sexual self, healing both mind and body, along with framing change as something to be embraced, gives hope and connects partners- pulling people from their isolation.
SERVING A COMMUNITY, DEDICATED TO SURVIVOR SUCCESS
It is our greatest hope that people find our efforts to be useful in changing the way we approach intimacy through life, and in the face of cancer, illness, or other circumstance. We feel a responsibility to educate, communicate, provide therapeutic products, and be a resource to provide the best life possible. Reclaiming Intimacy is made up of a hardworking, educated team dedicated to making a positive impact on the medical community. We are here to serve patients, partners, advocates, and medical professionals to improve overall care.
SHARE YOUR STORY
We want to hear about how cancer & illness have effected life after the diagnosis. We also want to hear from caregivers, advocates,
family, & medical professionals lending love & support. By sharing your story, you’ll give encouragement and support
giving strength in numbers as we fight cancer together. View the effects of cancer from various vantage points …
- Care Givers