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Take Care of Yourself This Holiday Season

Posted on November 29th, 2010

by Gail Hamm, program director

Holidays are notorious for too much food, too many relatives, and too little sleep for the cook. There’s too little time to clean the house, thaw the bird, and manage travel. Let’s be serious. Holidays can be very hectic and rarely are relaxing. But it’s important to your health to step back from all the hassle and refocus on yourself. This is especially true if you, or a loved one, are going through cancer treatment. It’s ok to give yourself permission to simplify. This may mean letting someone else host the affair this year. It may mean changing the menu from roasting a bird to ordering pizza. Perhaps it’s time to reduce the size of the guest list. Maybe you’ll decide to stay in your jammies and let the holiday slide on by, just this once. Whatever you do, you do not have to explain yourself. You do not have to feel like a failure. You do not have to feel guilty. You can say, “I am taking care of myself.” Who knows, you just might find a new way to celebrate!

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Cancer Services Announces Expanded Hours to Begin in 2011

Posted on November 19th, 2010

In response to requests from clients and family members, Cancer Services will begin offering evening hours until 7:00pm on Monday nights starting January 10. A Client Advocate will be available to meet with individuals and provide access to all the services offered. We know life during cancer is complicated and we want to help. This is one more way Cancer Services is here for you.

Hours of Operation:

Monday 9am to 7pm, Tues-Friday 9am to 5pm

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Healthy Eating for the Holidays- Nutrition Seminar

Posted on November 15th, 2010

If you did not attend the nutrition seminar last week, “Healthy Eating for the Holidays,” you missed a real winner. Chris Moore, Registered Dietitian from Parkview Hospital, has presented this particular Fall event for several years. Scrumptious samples of healthy foods and Chris’s expertise make it a perennial hit. A new series of nutrition seminars will start in the Spring. Watch your Cancer Services calendar for dates and topics.

If you are having difficulty maintaining your weight, contact your physician for a referral to a dietitian, and contact your Client Advocate for additional information related to nutrition questions and solutions. If you‘d like a copy of the recipes Chris served, email ghamm@cancer-services.org

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Annual Design on Life- Auction Items Needed

Posted on November 11th, 2010

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 26, 2011 and plan to join us for our annual Design on Life event in the Johnny Appleseed Ballroom at the Memorial Coliseum. In addition to the silent and live auctions, this year’s event, “A Stroll Down Bourbon Street,” will offer guests an opportunity to sample New Orleans style fare, listen to live music, and be entertained by roaming street performers, all in support of those affected by cancer in our community.

We need auction items! If you or someone you know would like to donate an item to our silent or live auction, please contact Amber Recker at arecker@cancer-services.org or (260) 484-9560.

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I Collect Quotes

Posted on November 10th, 2010

by Dianne May, president and CEO

I collect quotes. It sounds a little strange to say it that way, but it started quite a few years ago when I read something I didn’t want to lose. Now I have a folder on my computer called “inspiration.” Some of the quotes are from famous historic figures and though I might have a name, I don’t necessarily know anything about the individual. And a couple of quotes are even from fortune cookies!

I think what I like about keeping these quotes is that, for me, they illustrate ideas and values that I hold dear. Values like kindness…“When I was young I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” Abraham Heschel (1907-1972)

Fairness…“The only way to be just is to judge your own actions by the best part of you, and to judge the actions of others by the worst part of you.” Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986)

Self-discipline…“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” Mikhail Baryshnikov

Humility…“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” Harry S. Truman (1884—1972)

Leadership… “If you’re leading the herd, look back now and then to see if they are still there.” Cowboy wisdom

Happiness… “It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which bring happiness.” Thomas Jefferson (1743—1826)

What words or ideas inspire you?

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A Heart Felt Thank You

Posted on November 4th, 2010

From a client:

Thank you Cancer Services for…

  • Caring Hearts
  • Always being there and listening
  • Wig Bank
  • Massage, donated for me and my husband
  • Ronald Repka Foundation gift

Words truly do not express enough gratitude. I have been validated as a woman with cancer and it is okay to feel what I am feeling. That is a big statement. I was given such a caring heart in my Client Advocate, Maureen. She allowed me as much time as I needed and she always answered the phone to talk. She has been an angel to me through this journey. I am grateful for all she has done.

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Indiana Cancer Consortium’s Choices for End of Life Seminar

Posted on November 2nd, 2010

Indiana Cancer Consortium’s Quality of Life Action Team presents: Choices for the End of Life, a seminar for health care professionals.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

1:00PM-4:20PM

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana

6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Presentations:

Hospice Experience: A Caregiver’s Story”, Sarah Stoffel

Hospice and Palliative Care” SueAnn Reynolds, President & CEO, Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Berne, IN

Starting the Conversation”- Dawn Schweickhardt, LCSW, Social Worker, Parkview Home Health & Hospice, Fort Wayne, IN

Hospice & Palliative Care- A Physician’s Perspective”, Robert Crook, M.D., Hospice and Palliative Care Medical Director, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, IN

For reservations: http://iccqualityoflife.eventbrite.com/

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Discovering Strength Within

Posted on November 1st, 2010

by Gail Hamm, program director

I watched a webinar last week and the presenter talked about the Oz effect, as in The Wizard of Oz. You know the story. The characters traveled to Oz to meet the wizard hoping that he could solve their problems and give them what they needed- a way home, a heart, a brain, and courage. What the characters ultimately discovered is that the wizard was a sham and that he was unable to give them anything more than what they had come to him with.

They had the answers, the abilities, the strength and courage all along. It was inside each of them and they just had to discover that. When a person is diagnosed with cancer, she starts looking for the answers and the courage. Sometimes, out of the void, she is given the answers she needs. She finds superhuman strength to persevere. She endures experiences that a few weeks before would have seemed impossible. A cancer patient often finds within, more than would be thought possible.

When faced with a crisis, we discover our true selves. In addition, we discover our true friends and family. An additional source of strength and support is a Client Advocate from Cancer Services. Don’t hesitate to make that connection when you need it. When we don’t know if we have the strength within us, an understanding and knowledgeable friend can be a wonderful companion on the journey.

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