We will host our annual Design on Life event at the Johnny Appleseed Ballroom at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, February 26. This year’s theme is “A Stroll Down Bourbon Street” and the event will feature live street performers, a wine tasting and New Orleans style food, as well as silent and live auctions. Complimentary tickets to the Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show are included with each ticket. All proceeds will benefit people with cancer in our community. To purchase tickets, visit click here or contact Amber Recker at 484-9560, Toll Free @ 866-484-9560, or email@example.com.
By Gail Hamm, program director
I’ve kind of given up on making resolutions at the beginning of each new year….mainly because I make so many throughout the year. Well, not so many, really; but I make a few, repeatedly. Most have to do with living a healthier life and connecting with friends.
It’s important to know that we can start over any time, and not wait twelve months. Life is precious and cannot be taken for granted. So, even if we slip up, backslide, goof it up, ruin it, fall off the wagon, or forget it, we often get another chance.
Take that chance and live life to the fullest. Do what you need to do. Love, laugh, and be thankful.
Happy New Year!
The latest issue of our newsletter, Carlines, is available on our website. Check it out here.
by Dianne May, president & CEO
An elder Cherokee chief took his grandchildren into the forest, sat them down and said to them, “A fight is going on inside me. This is a terrible fight and it is a fight between two wolves. One wolf is the wolf of fear, anger, arrogance and greed. The other wolf is the wolf of courage, kindness, humility and love.”
The children were very quiet and listened to their grandfather with both of their ears. He then said to them, “This same fight between the two wolves that is going on inside of me is going on inside of you, and inside every person.” They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked the chief, “Grandfather, which wolf will win the fight?” He replied quietly, “The one you feed.”
A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association contends that weightlifting may be beneficial for breast cancer survivors. The study also sheds light on the cancer preventative benefits of weight lifting. Want to know more? Read the full study here.
Founded in 1944, CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer, including people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare programs are provided by professional oncology social workers and are completely free of charge. Last year, the organization provided individual help to more than 100,000 people, in addition to the more than 1 million unique visitors to its website: www.cancercare.org.
Through its website, you can gain access to counseling, support groups, publications, financial assistance, therapeutic activities, special events information and Connect Education Workshops. We’d like to draw attention two upcoming workshops:
Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects, Friday, January 21, 2011, 1:30-2:30PM Eastern Time.
Caring for Your Bones When You Have Breast Cancer: What’s New? Friday, February 11, 2011, 1:30-2:30PM Eastern Time.
You can listen to these workshop online or via telephone.
There are two ways to register:
Call 1-800-813-HOPE (4673) or online at www.cancercare.org/connect.
You can also view a full schedule of Connect Workshops at www.cancercare.org/connect.
We are constantly looking for better ways to meet the needs of our clients and caregivers. Whether you are looking for a group of people with whom to share your cancer and treatment concerns and ask questions, or whether you have been told to exercise and are looking for a program that is helpful but not strenuous, check out what we have to offer.
Also, remember that hours are expanding starting January 10: open Mondays from 9:00AM until 7:00PM. Tuesday-Friday open from 9:00AM until 5:00PM.
Examples of new and revised programs for 2011:
- Tai Chi ..a 6 weeks movement program…. helps with relaxation and pain management. Starts Wednesday, January 5 at 5:30PM. Call to reserve your spot. Susan Swardenski facilitates.
- re-Energize! …an exercise program for people of any ability…restarts Tuesday February 1 and meets every Tue & Thursday at 6:00PM. Courtney Berger facilitates.
- The Whipple Group is changing its name to Pancreas, Gall Bladder, Bile Duct Cancer Support Group. The name better describes who the group is for and expands the number of people eligible. Whipple is the name of a surgical technique often used with these types of cancers, but not everyone with one of these diagnoses actually undergoes the Whipple procedure. Meets 3rd Wednesday at 6:30PM. Amy Solaro-Geraghty facilitates.
- Reminder of a general cancer support group: Turning Points. Meets 2nd Tuesday monthly at 5:30PM. Peter Albertson facilitates.
- Caring Touch massage program. Call to schedule an appointment.
All the above groups meet in the Healing Arts Center of Cancer Services, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825.
- The South Side Group …a NEW general cancer support group…for those people with any kind of cancer ( and their caregivers) who are looking for a support group on the south side of town. Meets at Lutheran Life Villages, 6701 S Anthony Blvd., entrance under the portico. Meets 3rd Wednesday each month, 6:30PM-8:00PM starting January 19. Helen Claire Ferguson facilitates.
Some of our cancer-specific support groups have disbanded, so we encourage individuals interested in attending a support group to try one of our general cancer support groups.
Please call Gail Hamm at 484-9560 or 866-484-9560 if you have any questions about these or other programs offered by Cancer Services or if there are other programs you would like Cancer Services to offer.
Beginning Wednesday, January 5, Cancer Services will offer Tai Chi classes for our clients and caregivers.
What is Tai Chi? Tai Chi is an ancient form of exercise composed of graceful, flowing movements. Participants work from a standing or seated position. There is no floor work required.
What are the benefits of Tai Chi?
Promotes relaxation and inner calm
Helps manage pain and stress
Improves breathing, balance and sleep quality
Join us for Tai Chi each Wednesday for 6 weeks from January 5 through February 9, 2011, 5:30PM-6:30PM.
Class size is limited…please call for reservations: 484-9560 or 866-484-9560.
Healing Arts Center
6316 Mutual Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
by Dianne May, President & CEO
We’ve all heard by now that Elizabeth Edwards has died. She made it clear to friends and family that she didn’t want it said that “she lost her battle with cancer.” In her words, the battle is about living a good life and she won.
As overwhelming and all-consuming as a cancer diagnosis can be, most people come to the conclusion that they don’t want to be defined by their cancer experience. That’s true of many of the difficult challenges that life brings.
Elizabeth lost her first child in an auto accident when he was a teenager. I heard her in an interview once talking about grief and loss. She was firm in her belief that friends and family should never shy away from talking about someone who has died. Rather she believed that such conversations were not so much a reminder that the loved one had died but rather a reminder that the individual had lived and such memories brought joy.
By all accounts, Elizabeth was a strong and nurturing soul, a force to be reckoned with, and a woman who won her battle by living a good life.
What an exciting day at Cancer Services yesterday! The gifts purchased by local organization for our clients through the Christmas Bureau arrived. Boxes and boxes of toys, clothes, food and other items are now being safely stored here until our client families come to get them. And what an exciting day that will be too. No one can dispute that cancer and its related treatments can have a huge financial impact on a family. Many of our clients will struggle to celebrate the holidays this year. This is just one more way that Cancer Services can help.
Last week, the staff decorated the office for the holidays. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!