Category: Programs

Loving Your Tummy

loving your tummy

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., June 18

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., June 30

Do you ever experience digestive discomfort? You’re not alone! Millions of Americans suffer from indigestion, cramps, acid reflux, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.  Luckily, there are specific foods that can help with many of these common digestive complaints and may help trim your waistline at the same time. Choose one of three available dates to attend this workshop where you will learn how common foods such as garlic, onions, apples and plums may be causing your digestive system undue stress. While other foods such as spinach, tomatoes, blueberries and strawberries may help keep your digestive system humming along. Join us to learn some quick tips for good digestion and sample recipes.  Presented by Sue Delegrange, M.S., R.D., CSSD

Unless otherwise noted, programs are free, open to the public and held in our Healing Arts Center, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825. Please call 484-9560 or toll free 866-484-9560 for more information or to reserve a seat.

The Big “O” and the Big “C”: 201 Intimacy Enhancers

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday May 28

Please join us for a second educational workshop on intimacy andholding hands cancer. Jen Fecher, a knowledgeable educator at Boudoir Noir’s School of Loving Arts, will share ways to improve intimacy and pleasure during and after cancer treatment. She will also discuss specific products available to enhance your intimate relationship. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and gain helpful ideas for new things to try.

Unless otherwise noted, programs are free, open to the public and held in our Healing Arts Center, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825. Please call 484-9560 or toll free 866-484-9560 for more information or to reserve a seat.


Thank you Dare to Dream Day Camp

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On Saturday, Dare to Dream Youth Ranch hosted a day camp for children with cancer in partnership with our organization.  The children and their families enjoyed a day of horseback riding, games, and ranch experiences.

This partnership gave these brave kids and their families the opportunity to do fun activities that enrich their experience and build emotional strength for the challenges they face. Cancer Services is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of these families in a number of ways, and this day camp is just one of them. It was a special day.

Bret Procise, Executive Board Member and Founder at Dare to Dream Youth Ranch, says, “This day camp is exactly why we do what we do here at the Ranch, and is right in line with our mission to encourage children, heal horses, build the family and spread the message of hope.”

When CANCER Hits, a poem by Patty Hunter

Cancer affects countless people in so many ways. The poem below was sent to Cancer Services from Patty, a friend of Judith. Patty was so moved by Judith’s death from cancer that she penned these emotional words. At Cancer Services, we are here to provide support- from the time a person is diagnosed, through their treatment and survivorship. Sometimes, in spite of the best treatment, we still lose our friends.

When CANCER Hits!

by Patty Hunter

A wonderful friend of mine had died

It was from a six-letter word, I cried.

This word was called by its ugly name,

and the word itself was Cancer.

When Cancer hits, it hurts all lives.

And members of the one who died,

Were the ones who were left behind.

Crying out, when is there a cure?

Till we find an answer,

There will be no rest.

We’re on bended knees.

crying out in the wilderness.

When Cancer hits, some do survive,

They live out precious lives.

For there is hope for us, we cried,

We will not lie down and die.

Till we find an answer,

There will be no rest.

We’re on bended knees.

crying out in the wilderness.

Till we find an answer,

There will be no rest.

We’re on bended knees.

crying out in the wilderness.

New Program- Drumming Circle

Last Thursday, we hosted our first Drumming Circle and had so much fun. A small group joined us and learned the joy in creating noise in order to relieve stress and create connections. Gail Hamm, program director, describes the experience as a fun way to let go of stress. Through drumming, people may express emotions, reconnect with their inner child, and feel a greater sense of purpose as their noise becomes a part of a larger symphony within the group.

You can join us at our next Drumming Circle, which will take place on Thursday, February 28, from 7-8 PM. No experience is necessary and all instruments are provided.

Drumming Circle is open to the community. For more information, call Tina at (260) 484-9560.

New Programs in 2013! Join us!

We are excited to introduce two new programs for 2013!
crayon_drawInner Palette™
Join us on Tuesdays from 10 AM to noon for Inner Palette, an expressive experience. Escape to the pleasure of your imagination after a short, relaxing meditation. All art materials will be provided and no art ability or experience is necessary.Drumming Circle

drum circle

Join us the 4th Thursday of every month from 7 to 8 PM, for Drumming Circle. Come and experience the freedom and joy of play, with no pressure. Express yourself! Instruments will be provided. No musical experience necessary.

Both programs are open to the community. To sign up for these programs, please call (260) 484-9560 or 866-484-9560.


Touch, Caring and Cancer

We will host licensed massage instructor Lori Schlatter on Saturday, November 10, for Touch Caring and Cancer, a program that teaches participants simple massage techniques to help those with cancer in their lives. The session is $25 per participant- cancer patient or survivor. Bring a caregiver to the training free of charge.

This is a chance to practice touch techniques with an instructor nearby. Previous participants have said:

  • Great course…enjoyable, informative and helpful.
  • I feel more confident in helping my wife feel better.
  • We love it so much! It has drawn us closer.
  • We enjoy coming in for massage, but now we can actually do massage ourselves.
  • We hold hands more; we even talk a little more.

When: Saturday, November 10, 2012, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Where: Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, Healing Arts Center, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

For reservations call 260-484-9560 or toll free 866-484-9560

New Workshop Starting in November: Invisible Ink

This November, Invisible Ink: Writing Through Your Grief, returns. The workshop will explore the therapeutic practice of writing about traumatic experiences to heal your pain. In this active approach to moving through grief, you will write letters to your loved one each week to express different aspects of your loss. Brief guided meditations will help you relax and write about the ways in which your loved one’s death has affected you.

Beginning November 1, the program will meet on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:00PM at the Healing Arts Center at Cancer Services and is open to nine participants in support of each other.

The workshop will be lead by Kathy Curtis, an artist, author and facilitator who has spent 20 years teaching adults and children to tap into the healing power of creative expression. When her mother died three months after being diagnosed with cancer, Kathy wrote letters to relieve her feelings of loss. Her book, Invisible Ink: The Journey Beyond Words, and the companion workshop share the power of this approach with others who may feel stuck in their grief.

This course is also available online for anyone who would prefer to experience it in the privacy of their own home. For more information, please visit Kathy’s website.

The Power of Support Groups

by Gail Hamm, program director

Support groups are scary to me as I’m in early phase of cancer & it reveals to me my future in seeing what others are going through.” ~Anonymous Cancer Services’ Client

As program director, I have the privilege of reading the evaluation responses that we receive. I was struck by the openness of the author and only wish that I could talk with this individual.

I have facilitated support groups for a number of years and supervised other facilitators. I am also a cancer survivor who has attended groups as a participant. I understand how scary it is to attend the very first time. The fear is that you will hear very sad stories, when all you want is support for yourself.

Here is what really happens at a support group. The groups at Cancer Services are facilitated by professionals, usually social workers, counselors, or nurses. The people who attend range from those newly diagnosed (pre-treatment) to those who have endured treatment and now have come back to provide hope to others. The group members share information about their physicians, about treatments they have received (which may be different from others in the group), and especially about side-effects and how they have minimized those effects. They share information on ways to prevent or relieve mouth sores, radiation discomfort, nausea, and so forth. They explain feeding tubes, how to deal with dry mouth, and how to live with the after-effects of cancer and treatments. Caregivers are able to relate to one another and receive the support they need.

Yes, sometimes what people share is sad. But mostly, I hear people encouraging and providing enormous hope to one another. Knowledge is power.

Come to group at least once; preferably several times. See what brings others back as they recover and re-enter life. You will not regret the decision.

Nutrition Seminar: Autumn Leaves- Colors To Guide Your Nutrition

Join us on Thursday, September 13, from 5:30- 6:30 PM, for our next nutrition seminar. Allison Sorg, RD, from Lutheran Hospital, will be here to present “Autumn Leaves: Colors To Guide Your Nutrition.”

The seminar will be hosted in our Healing Arts Center, 63616 Mutual Drive. Please call to make reservations: (260) 484-9560 or toll free 866-484-9560.