I went to this event two years ago shortly after I had completed radiation therapy for breast cancer and for thyroid cancer. It was a port in the storm for me. I met many who were having the same experiences that I lived through. I had many questions answered by the excellent speakers. Last year I joined the board of the sponsoring organization, Cancer Support Now. I was on the committee that planned the conference. I am still on the board and am on the committee for this year’s conference. It will be the best yet. It is also free and includes breakfast and lunch. If you are in NM register and come. I will be at the registration desk so stop by and say hello.
This is a great opportunity for those who have prostate cancer as well as wives, girl friends, sisters and mothers to become better informed. Visit The Prostate Cancer Support Association of New Mexico
Admitting that we have thoughts about death when we are diagnosed with cancer, is both a gift for ourselves and a gift from our family. Once cancer strikes we are at risk. For many our cancers can be cured. For others, cancer hangs out in our bodies until it becomes center stage again. For some cancer becomes a losing battle. When the battle is finally lost, I have seen angry women become peaceful. Not having to constantly strive, they can rest. They can start thinking about their end. They might start to plan. They are relieved they no longer have to fight. They were exhausted. Now they can relax. As our cancer …
I was selling raffle tickets for our chocolate gift basket♥. Guests were choosing items from the breakfast table. Others were meeting old friends; starting new friendships registration packets in hand. Sandy♥ was on the stage ready to welcome everyone. Dr Michael Linver♥ would be arriving soon for the keynote. I stood there talking with a woman who has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She had the surgery a few weeks ago and would be having radiation next. Her experience had been such a whirlwind that she was still absorbing what had happened to her. She was looking for answers. And she wanted to feel that she was not the only one. She was tentative. But she was here. She was me one year ago. One year ago I had completed breast cancer radiation three months before and thyroid cancer radiation one month before. The conference was new to me. It was a port in the storm. Kind faces not in scrubs. Welcoming. Informative. A chance to speak out. A chance to hear and be heard. I was …
Go to the Cancer Support Now website and check the Spring Conference and a wonderful local cancer support organization right here in ABQ. http://cancersupportnow.org/ Announcing Fourth Annual Long Term Effects of Cancer Survivorship Conference March 28, 2015 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at Central United Methodist Church in Albuquerque The Conference includes 4 breakout sessions held twice, morning & afternoon 1. Fatigue/Sleep Issues 2. Lymphedema 3. Creative Movement/Visual Art an interactive, experiential session 4. End of Life Planning and Support Keynote sessions: The Morning keynote speaker is Michael N. Linver, MD, FACR. Dr. Linver is a busy lecturer on mammography, having presented over 900 talks throughout the United States and in over 20 countries around the world. The Lunch keynote session is a panel of experts on rehabilitation topics of concern to post-treatment survivors and their caregivers. Location: Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 1 block north of Central For more information call 505.307.3414 ore-mail email@example.com Registration is required & opens mid-February
Workshops Silver Linings Survivorship Services: bring out the best you through exercise Funded by Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital, 8300 Constitution Ave NE, ABQ, NM 87110 www.phs.org Six week program, 2 hours. All sessions include stretching and journaling. Each week is themed with an expert speaker. Intro, lymphedema, fatigue and activities of daily living, nutrition and dietary considerations, peripheral neuropathy and cognitive impairment, long term side effects and exercise. Excellent program. Informative and helpful. Well worth it. We all agreed that we learned a lot. Gretl Berneart OTR/L, CLT-LANA Ada Portman, MPT, CLT Ann Mustoe, RN ONS Jan Esparza, RD Monica Bartley, Exercise Specialist I understand that this program will be repeated. Contact 505-559-8761 to find out more about the workshop
Caring Hearts Support Group Thursday Nov 6 at 2:30 pm (lunch arrives at 2pm). Place Aggies Conference Room, Presbyterian Medical Group Building 2nd floor, by Oncology waiting room This is a longstanding group facilitated by Eve Concoran, Chaplain. Call Eric Mehringer 559-8761 Dates: Nov 6, 13, 20 December 4, 11 All cancer patients and loved ones are welcome I started attending this group in February. It has helped me in so many ways. A big one is that it has helped my process. I was hit with severe RA and two cancers within 11 months of each other. Tough to assimilate surgeries, radiations, tons of meds. Total life change. This group is amazing. It also offers resources and friendships. Kindred spirits. Come join us.