Presbyterian Cancer Education Series 6 week workshop

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

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Cancer Club Thoughts for the day: MOJO

I am working a plan to get my mojo back.

Still recovering from two radiation treatments with more treatments on the horizon, I’m still a woman of little energy. The Health Plex associated with Presbyterian Hospital Systems here in ABQ offers a 10 week cancer rehabilitation program called Thrive.

I decided that it was just what I needed. On my last visit to my endocrinologist, I did persuade her to sign off on the program. I paid my $90 and submitted my paperwork. Fairly quickly I had an appointment with an exercise specialist for an evaluation.  Vitals, O2 sat, balance, body fat, weight(ugh!) and all those important numbers to see where my fitness level stood.

The next day I was started on a plan with several exercise machines.

The routine is to check in and have my blood pressure, O2 sat and well being checked. On Tuesday and Thursday I work the machines supervised. Pulse rate is checked between machines. BP and sat are checked  when I am done.

Monday I go to a special exercise class that covers every part of my body but is doable in my condition. Wednesday I go to an aerobics class which is geared to my level. On Friday I go to a Zumba class. I was encourages to go for the second 30 minutes. Fun. Next time I tried the hour but it was way too much. Will go back to the 30 minutes next week.

I have completed two weeks. My mind is happier that I am doing something to help myself. I feel the inkling of the old me in my bones. There is hope. MOJO rising!

 

Support Group: People Living Through Cancer

Notes on finding a support groupcer Support Group bI happened to find this support group posted on the bulletin board at the Health Plex. This was my first support group. This was the first one I was able to locate. It is sponsored by one of the older support group organizations: People Living Through Cancer. Visit their site for all the good things they do:   http://pltc.org/

You will feel like you are among old friends with this group and  Julie Turkel Hughes, LMSW. There is usually only four people and occasionally you might have Julie all to yourself. It is a wonderful place to test the waters with support groups.

The Group meets at the Presbyterian Health Plex at 6301 Forest Hills Drive NE.

Monday                     12:30-2:00pm

Call 242-3263 for questions. You may just show up and it is free. Lots of value in making the effort to go.