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Information & Education programs focus on the practical, from what to expect from treatment to how to balance practical concerns such as finances, working, health insurance as well as the emotional side of the disease.

The Art of Energy Conservation

Monday, October 15 • 1 to 2:30 p.m., Lisa Opielinski, OTR/L
After a cancer diagnosis and especially during treatment, many people find that it can be difficult to preserve their energy or to determine when and how to use the energy they have. Join Occupational Therapist, Lisa Opielinski, to learn more about the energy conservation principles and how to apply them so that you can focus on doing what matters most to you. Lisa will give some helpful do’s and don’ts as well as share ideas on how to build and maintain strength. Handouts will also be provided that offer home safety recommendations designed to improve daily functioning. Register Online

Eating Right for Your Cancer Type: Breast Cancer

Tuesday, October 16 • 10 to 11:30 a.m. or Wednesday, October 24 • 6:30 to 8 p.m., Michelle Cordes, RD, LDN, Clinical Dietitian, Rush Copley Medical Center
Do you have questions about nutrition as it relates to your breast cancer diagnosis? Would you like more information on foods to avoid, accommodations for eating related side effects or healthy alternatives as a result of dietary restrictions? Has your diagnosis impacted your weight management goals? Join in on this conversation with Registered Dietitian, Michelle Cordes, to learn more and ask the questions you’ve been wanting answers to. This program is appropriate for all breast cancer patients, both in treatment and post treatment, as well as caregivers. The same presentation is being offered at two separate days/times to accommodate for different schedules.

Register for October 16
Register for October 24

What is Urban Zen Integrative Therapy?

Wednesday, October 17 • 1 to 2:30 p.m., Pam Riley-Valesh R.N., Certified Clinical, Aromatherapist, Reflexologist, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry Practitioner
Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) is a program that utilizes a variety of complementary therapy modalities to ease symptoms of discomfort while aiding with relaxation. If you would like to know more about this innovative and comprehensive therapy, join Pam Riley-Valesh for an introduction to UZIT, ask questions and experience a sample of the technique firsthand. Register Online

BRA Day Symposium

Saturday, October 208:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This symposium is designed to increase awareness and education on breast reconstruction following surgical treatment for breast cancer. Topics will include advances in reconstruction, navigating the decision-making process and weighing your options, what to expect when choosing surgery, postsurgery care, healthy and helpful communication with your health care team, strategies for coping and useful resources. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and space is limited. This program is funded through a grant from The Plastic Surgery Foundation. Register Online

Be the Boss Over Cancer

Thursday, October 25 • 6 to 8 p.m., Christine Q. Brennan, Director of Programs
Cancer and Careers
A cancer diagnosis can be challenging enough, but issues around employment and deciding if and how to continue working can add another level of complexity and confusion. Cancer and Careers will be here to help! Cancer and Careers is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower and educate people with cancer to thrive in their workplace, by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events. Christine Brennan, Director of Programs for Cancer and Careers, will address topics such as disclosure & privacy, balancing work & treatment, and strategies for managing side effects at work, including reasonable accommodations. There will also be time for a Q & A session after her talk. This program is open to patients, caregivers, loved ones and professionals. *This event will be presented in English with simultaneous interpretation available in Spanish. Register Online

Freedom from Smoking®

November 5, 12, 19, 16, 29 and December 3 & 10 • 6:30 to 8 p.m., Terri Horton
Freedom from Smoking® is a seven-week workshop sponsored by the American Lung Association designed to provide the support and skills needed to quit smoking. Sessions are led by an experienced facilitator who understands the unique challenges of quitting. The cost of the program is $20, which is refundable upon successful completion of the program. To register, call 866-426-7539 or 630-978-6700 or sign up online.

Cancer Resiliency Training

Tuesdays, November 6, 13, 20 and 2710 to 11:30 a.m., Jan Litvene, ACSW, LCSW
When cancer hits, it can be difficult to figure out how to cope. This 4-week series is specifically designed to empower those who have recently been diagnosed with cancer by providing tools, resources and support to assist you through the journey. Learn how to cope with difficult feelings like sadness and anger, cultivate self-compassion, manage stress and worries and discover new ways to enjoy everyday life as well as significant events such as holidays and birthdays. Attendance to all 4 sessions is recommended but not required. Register Online

Ditch and Switch

Wednesday, November 14 • 1 to 2:30 p.m., Pam Riley-Valesh R.N., Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Reflexologist, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry Practitioner and Thecla Rettberg, R.N., Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Reflexologist, CIMI-2
Learn how to avoid potentially toxic substances in our daily lives and make little changes that can help promote health and wellness for yourself and your loved ones. Take home recipes that use safer ingredients to make your very own household cleaning products. Register Online

Presents for Patients: Handmade Gift-Making Workshop

Thursday, December 6 • 6 to 8 p.m.
Join in on this festive, fun and family friendly evening of gift-making for the person in your life who has cancer. All supplies and instructions will be provided. We will also have snacks and hot chocolate, cookie decorating, games and entertainment. Live music provided by Classical Blast Trio! Register Online

Communication Workshop

Tuesday, December 11 • 1 to 2:30 p.m., Led by Jan Litvene, ACSW, LCSW
A cancer diagnosis can impact many aspects of our lives, including our relationships. Join Jan Litvene, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, to talk about how healthy communication can be the key to positively influencing these changes and just how to do that! Register Online

For more information about these programs or to register, please call 331-301-5280 unless otherwise noted.

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