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EDUCATION

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.

Advances in Treatment for Lung Cancer

Thursday, November 20 · 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Justin Karush, MD, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon, Rush Copley, and Mary Jo Fidler, MD, Medical Oncologist, Rush University Medical Center
Join Dr. Karush and Dr. Fidler as they provide an overview of lung cancer screening as well as new therapy and treatment options available. Please bring your questions to ask during the questions-and-answer session following their presentation. Register Online

Advanced Planning and “The Conversation”: Why These Matter

Wednesday, December 11 • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Strohschein Law Group
Are you ready for when the unexpected happens? Having advanced directive documents in place can make a difference in getting the care and treatment you or your loved ones may want or need. In addition to the right documents, you also need to consider having a conversation with your loved ones when it comes to end-of-life care. No single conversation can cover all the decisions that you and your family may face, but it can provide a shared understanding of what matters most. Find out how “The Conversation” and advanced planning can empower you and your loved ones to achieve your health care goals and wishes. Register Online

Freedom from Smoking

January 6, 13, 20 and 27; February 3, 10 and 17 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Terri Horton
Freedom from Smoking® is a seven-week workshop sponsored by the American Lung Association and 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 sign up at rushcopley.com/StopSmoking.

Taking Care of Me: Managing Stress as a Caregiver

Wednesday, January 15 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
John Reimers, Chaplain, VITAS Healthcare
Dealing with a loved one’s cancer diagnosis can be challenging. Learn how to manage stress and develop a “stress-buster” plan to guide and teach self-care. This program is open to caregivers, family and friends. Register Online

Book Club: “The Cancer Survivor’s Companion”

Tuesdays, January 21 and 28 and February 4 and 11 • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Registration deadline is January 14
Jan Litvene, ACSW, LCSW
This four-week group will discuss the changes and challenges that come with cancer survivorship, as well as practical tools to help cope with the emotional issues. Whether you are days, months or years post-treatment, this group is for you. Books will be available for each registered participant to use. It is recommended, but not required, to read or begin reading the book before the first meeting. Register Online

MONEY TALKS: Bankruptcy Basics

Wednesday, January 22 • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Omar Ramos, Certified Oncology Financial Navigator
Almost one-third of cancer survivors experience financial hardships as a result of their diagnosis and/or treatment. Like many others who are grappling with cancer, if you are facing a financial crisis and want another chance, declaring bankruptcy could be the answer. Join us as we weigh the options and consider the practicalities of bankruptcy. Register Online

How to Support Yourself and Your Loved One During Cancer

Wednesday, February 19 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Laurel Fisher, LPC
Caregiving is a rewarding endeavor full of accomplishments and challenges. This program will allow relatives and friends of individuals with a cancer diagnosis to have an interactive discussion to understand what it means to be a caregiver, how to best support your loved one, and how to take care of yourself.

Strategies to Deal with the “Waiting Game”

Thursday, February 27 • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Jan Litvene, ACSW, LCSW
There is a lot of waiting involved with cancer. You may be waiting for appointments, treatment, follow-ups or to feel like yourself again. Learn simple techniques to help focus on the present and spend less time worrying about the past or future. Through self-compassion and mindfulness, you can increase your capacity to deal with discomfort in your mind, body and heart. Register Online

Our Voices

Our Voices: Interviews Starting January 20

By appointment only
Each participant has the opportunity to record a conversation through an interview by family and friends with the goal being to empower participants to speak their truths and create their legacies. Share wisdom, hope, inspiration and laughter. Participants will receive a copy of their recordings. Registration is required. Please register at least two weeks in advance to schedule your preferred time slot. Each session is approximately one hour. Please call to register.

Our Voices: Storytelling

Wednesdays: December 4 and 18, January 15 and 29, and February 12 and 26 • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Sara Egan, Social Work Intern
Each person has a unique story to tell, but how often do we think this about our own lives? Here is your opportunity to tell your story. Join us as we learn the art of storytelling and how it can help to reclaim your life story. Create, teach, learn and grow within a safe environment of people on their own cancer journeys. Bring some personal story ideas and we’ll work together on how to share your unique perspective. Register Online

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

Make a Difference

Waterford Place is free of charge to participants; however it is entirely supported by philanthropy meaning that every gift matters. There are many fundraising, corporate giving, individual donation, wish list and volunteer opportunities. Learn more about ways to give -->