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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.

Welcome to Waterford Place Virtual Orientation

Fridays: September 4, October 2 and November 6 • 1 to 1:30 p.m.
All new participants are invited to attend an introductory virtual orientation to discover the valuable resources available to you at Waterford Place.

Register Online for September 4
Register Online for October 2
Register Online for November 6

Managing Cardiac Effects of Treatment

Thursday, September 17 • 6 to 7 p.m.
Dr. Tochukwu (Tochi) M. Okwuosa, DO, Rush University Medical Center
Cancer treatments and medications can affect the heart. Dr. Okwuosa will discuss how to manage the cardiac effects of such treatments. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Register online for this live Webex program or call 331-301-5280.

Surgical Treatment of Skin Cancer

Thursday, September 245:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Cristina M. O’Donoghue, MD, MPH, Rush University Medical Center
Learn about the surgical management of melanoma and other skin malignancies and the importance of annual skin exams as a preventive measure. A question-and-answer session with Dr. O’Donoghue will follow her presentation. Register online for this live Webex program or call 331-301-5280.

Advanced Planning and “The Conversation”: Why These Matter

Wednesday, September 30 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Linda Strohschein, 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 about 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 for this live Webex program or call 331-301-5280.

Personal Financial Resource Consultation

By appointment only
Cancer not only affects physical health, it also affects financial well-being. To help you manage the financial impact of cancer, several resources are available from federally funded programs to private nonprofit organizations. Schedule a virtual meeting with a financial navigator to learn what financial resources are available to you. To schedule an appointment, please email or call 331-301-5280.

Managing Worries for a Good Night’s Sleep

If stress or anxiety is keeping you awake at night, follow this advice from Sheila Dowd, PhD, Rush clinical psychologist. It should help you wind down your emotions and transition into sleep mode so you can get the rest you need to stay healthy.

Talking to Children and Family About Cancer

Talking to your children about your diagnosis and treatment can feel overwhelming. This recorded presentation shares tips and strategies for how to start that conversation and navigate the cancer experience together. Appropriate for parents of children 18 and younger, this presentation was written and recorded by Sara Egan, Waterford Place social work intern.

Navigating Emotions During COVID-19

The pandemic is adding strain on our emotional well-being, creating anxiety about health and finance, uncertainty about the length of the quarantine, anger over loss of control, loneliness and fear of the unknown. Help manage these emotions by practicing healthy ways to cope.

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.