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Tue, Sep 10 5:00pm · 15th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in Cancer Education Center

Join the Journey’s 15th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk is this Sunday, September 15th.  Each step taken together helps increase community awareness regarding breast cancer screening, breast health and supports those living with the diagnosis.

WHEN: Sunday, September 15th, 2019

WHERE: Mayo High School – 1420 11th Avenue SE, Rochester, MN

WHAT: The event includes a t-shirt, 5-mile walk with supporters and survivors, post-walk entertainment and lunch!

TIME: Pre-walk event starts at 8:45am

REGISTER: Online registration will close on Friday, September 13th at 5pm. For details visit here.

Join the Journey’s mission is to promote breast cancer awareness in our community and to provide support to individuals on their breast cancer journey. Please visit Join the Journey for additional information.

Wed, Aug 28 3:37pm · Restoration through Gardening in Cancer Education Center

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August is often when the fruits of our labors reveal themselves. Gardens planted in late spring are now (hopefully) full of life and we are left reaping and sharing the bounty. In reflecting on this further, I couldn’t help but think of all of the benefits a garden provides.

Think of the enjoyment as you begin the initial planning in the spring, and the pure satisfaction of seeing the first sprouts of green peeking up through the soil – leaving you in joyful anticipation of what is to come. Having a garden in your life can be restoring. It gives you something to care for, celebrate, and later on, even gives something back.

Think of how you feel when you receive a beautiful bouquet of garden flowers or fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmer’s market or maybe a few treasures shared with you from a generous friend or neighbor. It’s priceless. Having a garden can nourish your spirit and your body.

If you don’t have a lot of space, start a little potted garden in your windowsill or on your patio. If you have physical limitations, ask a friend or family member to help you get things started. Once the plants are in their place, it just takes a few minutes every day to water, prune and care for your them.

Gardens can also hold special significance, such as survivor or memorial gardens or neighborhood plots where people come together to plant and care for the garden. What an incredible way to keep in touch with others, get a little physical activity and stay healthy with fresh produce.

How has gardening offered you healing and restoration?

 

An additional discussion that may be of interest: Nature and its role in your mental health.

Tue, Aug 6 3:18pm · LIVESTRONG at the YMCA: Support for survivors in the community in Cancer Education Center

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Written by Tammy Adams, Cancer Education Center Educator

Cancer is a life-changing condition that may take a toll on physical and emotional health. The LIVESTRONG Foundation has partnered with many local YMCAs to provide a structured, supportive, research-based physical activity and well-being program to help survivors move beyond cancer in mind, body and spirit.

The program includes:
• Free 12-week YMCA membership for survivor and primary caregiver
• Two 75-minute classes per week
• Individual instruction and group activities
• Cardiovascular exercise, strength training, stretching and balance workouts

The goals are:
• Improve energy levels
• Reduce the severity of treatment side effects
• Reduce stress levels
• Support positive self esteem
• Incorporate physical activity that is safe for each survivor
• Help build muscle strength
• Increase flexibility and endurance
• Restore balance

In addition to the benefits of physical activity, the program offers a sense of connection to fellow survivors.
Fitness instructors receive specialty training in the elements of cancer, post rehabilitation exercises and supportive cancer care. To learn more or find a program near you, visit the LIVESTRONG website.

The program in Rochester, Minnesota is recruiting patients now for its program starting September 17th, 2019. Please call 507-287-2260 or visit ymcamn.org/rochester.

2019 Rochester, MN Sessions
September 17-December 5, 2019, 1:30-2:45pm
October 1-December 19, 2019, 6:00-7:15pm
February 4-April 23, 2020, 1:30-2:45pm
12 weeks of sessions every Tuesday and Thursday

What to expect during the 12 weeks, 24 sessions of LIVESTRONG

(Adapted from Partners in Recovery LIVESTRONG at the YMCA)

Mind:
-Become part of a small group of people with similar life experiences.
-Sharing and forming friendships that will last beyond the LIVESTRONG session dates.
Body:
-Learn to trust your body again- learn a new normal
-Become familiar with cardio and strength machines in the fitness Center
-Experience different types of class offerings at the YMCA
Spirit:
-Devotion, meditation and yoga classes will be offered during the session dates
-Building trusting with the other LIVESTRONG participants and learning how to supporting each other through good as well as hard times.

 

Participant Testimonials: What LIVESTRONG means to me:

  • “A program that took me from Survive to Thrive. Offered classes and exercises that increased flexibility, strength , balance and endurance.  Made me mindful of ways to become stronger in my daily living.”
  • “ Support, Fellowship, Encouragement.”
  • “Experiencing new goals and work outs with qualified instructors, learning from each other and valuing new information.  Most importantly- strengthen my body, mind and spirit with other cancer survivors.  For this experience I am very appreciative. ”

 

Wed, Jul 24 4:38pm · July – Sarcoma Awareness Month in Cancer Education Center

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The month of July is dedicated to raising awareness of Sarcoma. Sarcoma can occur throughout the body and is used as a general term to encompass a broad group of rare cancers that begin in the bone and soft tissue. Over 70 types of Sarcoma exist and like many other cancers, treatment varies based on type and location.

The word “sarcoma” is a Greek derivative meaning, “fleshy growth.” This growth, or tumor, can take hold in one’s nerves, fat, blood vessels, bones, cartilage, deep skin tissues and muscles. Sarcomas can affect children and adults. Each year an estimated 15,000 individuals are diagnosed with Sarcoma.

Commonly reported symptoms include a noticeable lump or pain anywhere on your body; swelling; fatigue; or weight loss. If you experience any of these symptoms please consult with your health care provider. Treatment may involve surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and/or targeted therapy. For those diagnosed with sarcoma, and interested in participating in clinical research, please visit Mayo Clinic’s Clinical Trials.

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, causing stress and anxiety when faced with uncertainty. During this time it may be helpful to learn about your diagnosis to assist in making decisions regarding your care. Having family and friends to lean on and confide in can help provide needed support. Lastly, ask your care provider for any support groups or other resources available locally. The American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute can serve as additional sources of information as well.

What has worked for you in learning more about your diagnosis or in your efforts to raise awareness about cancer? We can learn from one another in the quest to educate and cure cancer!

Connect with others Diagnosed with sarcoma? Let’s share

Thu, Jul 11 8:42am · Tips for cancer survivors to keep cool in the summer heat in Cancer Education Center

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Summer is in full swing. With the higher temperatures and intense summer sun it’s important to stay safe and healthy.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Protect your skin from sun exposure by wearing protective clothing and hats.
  • Use sunscreen with SPF of 30 or more if you must be exposed to direct sunlight. Be sure to reapply after swimming or sweating. Don’t forget your lips!
  • Don’t forget your sunglasses — important for your eye health.
  • Choose early morning and evening hours to walk or exercise.
  • Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
  • Wear loose fitting, cotton-based clothing.
  • Seek shade – such as a screen porch or under an umbrella.
  • Use a light moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and protected.

 

As a cancer survivor, you may be at an increased risk for dehydration and sunburn as a result of treatment or medication side effects. It is important to consult with your provider regarding any specific sun-related effects of your therapy. Heat can also worsen cancer-related fatigue. Be sure to listen to your body and rest if you feel tired. If you have symptoms such as muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, seizures or trouble breathing, seek medical care immediately.

Be sure to build in frequent water breaks, especially if you are outside being active. Taking a tepid shower also helps cool one down. Try to keep your meals fresh and light. Choose summer fruits and vegetables such as melons, peaches, strawberries, cucumbers and tomatoes. Enjoy popsicles, fruit sorbet or smoothies for extra cool treats. Visit this site for some Mayo Clinic healthy recipes.

There are health benefits to sun exposure – improved mood being one. With a little bit of planning and proper precautions, the outdoors can be enjoyed even on warm, sunny days.

How are you staying cool and enjoying summer?

Tue, Jun 25 4:00pm · What is your story? in Cancer Education Center

 

What is your story

Meet Claire. At age 20, Claire was studying to be a doctor and was diagnosed with melanoma. In the midst of a terminal diagnosis she became an inspiration to many. Her family shares this touching story.

Claire’s Story

Every person has a story – patients, caregivers, family members, friends – everyone. In the video Claire’s dad reflects on while it’s true we could be hit by a bus tomorrow, we can take steps to avoid it . Cancer isn’t like that. Often a cancer diagnosis comes despite having “looked both ways.”

Yes, a cancer diagnosis can seemingly hit you out of the blue and the emotions tied to this discovery are many. Does Claire’s dad’s sentiment resonate with your own experience? We would like to hear your story.

Thu, May 30 8:52am · It’s Hard to Wait in Cancer Education Center

shutterstock_767539465 time imageDo minutes ever seem like hours and days like weeks? Many people claim these statements to be true when waiting for test results – the period from collection to results can mirror what feels like eternity. There isn’t any dancing around it, waiting for results can be stressful, but there are some things we can do to help ease our worries.

First, know that stress during this time is normal. Whether awaiting an initial diagnosis or anticipating news of follow-up imaging, emotions run high – how could they not? So, what can we do to gain control of our anxiety and avoid the havoc that increased levels of stress can do to our bodies? Some people may resort to eating away their concerns. Others might opt to jump on the Internet to read up on all the possible scenarios – no matter how tempting these may be, try to resist these urges. Instead, try the following suggestions to add more comfort:

  • Phone a trusted friend: being able to discuss our worries with others in a safe, uncensored way is a gift. Bottling up or ignoring emotions isn’t healthy. Talk things out and get the weight of unsaid concerns off your shoulders.  Saying it out loud can be freeing and help silence the voices in your head.
  • Take a hike: or engage in some other activity you enjoy. Whether it’s walking, knitting, heading to the ballpark or going for a swim. Immersing yourself in something active will not only help the time pass quickly, but will rejuvenate you as well.
  • Give breathing exercises a try: find a time of day and an environment that brings you peace and try to focus on the here and now. Feel like you need a hand in getting started? Next time you are in Rochester, stop by the Slaggie Family Cancer Education Center for a class – our team would be happy to help! Not planning to be in Rochester? No problem, visit Stress Management on http://www.mayoclinic.org to learn more about decreasing stress by using your breath.
  • Seek support: find an individual (or group of individuals) who has been on a similar path. Talking to others who have shared experiences not only offers support, but reminds us we aren’t alone.

Feelings of nervousness, anxiety or even frustration and impatience, are normal. The longer the wait, sometimes the bigger the emotions. What tips do you have to make the wait less stressful? We look forward to learning from you!

Looking to join in similar discussions? Visit either of the two Mayo Clinic Connect conversations below to share your experience.

Tue, May 14 9:41am · Stage 2 breast cancer: What treatments decisions did you have to make? in Breast Cancer

Thank you for attending Dr. Shin’s session! We are glad you found it helpful. While this session is not planned to be offered again for a while, the Slaggie Family Cancer Education Center does have a variety of other daily classes that you may find equally as helpful. There is a nutrition-specific session each morning at 10:15am. You can visit our Cancer Education Center page on Connect for additional cancer-related information and opportunities: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/cancer-education-center/.