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Cambridge Laughter Yoga

Endorphins help your body feel good
Thursday July 24, 1:30 to 2:30 pm in Cambridge

Laughter Yoga is a practice which combines yoga breathing and laughter exercises. Mary leads this fun and gentle activity that boosts the immune system and stimulates the brain to produce endorphins - feel good hormones. Whether your laughter is real or not, your body will get the benefits of this wonderful program. It's great for all ages and stages of recovery including family and caregivers. Dress comfortably.

Register online or call 519-742-4673 to sign up or for more information

Guelph Gentle Yoga

Join Aura for a gentle reaffirming exercise class that is suited for all ages and stages of cancer
Monday July 28, 10 - 11:30 am in Guelph

Gentle Yoga combines breathing, body awareness and deep relaxation. The gentle postures help stretch and strengthen the body.

Register online or call us at 888-680-4673 to sign up or for more information

S.O.A.R.

For children ages 3-12 who are touched by cancer
Saturday July 26, 9 to 10:30 am in Kitchener

The children's program S.O.A.R. (Supportive Oncology Activities in Recreation) is the first program of its kind in the Waterloo Region. It is for children ages 3 to 12 that have been impacted by cancer (i.e., in active treatment, who are cancer survivors, or whose parent, grandparent or sibling may be experiencing a cancer diagnosis). Led by a certified Child Life Specialist, the program consists of individual play and group activities based on themed classes including age appropriate fun crafts, songs, active group games and stories. One mom says: "The childhood cancer world can be a lonely and confusing place for the whole family. Our children spend so many hours in a hospital setting it is so nice to have a fun place to take them. I am so grateful for the S.O.A.R. program."

Register online or call us at 519-742-4673 to sign up or for more information

Understanding Relationship Stress

Improve your physical, mental and emotional well-being
Wednesdays August 13, 20 & 27, 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Kitchener

One of the best ways to cope with the stress of cancer is to have a strong emotional support system. However, a cancer diagnosis can put an enormous stress on important relationships such as a life partner, siblings, children and employer. This three week series workshop will provide insights into the issues that most challenge interpersonal relationships, offering the tools to strengthen your relationships, enhance communication and better meet needs.

Register online or call us at 519-742-4673 to sign up or for more information

Zumba

Still a few spaces left in our exciting exercise program
Tuesday, July 22, 7:30 to 8:30 pm in Kitchener

This is a high energy aerobic fitness class featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance such as meringue, salsa and hip-hop. It has proven benefits for breast cancer survivors to fight off re-occurence. Classes can be modified to low impact for those with limited physical capabilities. Like any new exercise program you participate in, please check with your doctor to see if this class is right for you.

Register online or call us at 519-742-4673 to sign up or for more information

Cancer Chat Canada

Three Online Support Groups starting in August!

Meet others going through the same challenges as you are without leaving the comfort of your home. We have partnered with CancerChatCanada who is facilitated by psychosocial oncology professionals at collaborating cancer centres. They will host free, confidential, text-only, live online chat support groups for our cancer patients, survivors, and family members - regardless of where you live in Ontario. Meet once a week for 90 minutes over the course of ten weeks. Patients & survivors of gynecologic cancers - your online support group starts Thursday August 14th. A group for all cancer patients and survivors (currently in, or post treatment with any diagnosis or stage) - starting Tuesday, August 19th. The final group is for patients and survivors of blood cancers starts Thursday August 28th.

Register online or call us at 1-800-663-3333 ext. 4955 to sign up or for more information.

Cambridge Women's Support Group

A gentle group to safely explore your mutual journeys.
Tuesday July 22, 11 am to 12:30 pm in Cambridge

Support among the group is offered, tips are shared and strategies for coping discussed. A wide range of on top of mind topics are discussed each week including everyday life events, past, present or future. Come discuss concerns about your future cancer treatments, eating problems and relationship issues. The group is warm and friendly and a good social circle for women with cancer.

Register online or call us at 519-742-4673 to sign up or for more information.

Helping You Cope with the Financial Impact of Cancer

Practical advice to address the real dollar impact of cancer on your life
Wednesday August 6, 11 am to 12 pm in Kitchener

Come learn what financial options are available to help you! In this workshop you will receive an overview of the income maintenance programs and drug coverage options available to you. Applications for benefits will be available at the workshop.

Register online or call us at 519-742-4673 to sign up or for more information.

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