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Healing Journey 1

Spring session starting April 8 in Kitchener and April 22 in Cambridge
Wednesdays April 8 to May 13, 7 to 8:30 pm in Kitchener and Wednesdays April 22 to May 27, 6:30 to 8 pm in Cambridge

Cancer can be a frightening and overwhelming experience. Our signature program, The Healing Journey is an exciting and innovative program which brings together some of the most effective tools and strategies for helping people deal with the experience of cancer and greatly improving their quality of life. Let us help you in your healing journey.

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

Healing Journey 2

Join us for the next level of your healing journey
Thursdays April 2 to May 21, 6:30 to 8 pm in Kitchener

This is an 8 week program. Healing Journey Two is a natural progression from Healing Journey One. You are required to have completed Healing Journey One to register for this program. Skills for healing will focus on deeper relaxation by learning meditation. You will better understand the spiritual aspects of healing and be introduced to journal writing.

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

Look Good Feel Better

April session for Women in the first year of their cancer journey
Wed April 8, 9:30 to 11:30 am in Kitchener

Cancer and its treatment can take a toll on your appearance. This workshop can help you look good and feel more like yourself. This two-hour workshop is open to women in their first year of diagnosis facing all types of cancer and all types of treatment. Covered in the workshop are cosmetics, skin care, sun care and alternatives. You will take home a complimentary kit of cosmetics and skin care products.

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

Music Therapy with Sarah

Music can help reduce stress and improve quality of life
Tues April 7, 7 to 8:30 pm in Kitchener

Come experience music therapy for your health and for your healing. Music has an inherent ability to generate an emotional response in the listener. It stimulates a relaxation response which can therefore lead to physiological changes in the body. Music is known to reduce stress thereby producing related benefits such as lower blood pressure, improve breathing, reduced heart rate and reduced tension in muscles. Explore opportunities for connection, healing and wellness through gentle music-making, listening, and group song writing. Have an opportunity to connect with others impacted by cancer and strengthen each others spirits through music. This program is led by a certified music therapist. No experience needed.

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

Qi Gong

A great way to exercise and relax
Tues March 24, 7:30 to 8:30 pm in Kitchener

Qi Gong uses gentle movement, breathing techniques, and meditation to cleanse, reinforce and help life energy flow freely through the body. It teaches us how to control reactions to stress, reduce high blood pressure, frustration or anxiety. This exercise will help you maintain a positive presence in life.

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

Strategies for Living with Fatigue

Learn ways to deal with cancer related fatigue. Now being offered at HopeSpring
Wed April 1, 2:30 to 3:30 pm in Kitchener

This workshop is designed to help you understand cancer related fatigue and its causes. You will learn how you can use practical strategies for managing your day to day cancer related fatigue and the importance of maintaining a basic level of activity.

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

The Financial Cost of Cancer: Exploring Possibilities

Tips and resources for dealing with the costs associated with cancer
Wed April 1, 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. Only those who have been a patient or have a family member at GRRCC can be registered at this time.

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

Visualizing Wellness workshop

Manage stress and anxiety and learn how to use these skills for yourself
Thurs April 2, 10 am to 12 pm in Kitchener

There has been research completed showing the benefits of meditation and positive visualization in the treatment and recovery from cancer. Guided imagery has been effective in reducing anticipatory nausea and vomiting in adults receiving chemotherapy and for reducing anxiety and pain during invasive medical procedures. Controlled trials have show that guided imagery significantly reduces tension, stress and fatigue. Participants will learn how to use these skills on their own.

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

Yoga for Hope is April 12. Register today and start collecting your pledges

Yoga For Hope

More information at www.yogaforhope.ca

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