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NEW DROP IN program led by our Cancer Care Coach, Anne Day
Thurs December 11 , 2 - 3:30 pm in Kitchener

This drop in program provides a calming relaxation exercise as the entry point into a discussion of cancer. This group format also provides a networking opportunity for those on a cancer journey.

Breast Cancer and Nutrition

Learn dietary tips to help prevent the occurance or reoccurance of breast cancer
Wed December 17, 9:30 to 11 am in Kitchener

In this program you will increase your knowledge related to the role of nutrition and breast cancer. Suggestions for dietary changes to help in the prevention and/or recurrence of breast cancer are covered. Other topics include the impacts of healthy eating & weight, supplements, alcohol, physical activity, phytoestrogens, organic foods, calcium and Vitamin D.

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

Coping with Cancer Workshop

A cancer diagnosis makes an impact. Find a way to cope
Wed December 17, 11 am to 12 pm in Kitchener

This one hour workshop is an introduction to the emotional, physiological physical and practical issues faced by people diagnosed with cancer. In this workshop you will learn tips, supports and resources available to help you cope.

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

Winter Session of Healing Journey

January starts the Winter Sessions of our signature program for wellness
Healing Journey 1 Wed January 21 to February 25, 7 to 8:30 pm in Kitchener, Wed January 14 to February 18, 6:30 to 8 pm in Cambridge; Healing Journey 2 Thurs January 8 to February 26, 6:30 to 8 pm in Kitchener

Healing Journey 1: Coping with Cancer Stress: 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.
Healing Journey 2: Skills for Healing: Healing Journey 2 is a natural progression from Healing Journey 1. You are required to have completed Healing Journey 1 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. Join us for the next level of your healing journey.

Register online for Healing Journey 1 or Healing Journey 2 or call us at 519-742-4673 to sign up or for more information.

Look Good Feel Better

Women in the first year of their diagnosis welcome to this new program
Wed January 14, 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

Certified Music Therapist Sarah leads the group to your relaxation
Tues January 13 , 7 - 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 therby 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 lead by a certified music therapist. No music experience is necessary.

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

Strategies for Living with Fatigue

Reduce tension, stress and fatigue
Wed January 7, 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.

Reminder of HopeSpring Holiday Hours

HopeSpring will be closed for the week of Christmas (December 22 to 27 inclusive) and will be open again 9 am on Monday December 29. We will be closing at noon on New Year's Eve and remaining closed New Year's Day, opening again Friday January 2 at 9 am. Everyone here at HopeSpring wishes all our participants, volunteers and supporters the very best of holidays. Watch for our next weekly communication Monday December 29th.

HopeSpring News

This past Saturday, the big man from the North Pole made an early visit to HopeSpring, bringing some Christmas cheer to our S.O.A.R. kids. Thanks to him (and the good people at Re/Max Twin City Realty) and some very special elves, the kids had an early Christmas party with therapeutic arts and crafts and lots of toys under the tree.

SOAR Christmas 2014

Ontario Home HealthAaron and Millie from Ontario Home Health dropped by Monday. The staff at Ontario Home Health came together and donated $230 to support the programs and services here at HopeSpring. We continue to be supported by some of the best and kindest people in the Region. Thank you to everyone at Ontario Home Health from the Board, staff, volunteers and participants here at HopeSpring!

Pictured: Jennifer Knight and Anita Woodard from HopeSpring and Aaron Kendall from Ontario Home Health

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