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Blood Cancer group starts Thursday August 28

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.

Register online through Cancer Chat Canada

HopeSpring in Guelph - Effective September 2014

HopeSpring has made the difficult decision to discontinue programs in Guelph effective September 2014. The team at HopeSpring is continually evaluating and reviewing our program offerings. With the exception of our Gentle Yoga program, Guelph attendance has been low since HopeSpring opened its doors there in January 2013. HopeSpring does not charge for any of our programs and must work with limited resources. To properly manage our donor dollars, HopeSpring will end programs in Guelph and welcome participants at any of our programs in our Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo locations. As we grow our resource base, we will revisit providing services in Guelph again. Should you have any questions, please contact Linda Maxwellor Gerard Seguin. Thank you.

Reflexology at HopeSpring - Effective September 2014

Effective September 2014, HopeSpring will offer reflexology only to those participants who are caregivers or family members. We have been alerted to potential risks to our participants currently in treatment for cancer regarding the manipulation of soft tissue or bone. We do not wish to encourage offering a modality that may be detrimental to the best interests of our participants. Participants currently undergoing care for cancer are welcome to take advantage of our reiki and therapeutic touch services instead. Should you have any questions, please contact Linda Maxwellor Gerard Seguin. Thank you.

S.O.A.R.

Making cancer understandable to kids ages 3-12
Saturday August 23, 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

Wednesday Gentle Yoga

Still spaces available for August 27!
Wednesday August 27, 5:30 - 6:45 pm in Kitchener

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

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

Zumba

August 19 is the last class for this exercise program pilot
Tuesday, August 19, 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-occurrence. 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.

Cambridge Women's Support Group

Join Pam and find peer support led by expert knowledge
Tuesday August 19, 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.

Breast Cancer & Nutrition

GRRCC dietitian clarifies the role food plays in breast cancer treatment
Wednesday August 20, 9:30 to 11 am in Kitchener

In this workshop 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. Only those who have been a patient or their family member at GRRCC can be registered at this time

HopeSpring News

Keeping a light on at night can suppress the body's production of a hormone called melatonin, possibly reducing the effectiveness of the breast-cancer drug tamoxifen, a study suggests. 

The study published in the journal Cancer Research points to a connection between low melatonin levels and resistance to tamoxifen, a common breast cancer drug.

"If you sleep with the lights on or the television on, that light can penetrate through your eyelid, hit your retina and have a negative effect on …

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Effective September 2014, HopeSpring will offer reflexology only to those participants who are caregivers or family members. We have been alerted to potential risks to our participants currently in treatment for cancer regarding the manipulation of soft tissue or bone. We do not wish to encourage offering a modality that may be detrimental to the best interests of our participants. Participants currently undergoing care for cancer are welcome to take advantage of our reiki and therapeutic touch…

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