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Helping You Cope with the Impact of Cancer

New workshop with Grand River Regional Cancer Centre for those dealing with a new diagnosis
Wednesday September 17, 11 am to 12 pm in Kitchener

This one hour workshop is an introduction to the emotional, physological, 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

Nutritional Grocery Store Tour for Healthy Eating

New location added at the Zehrs in Conestoga Mall
Wednesday September 17, 10 to 11:30 am in Kitchener

Make the most out of your trip to the grocery store. Come join our registered in-store dietitian, Michelle, at the Zehrs in Conestoga Mall for a food tour that will make the science of food and nutrition easier to understand and empower you to make healthier choices including eating solutions to deal with cancer side effects. This tour is for those with cancer, their families and their caregivers. Registration required.

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

HopeSpring in Guelph

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.

Qi Gong

Fall Session starts September 9
Tuesday September 9, 7:30 - 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

Scarf Tying Workshop

Deb teaches you how to turn a simple headscarf into something fabulous
Wednesday September 24, 10 to 11:30 am in Kitchener

Ever wonder how to tie a head scarf to look great? Then this workshop is for you. In this workshop you will learn how to tie 10 different scarf designs like the twisty turban and the oversized chignon. If you have a large sized (approx 72") head scarf at home, feel free to bring it with you to the class.

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

Reflexology at HopeSpring

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.

Understanding Relationship Stress

Fall session starting September 24
Wednesdays September 24 and October 1 & 8, 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.

Visualizing Wellness Workshop

Use guided imagery to help manage your state of wellness
Thursday September 18, 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.

HopeSpring News

Just a reminder that HopeSpring will be closed Saturday and Monday for the Labour Day Weekend.  We wish all our community a wonderful long weekend. We will be open with normal hours on Tuesday.

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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