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Join us Wednesday, August 12, 2015 for the 
Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference 

Equal Parts Inspiration & Education.

This FREE annual conference is open to all people affected by cancer as patients, family members and caregivers. Connect with other survivors to discuss and learn about the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the cancer journey. This event is presented by multiple community organizations and cancer care advocates.

2015 Session Topics

Willie-C-StewartKeynote: Pathways to Surviving with Cancer  |  Willie C. Stewart, Teacher and Superintendent

To be discussing strategies to survive with cancer through seminars, support groups, research and participation in cancer trials. Will also share successful survivor stories, as well as, my own personal story of surviving prostate cancer. Will discuss why it is important to be active in the community… the reasons why and how I give back to the community.

Session 1

Adjustment & Coping as a Cancer Survivor  |  Marney Hoffman, PhD, LMHC
As people complete their cancer treatment, they may experience a range of emotions, from relief that treatment is over to apprehension about the future. For many, this transition is…Continue>>

Immunotherapy in Cancer Treatment  |  Nehal Masood, MD
Learn about current and future trends in immunotherapy for cancer. Continue>>

Writing Your Cancer Story  |  Marie de Haan, Author – Cancer is a Funny Thing
Marie used humor and writing in a therapeutic way to deal with her Stage III breast cancer. Learn how you can do the same…Continue>>

Eating for Survival  |  Tricia Sinek, RD/CD

Palliative Medicine Update: What, When, & How |  David Brecher, MD, FAAFP, FAAHPM
Dr. Brecher will provide a lecture titled “Palliative Medicine Update: What, When, & How?” He will discuss the meaning and relevance of Palliative Medicine, the difference between…Continue>>

Restorative Yoga for Recovery  |  Zoe Krusic
A gentle, compassionate sequence focused on rejuvenation and recovery. A simple sequence will be taught that can be practiced at home by a beginner or advanced student of yoga…Continue>>

Now What?  |  Karen Buckley, LICSW, ACSW, OSW-C
You just walked out of your providers office. Treatment is done. Now what do you do? There is an emotional process survivors go through. The phase of finishing treatment can have an…Continue>>

Positive Affirmations  |  Mike Wilkins
I will provide information that will help individuals think, act and execute differently causing a mind shift that will result in positive affirmations…Continue>>

How Integrative Oncology Can Help Cancer Patients   |  Paul Reilly, ND
Dr. Reilly will discuss how combining natural therapies with conventional care can improve quality of life and response to treatment while also reducing risk for recurrence of cancer…Continue>>

Session 2

Cancer & Marriage  |  Beth Zier, MA, LMHCA
Married couples who have, or are presently facing cancer, share their stories of how they have been able to navigate through the cancer journey. They will share about the challenges…Continue>>

Lift the Fog of Chemo Brain!  |  Linda Terry, Certified Geriatric Specialist
Become your own brain fitness coach and help lift the fog of chemo brain. This fun, interactive workshop will give you the tools to strengthen your focus, provide you with tools to remember…Continue>>

Art  |  Gail Antilla

Eating for Survival  |  Tricia Sinek, RD/CD

ACS Cancer Research  |  Matt Shortridge, PhD

Chair Yoga  |  Zoe Krusic
A gentle, compassionate sequence focused on balance and flushing out toxins. A simple sequence will be taught that can be practiced at home by a beginner or advanced student of…Continue>>

Self-Care for the Caregiver  |  Karen Buckley, LICSW, ACSW, OSW-C
This presentation will discuss the definition of a caregiver, the perception of caregivers in our current culture, our personal expectations & the ones imposed onto us? The presentation…Continue>>

Positive Affirmations  |  Mike Wilkins
I will provide information that will help individuals think, act and execute differently causing a mind shift that will result in positive affirmations…Continue>>

Simple and Natural Cleaning  |  Denise Frakes, Owner of Blue Sky Services
You can save hours and hours of cleaning time by doing little consistent practices. These practices will minimize the need for aggressive chemicals. They will keep your home sparkling…Continue>>

Session 3

Finding Peace: Managing Stress and Anxiety  |  Betsy Allen, MSW, LICSW, OSW-C
Life is stressful and anxiety is common. Add a cancer diagnosis on top of daily life and we can become overwhelmed. There are many tools avaialble to help us manage stress and anxiety and…Continue>>

Personalized Medicine  |  Sibel Blau, MD
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Walking Qigong  |  Mei Ling Marcantoni, BA, HTCP, HQP, Qigong Master, Tai Chi Sifu
Class begins with an introduction to the health and healing benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi, and how these ancient forms of energy exercise help to support the healing of cancer and restore…Continue>>

Eating to Build Your Immune System  |  Betty Paul, RD, Nutritionist
How do foods boost your immune system and what are practical ways to put this to work in your everyday life…Continue>>

Tools for Survivorship  |  Ellen Hanisch, MSN, ARNP, AOCNP
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Strength & Balance  |  Eva Rasor

Minimizing Post Surgical Scars  |  Karen Witters, OTR/L

Clutter Clearing = Flow  |  Denise Frakes, Owner of Blue Sky Services
Let go of what holds you back, overwhelms and depletes your energy. Would you like to gain energy and freedom? Your creativity and clarity can come alive. The release of our old stuff…Continue>>

Session 4

Mindfulness  |  Sean Pritchard
The endless stress and pressures of modern life can at times seem overwhelming. Stress can be a major factor in disease. The human mind has a tendency to wander and not be present…Continue>>

Breast Cancer Panel of Experts  |  Blau, Clark, Pittier, Zinati, Hanisch

Heart Meditation  |  Mei Ling Marcantoni, BA, HTCP, HQP, Qigong Master, Tai Chi Sifu
Class begins with a discussion of how stress and negative emotions set us up for illness and disease, and a presentation of the health and healing benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi. Participants…Continue>>

Eating to Build Your Immune System  |  Betty Paul, RD, Nutritionist
How do foods boost your immune system and what are practical ways to put this to work in your everyday life…Continue>>

Marking Milestones  |  Marie de Haan, Author – Cancer is a Funny Thing
Marie de Haan used humor and writing to mark several milestones during her journey through Stage III breast cancer. Learn how you can do the same...Continue>>

Fitness & Cancer Survival  |  Gae Dougherty

Grief, Loss & Bereavement  |  Barb McHenry & Sandra Walker
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Reflexology  |  Linda Frank

Organic Heart Healthy Cooking  |  Anessa McClendon
I will demonstrate 2 recipes that compliment a healthy heart style diet plan, including tips on knife skills and plate presentation…Continue>>

*Schedule and session topics are subject to change.