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Learn to live well beyond cancer

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

COBOURG - 

Living Well Beyond Cancer is the name of a group starting up in Cobourg on Wednesday, and its purpose is self-explanatory.

"The Canadian Cancer Society will be offering the program for post-treatment cancer survivors and their caregivers who strive to live a healthy life," Cancer Society community services co-ordinator for Peterborough and District Nancy Sinopoli said.

"This popular program is based on the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program researched and developed at Stanford University. If you are a post-treatment cancer survivor or caregiver, Living Well Beyond Cancer may be for you."

Sinopoli provided a testimonial from a past program participant in Ottawa, who found that the action plans, activity logs and nutritional journals helped her deal with symptoms and side effects. She also found the relaxation, communication and positive-thinking tools helped her understand and handle her emotions and fears.

This free program is conducted as a weekly 2.5-hour workshop that is offered for six weeks, led by two trained local peer leaders with cancer and care-giver experiences.

The highly interactive sessions are designed to help people gain confidence in their ability to control their symptoms and to live the best possible life after cancer. Skills are taught to support day-to-day living beyond cancer treatment, and to maintain or increase life's activities through appropriate exercise and improving strength, communication and healthy eating.

Participants will learn to work with a health-care team, set goals and make plans to achieve them, solve problems and handle difficult emotions, and manage symptoms, treatment side effects and medications.

The program will be offered at the Orange Hall at 387 Ontario St. from 1:30 to 4 p.m., starting Jan. 16. Registration is mandatory, as space is limited. Contact Sinopoli at 1-800-463-0432 or nsinopoli@ontario.cancer.ca to register or for additional information.

cecilia.nasmith@sunmedia.ca

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