Olcott Center offers support group
The Olcott Center for Cancer Education's breast cancer support group meets at 7 p.m. April 17. The center is behind the hospital in the Medical Arts Building 619 W. First St. Call 812-353-5669 for more info or check the Olcott website.
Relay for Life events kick off
Lace up your shoes! It's Relay for Life season. Here's a schedule for area Relay for Life events, the American Cancer Society's flagship fundraiser.
- Relay for Life of Monroe County, May 9-10, Monroe County Fairgrounds
- Relay for Life of Owen County, May 15, Owen Valley High School
- Relay for Life of Brown County, May 31, Brown County High School
- Relay for Life of Morgan County, June 7-8, Morgan County Fair and 4-H
- Relay for Life of Lawrence County, June 13-14, Parkview Intermediate School
Find a relay in your area on the ACS website.
IU baseball celebrates survivors
The IU baseball team will honor breast cancer survivors at the April 19 game against Michigan State at Bart Kaufmann Field on the IU campus. All you have to do is show up at 2:05 p.m. for the game. Several local organizations will have booths or tables to introduce you to their services, and survivors will throw out the first ball, sing the national anthem and just generally have a good time. Admission is $5, and the first 250 fans will receive free pink IU T-shirts.
Camp Bluebird April 25-27
Even adults need camp, especially those with cancer or cancer survivors. Camp Bluebird may be just the retreat. This year, it is at Camp Camby Conference and Retreat Center April 25-27. Contact the Olcott Center for Cancer Education at 812-353-5669 for the details or to register.
Tea party, auction benefits Lawrence County patients
The Lawrence County Cancer Patients Services group will host a tea party and silent auction April 26 at the First Church of God in Bedford. Tickets are $15 and are available at Copy Trolley and Hair Sensations. For more info, contact (812) 279-5251. The organization raises money to support local cancer patients who need services they can't afford. Read more about the group's efforts online.
Car wash benefits Relay for Life
Get your car washed and support the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Monroe County at the same time. The YMCA's WISE Guys team has arranged with Ralph May of Bloomington Car Care Center, 524 S. Walnut St., to sponsor a day of fundraising. All you have to do is have your car washed at the center April 28 (rain date is April 29). The generous owner will donate 20 percent of the day's receipts to the team's overall efforts to raise money. Learn more about Monroe County Relay for Life efforts.
Step Ahead meets May 13
Step Ahead, the support group for survivors, meets at 6 p.m. May 13 at the Scholars Bakehouse East in Bloomington. Feel free to drop by and join us. Look for the pink tablecloths. Questions? Email BreastCancerFYI.org.
Tee Up for these area fundraisers
Mark your calendars for three summer events that benefit the Olcott Center:
- Tee Up Against Cancer Bridge Party, June 24 at Belle Trace.
- Tee Up Against Cancer Golf Outing, June 25 at Eagle Pointe Golf Resort.
- Tee Up Against Cancer Style Show, July 23 at Eagle Point.
This group has raised more than $140,000 since 2000 to support clients of the Olcott Center, including contributing to the Girlfriend Fund. For information about this year's events, contact Phyllis Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Cancer Survivorship Day June 1
National Cancer Survivorship Day is June 1, and people around the country will conduct a variety of events and activities to celebrate.
In this area, the Olcott Center for Cancer Education will host a celebration at 3 p.m. June 2 at the center. More details are forthcoming. Stay tuned!
Follow up clinic available
The Breast Cancer Care Follow-up Clinic is open for walk-ins the second Tuesday of every month at the IU Health Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center West, 2499 W. Cota Dr. Certified lymphedema therapists provide screenings of limb volume and upper extremity range of motion and strength. For more info, call 812-353-9378 or email the clinic.
Y offers two sessions of Mindful Body Yoga Therapy
The YMCA and Laurie Riggins once again will offer Mindful Body Yoga Therapy for cancer survivors. The class will meet at 3:15-4:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the YMCA March 26 through May 28. Register through IU Health Bloomington at 812-353-5252, or email Riggins for info.
WISE move to get back in shape
You've probably read about the health benefits of exercise for those recovering from cancer treatment, but programs at gyms or exercise centers aren't designed just for this population.
But a program at the YMCA is tailored just for those patients going through treatment or trying to get back into shape after treatment. The WISE (Working Out to Increase Strength and Endurance) program for cancer survivors meets three times a week at the Y. Participants receive an exercise program tailored just for them, including weight training and a group stretch. Cost is $30 each month to participants.
To find out more: Call the YMCA, (812)332-5555.
Look Good, Feel Better at Olcott
The Olcott Center for Cancer Education is hosting Look Good, Feel Better sessions on the second Wednesdays of each month.
Look Good, Feel Better teaches beauty techniques to womem with cancer who are in active treatment. Not only is this a confidence-booster, but skin also needs special care during treatment.
A trained volunteer cosmetologist will show women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using products donated by the cosmetics industry. Each attendee receives a free cosmetic kit.
To learn more, get dates for upcoming sessions or sign up, contact the Olcott Center at (812)353-5669.
Yoga for cancer patients on Tuesdays
Nathalie de Meyenburg of EquiLibrium Thai Massage and Yoga Therapy now offers Yoga Therapy for Cancer every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Tibetan Cultural Center on Snoddy Road, Bloomington. She has offered yoga for multiple sclerosis for the past eight years and had requests for a similar class for cancer patients and survivors. Cost is $15 per session. Check out the website or call 812-331-7423 with questions.
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Massage therapy study looking for participants
This one is a no-brainer: sign up to participate in a study and get seven free massages at your choice of three locations. The massage therapy program at Bloomington Hospital Rehabilitation Services was awarded a grant from the Wabash Valley affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation to conduct a study of the effects and benefits of massage during breast cancer treatment. Massage therapists will offer seven free massages to women who currently are in treatment for breast cancer, including those in chemotherapy, radiation, or post-surgery.
Schedule an appointment through Rehab Services and let the office coordinator know that you would like to participate in "Take My Hands." You may have your massages at one of these locations and there are many time slots available.
To make an appointment or find out more about the program, call any of these facilities:
- Rehab Services at the hospital: (812)353-9484
- Rebound at 328 S. Woodcrest: (812)353-3278
- Rebound at 639 S. Walker: (812)353-9378
- The Olcott Center, (812)353-5669
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Support group meetings
Step Ahead, a group for women have completed breast cancer treatment, or have recurrences or survivorship issues, meets monthly to discuss general health and welfare. Location is Bakehouse East, 6 p.m., second Tuesday of the month. For more info, e-mail Webmaster@BreastCancerFYI.org.
Sherwood Oaks Christian Church sponsors a cancer support, Mission of Hope, for anyone touched by cancer. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month at the Fireside Room at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, 2700 E. Rogers Road. For more info, contact email@example.com.
The Olcott Center for Cancer Education hosts a support group for people with all types of cancer, and their family and caregivers. Call (812)353-5669 for dates and times.
Some Wednesdays, Bloomington
Caregivers Care Circle meets the first and third Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m. at the Alzheimer's Resource Center, 431 S.College Ave. Anyone struggling with caring for people with illness is welcome.
Some Thursdays, Bloomington
The Olcott Center for Cancer Education breast cancer support group meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. Call (812)353-5669 for more info.
Families Facing Cancer, second Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 4200 West Third St.
Though not a "support group," The American Cancer Society sponsors a 24-hour telephone and online network to answer patient and caregiver questions.
The toll-free number is (877)333-4673 and the link is here.
The listeners for those middle of the night blues, private panic sessions or hard-to-pinpoint ideas about treatment are right at your finger tips in the form of online support groups.
While there are many online support groups for breast cancer patients and caregivers, those with moderators provide the best exchange of ideas and information. The Wellness Center, a national program with 22 local organizations, hosts a virtual support forum.
Other online support groups and chat groups are listed on the Resources > Support Groups page of this site and click "Online Chats."
The Indiana University Cancer Center has launched a new program, Complete Life, to help those diagnosed with all forms of cancer deal with emotional, social, spiritual and physical needs. Check out the Web site or call Lori Losee at (317)278-6663 for more information.
Pink Ribbon Connection provides information and resources to those touched by breast cancer. Phone (317)255-7465 for info.
The Morgan County Breast Cancer support group meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month in the education room at St. Francis Hospital, 1201 Hadley Road, Mooresville. Call (317)257-1505 for details.
The Mitchell Cancer Support Group meets the last Monday of every month at the Mitchell Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. The contact person is Nancy Roberts, (812)849-6357.
The Morgan County Breast Cancer support group meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month in the education room at St. Francis Hospital-Mooresville, 1201 Hadley Road, Mooresville.
The Owen County Cancer Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m. at the Owen County Public Library. Survivors of all types of cancer are welcome. Call (812)829-4483 for details.
St. Francis Hospital hosts a breast cancer group every Monday, 6-8 p.m., at St. Francis Cancer Center, 8111 S. Emerson, Indianapolis. Call (317)257-1505 for details.
St. Vincent Cancer Support Group meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Thursdays at 8301 Harcourt Road, Indianapolis. Call 317-338-3067.
Community Health Network in Indianapolis offers support groups in different areas each week. 317-621-4323.
Susan G. Komen Foundation, Indianapolis affiliate, hosts programs in the Indianapolis area regularly. To keep up with activities, check out Komen Indy Web site or call (317)638-CURE.
The Wellness Center in Indianapolis hosts a Metastatic Breast Cancer Networking Group for those living with metastatic cancer on the third Wednesday of each month, 6-8 p.m. The center is at 8465 Keystone Crossing, Suite 145, Indianapolis. Phone is (317) 257-1505.
The Young Survival Coalition meets second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Logan's Roadhouse, 4825 E. 82nd St. in Indianapolis. Call (317)253-0050 or (317)224-6261 for info, or check out the Young Survival Indianapolis Web site.
Cancer 101, a program for patients and caregivers also sponsored by the Wellness Community, meets the fourth Friday of each month in Indianapolis to discuss a changing list of topics. Call (317)257-1505 for details, or visit the Web site for details.