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Step Ahead meets March 20
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Step Ahead, the support group for survivors, will meet at 6 p.m. March 20 at McAllisters in Eastland Plaza, next to Petco. The group was founded in 2003 as a way for survivors to talk about ways to stay healthy and to keep up with research. Contact BreastCancerFYI.org if you have questions.

Look Good, Feel Better March 22
skin care

The Olcott Center for Cancer Education is hosting Look Good, Feel Better sessions 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. To sign up, contact the Olcott Center at (812)353-5669.

Art therapy March 22

An experienced art therapist will lead you through an art session in the Medical Arts Classroom (enter through the Olcott Center, 619 W. First St.). Sign up for a session or learn more by calling the Olcott Center, 812-353-5669.

Car wash benefits Relay for Life team

Get your car washed and support cancer fundraising March 27 at the Bloomington Car Wash, 542 S. Walnut. The owners will donate 20 percent of the day's proceeds to the Step Ahead Survivors Relay for Life team.

We appreciate the car wash's annual participation in this fundraiser. This year, participants will experience new changes at the car wash: You pay when you drive up and you stay in your car during the wash.

IU, Monroe County Relay for Life April 1

The Indiana University and Monroe County Relay for Life event is 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 1 at Gladstein Field House, 1600 N. Fee Lane.

Registration is under way for the event, which benefits the American Cancer Society and its area programming. The Step Ahead Survivors team is open to all who wish to support the team or participate with these local women. The day will feature the survivors' lap and luncheon, caregivers' lap and luminaria. Stay tuned for details on the Relay for Life website.

Special note to survivors: If you plan to attend the survivor lunch, please RSVP to melissa.pressler@cancer.org.

Breast cancer follow-up clinic April 11

The once-monthly Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Follow-up Clinic is open 4-6 p.m. April 11 at the IU Health Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center, 328 S. Woodcrest. Those in treatment or survivors may drop by for free services ranging from lymphedema screening to range of motion and strength assessments. Call 812-353-3278 or email the center for more information.


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 classes usually meet for eight weeks each spring and fall. Register through IU Health Bloomington at 812-353-5252, or email Riggins for info.

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.

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
skin care

The Olcott Center for Cancer Education is hosting Look Good, Feel Better sessions on the third 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

Nathalie de Meyenburg of EquiLibrium Thai Massage and Yoga Therapy now offers Yoga for Wellbeing: Yoga for Cancer, a gentle, therapeutic yoga class for those with cancer, in remission and survivors. Classes meet weekly in Bloomington and are led by an experienced yoga therapist specializing in disability, rehabilitation and neurological conditions. Check out the website or call 812-331-7423 for details.

Just say 'aahh':
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:

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Support group meetings

Monthly, Bloomington

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 McAllister's on East Third, 6 p.m., third Monday 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 jacque.finley@hotmail.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.

By phone

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.

Online groups

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."

Other cities:

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.

Also check out the support group page on BC:FYI.
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