Olcott Center offers support group
The Olcott Center for Cancer Education's breast cancer support group meets at 7 p.m. March 6 and 20. 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.
Step Ahead meets March 11
Step Ahead, the support group for survivors, meets at 6 p.m. March 11 at the Scholars Bakehouse East in Bloomington. Feel free to drop by and join us. Look for the pink tablecloths. Questions? Email BreastCancerFYI.org.
Big Ten Thinks Pink benefits Pink Ribbon
Help the Pink Ribbon Connection raise money and awareness for breast cancer March 8 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis as part of Big Ten Thinks Pink campaign during the Big Ten women's basketball tournament. The Big Ten will donate a portion of every semifinals ticket purchased to Pink Ribbon Connection, which serves central Indiana through programs and services.
Camp Kesem fundraiser April 5
Camp Kesem at IU celebrates its 10th anniversary with a Make the Magic fundraiser at 11 a.m. April 5 at Rick's Cafe Boatyard in Indianapolis. Attendees will enjoy brunch, participate in a silent auction and learn more about supporting this program that offers free summer camp to children whose parents are cancer patients or survivors. Learn more about Camp Kesem, then RSVP for Make the Magic.
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 at IU, April 5-6, Billy Hayes track
- 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.
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.
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 first and 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 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.