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UT conference encourages living well after cancer diagnosis

The University of Toledo Center for Health and Successful Living is hosting a breast cancer survivorship conference Saturday, June 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Academic Services Center on UT’s Scott Park Campus.

“A breast cancer survivor is someone who lives with, through and beyond cancer,” said Dr. Amy Thompson, professor of health education. “Whether or not she thrives is a matter of quality of life.”

HHS 187 0516 Surviorship Conference flyerA cancer diagnosis marks the beginning of a journey filled with physical, emotional, spiritual, social and financial challenges. These challenges are more easily overcome if survivors receive support that empowers them to take control of their well-being.

The Mind, Body, Soul, Spirit: The Journey From Survivor to Thriver conference will feature keynote speaker the Rev. April Hearn, who will share an inspiring message of hope and joy.

Conference breakout sessions will include Peace, Tea and You; De-Stressing: Everything You Need to Know You Learned in Kindergarten; Essential Oils: Smelling to Feel Better; and Helping Yourself by Helping Others. The event also will feature nearly two dozen vendors, door prizes, and the opportunity to make connections with other cancer survivors.

The event is co-sponsored by UT Health’s Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center and the African American Women’s Cancer Support Group.

“We especially want to reach out to women in underserved communities,” said Barbara Oxner, community outreach coordinator for the African American Women’s Cancer Support Group. “A cancer diagnosis can be especially challenging for minorities, older women, those with financial difficulties, and those who do not have a strong network of family and friends. They need extra support to get the most out of each day and truly thrive during and after treatment.”

Registration is $5, which includes access to the educational sessions, health screenings, vendors, breakfast and lunch. There are a limited number of registration scholarships available to women who need assistance.

“We want to help breast cancer survivors reach a high level of mental, physical and emotional well-being while they adjust to living with a cancer diagnosis,” Thompson said. “It is our goal to help patients live longer, healthier and happier lives.”

To register, contact Jeannine Everhart by Wednesday, June 15, at 419.530.5205.

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