Local cancer survivors are invited to attend an upcoming Living with Cancer Retreat in Estevan that is being organized by the Canadian Cancer Society.
The event will happen on Saturday, September 14 at the Days Inn. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. and the workshop will begin at 10. It is free to attend, and lunch will be served.
"A cancer diagnosis can often leave a person feeling lonely, scared, anxious and uncertain," states a press release for the event. "At the retreat you will meet people in your community who are fellow cancer survivors."
Adults with any type and stage of cancer are invited to attend. Survivors are welcome to bring one caregiver as a guest. People who attend the event will hear from several guest speakers, including:
*Dr. Marika Geis: Geis has a broad primary care practice where her ultimate goal is to bring each patient to a state of independence in their health, to restore flexibility, and most importantly, to educate. Her presentation will include a brief overview of naturopathic medicine, guiding principles for the practice, and how the modalities people use can augment conventional cancer treatment.
The principle treatments include diet and lifestyle counseling, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and the use of supplements, homeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine.
*Stacey Drebnicki: A certified personal trainer and paramedic from Estevan, Drebnicki will discuss the benefits of exercise during cancer treatment and beyond.
"Many doctors now encourage people with cancer to be as active as possible during treatment and recovery," the press release stated. "Being active can reduce stress or anxiety, improve your mood and self-esteem, boost your energy, stimulate your appetite, help you sleep and help you regain your strength during recovery. Exercise can also help you reduce side effects like nausea, fatigue and constipation."
*Joanne Frederick: A registered psychologist, Frederick will discuss the practice of mindfulness and how it can empower people in their day-to-day lives. Waking up to the preciousness of each moment allows people to embrace life just the way it is. Frederick is also a cancer survivor, which gives her insight for support and guidance.
To register, please contact Debra Polischuk with the Canadian Cancer Society at 306-566-5712.