Annual "Ways To Wellness Workshop" for Cape Breton Cancer Patients and Their Families Takes Place This Week

There’s still time to register for a free two-day workshop being hosted by the Cape Breton Cancer Centre.

The workshop, called “Ways to Wellness IX: Two Days of Hoping & Coping,” takes place Sept. 29 & 30 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 128 in Whitney Pier. It runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days and is open to cancer patients and a family member/support person.

This program, now in its ninth year, provides patients and family members with information, skills and education on living well with and beyond cancer. It’s intended to optimize health and wellness, offer lifestyle modification and provide effective coping strategies and stress reduction techniques.

Over the two days, patients and family members can participate in yoga, Tai Chi and music therapy. There will also be presentations on nutrition, patient experiences, meditation and mindfulness, medication management, oral health, coping and connection, art therapy and self-care. Participation is not required and anyone experiencing physical limitations can still attend and observe, or rest as needed. Presenters include Victoria Sanford, Vineeta Sharma, Dr. Michael Milburn, Dr. Mary Anne Campbell, Patricia Campbell, Shelly Allen, Tara Forgeron, Jennie Orrell, Downtown Dental, Catherine Moir and Jillian Burns. Lunch and snacks will be provided on both days.

“What makes this program unique is that it is available to all individuals, no matter what part of the cancer journey they are on,” says Victoria Sanford, medical social worker with the cancer centre. “Participants are able to actively participate if they so choose, but they are not required to. They have the opportunity to learn from the presenters along with the people around them, but can contribute in this process of sharing as well. The program also highlights some of the resources available to individuals experiencing cancer. It is our hope that the workshop will provide a wealth of information for coping with the cancer experience, offer strategies to enhance personal wellness and that it will be meaningful for all those who attend no matter their experience with cancer.”

There is no charge for this event. Space is limited so you must register in advance. For more information or to register, please call 902-567-8074.


Media Contact:
Victoria Sanford
Medical Social Worker
Cape Breton Cancer Centre