Livingwell presents “I’m a survivor—now what?”

By on September 14, 2009

GENEVA—LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, a provider of non-medical support at no cost for people living with cancer, will host a presentation entitled “I’m A Survivor—Now What?” The presentation will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at LivingWell,1803 W. State Street, Geneva.

As cancer survivors move forward with life after treatment, they often encounter hurdles regarding their health, their relationships and their peace of mind. Join Kim Rohan, Advanced Practice Nurse and Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist of Edward Hospital as she highlights some of the physical, psychological, financial, spiritual and social issues cancer survivors face after treatment has ended, and where to go for help with each of them.

“Survivorship doesn’t end when treatment ends,” said Missy Petty, LPC, and staff counselor at LivingWell. “As patients make the transition from active treatment to recovery, many issues can arise, including treatment side-effects, relationship changes and anxiety about re-occurrence. Many patients experience ‘separation anxiety’ as the time between their doctor’s visits lengthens. Some may experience changes in their relationships with their partners, families and friends. Kim’s presentation will address the different needs of survivors and how they differ from patients in active treatment.”

I’m A Survivor—Now What? is part of a Six Weeks of Wellness program focusing on optimizing health for cancer survivors. Attendees are welcome to attend any number of the presentations and are not obligated to be present for the entire series.

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center is the one place in the Fox Valley region where people living with cancer, their families and friends, can go for information and support services that address the challenges of living with cancer free of charge to the participants. LivingWell offers networking and support groups, educational programs, mind-body fitness classes, youth programs, a library, individual psychological and nutritional counseling and much more.

For more information, call (630) 262-1111 or visit www.livingwellcrc.org.