Women with advanced breast cancer are now living so much longer that in many instances it has been labeled a chronic disease. Feelings of uncertainty and anxiety are often a part of living with cancer. It’s important to talk about your concerns and challenges with people who understand, and it’s just as important to celebrate life’s fulfillment and joy. The following programs support people with metastatic disease on their journey.
Second & fourth Mondays (Fifth Mondays when applicable)
Laurie Ostacher, LCSW
This is a group for women who have been diagnosed with stage IV (metastatic) breast cancer. We are a group of women who discuss many topics. Yes, we speak about death and grief, but we also laugh and joke. We share resources, our experiences, and a never-ending list of practical tips to manage things like side effects and tough conversations with family members.
Free of charge. Register (650) 326-6686 or toll free (888) 222-4401
First & Third Thursdays,
Linda Adler, MPH, M.A.
Tai Chi is a martial art that has proven benefits for health, especially with regard to maintaining strength and balance. In this class we will focus on Tai Chi as a moving meditation, and you will learn Tai Chi movements especially designed for those who are currently undergoing or completing medical treatment for breast cancer. We’ll incorporate the traditional practice of Qi Gong into our classes, the mind-body approach to moving healing energy throughout the body by focusing one’s intent on breath, posture, and awareness.
Free of charge. Drop-in.
First and third Wednesdays
Mary Horngren, CMHt
Mary will guide you through deep relaxation techniques for mind and body, helping you to tap into your own healing powers and lower your stress level. Mary’s calming voice leads you to a quiet place within, fostering meditation and facilitating healing. CD audio recordings are available for loan in our library.
Free of charge. Drop in
Second and fourth Wednesdays
Dorote Lucci, M.A.
Stress and pain are nearly unavoidable in our daily lives, but this stress can often leave us feeling frustrated, tense, and overwhelmed. In this class, you will learn to respond to stress with mindful, nonjudgmental awareness of our bodies and minds, instead of with irritability and self-criticism. The techniques you will learn aim to support you in alleviating stress and anxiety. Learn how to be fully present in the moment and focus attention on your immediate experience, to bring calmness and clarity to your life.
Second & Fourth Wednesdays
Karen Newcomb, LMFT
Writing through breast or ovarian cancer can help us make sense of our experiences. Expressing our thoughts and feelings through written word may even help us heal. Participants will receive writing prompts to get started, and a short time to write. Sharing is optional. No writing experience is necessary. In fact, if you’ve ever said, “I’m not a writer,” this might just be for you!
Free of charge. Register (650) 326-6686 or toll free (888) 222-4401.
BCC is here to support you every step of the way. View our full menu of programs and services.