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Exhale Moment

The Exhale Moment (2nd Pilot)

Closed Breast Cancer Group for Those Who Are Post-Treatment

January–May 2017
Limited space.

This group is currently closed 

Facilitated by Hildy Agustin, Ph.D.

This program has been designed for those who have completed treatment for breast cancer and are interested in exploring their feelings related to life after treatment. Based on the universal topics that are the focus of each group meeting, we have not placed a minimum or a maximum number of months someone needs to be out of treatment to be considered post-treatment, (although we believe this program will be most beneficial to those six months to two years out of treatment):

1 Those that are in the Exhale Moment will be part of a therapist-led support group. The group meetings with a therapist will be closed (meaning no new members are able to join), and joining this closed group reflects a commitment to the group. If this group is of interest to you, we do ask that you attend each of the 8 meetings, plus a kick-off day, and a closing activity. If you plan to miss more than one session we ask that you re-evaluate your interest in the program before committing at this time. During each of the eight group meetings, half of the time will be dedicated to check-ins and the other half will focus on one of the following topics:

Tuesday, January 31—The New Normal/Finding Equilibrium
Tuesday, February 14—Anxiety
Tuesday, February 28—Grief
Tuesday, March 21—Anger
Tuesday, April 4—Family and Friends
Tuesday, April 18—Coping with Medical Appointments
Tuesday, May 2—Self-Care
Tuesday, May 16—Moving Forward/Setting Goals

The group meetings listed above will take place from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at Bay Area Cancer Connections.

Exhale Moment Kickoff Day
January 21, 2017
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

*Those only receiving endocrine therapy, e.g. Tamoxifen or Arimidex, are considered post-treatment.

2 The second part of this program is made up of educational presentations that are optional and are open to the larger BCC community. The educational presentations are intended to be a supplement to the group and are your choice to attend or not depending on your interest.

Presentations Include:

Bounce Back: Recover Your Energy After Cancer Treatment
Tuesday, January 24
5:30–7:00 p.m.

In this interactive workshop, you will learn practices to overcome fatigue, regain strength and stamina, manage emotions, and move forward on your path to wholeness. Each person’s experience is unique, but you don’t have to figure it all out on your own. You will create a personalized plan for feeling better no matter where you are in the process.

Recovery to Resiliency: Making Meaning from Our Journey
Tuesday, March 14
5:30–7:00 p.m.

Surviving cancer can create a cascade effect of loss. We can also transform this experience into one of healing. Explore the four steps of acknowledge, express, act, and reconnect to create meaning in your life as you move forward.

New Treatments for Vaginal Health
Wednesday, March 29
5:30–7:00 p.m.

Vaginal dryness can be a natural part of aging for women and it can also be a troublesome side effect of some cancer treatments and medications. Join us to learn about the latest treatments and to find the ideal solution to suit your needs.

From Chaos to Clarity
Thursday, February 9
5:30–7:00 p.m.

You have made it through your cancer treatment – congratulations! But, if you are like many, you might be more confused now than ever. What do you do now? How do you incorporate this experience into a healthier you going forward? How do you manage the worry of cancer returning while still living a full and free life? You don’t have to figure this out alone. In this interactive course, you will learn techniques to: live in the present and move beyond fear; experience more of your true power; and rediscover the joy of dreaming and bring your dreams into reality.

A Practical Plan for Navigating Health Insurance

Saturday, February 25
10:00–11:30 a.m.

This interactive presentation is geared toward survivors, supporters, employers, and medical professionals—people who are confronted with the complex health insurance concerns that accompany a cancer diagnosis. It will touch upon common legal and practical insurance issues that arise after cancer is diagnosed, through treatment and life after treatment. After an overview, participants will role-play scenarios to practice fashioning productive, stress-reducing solutions, followed by ample time for Q&A.

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