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A Time to Heal: Breast Cancer Survivor Program at Good Samaritan Hospital

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Good Samaritan Hospital is again offering women who have been treated for breast cancer the opportunity to take part in a 12-week holistic rehabilitation program designed to help them regain their physical, emotional and spiritual health.

The program entitled A Time to Heal has already made a positive difference in the well being of breast cancer survivors, including those at Good Samaritan. Research has shown an improved quality of life after attending the sessions. Much like cardiac rehab for people who have had a heart attack, this program aids in recovery for women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer.

Small groups meet in the evening once a week for 12 weeks and discuss information related to nutrition, regaining strength, coping, relationships, happiness and mental attitude. They learn relaxation, journaling and gentle exercise techniques.

Expert presenters will address these vital issues and more in the weekly sessions. Participants receive a Participant's Workbook. A Time to Heal is free to participants, thanks to generous contributions, including a recent donation of more than $5,000 from Cindy Vo of Kearney.

The program will be presented by Dana Welsh, RN, BSN, OCN; Carol O'Neill, RN, BSN, OCN and Kim Burr, MS, LIMHP all of Good Samaritan Hospital. Interested cancer survivors may contact the Cancer Center at 308-865-7293 or 800-277-4306. A short interview and questionnaire may be conducted prior to participation.

Groups will begin meeting on Monday, February 4 at the Cancer Center at Good Samaritan Hospital. Only a limited numbers of participants will be accepted into the program, so anyone interested is encouraged to contact the Cancer Center early to register.

A Time to Heal was developed by Dr. Kay Ryan, a health care consultant, speaker and trainer and Dr. Stephanie Koraleski, a psychologist in Omaha.

"People who have information, who make healthy choices, and who feel able to make a difference in their own lives can do very well after cancer treatment," said Dr. Ryan, a breast cancer survivor herself. A Time to Heal gives women access to the tools they need to be well after breast cancer.

For more information on the national program, go to www.MyTimetoHeal.org.

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