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In the Spotlight ~ Busy Month Ahead!

  • News: Two New Save the Dates! Looking for Candidate for Hair Loss Product free trial. 
  • In Focus: Reflexology in Machias by Nancy Beal
  • Spring Kitchen: Haddock Chowder
  • Mark Your Calendars: Tuning In: Music for Stress & Pain Management; Tools for Well-being; Drop Spinning Wool Class; Blue Hill Caregiver Support Group; Cooking with Cas: Cooking Demonstrations; The Health Benefits of Tai Chi and Chi Gung (Qigong) Talk and Demonstration.
Two New Save the Dates!
Would you like to Volunteer?
Join our team!

Our Volunteers are amazing! They may be the friendly voice on the other end of the phone or the smile you see when you come through the front door. 

Each one of them is dedicated to helping us to achieve our goals, serving cancer patients and their loved ones. 

Volunteers are an essential part of the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center's day to day operations and we are in need of more. 

Can you join in and become part of this very special team?  

Call us at 207-664-0339 or Sign Up Today
Are you are interested in helping drive people to chemotherapy and radiation appointments? If so, you can now take the training online at www.volunteerlearning.cancer.org
In Focus - Reflexology available in Machias through the Beth Wright Center
By Nancy Beal
Reflexology has come to Machias, offered on a Friday afternoon at St. Aiden’s Church on Dublin Street. The sponsor is the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center (BWC), based in Ellsworth, but with many ties to Washington County, where it was founded as the Choose Life Foundation by Beth Charczynski Wright before she succumbed to breast cancer at the age of 28.
Delivering this touch technique service is Sue Bushman of the Kennebec area, who was introduced to reflexology in a 15-minute session at the Common Ground Fair and enjoyed it so much that she wanted to become a practitioner. After learning from a friend about the BWC, where reflexology was already being offered, she realized that she could bring the practice to Washington County and, under the BWC’s auspices, she did just that earlier this month.
Bushman took a 250-hour course in Augusta, taught by a woman who had been teaching it for nearly three decades, and followed it up with 90 hours of hands-on apprenticeship. On February 9, she began offering her services at St. Aiden’s.
Reflexology, explains Bushman, focuses on the feet, where pressure points, divided into five zones, connect via nervous system impulses to distinct organs and systems throughout the body. Manipulation of those pressure points increases circulation and helps to reduce stress by calming down the nervous system, she explains. While she stresses that she is not licensed to use her craft to diagnose problem areas throughout the body or prescribe medication for them, she says a patient’s reaction sometimes indicates an area where there are problems.
In any case, Bushman says, it “feels good…and a lot of balancing can happen.” Michael Reisman, executive director at the BWC, reports that patients emerge smiling after a half hour treatment.
Lucille LaRue of Marshfield was one of Bushman’s first patients in the basement of St. Aiden’s. A retired nursing home CNA and ambulance attendant, she said she has trouble with her neck and shoulders, and had back surgery four years ago. She learned of the opportunity to experience reflexology while attending a BWC cancer support group there. LaRue reported being tense at the beginning of her treatment and feeling some discomfort in an area of her foot that indicated potential problems with her lower spine. She said she finally relaxed and enjoyed the treatment, and intends to go back. Nancy Juretie of Roque Bluffs was waiting for her turn.
Bushman sets up shop (a large sleep-recliner) from 2 to 4 p.m. every second Friday of the month after the BWC support group. Appointments can be made through BWC at 664-0339. They are free for cancer patients and their caregivers. The BWC also offers reflexology at the center in Ellsworth on the second and third Tuesday of each month, and in Blue Hill once a month.
Bushman, who is continuing her training through seminars within her reach, says she’s open to attending house parties where she can introduce her practice in the Shiretown area. 
Looking for Someone with Hair Loss to Trial Product!
Amy's Salon on Rt. 1A in Ellsworth has been a dedicated supporter of the Beth Wright Center. 
They are currently looking for a special someone who would like to try out a new product, Invati Advanced - an anti-aging system for the hair, which is formulated to assist with re-growth and reduce hair loss. 
They will guide you through the entire process and it is provided at no cost. If you are interested or know someone who may be please call us at 207-664-0339.
Step into Our Spring Kitchen... 
As the weather warms we find a wider variety of local food available to us. Incorporating it into our recipes becomes easier. Haddock is one of those items. Our feature meal this month is:

HADDOCK CHOWDER
There is nothing like a fresh haddock chowder with Maine potatoes! This chowder recipe is one of our volunteer's special recipes. 

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion chopped
1 stalk celery chopped
1 small green pepper and 1 small red pepper chopped
2 large potatoes scrubbed and cubed (I leave skin on but you can peel them)
1 lb. Haddock Fillets* cut into chunks
salt and pepper to taste
1 pint half & half OR whole milk AND chicken broth
Chopped green onions, chives, & a little dill weed for garnish
Directions:
In a soup pot, melt butter and olive oil and saute onion, celery and peppers for 3 or 4 minutes. 

Add potatoes and pour chicken broth or water on top of potatoes to barely cover them. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until potatoes are almost tender. 

Add chunks of haddock on
top of potatoes and simmer until fish is flaky, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Last add about a cup or more of half & half OR milk until desired consistency is reached. 

Heat through, but do not boil. Garnish with chopped chives or green onions and dill weed. If you like bacon, you can add crispy fried chopped bacon also.

This can be made a day or two ahead. Store tightly covered in fridge.

*You can use Cod fish instead of Haddock.

Send in your favorite recipe and we will publish it here! Simply email it to us here
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Cooking with Cas: 
Cooking Demonstration
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 11:30 

Cas Dowden, seasoned MDI area chef and caterer, will be sharing her cooking expertise at the Beth Wright Center through a cooking demonstration workshop. Cas will be preparing two simple, yet nutritious and tasty recipes during her demonstration. Guests can sample the dishes and take the recipes home with them to prepare in their own kitchen.
Cas has many years of cooking experience ... learn more

The workshop is planned to take place on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 11:30 am at the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center, 23 Commerce Park in Ellsworth. It is free and open to all. Call 207-664-0339 with questions or to register.
Tools for Well-being:
A Community Practice & Discussion
Fridays, March 16, 23, 30 & 
April 6 - 10:30 am - 12 Noon

Drawing from the areas of Mindfulness, Stress Reduction, Brain Science, & Positive Psychology, in this 4-week series we will explore specific tools & practices we can use to enhance our level-of well-being and flourish in life. Jen Harry, Mindfulness and Meditation teacher will be presenting this group workshop where she will focus on topics to be determined by the interest of the group and may include:
Reducing stress in a busy world, increasing awareness ... learn more.

The group will meet on March 16, 23, 30 and April 6, from 10:30 am to 12 Noon at The Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center, 23 Commerce Park in Ellsworth. It is free and open to everyone.Call 207-664-0339 to register or with questions. 
Learn the Ancient Art of Drop Spinning Wool
Tuesdays, March 6 & 13 - 2 pm
The ancient art of spinning wool with a drop spindle is thousands of years old. The technology required is a wooden dowel (the shaft), a disc with a center hole (the whorl), a hook or notch, and a length of carded wool. That’s it. This relaxing hobby was once the initial manufacturing process for all fabric. Drop spinning predates the spinning wheel by about 9000 years...

Amy Reisman will be teaching this interesting craft at the Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth on Tuesdays, March 6 & 13, from 2:00 – 3:45 pm. 
Tuning In: Music for Stress & Pain Management
Friday, March 22 - 11 am 
Are you looking for ways to reduce your stress and take better care of yourself? Do you struggle with acute or chronic pain? Music is a powerful and enjoyable way to improve your well-being. 
This talk will explore music-based wellness and stress management techniques to help you learn to tune out stress and tune into yourself. Carla Tanguay, MA, MT-BC, a board certified music therapist will guide us through this talk.

?Join us on Friday, March 22 at 11:00 am at the Beth Wright Center. Also available streaming live on Facebook. Soup will be provided for lunch after the talk. (Also see an interview with Carla Tanguay on March 15 at 6:40 am on WABI or at WABI.TV
Blue Hill Care Giver Support Group
Friday, March 23 10:30 am

We are offering another session of the Blue Hill Care Giver Support Group on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 10:30 am. The group is free and open to all and will be facilitated by Alice Hildebrand. It will be held at the Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill. Spread the word and hope to see you there!
Health Benefits of Tai Chi and Chi Gung (Qigong) 
Demonstration & Discussion
March 21, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to know more about Tai Chi and Chi Gung? Well there will be a chance for you to do just that. Tai Chi practitioner, Nanyce Files will be offering a discussion about and demonstration of Tai Chi/Qigong exercises, how they are different and the benefits for health and well-being that they offer... learn more.
The program will be held at the Beth Wright Cancer Center in Ellsworth on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 11:30-1:00. Soup will be served.
Our Wellness Offerings
The following is a list of the free offerings we provide in Hancock & Washington Counties to cancer patients, their caregivers, families, friends and interested community members:
Complementary Therapies
Beth Wright Cancer Center (BWC)

Reiki - BWC, Ellsworth - Mondays at 3:00 - 4:00 pm 
Chi Gong - BWC, Ellsworth - Mondays at 1:00 pm 
Yoga - BWC, Ellsworth - Tues. 4 pm & Thurs. 1 pm
David Walker Yoga Studio, Blue Hill - Mondays - 3 - 4 pm
Bucksport - Bucksport Regional Health Center - Weds. - 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Yoga for Cancer - YWCA, Bar Harbor - Weds. - 4 - 5:30 pm
Cancer Exercise Recovery - Downeast YMCA, M, W, F - 10 - 11:00 am
(Call Robin Clarke at 207-667-3086)
Be In Motion - UMaine Machias, T & Th - 11:30 - 12:30 pm
(Call Samantha Williams at 207-214-6516)
Exercise Recovery - Harbor House Fitness Center, SW Harbor (Call to set up appointment at 207-244-9555)
Call for appointment sessions - 207-664-0339

Massage BWC, Ellsworth - March 23, 1 - 3 pm
Healing Touch BWC, Ellsworth - 1st & 3rd Fridays, 3 - 5 pm
Reflexology 
BWC, Ellsworth - 2nd & 3rd Tuesdays, 1 - 4 pm
Blue Hill, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital - 2nd Weds, 12 - 3 pm
St. Aidan's Church, Machias - 2nd Friday of month, 2-4 pm 
Support Groups

Caregivers Support Group - Facilitated by Alice Hildebrand, 
Blue Hill Public Library, Blue Hill - Fri, March 23, 10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Calais Breast Cancer Support Group - Calais United Methodist Church, Calais - 4th Friday of month, 3:00 pm
Harrington Support & Resource Meeting - Harrington Family Health Center, Harrington - 4th Thurs of month, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Lubec Support & Resource Meeting - Lubec Regional Medical Center, Lubec - 1st Friday of month, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Machias Support & Resource Meeting - St. Aidan's Church, Machias - 2nd Friday of month, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Eastport Cancer Support Group - Facilitated by Barb Vitton, Eastport Health Care, Eastport - 2nd Tuesday of month, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Crafting Group

Sewing & Knitting Group - BWC - Ellsworth, Meets most Fridays - 1 - 3 pm. Call ahead to make sure, 207-664-0339.
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Sincerely,
Beth Wright Cancer Resource Center