Health in Harmony
December 2016
Upcoming Events
Call (804) 828-8478 for more info or to RSVP.
Beyond the Diagnosis
Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 
5-6:30pm and Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 10-11:30am, Stony Point library

Beyond the Diagnosis is a workshop to help patients, survivors and caregivers prepare for all of the financial obstacles that cancer can create, including insurance, finances, legal matters and more.  More info.
Chemo 101
Thursday, Dec. 8 at 11am-12pm, downtown library

Join us for an overview of chemotherapy, its side effects and some tips on how to manage those side effects. Feel free to bring your lunch!  More info .
Bosom Buddies
Monday, Dec. 12 at 6:30pm, Memorial Regional Hospital cafeteria,
8260 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville VA 23116

Bosom Buddies is a breast cancer support group open to all. More info.
Open Support Group
Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 10:30-11:30am, downtown library

Open to all cancer survivors and their loved ones. Discuss your journey with others who have been down the same path. More info.
Wellness Workshops at the Petersburg Public Library
Weekly in the library's Healthy Living and Learning Center

The Healthy Living and Learning Center at the Petersburg Public Library offers a variety of weekly wellness classes including Yoga, Circuit Training, Tai Chi and Sit & Be Fit. These classes are free and open to the public. More info.
Soup Tasting and Recipe Sharing
Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 11:30am-1pm, downtown library

Join Elizabeth Miller, R.D., C.S.O., for a fun and educational class about making healthy and delicious soups! There will be soups for tasting and sharing, as well as recipes to make at home. The soups will be tailored to patients undergoing cancer treatment who may be dealing with issues such as nausea and lack of appetite. More info.
The holidays are a time of joy and cheer, yet they can be stressful and fast-paced. Developing skills such as resiliency can help minimize the stress that may accompany the holidays or a cancer diagnosis. This month's Health & Harmony offers tips from Massey's clinical social workers on how to build resiliency, and highlights the important role of one of those social workers, Whitney Burton.

This month's Myths and Facts addresses acupuncture, a complementary practice growing in popularity for a variety of chemotherapy and post-treatment side effects and symptoms. And to help combat holiday weight gain, Elizabeth Miller, R.D., C.S.O., has included two tasty soups in this month's Recipe Corner. Speaking of soups, Elizabeth will be holding a Soup Tasting and Recipe Sharing class in our downtown Patient Resource Library on January 18 at 11:30am-1pm.

Also, don't miss the final class in our Women & Wellness series on ovarian cancer. It focuses on coping with the many issues that come with an ovarian cancer diagnosis, and it takes place Tuesday, December 13 at 4-5:30pm at the Stony Point Patient Resource Library.

Happy reading, and happy holidays!
The Pillars of Health
Building Resiliency Through the Cancer Experience

Not everything in life can be controlled, but resiliency allows us to recover from traumatic events such as a cancer diagnosis. In this article, Massey social workers provide insight into what it takes to build resiliency.  Read more.
Integrative Health Team Member Highlight
Whitney Burton, L.C.S.W.

Massey's social workers work with patients to address psycho-social and emotional needs that can accompany a cancer diagnosis. In this month's team member highlight, we talk with licensed clinical social worker Whitney Burton about her role and some of the most common needs of our patients.  Read more.
Myths and Facts

In this month's Myths & Facts, we explore acupuncture's purported ability to treat side effects resulting from cancer treatment.  Read more.
Recipe Corner
Meal-in-a-Bowl Soup & Carrot Soup

It's easy to "pack on the pounds" during the holidays, but these two soups can help keep overall calories and diet quality in check.  Read more.

Event Highlight
Women & Wellness Impact Series - Coping with Ovarian Cancer 
Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 4-5:30pm, Stony Point library

Whitney Burton, licensed clinical social worker, and Melissa Foster, nurse practitioner, will lead an educational discussion about coping with various aspects of ovarian cancer from psychosocial issues such as depression and anxiety to sexuality and body image. RSVP to Heather Martin at (804) 628-2106 or  More info.
Massey does not endorse all integrative health practices. We only recommend those that are known to be safe and have the potential to improve health when used alongside, and never in place of, professional medical care. All cancer patients are advised to consult with their physician before starting any integrative health practice, as some may interfere with medical care. Please call (804) 828-8478 for more information about our Integrative Health program. 
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