Health in Harmony
October 2016
Upcoming Events
Farm Stand
Thursdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 & 27 at 10am (weather permitting)

Tricycle Gardens will be selling locally grown produce at the corner of Marshall and College Streets. We'll even have recipes for you! More info
Chemo 101
Thursday, Oct. 13 from 11am-12pm, downtown library

Join us for an overview of chemotherapy, its side effects and some tips on how to manage those side effects. Morgan Culver, oncology clinical pharmacist, will be available for questions. Feel free to bring your lunch!  More info
Bosom Buddies
Monday, Oct. 10 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
Arts & Crafts
Tuesdays, Oct. 11 & 25 from 2-3pm, downtown library 

Coloring and crafting is not only fun, it's also therapeutic. Put your creativity to the test and create something for yourself or a loved one. More info
Open Support Group
Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 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
Music therapy - songwriting
Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 2-3pm, downtown library

Join certified music therapists, Melissa Owens and Candace Deshler from VCU Arts in Healthcare for a fun hour of songwriting and musical therapyMore info
Women & Wellness: Ovarian Cancer Chemo 101 
Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 4-5:30pm, Stony Point library

Kathryn Maples, PharmD, from the VCU School of Pharmacy, will lead an overview of chemotherapy, its side effects and some tips on how to manage those side effects in the context of ovarian cancer. Please RSVP to Heather Martin at (804) 628-2106. Open to all patients, survivors and caregivers.  More info
The air is crisper, leaves are starting to change colors, and pumpkins are showing up everywhere. The thought of hot soup becomes appealing once again, especially with some homemade bread. Mmm, comfort food. Yes, it's autumn.

Speaking of cooler air, maybe now would be a good time to think about going for those walks you promised yourself you'd do. Before you lace up your sneakers, take time to read this month's feature article, highlighting the interdisciplinary team from the Supportive Care Clinic and how they make a difference in the journey of those in treatment for cancer, as well as their families. After your walk, enjoy some delicious split pea soup and fresh whole-grain bread. Shared by nutritionist Elizabeth Miller, R.D., both recipes can be found in this month's newsletter. But before you reach for dessert, you might want to read about sugar in the "Facts & Myths" column. Happy reading!
The Pillars of Health
Supportive Care Clinic Helps Patients Find Independence and Solace

For those affected by cancer, it often takes more than just medical care to truly begin the healing process. This is why the interdisciplinary palliative care team at Massey's Supportive Care Clinic provides an extra layer of support to meet patients' physical, psychosocial and family needs.   Read more
Integrative Health Team Member Highlight
Sue Stella, D.P.T.

In many ways, Sue Stella, D.P.T., helps give patients back certain aspects of their lives that cancer took. As a physical therapist, she loves helping patients set and meet their goals, getting them as close as possible to their lives before cancer. Read more
Myths and Facts
Sugar and Cancer

There has been a lot of buzz about sugar making cancer cells grow faster and causing the cancer to spread faster, but what does the research suggest? Read more
Recipe Corner
Integrative Health Recipe Corner: Split Pea Soup & Whole-Grain Quick Bread

With a healthy blend of vegetables and whole grains, this month's recipes "fit the bill" when it comes to adding fiber-rich foods to your diet.   Read more
Event Highlights
Exercise, Wellness & Support in Petersburg
The Healthy Living & Learning Center at the Petersburg Public Library hosts weekly yoga, fitness and tai chi classes as well as a monthly support group for patients, survivors and caregivers. 

Beyond the Diagnosis
Beyond the Diagnosis is a workshop to help patients, survivors and caregivers prepare for all of the financial obstacles that cancer can create. Clinical Social Worker Freda Wilkins, M.S.W., M.Div., will discuss how to deal with work, insurance, finances, legal matters and more, and present resources available to help those affected by cancer. Workshops are held on the first Tuesday of each month and the third Wednesday of each month at the Stony Point Patient Resource Library.

Visit our events calendar for details about these events.

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.
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