Health in Harmony
September 2016
Upcoming Events
Farm Stand
Thursdays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 at 10am (weather permitting)

Tricycle Gardens will be selling locally grown produce at the corner of Marshall and College Streets downtown. We'll even have recipes for you! More info.
Healthful Eating During Cancer Survivorship
Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 5:30-6:30pm, Stony Point library

Join registered dietitian Elizabeth Miller for a free series of workshops on the benefits of healthful eating for cancer survivorship. RSVP required. Call (804) 827-0876 to register. More info.
Chemo 101
Thursday, Sept. 8 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, Sept. 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.
Arts & Crafts
Tuesdays, Sept. 13 & 27 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, Sept. 14 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.
Ovarian Cancer Overview
Tuesday, September 20 from 4-5:30pm, Stony Point library

Melissa Foster, WHNP-BC, OCN, will lead an educational discussion about ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment options in the first in a series of monthly workshops on women's cancers.  RSVP to Heather Martin at (804) 628-2106 or  More info.
Welcome to the second issue of Health in Harmony, VCU Massey Cancer Center's integrative health newsletter. We hope you enjoyed our inaugural August edition!

September is traditionally seen as a time of starting fresh, as with the beginning of a new school year or football season. It's also the time you'll see new programs offered. Sign up for one, or both, of these exciting integrative health workshops being held at Massey's Stony Point patient resource library:
This issue of Health in Harmony features an introduction to aromatherapy, an integrative practice thought to improve physical, mental and emotional health. We also look at myths and facts surrounding lavender; highlight Nurse Manager Teresa James, MS, RN, BFA, OCN; provide two delicious recipes incorporating garbanzo beans; and offer a host of integrative health workshops and support groups that are free and open to all!
The Pillars of Health
The Aroma of Good Health 

Smell is our most powerful sense, so it should be no surprise that aromatherapy has been around for hundreds of years. But does this integrative health practice have a role in cancer care? Read more.
Integrative Health Team Member Highlight
Teresa James

Teresa James is nurse manager in Massey's Dalton Oncology Clinic. She is usually behind the scenes working to improve the quality of our care and patient experience, but we decided to put her in the spotlight for this month's Team Member Highlight.  Read more.
Myths and Facts
Lavender and Cancer

This little flower native to the Mediterranean area is often used as a folk remedy to treat anxiety. In this month's Integrative Health Myths & Facts, we explore the reputed health benefits of lavender.  Read more.
Recipe Corner
Mediterranean Cucumber Salad & Chickpea Medley

This month, registered dietitian Elizabeth Miller provides two delicious recipes incorporating healthful garbanzo beans! 
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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