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Greetings to you;
Thanksgiving
The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures.
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway ~
Thanksgiving comes again!
~Author Unknown
We want you to know that we are still here for you! We may be reached by e-mail at CancerSupportCenter@ucsf.edu or by phone at 415-885-3693. Our Social Workers are available to help you navigate the challenges you may be facing, we have a wonderful Peer Support Program, and our Psycho-Oncologists are conducting therapy sessions online, via Zoom.
COME AND VISIT US
Friend to Friend Specialty Shop 
UCSF Mount Zion: Now featuring UCSF Logo Clothing
Stop by and see our brand new selection of UCSF branded jackets, vests, hoodies, and soon-to-receive t-shirts for adults.
All are available to the public, patients, and staff.
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We are located in the lobby of the Mount Zion Hospital
1600 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA
Shop hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Please stop by either campus  We would love to see you!

UCSF Mission Bay: specializes in providing cancer products such as wigs, mastectomy bras, camisoles, Summer hats, and other head coverings. Let's not forget our comfortable clothes, gifts, books and so much more!

In addition to fitting all types of mastectomy bras, including the free Athleta bras, we're also excited to announce we have now resumed our wig-fitting services. Our trained fitters will help you shop in dignity and privacy in a warm and welcoming environment. You can be assured you'll go home with a smile on your face! Please call us at (415) 353-7776, option 2 to schedule an appointment. 
Whether you're looking for cancer products for yourself or a gift or greeting card for a cancer patient, Friend to Friend invite you to stop by our shop located in the lobby of the Precision Cancer Medical Building, 1825 4th Street, Room M1220, (Mission Bay Campus).
Shop hours are Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
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And don't forget to visit our website at www.friend2friend.org!
FOR THE ARTIST IN YOU
Art for Recovery Fall Offerings:
For more information and details, please visit our website: cancer.ucsf.edu/support/afr/  
(All available via Zoom. Pre-registration Required)

HeART and Music
Thursdays | 2:00 4:00 pm
Facilitated by Patrice Haan, AFR Harpist & Amy Van Cleve Program Manager

Healing with Writing: An Online Writing Workshop
Thursdays, Monthly Series | 10:00 11:30 am
Facilitated by Ned Buskirk, Writer, Art for Recovery

Musical Oasis (Drop Ins – Patients, Staff & Caregivers)
Tuesdays | 1:30 2:30 pm
Facilitated by Patrice Haan, AFR Harpist & Amy Van Cleve Program Manager

Music with Jim (Drop Ins – Patients, Staff & Caregivers)
Wednesdays | 11:00 am 12:00 pm
Facilitated by Jim Murdoch, AFR Musician

Wild Writing Workshop Series (For Patients only)
Tuesdays | 11:00 am 1:00 pm
Facilitated by Laurie Wagner, Writer, AFR

Writing with Music Workshop for Men
Tuesdays | 3:00 4:30 pm
Creative Community Connection & Support
Facilitated by Ned Buskirk, MA, Creative Writer & Jim Murdoch, Musician

NEWLY ADDED:
Creativity & Healing Workshop (an Online Workshop for In-Patients)
Tuesdays | 11:00 am 12:00 pm | Via Zoom
This creativity workshop with live music offering adult cancer IN-PATIENTS a chance to express themselves by exploring themes of hope, gratitude, healing, and peace.
Facilitated by Ned Buskirk, Writer | Patrice Haan, Harpist | Amy Van Cleve, Program Manager
Contact Art for Recovery to participate.

(Registration is Required for all AFR Offerings)
Please Pre-register by emailing Art for Recovery or call 415-885-7225. No fee
Visit another one of AFR Facebook pages “HeARTs for RecoveryHere you may join others to experience and share weekly natural heart images with reflections, quotes, or story of the images.
This community hopes to offer calming images and personal stories that can touch and lift one’s inner spirit through their personal healing journey.
Join and share: HeARTs for Recovery
BEAUTY & WELLNESS
Register here:


Brave Beauty by SEPHORA
in the Face of Cancer
Thursday, November 11th | 1:00pm PT

Join us for a free hour-long virtual Classes for Confidence session to discover techniques and products that help address the visible effects of cancer treatments. Get skincare tips tailored to your needs and receive step-by-step instructions for a creating a radiant complexion, natural-looking brows and defined eyes.
Lipstick Angels are offering their
Beauty & Wellness 101 classes
Thursday | 3:00 – 5:00 pm | Virtual setting via ZOOM
Next Session: December 16th, 2021 

“Enhance the beauty you already have with
Lipstick Angels!” 
Each participant will receive in the mail a “complimentary, personalized, specially curated bag” of non-toxic makeup and skincare supplies to use during the class for the fully interactive experience.

The course includes:
    Aromatherapy & guided breathing
    Skincare basics
    Self-care tips 
    Makeup tutorials (including eyebrow shaping)
“Come and enjoy this awesome experience and give yourself the pampering you deserve!”  
Take a peak at what you may experience:
Patients must be under the care of a UCSF Cancer Center provider.
Please pre-register: by phone at 415-885-3693
This program is brought to you by the Donna Smith Fund at UCSF Health,
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
UPCOMING EVENTS
Eating Well Through Cancer Treatment
Virtual Group Visit with Cancer Center Nutrition Counseling
November 4th & December 2nd
Thursdays | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

These group visits are for UCSF patients and caregivers
We will address general information about healthy food options, food preparation, and eating to minimize symptoms related to cancer. Dietitians will cover the importance of nutrition and healthy eating during treatment.
 
Topics to help manage common side effects such as:
  • Nausea and appetite problems
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Difficulty with swallowing or eating
  • Managing weight in a healthy way
 
Please Note:
For patients with more intensive or individualized nutrition or treatment needs these general group visits may not be applicable. For a one-on-one nutrition counseling appointment please contact your UCSF oncology practice for a referral and scheduling.

Oncology Dietitian Facilitators:
  • Greta Macaire, MA, RD, CSO
  • Ayana Davis, MS, RD 
  • Anna Hom, MS, RD, CSO
Limited space is available
To register please contact your UCSF oncology practice
for a referral and scheduling.
For additional questions please call:
415-502-5547
MIND, BODY & SPIRIT
Sponsored by UCSF MERI Center
Special Events

UCSF MERI Center & Stanford Presents
Everything You Want to Know about
Palliative Care

Thursday | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
November 18, 2022

This free webinar is open to the public
OR
Register here:
This webinar will:
  • presented by a palliative care doctor, nurse, social worker, and chaplain

  • clarify what palliative care is and how it can help those living with a difficult illness

  • have each presenter describe their role on the team and how they work together to improve quality of life by caring for the whole person - body, mind, and spirit

Please bring your questions as we look forward
to a Q&A session!

Resiliency for People
Living with Neurologic Illness
Tuesdays | 10:00 am – 11:00 am 
On break until the beginning of 2022
January 11 March 1, 2022
Free 8-week online course
In this six week online course, you will learn evidence-based skills to help make your self-care sustainable. Teaching methods include brief lecture periods mixed with experiential exercises. You will also have opportunities to speak with others in structured break-out groups (pairs or triads) as well as in the larger group.
 
Each class will have its own theme and the opportunity to practice new skills in a safe place, so that they’re more available during the days ahead.
 
Group Themes:
  • Attentional balance and grounding
  • Repertoire of stress responses and meeting difficult emotions
  • Positive intention-setting
  • Mindful self-compassion
  • Challenging relationships
  • Re-framing chronic sorrow
  • Balance and growth in adversity
  • ‘What works for me?’ -- Wellness practice journals to cultivate a positive mindset

*Any serious illness that impairs neurologic function, such as Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, brain tumors.

Facilitated by Judy Long, Chaplain, Educator of Symptom Management & MERI Center
Open to all (UCSF/non-UCSF community)
Please Pre-register for space is limited, click here.
? Information: 415.509.8645 or email Gayle Kojimoto
Sustainable Caregiving for Care Partners
of Living with Serious Illness
Tuesdays | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm 
On break until the beginning of 2022
January 11 – March 1, 2022

Free 8-week online course
In this eight week online course, you will learn evidence-based skills to help make your self-care sustainable. Teaching methods include brief lecture periods mixed with experiential exercises. You will also have opportunities to speak with others in structured break-out groups (pairs or triads) as well as in the larger group.
 
Each class will have its own theme and the opportunity to practice new skills in a safe place, so that they’re more available during the days ahead.
 
Group Themes:
  • Attentional balance and grounding
  • Positive intention setting
  • Repertoire of stress responses and meeting difficult emotions
  • Mindful self-compassion
  • Challenging relationships and patients’ concerns around “being a burden”
  • Reframing chronic sorrow
  • Balance and growth in adversity
  • ‘What works for me?’ -- wellness journals to cultivate a positive mindset

Facilitated by Judy Long, Chaplain, Educator of Symptom Management & MERI Center
Open to all (UCSF/non-UCSF community)
To Pre-register, please click here.
For more information: Call 415-509-8645 or email Gayle Kojimoto
Are You Living with Serious Illness?
Conversations about
Living and Dying Support Group
1st Tuesdays | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
November 2nd
This group is for those with serious illness to meet and to connect with others.
Our goal is to provide a safe place for you to explore:
To freely say out loud and share what you are experiencing, thinking and feeling
To listen and learn from each other: what helps, what hurts and what heals?
To express your concerns about the impact your illness has on others and yourself
To talk about sharing information and having conversations with your loved ones

Sessions are open to people with serious illness. Meetings held virtually via Zoom.
Link sent upon registration. Registration closes the day before the group.

Facilitated by Lacy Fetting, LCSW | Redwing Keyssar, RN | Judy Long, Chaplain.
For more information: Call 415-509-8645 or email Gayle Kojimoto
What Matters Most?
Two-part Advance Care Planning Workshop

Wednesday | November 3rd & 17th | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesday | December 1st & 15th | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
This is a free two-part workshop offered throughout the year in advance care planning for patients, staff, and caregivers that enable you to: 
• Create a personalized plan to honor your wishes
• Have your questions answered
• Complete your new or revised Advance Directive for Healthcare and have it notarized for free (in-person workshops only)

Session 1: 
Learn about the Advance Directive Form, what questions to ask yourself and your family, things to consider about your wishes, and how to complete the form.
Session 2: (In person)
Bring your completed form to the workshop, ask any additional questions you or your family may have, and have your form notarized on-site at no cost to you.

Please plan on attending both meetings. This workshop is for people with a cancer diagnosis (including Non-UCSF patients) and their loved ones.

Led by Redwing Keyssar, RN, Author & Poet, of the UCSF MERI CENTER for
Education in Palliative Care
To Pre-register, please click here.
For more information: Call 415-509-8645 or email Gayle Kojimoto
Loss, Losing, Loosening:
Exploring Grief and Healing
Through Poem-Making
Tuesdays | 11:00 am12:00 pm
November 2nd, 9th, 16th, & 30th
(No class on the 23rd)
In these challenging times, it is important more than ever to express our feelings and connect to our own creativity and community. Join us in using poetry writing as self-care and to explore our feelings, fears, and hopes. This is an open group that will meet weekly. Come once, come every week; there is no commitment to join every week.

Each week we will:
• Use poem-making to explore your grief, whether you are grieving the loss of a
loved one or struggling due to this global pandemic
• Find healing through listening to poems read out loud and exploring how it makes us feel
• Create a supportive & caring community
You do not need to be a writer or poet to join.
Come when you can.
Led by Redwing Keyssar, RN, Author & Poet. Please pre-register at Eventbrite.
For more information: Call 415-509-8645 or email Gayle Kojimoto
Wednesdays | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
November 3rd, 10th, & 17th
(No class on the 24th)
Poetic Medicine for the "Wounded Healer"

Many of us, whether we identify as being in the “healing arts” or not, have wounds that we understand as the foundation of our own ability to heal and to have compassion for others. In these sessions we will open to whatever it is we consider our own “wounded places” and allow our poem-making to be part of our healing process. 
The psychologist Carl Jung coined the concept of "The Wounded Healer." He took the insights of this archetypal healing from Greek Mythology. Chiron, the wisest Centaur, was once inflicted with a severe physical wound. In his way to recovery, he found the goal of being a “Teacher of healing.” Many wise people have said, healing is not a process between the healer and the wounded. It’s a process of two equals. The teacher does heal the wounds, but the one who orchestrates it is the healer’s own experience of healing.

Redwing Keyssar, RN, Author & Poet, of the UCSF MERI CENTER for Education in Palliative Care will guide us in using poem-making to explore the concept of what it means to be a “wounded healer” and to find healing in our creative process together.  

To Pre-register, please click here (then select a date).
For more information: Call 415-509-8645 or email Gayle Kojimoto
Food for Thought: Online Poetry Café
Fridays | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
November 5th, 12th, & 19th
(No class on the 26th)

Weekly online poem-making gathering facilitated by Redwing Keyssar. We will provide a short guided meditation and music, listen to some poems, use word prompts, and allow poems to enter the realm of creativity through the art of "Poem-Making."
Come weekly or just once in a while.

You do not need to be a writer to join this supportive, creative, and healing community.

To Pre-register, please click here.
For more information: Call 415-509-8645 or
email Gayle Kojimoto
“Poetry is simply speaking the truth.
Each of us has a truth as unique as our own fingerprints”
~Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, from Intro to Poetic Medicine by John Fox
WEEKLY OFFERINGS
Sponsored by
The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Laughter Yoga...Laughter is the Best Medicine
Join us
Thursdays | 6:00 pm

Laughter is like a mini-vacation away from all your stresses and worries.
Join a fun group of laughter lovers.
Laughter has been shown to:
  • Boost your immune system with feel good hormones
  • Release tension and stress
  • Help manage pain
  • Improve your mood and help you feel lighter  
  • Increase creativity, productivity and problem-solving skills
To learn more: Go to Osher Center Public Classes/Laughter Yoga and to join Click here.  
Looking forward to laughing with you! 
 
Teresa Corrigan RN, MA, CLYT 
Laughter Yoga Teacher UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine 

For additional questions or concerns contact: Class Administrator 
Restorative Yoga for Patients Living with Cancer 
Mondays | 10:00 11:00 am
Restorative Yoga facilitates health and relaxation by supporting the body in easy and comfortable positions with props. You can use items available in your environment such as pillows, couch cushions, blankets, yoga blocks, and bolsters. You may benefit and improve the central nervous system, supports your digestion, and improves your mood and sleep.
Please register to join the class – Click Here. You will receive the Zoom meeting information and a pass code unique to you. Hope you can join Marcia Degelman, CMT, and others, while in the comfort of your own home.
**Additional Yoga Classes**

Wednesdays | 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Yoga and Self-Care for Patients Living with Cancer:

Fridays | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Chair Yoga for Patients Living with Cancer,
Sponsored by UCSF Spiritual Care Services

Mid-Day Mindfulness A Peaceful Pause for All
Monday Friday | 12:00 – 12:15 pm 
This is a time for you to take a moment to breathe, reflect, and ground ourselves. No meditation experience necessary. It is only 15 minutes, just for you!

To attend online via Zoom
Please email: Spiritual Care.
Sponsored by UCSF Psycho-Oncology

Survivorship Wellness
Next Orientation: Monday | 3:00 - 4:00 pm (2nd Mondays)
8-week program: Mondays | 1:30 - 3:00 pm (rolling)

Online, via Zoom
If you are a UCSF patient who has finished active cancer treatment, please join us for an orientation to our Survivorship Wellness program. This 8-week interdisciplinary program will help you focus on optimizing health and wellness after cancer treatment. Learn how to set personal goals and practice skills in: nutrition, exercise, stress management, sleep, goal-setting, sexual wellness, emotional wellness, and spiritual wellness.

Open to UCSF patients who are no longer in active treatment for cancer. Most insurance plans are accepted.

Registration is required. To learn more or to register, call 415-353-3931. For more Details
Coping with Blood Cancer
For patients with leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, MDS, and other blood cancers

7-week program: Wednesdays | 10:30am - Noon (rolling)
Session: October 27th - December 15th
(No meeting on Nov. 24th)
In this 7-week online program, you will learn and practice coping strategies based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Learn how to cope with emotional and physical challenges using evidence-based techniques.

Facilitated by UCSF Neha Goyal, PhD and Nina Balsamo, LCSW
Open to UCSF cancer patients. Fees may apply depending upon insurance.
 
Pre-registration is required.
Call Psycho-Oncology at 415-353-7019 to register.
SUPPORTING YOU WITH OTHERS
UCSF Support Groups are open to UCSF and Non-UCSF Patients
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2nd & 4th Tuesdays
5:30 7:00 pm
For Zoom and more information,
please call the Facilitators at:
415-514-6338
Ted Scheel, LCSW, MPH
Lacy Fetting, LCSW


Husbands & Significant Others
Support Group

This group is for men whose wives or partners
are dealing with cancer.

The group offers a safe place (a confidential zoom setting) to share feelings and feel supported by other men with similar experiences.

You will discuss positive ways of dealing with your partner's cancer. Also, you will find mutual emotional support and encouragement.

2nd Wednesdays | 5:30 – 7:00 pm


This is a support group for all who offer emotional and practical support to a loved one with cancer.
The group offers a safe place (a confidential zoom setting) to share outlooks and feel supported by others dealing with similar experiences. You will learn tools to cope with the emotional and physical aspects of caring for a loved one, find ways of nurturing yourself, and renew hope. The group is open to UCSF and Non-UCSF caregivers.

Please call the facilitator, Chiara Leifer, MSW, for zoom information: 415-353-9874.

Patient & Family
Cancer Support Center
Welcome and Support Program
The UCSF Welcome and Support Program is here to support you! The volunteers are good listeners and able to answer your questions and direct you to the wide range of support services available to you:

  • Support Groups and Peer Support
  • Wellness Programs
  • Online Resources
  • Nutrition & Exercise Services
  • Connecting you to your assigned Social Worker

The Welcome and Support Program volunteers are compassionate, resourceful, and proactive individuals bringing their training and life experiences to help support you.
 
To reach one of our trained volunteers call the volunteer line at 415-885-3693, then press 5. Leave a clear message and a volunteer will return your call.
Head & Neck Cancer Education & Support Groups
3rd Thursdays | 5:30 - 7:00 pm

This group offers a safe place (a confidential zoom setting) to share outlooks and feel supported by others dealing with similar experiences. You will learn tools to cope with the emotional and physical aspects of Head and Neck cancer. The group is open to UCSF and Non-UCSF patients and caregivers.
(Alternate months will have a speaker and topic)

Next group meetings are:
October 21st | Support Group
November 18th | Guest: Judy Long & Topic: Resilience

Facilitators: Ted Scheel, LCSW, MPH & Cara Evans, MS, CCC-SLP
For more information or to RSVP
Email: Ted Scheel or call: 415-514-6338
Women's Anal Cancer Support Group
1st Tuesdays | 5:00 - 6:30 pm

This group offers a safe place (via zoom) just for women to share experiences and feelings around the effects of anal cancer as they are supported by others.

Facilitator: Nancy Rothschild, LMFT
For more information or to RSVP
Email: CancerSupportCenter@ucsf.edu or call: 415-885-3693

Greta's Recipe of the Month
Tofu Ricotta
Our dietitian Greta Macaire, MA, RD, CSO, has selected the following recipe to feature this month. Also, be sure to check out our online video library of our
nutrition workshops. 
Ingredients:
  • 1 (14 ounce) block firm tofu, rinsed, pat dry, and quartered 
  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
Directions:
1.    If immunocompromised, blanch tofu in pot of boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove from
water and pat dry with a kitchen towel. 
2.    Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Ricotta should be tangy and slightly salty. 
3.    This can be used as a substitute in recipes that call for ricotta cheese, as a dip for
vegetables and whole grain crackers or as a spread for sandwiches and wraps. 

Makes about 1 ½ cups
Recipe from Carly Wertheim at CarlysWellnessKitchen.com
Are you a UCSF cancer patient and have some nutrition concerns?
Note: One-on-one Nutrition Counseling is available at no cost to UCSF cancer patients, via zoom (video visit) or telephone, by scheduling through your oncologist office/team.

Jane's Exercise Tips
Our exercise counselor, Jane Clark, CET, suggest the following exercise for you to work on for strength.
Are you a UCSF cancer patient looking to
regain strength or range of motion?
All UCSF cancer patients are eligible for free one-on-one
Please refer to your oncology department
to make an appointment. (Now available via Zoom)
Don’t miss the opportunity to add a simple and effective exercise! 
No equipment needed! Can be done anywhere! BIG value! WHAT, you might ask?

Neck Stretch
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If you’re looking down at your computer or phone for extended periods of time, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll have discomfort in your upper back or neck.  
 
When sitting up tall and looking forward your head weighs about 12 pounds, when looking down at your phone, the head weight can increase to about 60 pounds. In addition, your pectoral muscles tighten, your shoulders roll forward, the chin juts forward, and your back muscles lose their strength and can cause potential NECK PAIN!! 
 
There are some things you can do. Be aware of your posture, try looking at your phone straight in front of your face, Limit time on your phone or laptop and incorporate stretches into your day!
Photo credit with edits: Stretches Flash Cards                          Springfield Wellness Center

Instructions:
Begin by placing one hand behind your back. Next, retract your head back into a chin tuck position and place you hand on the top of your head. Gently pull your head towards the opposite side – hold for 20-30 seconds. Slowly return to starting position and change the arm behind your back and repeat on the opposite side – and hold. You should feel a stretch down the side of your neck and mid shoulder opposite of the tilt.
Remember - ALWAYS listen to your body and STOP if something doesn't feel right. 
"Pain is not part of the process."
Have fun and stay healthy!
Here's to making a stronger YOU!
~Jane
Did You Know?
Safe Medication Disposal
UCSF provides safe medication disposal options for our patients, staff, and students.

Did you know that flushing unused medications in the toilet sends those medications directly to the ocean or bay? Modern waste water treatment plants are not designed to remove medications from the waste water. Flushed antibiotics can kill the good bacteria needed for waste water treatment plants to work properly.

To avoid the buildup of these pharmaceuticals in our bay or ocean habitats, please use the below preferred safe medication disposal options by UCSF campus locations:

For medication drop-off bins in San Francisco, visit SF Environment.
For medication drop-off bins in California visit Take Back Drugs.
To mail your medication, request a pre-paid, pre-addressed mail-back package from MED-Project.

Community Programs & Resources
A Garden of Books Book Club
Thursday, November 4th | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm 
 
Books can be inspiring, supportive, thought provoking, renewing, moving and phenomenal. In this group we find support for our struggles and our victories through the written word.
Upcoming book: When the Apricots Bloom, by Gina Wilkinson
Facilitated by: Steve Marks, MSc
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Feel the Rhythm: Music & Dance
Tuesday, November 2nd | 3:00 – 4:00 pm  

Experience this way to get “good vibrations,” boosting immune function and metabolism. Patricia, a talented musician, creates a fun, experiential class.
Facilitated by: Patricia Frame
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Herbal Support During Treatment
Saturday, November 6th | 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Learn about medicinal mushrooms, herbs, foods and supplements to safely build and support the immune system during and after treatment.
Facilitated by: Blythe Adams, Western Clinical Herbalist.
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Frankly Speaking About Lung Cancer
Tuesday, November 2nd | 6:00 – 8:00 pm 

Learn about the types of lung cancer, potential treatments, side effects, clinical trials, and the emotional concerns of a lung cancer diagnosis.
Facilitated by: Tracie Watson, DO, Contra Costa Oncology

Register here for the above offerings to receive Zoom information.

For movement classes, support groups, events,
and more view the online calendar link.

Balancing Work & Cancer Webinar
Communicating Effectively: Tips & Techniques
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 | 3:00 PM

The ability to communicate clearly at work can make all the difference in success and achieving your goals. Communicating with coworkers, supervisors, and others in the workplace following a cancer diagnosis can be nuanced and can require some strategy. Join us for this session where we will focus on:
 
Thinking through your communications style
Understanding how disclosure decisions can shape how to communicate at work
Tips and techniques for ensuring conversations in the workplace are appropriate and comfortable
 
Rachel Becker, LMSW, Senior Director of Programs, Cancer and Careers 

View previously recorded webinars:
...and more
Online Care Circle for Family Caregivers
Partnering with Breathing Spaces
Saturday, November 6th | 8:00 – 9:00 am
Tuesday, November 9th | 4:00 – 5:00 pm

These free virtual meetings are supported by coaches volunteering their time, allowing you to reduce stress while giving you hope.
 
Join us in this opportunity to connect with other caregivers in a small setting from the comfort of your own home! Tell your story, share your experiences and gain support from others who understand what you’re going through in this safe and welcoming environment.
 
Facilitated by Christine Young, Communications Coach at CCYConsulting.com


Keeping Your Holiday Spending on Budget
Thursday, November 18th | 12:30 – 1:30 pm
(Space is limited)
 
Join this workshop to learn more about practical holiday budgeting tips to avoid overspending and stay away from the potential spending hangover in the new year.
 
While many of us look forward to the holiday season with all of the shopping, gift wrapping, decorating, and cooking, it's easy to become tired, overwhelmed, and financially overextended. When cancer treatment and the lasting effects are added to the mix, it can be even more challenging.
 
Facilitated by Eunsoo Chung, Cancer Survivor, CPA, MBA, and Personal Financial Coach

Register here:
What to Know About
Ovarian Cancer Recurrence
Thursday, November 4th | 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
Online Webinar
Recurrence is understandably on the minds of many ovarian cancer survivors and with that, questions are likely to arise.
 
In this webinar, Dr. Stephanie Wethington, Director of the Susan L. Burgert M.D. Gynecologic Oncology Survivorship Program at Johns Hopkins Medicine, will provide an overview of the diagnosis and management of recurrent ovarian cancer.

Daily Weekday
Nature Meditations
An Online Practice Group, via Zoom
(This month's dates: Nov. 1st - 4th)
Mondays - Fridays | 7:30 - 8:15 am

Free, sponsored by Awake in the Wild
(Donations welcome)
Every weekday morning, Mark Coleman, mindfulness teacher, wilderness guide and author, leads a nature-oriented, guided meditation session for anyone. Sessions include a short talk, followed by a 30-minute guided meditation.

Morning meditation can help one wake up and begin the day feeling more centered, focused, and uplifted, and the natural world can inspire our practice. Attendees are welcome to participate from any peaceful environment, ideally in nature or with a view of nature.

Grief Support
Everyone experiences grief in their own way. We create a confidential, safe place where you can feel comforted and understood, while learning to manage the changes and challenges that come with all types of loss — illness, age, sudden or accidental death, and more.

All of our grief support activities are open to the community
at-large. Call (415) 526-5699 to register or for more information. Also visit our website By the Bay Health
Virtual Weekly Grief Support Groups
Tuesdays | 12:30 – 1:30 pm or Wednesdays | Noon – 1:00 pm
Call (415) 526-5699 to register and we’ll provide you with the password-protected zoom link for the meeting. As a courtesy to your fellow group attendees, please log in promptly.
 
Spousal/Partner Loss Mondays, Nov 8th – Dec 27th | 10:00 – 11:30 am
The death of a spouse or partner can find you unprepared to face the future alone. Join with others to share your grief and learn new skills to cope with the profound changes in your life. 
 
Writing Through Grief Friday, Nov 5th | Noon – 1:30 pm
NEW! Whether your loved one has died from a lengthy illness or from an unexpected cause, grief can impact us in a myriad of ways. We will use the writing process as a tool to examine loss and the transformative aspects of grief.
 
Coping Through the Winter Holidays Tuesday, Nov 9th | 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Holidays often intensify feelings of grief and loss. Get practical advice on preparing yourself, plus opportunities to express grief though art and the sharing of memories.
 
Children/Teens-Coping Through the Winter Holidays
Thursday, Nov 18th | 6:00 – 7:00 pm
NEW! Especially for young persons, holidays often intensify feelings of grief and loss. Get age-appropriate practical support on how to cope with winter holidays through a brief art activity and the option of sharing holiday memories of your loved one.
Motivate to Move

Meditative Hiking

Explore the outdoors and be present to the flow of conscious awareness in and around you. Meditative walks or 'mindfulness hikes' are a special opportunity for embodied walking, self-observation, mindful movement, reflection, lightheartedness, and building intra & interpersonal community. 
November Dates & Locations are coming soon:
Below are the usual locations, but may vary. Please see the website for updates.
 
  • Mountain Lake to Baker Beach, round trip. Meet at the NE corner of the tennis courts, which are approximately 30 meters North of the intersection at Lake Street and 12th Avenue in San Francisco

  • Park Presidio (round trip) meet in the parking lot at 300 Finley Road, San Francisco. 

  • Glen Canyon Park to Cole Valley (one-way), meet at the corner of Elk and Chenery Streets in San Francisco. Public transportation is suggested for this hike. You can also utilize BART, MUNI, or Uber when arriving or when concluding our hike.
 
Cost: Donation based. A suggested donation of $10-20
For more information: Email James Mitchell or text/call: 415-290-6718.
JAM4JOY Zumba Classes
Daily classes | See virtual and outdoor schedule below

JAM4JOY is a non-profit organization founded by Zumba instructors Judy Young and Angie Shin, who have been teaching together since 2015. JAM4JOY Zumba classes are offered for FREE or donations are gladly accepted. It is our mission to bring people together in community in a healthy way, to reduce isolation, and to educate about and support important causes impacting our community. Donations received for our classes, after expenses are sent to local organizations.
(Due to the Holiday Season dates may vary. Please email to confirm)
VIRTUAL CLASSES:
  • Mondays: 12:00 noon PT
  • Tuesdays: 5:30 pm PT
  • Wednesdays: 12:00 noon PT
  • Thursdays: 5:30 pm PT
  • Fridays: 12:00 noon PT
  • Saturdays: 9:00 am PT

 IN-PERSON OUTDOOR CLASS:
Sundays: 10:00 am PT (Berkeley, CA)
Join JAM4JOY: Sign up now to get the weekly updates and zoom links
Contact for more information: jam4joy2020@gmail.com
"How to Cancer"
Epic Experience just released the “How to Cancer” video series on YouTube. This subscription is for patients, caregivers, etc. The mission of this video series is to empower the cancer community of what to expect through a cancer diagnosis. We will be covering all topics from diagnosis through survivorship to ensure we are giving the cancer community all the knowledge we can to empower them through their cancer journey.

Link to Series: Epic YouTube Channel
Don't forget to:
Low Impact Exercise Classes
Tuesdays & Thursdays
We also have ongoing weekly workouts. These Low Impact Training Classes are free of charge for survivors, caregivers, and health professionals. 
Partnering with: Low Impact/Intensity Training (LIT)
Click Here to register
Community Supporting You
Women’s Cancer Resource Center “WCRC” to provide direct services
to women with cancer, and to advocate for changes in the health care system.

Free Therapy Sessions with Women's Cancer Resource Center's
Licensed Therapists:
Cancer diagnosis and treatment can be challenging. While the journey can be a long road, we offer compassionate assistance along the way. We match eligible clients with one of our professionally licensed therapists for 12 sessions. Brief term work can help clients prioritize personal goals, support emotional release of stress, and successfully identify techniques for coping and opportunities for emotional healing. Support of this nature can spell the difference between hope and despair at a crucial life juncture. Our Program is available on zoom now. We welcome referrals for women and non-binaries, who make less than $45,000 per year and have a cancer diagnosis.

To see if our Free Therapy Program is a proper fit for your counseling needs, or if you have general questions about the program, please call (510) 809-0216

WCRC also provides a range of services to support women (and their families) throughout their cancer journey: navigation, emergency financial assistance, free therapy, support groups (like Sister-to-Sister, Latinx services), wellness workshops such as Belly Dancing, Tai Chi, Meditation, Coloring Club, Art Journaling, Writing for Wellness, Craft Club... and the list goes on!
Website: www.wcrc.org or Email: wcrc@wcrc.org
Multiple Myeloma Support for SF Bay Area
Myeloma Support Group     
3rd Saturdays 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Virtual 

We're here to help patients, their families, and loved ones. Multiple myeloma need not be seen as a death sentence, but rather a disease to be managed. Education and support are key. We have newly diagnosed patients as well as patients diagnosed more than 10 years ago. We share what we know about myeloma diagnosis, symptoms, markers, treatments, side-effects, clinical trials, quality of life, and many other topics of interest.

For more information email: Jack Aiello or Neil Collier
Financial Assistance
Available Now!
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Patient Financial Assistance team is dedicated to removing barriers to care by providing financial support to blood cancer patients. Our Co-Pay Assistance Program assists with out-of-pocket expenses up to $11,000, depending on disease fund.
Covered Expenses Include:
  • NEW! Treatment-related scans, labs & tests 
  • Private & public medical insurance premiums
  • Treatment-related co-pays, deductibles, co-insurance & Medicaid spend-down
  • Treatment-related drugs, chemotherapy & supportive medications
For a complete list of available funding and covered expenses, please visit our website at www.LLS.org/copay.
 
Questions?
For other Patient Financial Assistance Programs, visit www.LLS.org/finances.
THANKSGIVING THOUGHTS

FUN, FAMILY, & FRIENDS
A Season to share, reflect, be grateful, play games, and live stream/binge watch movies.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • AARP see last year's top 10 Thanksgiving movies

  • What games can we play at Thanksgiving?
- Thanksgiving bingo
- Skittle gratitude game
- Thanksgiving scavenger hunt
- Thanksgiving charades
- Thanksgiving Pictionary
(Click underline link for AARP and Tic Tac Toe).

Make it your own and have a relaxing fun time together!!!

JUST FOR FUN!
Last Month's Answers
Can You Find the 5 Differences?
The answers will be revealed next month
Online Resources and Activities
COVID Information Resources

Well-Being Resources

Online Mindfulness / Meditation
Live:

Recorded:

Online Movement Classes
Live:
 
Recorded:

Online Education and Enrichment
Videos on Cancer
Movies and Talks
Museum and Cultural Tours
Concerts
Making Art

Online Classes
(Click preferred language and scroll down to Patient Education Section)
For a printed copy, please call: 415-885-3693
For more support services click below
With Gratitude to the Donna Smith Fund
Our support groups are made possible in part by a generous donation from the Donna Smith Fund. Donna Smith was a woman of indomitable spirit, who met her cancer diagnosis with personal strength and dignity, with the support of her family and friends. Throughout her illness, Donna encountered many patients who did not have the same benefit of financial and family support systems; consequently, she found the physical and emotional suffering of her fellow patients intolerable. Despite her own deteriorating health, Donna and her family were moved by the plight of these patients, and they established the Donna Smith Fund to help them gain access to special resources and programs that might ease their burden.
1600 Divisadero Street, Suite B-101,
San Francisco, CA 94115
415-885-3693