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Cancer Center offers Class on Coping Skills for Cancer Survivors and their Loved Ones

May 20, 2013
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cancer-centerA cancer survivor’s journey is often filled with mixed emotions.  These feelings can range from intense fear upon diagnosis to weariness while in months of treatment. Hearing your surgeon say “we got the tumor and surrounding tissue” following surgery can lead to feelings of relief and joy.

Whether a cancer survivor experiences fear, relief, a sense of being overwhelmed or any of hundreds of other emotions it’s important to learn to manage these emotions for your own well-being.  The Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is offering a free presentation, “Go With The Flow” to help cancer survivors and their loved ones – family and friends – learn real life coping skills on Tuesday, June 4 at 2 p.m.  The presentation will be held in the Cancer Care Center’s Community Room, 1910 Royalty Drive, Pomona.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Kathy Yeatman-Stock willdiscuss effective coping skills and introduce exercises that will help attendees learn to stay in the here and now.  These tools can be of value to both survivors and their loved ones.  In fact, they can apply not only to cancer and physical illness but to all life situations.

“Whether a survivor is newly diagnosed and overwhelmed by what it means for their future or if it is someone who has completed treatment and is worried that their cancer might return, it is important to manage what we can’t control regardless of where you are in your cancer journey,” said Yeatman-Stock.“Survivors need to find ways to be more mindful of the present.”

Yeatman-Stock acknowledges that anxiety and fear is more intense at diagnosis and at treatment conclusion but “Go With The Flow” is for new cancer survivors, long-time survivors and any one in between.  Survivors’ loved ones are also welcome to attend the presentation as they, too, can learn coping skills for themselves and to assist their cancer survivor.

For additional information or to register please call the Family Education and Resource Center at 909 865-98548.

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