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Nutrition, exercise and overall wellness are crucial to good health both during and after cancer treatment. Your gifts to Columbia St. Mary's Foundation support well-rounded exercise and wellness programs designed specifically for patients undergoing or recovering from treatment. 

To learn more or register for a specific event, please contact: Laura Stratte, Survivorship Navigator, at 414-298-7247 or laura.stratte@ascension.org

Click here for information on Support Groups. 

Were you newly diagnosed with cancer? Click here to learn more about our Live Well Through Treatment class.  

 


 

 

 

Cancer & Coffee

 A group for those with metastatic cancer and their caregivers.

These monthly gatherings provide a place and time to connect with others, exchange information, feel support, and share experiences and emotions.  Hosted by Linda Glaudell, Oncology Social Worker, and a member of our nurse practitioner team.  Coffee and light refreshments provided.

Meetings will be from 9:00-10:30 am on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Radiation Oncology Resource Room (on garden level).  No RSVP needed.  Questions? Contact Laura Stratte, Survivorship Navigator, at 414-298-7247 or laura.stratte@ascension.org

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Women's Wellness

A group for women affected by cancer. 

Women with any cancer diagnosis are welcome to join us at the Milwaukee campus each month as we learn about ways to increase wellness in mind, body and spirit (hint: it's all about self-care!).  Through education, discussion and experience, we will focus on the positive and have fun so we can feel good and live well.

 Upcoming schedule/topics:

  • December 2018:  No meeting

  • January 9, 2019:  Exercise!  Yes, we all should be doing it!  We'll talk about how much we need, what kind of exercise we should be doing and Sara Weideman, OT, will show us some muscle-building moves.

  • February 13, 2019: Topic TBD

  • March 13, 2019:  Chemicals & Cancer.  Special guest Ali Schwebel will talk to us about steps we can take and tools we can use to avoid carcinogens.  

Meetings will be from 6:00-7:30 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the Radiation Oncology Lobby at the Van Dyke Cancer Center, 2350 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee,  No RSVP is needed, but contact Laura Stratte, at 414-298-7247 or laura.stratte@ascension.org to see if there are any changes in time or location for that month, or if you would like to be added to the Women's Wellness email list.  

Click here for information on Women's Wellness.


 


Eat Well 

For cancer survivors, nutrition plays a crucial role in good health both during and after treatment. We want you to eat well so you can feel great and live well.

We are still working on the details of our awesome 2019 Eat Well classes.  More information to come soon!


 

Exercise 101 

Learn how to exercise safely and effectively so you can feel great and live well!

During this 5-week series, you will learn exercise fundamentals and basic movements to help you with endurance, strength, balance and flexibility by using resistance bands, body weight, and free weights. If you are new to exercise or need a kick-start back into exercising regularly, then Exercise 101 is for you! 

Join us on Mondays Mondays from 11 am - Noon*. Sign up for five consecutive weeks.                                       

Click here for additional details. 

*Classes may vary at times due to instructor/room availability. Contact Laura Stratte for details at 414-298-7247 or laura.stratte@ascension.org

Classes are held at the CSM Milwaukee Polly & Bill Van Dyke Cancer Center. Classes are free and open to Cancer Center patients who are in treatment AND who have completed treatments. Clearance from your Cancer Center physician is required for participation. Space is limited and registration is required. 


 


YCat Yoga 

Yoga for Cancer Therapy (YCat) is a guided yoga experience designed to honor the needs of each individual student where they are in treatment and recovery. Students will explore movement, breathing, and relaxation meditation practices that can relieve the distressing physical, mental, and emotional side effects of cancer. No yoga experience is required. 

Join us for Tuesday afternoon classes from 12:30 - 2:00 pm! 

  • Session #1: January 9 - February 12, 2019  (January 15 class runs 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

  • Session #2: April 2 - May 7, 2019 

  • Session #3: May 14 - June 18, 2019

  • Session #4: October 1 - November 5, 2019                                                         

Click here for additional details. 

To register, contact Laura Stratte at 414-298-7247 or laura.stratte@ascension.org.

For questions about YCat Yoga and what to expect, please contact Amelia Coffaro at 414-378-3070 or amelia@ameliacoffaro.com

Classes are held at the CSM Milwaukee Polly & Bill Van Dyke Cancer Center. Classes are free and open to Cancer Center patients who are in treatment AND who have completed treatments. Clearance from your Cancer Center physician is required for participation. Space is limited and registration is required.


 



Live Well Through Treatment

Live Well Through Treatment is a one-time class for newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers designed to give participants tools and resources they can use during treatment to help them feel good and live well.  Participants will meet members of the cancer support team and  discuss:

  • Exercise and physical activity

  • Nutrition

  • Emotional health, stress management, and sleep

  • Insurance and financial/practical support

Live Well Through Treatment is offered twice monthly at CSM Milwaukee and monthly at CSM Ozaukee. Registration is required:

 


  Support Groups  

Next Steps – Prostate Cancer Support

WHEN: 2nd Tuesday of the month, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM

WHERE: Held in the Radiation Oncology lobby at the CSM Milwaukee
Polly & Bill Van Dyke Cancer Center.

All are welcome, no RSVP is required.

Sister Warriors – Breast Cancer Support

WHEN: 4th Wednesday of the month, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM

WHERE: Held in Conference Room 7 at CSM Ozaukee*

If interested, please contact Demetra LaGalbo, RN Navigator at 262-243-8257.

*Location of meeting may change for special events/activities. Although no RSVP is needed, please contact Demetra before coming to make sure you have the most up to date information. 

 

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