May 2019 Workshops & Survivors Day Picnic

  • These workshops complement our ongoing cancer support programs, which you can find on our calendar.

    All Cancer Support Community workshops and programs are offered at no cost to participants, to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

    How to Register:
    1. Check the box in front of each workshop that you would like to attend.
    2. Scroll to the bottom of this page and complete the required fields.
    3. Click SUBMIT.

    Questions? Please email info@cancersupportvvsb.org or call 805.379.4777.

  • Come celebrate life with fellow cancer survivors, family and friends at Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara’s National Cancer Survivors Day Picnic and Butterfly Release.

    Our Cancer Survivors Day event will give you the opportunity to celebrate your survivorship with others. Join us for good food (donated and prepared by the Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks), Survivorship Celebration Ritual, and Annual Butterfly Release. This event is free but registration is required.

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  • Give peace a chance! Mindfulness is an incredibly effective tool that can help us find peace in the modst of life's stressful moments. This course is inspired by Jon Kabat-Zinn's pioneering Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, which has consistently been demonstrated to reduce stress, boost the immune system, improve cognition, and sharpen focus. It also has been shown to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. Mindfulness gives us the incredible benefit of teaching us to live our lives with awareness in this moment, rather than spending our precious time on "autopilot" worrying about the future or ruminating over the past.

    Meredith Cashman studied MBSR at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness and is in training to become an MBSR teacher. She is also currently working on her Master of Social Work at Columbia University. She has maintained a personal meditation practice for the past 15 years and has a passion for sharing this important work with people who can benefit from it.

    This activity is supported by an educational grant provided by Amgen Oncology.

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  • For those who wish for more joy and connection in their lives, Laughter Yoga is a fun and gentle way to boost your well-being! Based on the premise that laughter can be generated with simple, guided techniques, it evolves into genuine laughter that leaves you radiating positive energy. Think of it less as a yoga class, and more as a "childlike play and movement" class.

    Laughter Yoga may help you: feel happier and more optimistic, develop a positive mental attitude, improve coping skills, relieve stress and feel lighter, increase oxygen to the brain and body, relax muscles and increase energy, boost your immune system, bond with others, connect with your inner child and release inhibitions. You'll get out what you put into it!

    Jay DeVorre is a dynamic and professional Life Coach, Leadership Coach, Facilitator, and Consultant. Jay's greatest passions are her family, outdoor fitness, living a life of joy and well-being, witnessing talent potential manifested, listening to live music, reading, hitting the waves on a boogie board, and learning drums. Her life mission is to manifest her potential and to help others do the same.

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  • Join us as Jason Love (HBO, Last Comic Standing, Overseas for Troops) hosts for his special guests. Please RSVP.

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  • Sarah M. Larson, MD is an assistant professor and medical oncologist in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is also the Director of Training for the Hematology-Oncology Fellowship program and Director of the Multiple Myeloma Program.

    As a specialist in the treatment of hematologic malignancies, her research interests include the identification of novel pathways and therapeutics for patients with multiple myeloma and leukemia. Dr. Larson's work includes the clinical development of chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) for the treatment of patients with lymphoma, leukemia, and multiple myeloma.

    In this workshop, Dr. Larson will discuss current treatments for multiple myeloma and exciting new research clinical trials involving immunotherapy. The workshop is supported by UCLA Health and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). An LLS representative will be at the workshop with useful information for people with blood cancers and their families.

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  • In this interactive and informative workshop you will:
    -Learn how Oncology Massage Therapy can support your health and well being
    -Gain awareness on lymphedema and how massage can be safe during and after cancer
    -A family member or friend will learn how to compassionately touch you in a safe and therapeutic way (seated in chairs).

    You are encouraged to bring a family member or friend who is willing to support you on this healing journey. This workshop will help empower your loved one to support you with compassionate touch. Your quality of life may be enhanced, fear and anxiety may be reduced, and your body and spirit will be nurtured. Optional: bring a small hand towel, unscented lotion and a pillow for your lap.

    Steve Romey is a Certified Oncology Massage Therapist and health educator, working with people on a cancer-healing journey for over 12 years. Wendy Kunkel is a massage therapist and holistic health coach. Steve and Wendy enjoy helping people experience optimal wellness in all areas: body, mind and spirit.

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  • Empower yourself by relieving your own back pain, naturally! Join one of our in-house yoga teachers to learn the causes and anatomy of some of the most common sources of back pain, how to evaluate and adjust posture, and keys to protecting your spine, both on and off the yoga mat. Perhaps the best part of the workshop will be the feel-good poses we practice which will include yoga postures for spine health, as well as provide relief from back and neck pain.

    This workshop is for anyone with back issues - from general pain or strain, to existing injury; and those who want to prevent future issues.

    Veronica took her first yoga class in hopes of healing her body, so she could get back to "life"; one measured by success and productivity. Instead, yoga rewrote the definition of what a successful and productive life meant to her, and the true healing came from sharing what she had learned on the mat with others. Veronica completed the YogaWorks teacher training program, in hopes of empowering others to find their own, customized healing yoga practice. She teaches with an emphasis on making each pose accessible to everybody, through safe alignment and mindful breathing.

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  • Cancer came at an unexpected and inconvenient time for Liane; interrupting her marriage, complicating raising three toddlers, and delaying her career. Those years ended up preparing Liane for the physical and emotional challenges she encountered after suffering a gunshot to the head in 2017.

    Overcoming illness, injuries and emotional trauma led Liane to helping others. Using movement, meditation, and holistic practices, she now guides individuals and groups, propelling them beyond self-limiting beliefs, empowering and inspiring them to look at things from a different perspective to fuel lasting change. Liane leads a Hiking for Wellness class at Conejo Valley Adult School and is a motivational speaker.

    You're invited to hear Liane share personal and relatable experiences about her fight with cancer and her determination to live pain-free after head trauma. She will answer your questions and outline strategies that propelled her forward.

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