The Center offers an extraordinary array of services, classes, lectures, counseling, social services and support programs, access to the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Resource Library, and a nurse navigator, one person who will help anyone newly diagnosed with cancer to coordinate the vast array of help available.
Among the activities offered every month, --free -- for cancer patients and their families and caregivers are nutrition counseling, support groups, Qigong and Tia Chi Chih classes, art therapy classes, guided meditation class, a children & teens support group, prostate support group, energy balancing sessions and even a "warm yarns" knitting circle which makes warm colorful scarves and hats that are given to patients undergoing chemo treatment. In short, an astonishing array of services and programs all aimed at supporting cancer patients and their families..
In addition, the center has been putting on a wonderful series of lectures for the general public on nutrition and general health. Again, they're free and are open to the public. One recent program I've been attending is a three-part lecture series on Women's health that is being held in the beautiful Oak Glen Pavilion at the San Luis Botanical Garden (in El Chorro Regional Park on Hwy. 1). They serve a continental breakfast, have a series of speakers and cover a variety of topics all dealing with health, nutrition, well being.. The next one upcoming is on Women's Heart Health, and will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, 8:30am, lecture program at 9.m. Call the Hearst Cancer Resource Center for reservations-- 542-6234.
Again, these lecture series are free and are really informative and fun. So if you or anyone you know are interested in staying healthy or improving your health, or know somebody dealing with any kind of illness (doesn't have to be cancer, any chronic disease can be improved with better health), visit their website -- www. frenchmedicalcenter.org or call the center at 542-6234
If you get on their mailing list, you'll be notified of their various programs. One of which is an upcoming one on Healthier Living: Your Life, Take Care, on Fridays, Aug 2,9,16,23,30, Sept. 6, from 1-3:30 and covering topics ranging from How to manage symptoms, depression management, appropriate use of medications, how to successfully deal with symptoms, including fatigue, pain, isolation, and communicating effectively with family, friends and doctors. All great information to know if you're coping with any kind of long-term health treatment which, if you're of a certain age, all of us are, in one way or another.
Which is why this resource center is so wonderful. In their outreach programming, they're hoping to give even more people information that can improve their health. And what's not to love about that?
Coffee Lovers AlertBig banner hanging over the SLO Roasted Coffee factory in Los Osos announcing: Open House, Aug 17, 12pm. - 4 pm. Last time they did that was around Christmas last year, had tours of the coffee production, including a sample roasting, taste-testing stations with different coffees, in short a wonderful opportunity to see up close our wonderful local coffee company.
Giddy UpBuck Brannaman, the Horse Whisperer featured in the wonderful documentary, "Buck," will be offering a class/clinic at the Santa Ynex Equestrian Center in Santa Ynes ( http://syvea.org/SpecialEvents.html ) (Email Syvesquestrian@ gmail.com) on October 26-27. If you've got a horse that needs work or if you need work on your horsemanship, might be a splendid opportunity to work with one of the best. The website doesn't have any further information posted yet but an email might get times and cost.
And if you've never heard of Buck Brannaman, go get the DVD "Buck." It is splendid.