Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Lucky Us

I'm willing to bet very few of you reading this know about one of the most amazing resources in this county: the Hearst Cancer Resource Center.  It's located in the back of French Hospital, at 1941 Johnson Ave in SLO, is funded by community donations, endowments and, of course, the incredibly generous support of the Hearst Family and Hearst Foundation.  

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.  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 Alert

Big 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 Up

Buck 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 ( )  (Email Syvesquestrian@ 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. 


Alon Perlman said...

Along those lines indirectly- Stacy Westfall’s story is amazing, she is a mostly self taught horse whisperer. Look it up. What’s not amazing is that that it’s mostly Untrue. It is also sometimes stated that that performance was on a horse she barely had a chance to train. That is not true for this performance but she did win a specific competition where the rules are 3 hrs training with a fresh (inexperienced with the rider) horse. Go to her website for the truth. And don’t forget to click on the link.

Alon Perlman said...

Left out-Yes “Buck” if you only see 5 movies this year make it one of them.

Sewertoons AKA Lynette Tornatzky said...

Thanks for posting this important info!

(I'm drinking SLO Roasted Coffee right now, love the stuff!)

Sewertoons AKA Lynette Tornatzky said...

Great letter in the Trib Wednesday!

Ann Calhoun said...

Toonces: Pete Sarafian, a long time SWAP Weed Warrior, had an even better one in the day before.

Sewertoons AKA Lynette Tornatzky said...

I found it online - thanks for the heads up, don't know why I missed it - hey, two really good letters, both right on target!