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Focus on Getting Better

You're now ready to begin your treatment-
and that's when the real work begins.
"This is the time to prioritize your mental, physical
and emotional well-being," Marais says. "That means
surrounding yourself with loved ones, nourishing
yourself with a healthy diet, staying hydrated, exercising [as recommended by your provider] and completing your treatment plan."
Try to minimize obligations in your life that
increase your stress level or drain your energy
reserves by accepting the help that others offer. "It
may be difficult to let go of your normal responsibilities," Wiatrek says. "But your No. 1 job right now is
to focus on getting better." ■

DON'T GO IT ALONE
Cancer affects the entire family-those with a diagnosis
and their loved ones. The Cancer Resource Centre, a
support program of the Community Cancer Research
Foundation, offers resources and support to help patients
with cancer and their families back on the path to healing.
These cancer programs partner with the hospitals of
Community Healthcare System-Community Hospital
in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and
St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart-to meet the needs of
cancer patients and their family members with support
groups, mind-body spirit classes and education.
Since opening in 2003, the Cancer Resource Centre has
offered its services free of charge to all who enter, including patients under the care of medical treatment facilities
other than the hospitals of Community Healthcare System.
Individuals may check out books, view videos and other
educational materials in the library or conduct internet
searches to obtain research about diagnosis, treatment and
general information. Groups gather to share experiences in
social and professionally led sessions for support. Classes
and programs, such as expressive art therapy, yoga and
drumming, are offered to help individuals connect through
their experiences and to promote emotional well-being.
This successful multidisciplinary team approach to cancer care provides the right combination of resources and
expertise to treat the whole person, mind, body and spirit.
Cancer Resource Centre director Anthony Andello says
the goal is to provide classes that can be beneficial both
spiritually and psychosocially for cancer patients, survivors
and their family members.
"We offer patients and their families a safe environment, a tranquil nonmedical place where they can come
to help manage their stress and regain control of their
inner self," he says.
The Cancer Resource Centre is located at 926 Ridge
Road in Munster. Those interested in participating in a
support group or other programs are required to attend a
brief orientation session.

CLASS

Get Support for the Fight
For more information about the program or
for a complete listing of upcoming classes
and events, visit cancerresourcecentre.com
or call 219-836-3349.

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