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The

Sounds of

HEALING

Cancer Resource Centre offers classes
to soothe the mind, body and spirit
BY ELISE SIMS

S

hirley Krenkel of St. John sat in
a chair in the drum circle, eyes
closed, keeping rhythm to the
beat at the Cancer Resource
Centre in Munster. As she patted the
drum in front of her with her left hand,
she gently shook a ribbon of bells in her
right hand.
"It was relaxing even though we were
picking up the pace," says Krenkel. "I
was tired when I came in here... kinda
dragging, but I feel rejuvenated now. I
feel the energy flowing through me."
"Studies show that using music
interventions such as the kind we use
in a Music Wellness class can help to
increase social and communications
skills, increase self control/self expression and feelings of self-worth and help

to achieve feelings of general wellness/
normalcy," explains class facilitator
Kristen Bouwman, a board-certified
music therapist. "We look at music
therapy as a powerful tool in the healing process."
The Cancer Resource Centre is a support program of the Community Cancer
Research Foundation and is open to
everyone who needs help in coping with
a cancer diagnosis.
The therapeutic environment of
the center promotes healing of the
body, mind and spirit with complementary therapies, education and support services.
The hospitals of Community Healthcare
System, supported by their team of
specialized, experienced medical

WEBSITE

Help on Your Journey
Find the help you need for your cancer journey at the Cancer Resource
Centre in Munster. Visit cancerresourccentre.com or call 219-836-3349
for more information about programs and services.

Music Wellness classes at the Cancer
Resource Centre in Munster have helped
Shirley Krenkel of St. John feel rejuvenated
and have given her strength to move forward
in the healing process.

professionals, continue to work together
to advance their knowledge of cancer
and its treatment. Both medicinal
and holistic cancer programs at
Community Hospital in Munster,
St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago
and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart
are uniquely designed around the needs
of patients and their families.
Krenkel says that she has been to
many classes over the course of six
years since her lung cancer diagnosis.
"This place has been a blessing for
me," she says. "If it wasn't for the Cancer
Resource Centre, I don't think that I
would be where I am today. I'm thrilled
with the progress I've made. I brag about
this place everywhere I go." ■

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