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Frankly Speaking About Cancer


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Our Educational Workshops offer the opportunity to learn about cancer treatments, nutrition, the therapeutic relationship between the mind and body, and relaxation techniques with professionals specialized in these different fields.

Prior reservation is required to attend these workshops by calling 305-668-5900
or sending an email to

Oncology Massage Therapy: Caring for People with Cancer
Thursday, August 13, 7 - 9 pm
Guest Speaker: Josephine (Josie) Galasso, RRT, LMT
Massage Therapy Coordinator
Baptist Community Health Education
Miami Cancer Institute

Our distinguished speaker has dedicated over 14 years to integrating massage therapy into the treatment of cancer. She will highlight the therapeutic uses of massage in the treatment of pain and stiffness, and in improving mobility, and rehabilitating injured muscles. Review of the scientific literature indicates massage helps improve quality of life. Benefits include improved relaxation, sleep, and immune function as well as relieving anxiety, pain and nausea. Massage can be a powerful and healthy way to care for and appreciate our bodies. Patients/Survivors and loved ones are welcome! Simultaneous language interpreting to Spanish with advanced request.
Click here for a flyer about this event.

Generously sponsored by:
Baptist Health South Florida


Celebrating Life and the Power of Hope
Friday, August 28, 11 am - 1 pm
Guest Speaker: David Octavio Gandell
"A Miracle Walking"
Life Coach & Published Writer
Inspirational Speaker & Professional Fitness

As a two-time survivor of a type of cancer believed to be terminal, David’s inspirational life story makes him relatable and empathetic. Of course, the story itself is what is most life altering. David didn’t merely survive cancer. He utilized the opportunity to realign his existence so that he might reach out to others and help them as they lived their own inspirational stories of survivorship. In doing so, he found that those to whom he relayed the message became inspired by his miraculous survival and by his life-affirming outlook. People began to seek David out for guidance, in order to share their own stories, or simply to talk. Join us as we gather together, break bread and honor survivors. Patients/Survivors and loved ones are welcome!
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Book Club: Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change - by Pema Chodron
Tuesday, September 1st, 8th and 15th, 1 - 2 pm
Facilitator: Peggy Rios, Ph.D.
Program Director
Cancer Support Community Greater Miami

Is it possible to live well when the very ground we stand on is shaky? Yes, says everyone’s favorite Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron. It is even possible to live beautifully, compassionately, and happily on shaky ground - and the secret is: "the ground is always shaky". Pema Chodron teaches about the three commitments for embracing the chaotic, uncertain, dynamic, challenging nature of our situation as a path to inner peace and awakening. Her teachings are based on Buddhist principles but applicable to all persons of all faiths. The discussions will focus on the application of these principles and not on religious practices. Patients/Survivors and loved ones are welcome!
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Frankly Speaking About Multiple Myeloma
Wednesday, September 16, 6 - 8 pm
Guest Speaker: Stephen Fein, M.D.
Miami Cancer Institute
This workshop will cover the latest treatments for multiple myeloma. In addition to learning about side effects and side effect management, there will also be a discussion about the social and emotional challenges of the diagnosis by people living with multiple myeloma. Patients/Survivors and loved ones are welcome!
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Generously sponsored by:
Baptist Health South Florida

Reservations required. Please call 305-668-5900

The Nacron Family Cancer Survivorship Networking Group cordially presents the following educational programs:

Juicing: A Powerful Tool for Healing
Wednesday, August 19, 7 - 9 pm
Speaker: Sonia M. Terboss
Spajuicebar Founder
When you are feeling tired or nauseous, it is difficult to make elaborate meals. Juicing is an easy and practical way to healthy nutrition and can strengthen any self care program. Join Sonia as she shows us the best way to get high nutrient intake in delicious juices. Complement your diet with healthy and easy to make flavorful juices and make this an integral part of your self care and healing practices.
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Individualized Approaches to Managing Chronic Pain
Wednesday, September 16, 7 - 9 pm
Facilitator: Daniela De Medeiros, MS.Ed., MS
Doctoral Candidate, Carlos Albizu University
Cancer survivors sometimes experience chronic pain after undergoing treatment. Chronic pain can affect quality of life, and result in feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. Learn about the many psychological interventions that are part of a holistic approach to chronic pain management, helping you to regulate pain levels, cope with negative emotions, and decrease fears related to movement.
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Alper JCC

Site: The Dave and Mary Alper JCC
Futernick Family Art Gallery
11155 SW 112 Avenue
Miami, FL 33176


The Haitian Cancer Support Program
At CSCGM we are committed to providing support services to everyone affected by cancer. The Haitian Cancer Support Program is a program designed to better address the needs of cancer survivors in the Haitian community. We now offer education, support, and healthy living groups in Creole. Meetings are held in select locations. For more information, please call Pascale Denis Denizè at 305-668-5900, Ext 221.
konsa pèsonn pa pou kont li lè li gen kansè.

Generously sponsored by:
Sharp General Contractors


Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale

Peggy Huddleston’s Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster
Through a generous grant from Komen for the Cure the Cancer Support Community is offering this FREE workshop for low-income or uninsured breast cancer patients. During a 90-minute session, participants doing this workshop will learn relaxation techniques along with visualization exercises and behavioral changes to help reduce stress before breast cancer surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, breast reconstruction or other breast cancer related medical intervention. These techniques have been found to not only reduce anxiety but also post-operative pain and are used at major medical centers throughout United States. Sessions are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals in Spanish or in English. Reservations required. Please call Isabel Trabanco, LCSW, at 305-668-5900, Ext. 232

Return to Wellness
A rehabilitation program for low-income/uninsured women diagnosed with breast cancer. It consists of a three-part series of education, exercise, and support programs aimed at helping low-income women with a diagnosis of breast cancer deal with the emotional and social concerns that accompany a diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
For more information and current schedules, please call Isabel Trabanco, LCSW, 305-668-5900, Ext. 232

Site: Jackson Memorial Hospital
Mailman Center for Child Development
1601 N.W. 12 Ave Miami, FL 33136
Room 4004-A


Komen Return to Wellness