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Support & Survivorship

ABOUT SUPPORT & SURVIVORSHIP

More Americans are surviving cancer than ever before due to advancements in cancer treatment and research. To help survivors lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives, the Center has survivorship programs that address social, emotional and spiritual needs for the rapidly increasing number of cancer survivors.

SUPPORT & SURVIVORSHIP IN BATON ROUGE

THRIVE offers an array of free services for survivors and caregivers with the goal of helping you live a full and meaningful life during and after treatment. This integrative program aims to treat the physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of survivorship, combining research-based complimentary therapies with traditional cancer care. We seek to provide options that are respectful of your personal needs and preferences, allowing your values to guide the support services you receive.

LEARNING TO THRIVE

A monthly educational workshop on topics of interest related to cancer survivorship. Program is free to the public.

June – More information coming soon

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Laura Gaddy: (225) 215-0182 or lgaddy@marybird.com.

MIND-BODY TOGETHER SUPPORT GROUP

mindbodyThis support group focuses on the interactions between mind and body and the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social and spiritual factors can directly affect health. In an intimate and supportive group setting, participants learn research-based skills to manage stress, reduce pain and support the healing process. Techniques include: guided imagery and visualization, breath and movement, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, journaling, self-hypnosis, mindful eating, spirituality, and drawing. Program is free to the public.

Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m.

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, 2nd Floor Overlook

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Laura Gaddy (225) 215-0182 or lgaddy@marybird.com.

HEALING ARTS

healingartsPeople with cancer who engage in creative arts experience less depression and anxiety than those who do not, according to a review of research trials conducted over 23 years. This is the backbone of the Mind-Body Medicine approach, which uses art, meditation, massage and other proven techniques to bring about healing results.

Through Healing Arts, the Cancer Center offers an array of creative art projects to help patients, family members, and caregivers increase self-awareness, cope with symptoms and manage stress.

To view our Healing Arts exhibit throughout the Cancer Center click here.

JuneArt Explorations

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Laura Gaddy: (225) 215-0182 or lgaddy@marybird.com.

SURVIVORSHIP CLINIC: AFTER THE BELL

087_mary_161122The clinic provides a supportive environment with step-by-step practices to help you live well after treatment.

If you have received a cancer diagnosis, you know its impact on your life extends beyond your completed treatment plan. Sometimes the many questions and concerns you have about the future can cause stress and anxiety. But, research shows that if you mentally prepare yourself to manage these challenges, you can improve your quality of life and become an active participant in living the healthiest possible life. Join us for weekly small group sessions designed to reduce stress, boost the immune system and inspire an overall sense of well-being.

All sessions are free of charge.

 August 8, 11, 15, 18, 21, 25, 28 & September 1, 5, 8, 12, 15

Mornings 8:30- 12pm

The Orangerie, Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge

For more information, contact Laura Gaddy at (225) 215-0182 or email lgaddy@marybird.com

THRIVE SPRING RETREAT

retreatTHRIVE Spring Retreat is a four-day, three-night retreat held annually in April. It is an opportunity for cancer patients and caregivers to find renewal, growth and personal healing surrounded by the renewing energy of nature and the peaceful wilderness.

The Thrive Spring Retreat is a unique opportunity for cancer patients and caregivers to find renewal, growth and personal healing against the backdrop of a peaceful wilderness. Explore the mind-body connection for self-care during cancer treatment and recovery. Enjoy a nurturing experience that supports the growth of the whole person.

April

Solomon Episcopal Conference Center, 54296 Hwy. 455, Loranger, LA 70446

For more information, contact Laura Gaddy at (225) 215-0182 or email lgaddy@marybird.com

MINDFUL YOGA

Group classes that improve strength, flexibility and stamina. Program is free to the public.

Tuesdays 5 – 6 p.m.

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, Conference Room 3

Morning and Evening Classes – The Red Shoes

For more information, please call (225) 938-9629

FOSTERING HOPE

The human-animal bond enriches our lives in many ways, including physical and emotional benefits. The Fostering Hope program brings the healing effects of pet companionship to cancer survivors and their family members while providing a temporary home to an animal in need. There is no cost to foster an animal. All food, veterinary and other expenses are covered by generous donors. In addition, assistance is available to adopt a pet. Consider bringing a loving animal into your home today!

For more information, please contact Laura Gaddy: (225) 215-0182 or lgaddy@marybird.com.

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

yogaThe practice of using breath to help focus attention, reduce stress and increase productivity.

To listen to the guided imagery and meditation scripts at home, click here.

Monday – Friday, 12-12:15 p.m.

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, 2nd Floor Overlook

For more information, please contact Laura Gaddy at (225) 215-0182 or lgaddy@marybird.com

PET THERAPY

petOur Pet Therapy Program is held every first Thursday of the month and helps promote health and a sense of wellbeing through positive interactions with certified pet therapy dogs. Program is free to the public.

For more information, please contact Laura Gaddy at (225) 215-0182 or lgaddy@marybird.com.

HEALTH & WELLNESS COACHING

patient-navigationThis program provides individual sessions with a certified health and wellness coach and oncology nurse help you develop the personal tools and motivation to reach your physical and emotional goals. We can help create a plan for a number of personal objectives, including weight loss, better nutrition, quitting tobacco, lowering stress, returning to work, managing financial concerns, sleeping better and enjoying more quality time with friends and family. You determine the goals and a certified health and wellness coach assists you in reaching them. This program also has an experienced oncology nurse to assist with any physical issues related to long-term side-effects of cancer treatment.

By appointment only, please contact Francinne Lawrence (225) 215-1391 or flawrence@marybird.com.

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

massageMassage involves gentle manipulation, rubbing, and kneading of the muscles and soft tissue. Massage for cancer patients is used to decrease stress, anxiety, depression, pain and fatigue. Program is free to the public.

Outpatient Infusion Areas

By appointment only, please contact Dyanne Guidry at (225) 215-1314 or dguidry@marybird.com.

WATER AEROBICS

water-aerobicsAppropriate, regular water aerobics can reduce pain, fatigue, bone loss and other negative side effects of cancer treatment. Benefits of water exercise – before, during and after treatment – are improved range of motion, strength, balance and weight control, while lowering risk from falling while exercising. This class is targeted toward breast cancer patients and their caregivers, but other cancer survivors are also eligible to participate. Program is free to the public.

Saturdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

C.B. Pennington Jr. YMCA, 15550 Old Hammond Hwy. Baton Rouge, LA 70816

For more information, please contact Francinne Lawrence (225) 215-1391 or flawrence@marybird.com.

SURVIVORSHIP CONNECTIONS

One-on-one support among veteran and recent cancer survivors and caregivers.

For more information, please contact Laura Gaddy at (225) 215-0182 or lgaddy@marybird.com.

PROJECT HOPE

The Red Shoes, a local non profit provides yoga, meditation, book and film studies, creative arts and more.

For more information, please call (225) 338-1170 or visit The Red Shoes.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Cancer Services: A local and independent nonprofit, Cancer Services serves the tangible needs of people living with cancer in Greater Baton Rouge. The agency helps meet the financial, educational and emotional needs that arise during the cancer journey. All services are free of charge.

SurviveDat: SurviveDAT is dedicated to enhancing the health and wellness of young breast cancer survivors in Louisiana. The goal is to address the unique needs of these survivors through online resources that include an extensive list of community programs, support groups and services available locally and nationally. Monthly support group meetings and quarterly workshops cover topics like genetics, fertility, body image and more. Program is free to the public.

Laryngectomy Support Group: Laryngectomy patients and their family members are able to share fellowship, information, encouragement and support. Guest speakers, a speech pathologist from the OLOL Voice Center and a social worker or licensed counselor attend each meeting. Program is free to the public. For more information, please call (225) 765-8259.

SUPPORT & SURVIVORSHIP IN COVINGTON

BEREAVEMENT/GRIEF SUPPORT

bereaveBereavement group is open to anyone in the community who has experienced a loss from the death of a loved one. The groups are held in a short series that is five weeks long. Registration encouraged.

First Wednesday of each month, 3 p.m.

Madisonville Room at St. Tammany Parish Hospital

BETTER BREATHERS

betterDesigned to provide support and information to individuals diagnosed with lung disease.

Quarterly meetings, 10 a.m.

Paul D. Cordes Outpatient Pavilion

Call 985-898-3785 for meeting dates or more information.

THE BOUTIQUE

boutiqueThe Boutique offers wigs, hats, turbans and scarves to patients receiving cancer treatment at no charge in a private fitting area. Make an appointment to come and see our selection or to obtain a listing of additional wig resources. The Center fits 50 to 60 patients per month with wigs and other head coverings. If you have items you no longer need, please consider donating them to the center. Items should be clean and in good condition. If you need a listing of local or online resources for wigs and head coverings, email dmiller@stph.org.

Need a hug for your head? Get a Free headwrap or scarf from the Good Wishes program. If you are a experiencing loss or thinning of hair as a result of illness or treatment, Good Wishes will send a scarf in the pattern and color of your choosing free!

Private fittings by appointment.

Call 888-884-3653 for more information or click here to request your free Erickson Good Wishes website wrap or scarf.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT – FRANKLINTON AREA

supportProvides support and education to individuals diagnosed with breast cancer.

First Monday of every month, 11:30 a.m. (except holidays)

Cafe Bouchee, 1103 Cleveland St., Franklinton

Call Claire McGuire at 985-839-2256 for meeting dates, location and more information.

SISTER SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP

sisterThis free support group is open to any female cancer survivor and is facilitated by Melinda Breaux, Licensed Professional Counselor and a cancer survivor. This support group is for any woman currently receiving treatment or who has completed treatment for any cancer diagnosis regardless of where the treatment was received. Talking about feelings, giving and receiving support, and sharing life’s joys and challenges with other survivors can be a lifeline during difficult times.

Meets on the first Tuesday of every month, 7 p.m.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital

Contact Colleen Hughes at 985-276-6832 or cmhughes@stph.org for more information.

CANCER CONNECTION SUPPORT GROUP

connectionIt is crucial for cancer survivors and caregivers to find social support to help manage the many emotions that accompany a cancer diagnosis, treatments and survivorship. Talking can help so much! This support group offers a place to express ones fears and hopes, and gain strength from others who understand the challenges and opportunities of living with cancer. The focus of the group is on sharing experiences and discovering new ways to experience quality of life after a cancer diagnosis.

Second Wednesday of every month, 7-8:30 p.m.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital

Contact Colleen Hughes at 985-276-6832 or cmhughes@stph.org for more information.

LADIES LOVING LIFE – BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

ladies

Meets on the second Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m.

Bogalusa Senior Center, 603 Willis Ave.

Call Holly Rester at 985-516-7364 for more information.

LOOK GOOD… FEEL BETTER

lookLook Good…Feel Better® was developed by the American Cancer Society for women undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. Spend an afternoon with certified professional cosmetologists as they demonstrate skin, nail and hair tips that can enhance your appearance and improve your self-image while undergoing cancer treatment. This program is free to participants. Complimentary cosmetics and skin care products are provided.

December 15, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital

Call 985-898-4581 to register or for more information.

MINDFUL MEDITATION: AN ALLY IN YOUR CANCER RECOVERY

mindmeditationLearn to use the power of your mind to fight disease, find strengths, make the best of treatments and meet the challenges cancer can bring. Guided by Ellen LaRocca, the class will introduce various meditation, guided imagery and simple yoga techniques. Participants may start at any time. The class is open to individuals with a cancer diagnosis, their caregivers and the health professionals who care for them.

  • Session 1: Jan. 6 – Feb. 17 (No Class Feb. 24)
  • Session 2: March 2 – April 13 (No Class April 20)
  • Session 3: April 27 – June 8 (No Class June 15)
  • Session 4: June 22 – Aug. 17 (No Class July 20, 27 or Aug. 24)
  • Session 5: Aug. 31 – Oct. 12 (No Class Oct. 19)
  • Session 6: Oct. 26 – Dec. 14 (No Class Nov. 23)

Every Wednesday, 1 – 2 p.m.

Women’s Pavilion, Conference Room

Call 985-898-4581 to register or for more information.

MY BC TEAM

bcMy BC Team is a FREE social network for women facing breast cancer. Instead of utilizing a networking structure that promotes anonymity, MyBCTeam provides a safe environment for women to get to know one another and make real, lasting connections. These connections create the foundation of their individual “breast cancer team,” women and providers they personally connect with and recommend.

PET THERAPY

petLocal pet therapy groups visit patients and visitors at the Cancer Center on a regular basis. The goal is to promote health and a sense of well-being through positive interactions between people and animals. All pet therapy teams have completed behavior evaluations and training, and animals have up-to-date vaccinations.

Contact Colleen Hughes at 985-276-6832 or cmhughes@stph.org for more information.

RESTORATIVE YOGA IN CANCER CENTER

Yoga has proved to be beneficial in improving symptoms related to cancer or treatment and improved mood and sleep. Classes incorporate yoga techniques appropriate for anyone going through a cancer experience regardless of physical strength and abilities. Classes are facilitated by Wendy McKnee, certified yoga instructor. Participate may start at any time, based on space and availability.

Every Friday, 10 – 11 a.m.

Women’s Pavilion, Conference Room

There is no charge for the classes; registration and a medical release are required. Call 985-789-0793 to register or for more information.

SUPPORT GROUPS TO MEET YOUR NEEDS

Can’t get to a meeting? Treatment and travel can hinder participation in meetings or you may need more support than a once a month meeting. Cancer Care, a nonprofit organization, offers numerous telephone or online support groups. All groups are free of charge and are led by an oncology social worker.

Call Cancer Care at 800-813-4673 for more information.

SURVIVEDAT – NORTHSHORE CHAPTER

survivedatSurviveDAT is dedicated to enhancing the health and wellness of young breast cancer survivors in Louisiana.

The goal is to address the unique needs of these survivors through online resources that include an extensive list of community programs, support groups and services available locally and nationally. Monthly support group meetings and quarterly workshops cover topics like genetics, fertility, body image and more.

Held the third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital

Visit www.survivedat.org or call Colleen Hughes at 985-276-6832 for more information.

SURVIVORS THROUGH FAITH – HAMMOND AREA

Provides support, education and resources to breast cancer survivors.

Every last Thursday of the month, 4 p.m.

Call 985-542-9246 or email survivorsthroughfaith@yahoo.com for meeting location and more information.

TAI CHI: HEALING IN MOTION

The art of Tai Chi will help you learn to use the power of movement to fight disease, boost your immune system, find strengths, make the best of treatments and meet the challenges a significant illness brings. Guided by Erlinda R. Nye, yoga and tai chi instructor, the class will help regain wellness. Participants may start at any time. The free class is open to individuals with a cancer diagnosis, their caregivers and the health professionals who care for them.

  • Session 1: Jan. 6 – Feb. 17 (No Class Feb. 24)
  • Session 2: March 2 – April 13 (No Class April 20)
  • Session 3: April 27 – June 8 (No Class June 15)
  • Session 4: June 22 – Aug. 17 (No Class July 20, 27 or Aug. 24)
  • Session 5: Aug. 31 – Oct. 12 (No Class Oct. 19)
  • Session 6: Oct. 26 – Dec. 14 (No Class Nov. 23)

Every Wednesday, 12 – 1 p.m.

Women’s Pavilion, Conference Room

Call 985-898-4581 to register or for more information.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

American Cancer Society Reach to Recovery and Man to Man Peer Support
Breast and prostate cancers
800-227-2345
www.cancer.org

Cancer Care Free Counseling Support for Survivors, Caregivers, and the Bereaved
800-813-4673
www.cancercare.org

Caregiver Support Group for Women
Women’s Center for Transformation
Abita Springs
Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
985-892-8111
www.womenscenterforhealing.org

Imerman Angel’s Peer Mentoring
1-on-1 Cancer Support for Survivors and Caregivers
866-463-7626
www.imermanangels.org

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society First Connection Peer Support
800-955-4572
www.LLS.org/FirstConnection

LiveStrong Foundation Free Counseling for Survivors and Caregivers
850-220-7777
www.livestrong.org

The Life Beyond Cancer Foundation (LBCF)
Dedicated to easing the physical, spiritual, emotional and financial hardships of living with, and beyond, cancer.
www.lifebeyondcancer.org

SUPPORT & SURVIVORSHIP IN HOUMA

NOSOTROS

nostotrosFor all cancer patients and their families.

Third Monday of each month, 6 P.M.

Mary Bird Perkins TGMC Cancer Center Conference Room

For more information, call (985) 857-8093.

BEAUTIFUL YOU

beautifuAt Mary Bird Perkins TGMC Cancer Center, we know patients can often struggle with the cosmetic effects of cancer. That’s why we created Beautiful You, a place where patients get to choose from a wide selection of wigs, hats, scarves and more – all free of charge, while receiving support and encouragement from the staff.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call (985) 850-6308.

BOSOM BUDDIES SUPPORT GROUP

bosomA support group for breast cancer survivors.

Fourth Wednesday of each month, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Mary Bird Perkins TGMC Cancer Center – Conference Room 1

For more information, call (985) 850-6308.

LOOK GOOD, FEEL BETTER

lookOffers makeovers for all cancer patients. Led by a licensed cosmetologists.

January, March, May, July, September and November

Mary Bird Perkins TGMC Cancer Center – Conference Room 1

For more information, call (985) 858-7020.

CAMP BLUEBIRD

An adult cancer camp (no outside camping) that allows participants to enjoy various fun activities with other campers.

Held annually in October.

For more information, call (985) 850-6308.

MANAGING STRESS AND DISTRESS

bereaveA cancer diagnosis can often lead to many mixed emotions, including distress. Click here for three tips to minimize distress and learn skills to cope with the diagnosis and treatment.

For more information, contact Vickie Boudreaux at (985) 850-6308 or vickie.boudreaux@tgmc.com.

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