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A SPECIAL THANK YOU…
to the
S. Mark Taper Foundation
For approving a $25,000 grant
In support of Children’s Corner,
a program that provides emotional support for children whose parents or guardians have been diagnosed with cancer.
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Vicki Laidig McCuish tells her story of cancer and  CSC Pasadena Play Video >

Southern CA Affiliates

CSC Pasadena is headquartered in Pasadena and serves the downtown area, including the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valley regions via four different off-site locations. If you are interested in another  Southern CA affiliate closer to your home click on the appropriate area below.
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This week

Wed Nov 26 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
Explore Journaling, Art and Poetry
Wed Nov 26 @12:30PM - 01:30PM
Lunch Time Yoga
Wed Nov 26 @ 2:00PM - 03:00PM
Mindfulness for Health
Wed Nov 26 @ 5:00PM - 06:00PM
Tai Chi
Wed Nov 26 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Support Group (Caregiver)
Wed Nov 26 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Children's Corner
Wed Nov 26 @ 6:00PM - 07:30PM
Support Group (Patient)
Thu Nov 27
Closed For Thanksgiving
Fri Nov 28
Closed
Sat Nov 29 @10:00AM - 11:30PM
Gentle Yoga
Sat Nov 29 @11:00AM - 12:00PM
Yoga En Espanol
Sat Nov 29 @12:00PM - 02:00PM
Grupo Fuerza Y Esperanza
Mon Dec 01 @11:00AM - 12:30PM
Support Group (Patient)
Mon Dec 01 @ 1:00PM - 02:00PM
Guided Meditation
Mon Dec 01 @ 2:00PM - 03:00PM
Feldenkrais
Mon Dec 01 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Support Group (Bereavement)
Tue Dec 02 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Card Making Workshop, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tue Dec 02 @11:00AM - 12:00PM
Welcome to Wellness
Tue Dec 02 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
New Pilates
Tue Dec 02 @ 5:00PM - 07:00PM
Knitting Nirvana
Welcome to CSC Pasadena
Founded in 1982, Cancer Support Community (CSC) is an international non-profit organization providing free support, cancer education and hope. Cancer Support Community Pasadena (CSCP) is one of 24 chapters in the U.S. based on the core philosophy of the Patient Active Concept: “… someone who sees him or herself as Patient Active becomes part of the fight for recovery” and benefits through their participation and increased knowledge. How you participate, connect with and educate yourself is up to you - be it online, a class, a weekly group – or a combination. Learn More>
 
Welcome Support Education Mind & Body
Orientation is for anyone interested in joining a support group.  These informal drop-in sessions are held every week in Pasadena. Support groups are offered for people with cancer and for their loved ones. These drop-in and on-going groups are facilitated by a licensed therapist. Learn about cancer, medical updates, nutrition, legal issues and other topics that can empower cancer patients and their families. Classes to reduce stress,support and strengthen the immune system while
improving your quality of life.
 

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heart icon 25Mindfulness for Healthmed circle
Wednesdays, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
This group will introduce the principles of Mindfulness for Health and offer both silent and guided meditation exercises and encourage group discussion to encourage participants to deepen their awareness.  Class is open to anyone who would like to participate.  No prior meditation experience needed.
 
heart icon 25feldenkrais logoFeldenkrais
Mondays, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
"The Feldenkrais (FEL den krice) Method® is a remarkable muscular-skeletal reeducation that reduces or eliminates pain while creating a vibrant awareness of effective, pleasurable movement, sensing and thinking in our everyday lives.  The method uses gentle, highly precise movement explorations to cultivate this awareness, evoking these beneficial changes by accessing and harnessing the extraordinary repatterning power of the human central nervous system.
    These classes are enjoyable and potent!  They empower students by offering a new awareness of options for reducing or eliminating pain while increasing fluency and fluidity in everyday movements.  These benefits extend to a general sense of well-being, increased vitality in sensing and feeling, and an appreciation of individual strategies for learning and thinking."
 
Free Classes at CSCP in 2014

 
Walking for Wellness at the Rose Bowl
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at 6:00 pm.
Join Linda Blumenthal and Holly Rundberg and walk for good health. Call 626-796-1083 for further information about this group.
 
Children's Cornerkids
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm For children and teens, ages 5 to 17 who have a parent or other loved one with, or recently deceased from cancer. Support Group 1st and 3rd Wednesday. Social Activites all other Wednesdays. Registration required; Call Laura Wending at 626-796-1083. .
 
edu icon 25 Explore Journaling, Art and Poetryraw art journaling
 Wed., 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Thur., 12:00pm - 2:00pm  Check weekly calendar for dates. Theresa Cianci, writer, artist and poet, will help you relax while learning therapeutic values of expressing your emotions and develop inner strength toward healing.
 
edu icon 25 Focus on Fun: Photographic Workshopfocus on fun photo
Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00 pm
For those who enjoy making, watching and playing with images. One does not need to own a camera to participate.
 
edu icon 25 Card Making Workshopnotecard
Tuesday, December 2nd  10am - 12pm Holiday Edition
Join art instructor and cancer survivor, Sharon Palmiter. Learn how to make creative note cards using a variety of media including stamps, stickers, colored pencils and more. Materials will be provided. Space is limited.
 
Reflexology for Immune System Supportreflexology 125
Tuesday, December 2, 6:30-8:00 pm
Sara Chameides teaches Self Help & Family Help Reflexology for the cancer patient, survivor and family members. Learn how to work on feet, hands, and ears to strengthen your immunity and bring relaxation and tranquility to your body.
 
edu icon 25Beading Basics for Beginnersbeads
Tuesday, December 16, 1:00-5:00 pm
Beading is an ancient art and a healing process which can help one cope with all kinds of stress and treatment. This is a basic workshop where you can learn the creative art of making beaded bracelets and earrings with Licia Ramos. REQUIRED MATERIALS AND TOOLS LIST AVAILABLE.
 
Complimentary and Natural Therapiestherapy
December 18
Join Dr. Robert Chu, L.Ac and learn how acupuncture, nutrition and exercise can help reduce the side effects of cancer treatment and improve overall health and vitality.
 

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CSCP is a “Fragrance Free Zone”.  Cancer treatment can make individuals hypersensitive to smells and fragrances.  Please limit use of products with strong scents while attending our programs.

Volunteer Spotlight

  • Volunteer Spotlight
    On April 1, 1996 Brandon Flowers, co-owner of The Dynamic Advantage in Eagle Rock and a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, began teaching a class he called Dynamic Strength Training (DST) at what was then The Wellness Community-Foothills.  The class was geared to helping people with cancer maintain or regain their strength and fitness. In the fall of that year he brought his business partner, Rick Caputo, also a certified personal trainer, to TWC and they have been...
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Are you Experiencing Breakthrough Pain?
Breaking Through: Voices of Breakthrough Pain in Cancer Patients TM (a project of Archimedes Pharma with the support of the Cancer Support Community)
wants to hear your opinion. Many people with cancer and cancer survivors who experience constant, background pain also experience episodes of sudden, severe pain that can occur without any apparent reason. Below is a link to a survey that will take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete. Your response to this survey will help in the development of educational programs that patients and oncologists will use to discuss and treat breakthrough pain. Make Your Voice Heard. Take the survey at: www.visioncriticalsurveys.com/skin/breakingthrough/CSC.html Participation is entirely voluntary; your answers will be strictly confidential.

 

Dear Participants:

As a breast cancer survivor, you know that breast cancer is more than just treating the tumor, there are often emotional and social challenges to overcome as well. In fact, a recent survey showed that four out of five women experience distress due to a breast cancer diagnosis. The Wellness Community - Foothills recognizes that women who have faced breast cancer are more than patients, more than survivors and more than their breast cancer.

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Craig's Story

On June 5, 2008, I was diagnosed with GE junction (gastro-esophageal) cancer. After choosing City of Hope for my treatments, I began a grueling chemotherapy, which then segued to a 9-hour surgical procedure. Despite all the chemo, the cancer was at Stage 4, and, following surgery I began a five week, five day a week radiation therapy, followed up by another three month return excursion into chemotherapy. I ended treatments in April 2009.
Most of you who are reading this are well aware of what I went through, and your love and support has meant the world to me. Following my diagnosis, a friend and cancer survivor put me in touch with the Pasadena chapter of The Cancer Support Community, or CSC-P.
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CSC Patient Active Concept

At the center of CSC's program philosophy is the Patient Active Concept. CSC’s founder Dr. Benjamin was right when he said, "People with cancer who participate in their fight for recovery from cancer will improve the quality of their life and may enhance the possibility of their recovery."  Learn More

Evidenced-Based Research

Evidence-based research conducted by CSC and in collaboration with other institutions demonstrates that the support and education provided by CSC is enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Learn More
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