Perhaps one of the most unexpected emotional twists and turns associated with a cancer diagnosis is the period of time when active treatment is done. Where you are navigating the space between ill and well and thinking about the inevitable question of “what’s next?”, but still undoubtedly and significantly impacted by cancer. The period when normal life stressors once again are on the front burner, but you are still managing treatment side effects, residual fatigue, and emotional depletion. There is hope when looking towards the future, but an immediate return to the “old you” may not be in the cards the way that you may have anticipated.
Return to Wellness is an 8 week recovery-oriented program designed for breast cancer survivors. It bridges the gap between completion of treatment and moving towards survivorship. The program is intended for women who are between 6 weeks and 24 months out from active treatment. Return to Wellness offers several unique components that aim to serve emotional needs, spark preventative and sustainable health measures, and foster camaraderie. A small group of women gather together for four hours a week. On Tuesdays, they participate in a support group led by a licensed mental health clinician, followed by a strength training class. On Thursdays, they attend an educational workshop (topics range from nutrition, to sexuality and body image, to developing an exercise routine) and end the evening with a yoga class. The different elements of the program are in place to attend to multiple aspects of health and well-being. Often, by the end of the 8 week series, the women are often inextricably bonded.
CSCP is in the midst of a Return to Wellness series and we are already compiling a roster for the next offering. If you are interested in participating in a future Return to Wellness group, please call CSCP at (626) 796-1083.