Survivor

Congratulations! You've finished treatment and now you join the thousands of cancer survivors who live in the Fox Valley. What now? Fitness, support and education programs can help you live beyond cancer and get connected to others who have been on your journey. They will make you stronger, wiser and better able to create this new life you are living.

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A Time To Heal - Cancer changes your life. It can be a constant companion in your thoughts. You receive a lot of support during treatment but what happens when treatment is completed? How do you return to daily life? How can you and your loved ones adjust to life changes that cancer can bring about and move towards creating your best life? A Time to Heal is a 12-week holistic rehabilitation program designed to help men and women regain physical, emotional, intellectual, psychological and spiritual health after cancer treatment. A Time to Heal is offered by HOPE Cancer Connection and Affinity Health at various locations in the Fox Valley area. The program is open to all men and women, from all health systems, who have completed surgery and treatment following a cancer diagnosis. A family member or friend who served as your caregiver during your cancer journey is also encouraged to participate with you. Thanks to the generosity of others, this program is being offered free of charge to participants. For more information about the next session see Local Events or call HOPE Cancer Connection at 920-882-1900.

Bliss - Bliss is a campaign designed for beautiful souls affected by cancer. The intent is to impact patients, caregivers and loved ones who reflect bliss as they conquer the impossible by staying humble around those who need it most. Bliss is a program which sells a designer cuff bracelet - unique to this cause - and for every Bliss bracelet purchased, Margo Rouge gifts a Bliss package to an individual affected by cancer. Each package includes an embellished hat, lip-gloss, inspirational greeting & quote cards all packaged for delivery. Visit margorouge.com or call 920-931-2520.

Cancer and Careers is an organization dedicated to empowering and educating people with cancer to thrive in their workplaces by providing expert advice, interactive tools and educational events.  For more information visit cancerandcareers.org.

CancerCare is an organization that provides help to cancer survivors and their caregivers emotionally, physically and financially. They provide telephone, online and face-to-face counseling, support groups, education, publications and financial/co-payment assistance. Professional oncology social workers offer personalized care, and all of our services are free of charge. Visit their website to learn more or call them at 800-813-HOPE (4673).

Cleaning for a Reason is a non-profit organization partnering with local maid services to offer free professional house cleaning services to women undergoing cancer treatment. To connect with the local Fox Valley provider contact the foundation through their website or call Toll Free at 1-877-337-3348.

LIVESTRONG: A 12-week program for cancer survivors who have become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease. With the help of a Cancer Specialist Trainer, participants are given the tools and guidance to begin or continue their journey of wellness. This program was designed by the LIVESTRONG Foundation and Stanford University. Program goals are to help participants build muscle mass, muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. The program is tailored to fit the specific type of cancer and/or needs therefore some individuals will meet one on one, while others meet as a group. For more information contact the YMCA in Appleton - Linda VanEgeren 920-739-6135, Fox West - Kristin Rice 920-560-3413, Neenah/Menasha - Susan Hildebrant 920-886-2127, Oshkosh - Dan Braun 920-236-3380 Cost: Free

For Your Well Being Survivorship Program: Sponsored by the St. Elizabeth Health Foundation and the Mercy Health Foundation these classes alternate between St. Elizabeth Cancer Center in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh. Offerings include Cancer Rehab, Nutritional Healing, Care for the Caregiver, and Intro to Yoga. and more. Classes are open to survivors from all health systems. Call Nurse Direct at 1-800-362-9900 for class times and locations.

Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group at Our Saviors' Lutheran Church in Appleton offers support to individuals and those affected by neuropathy. Open to the community; anyone interested is welcome. Meets 2nd Tuesday of most months at 2:00 p.m. but does not meet in December. For more information contact Mike Barklow at 920-380-0218 or mb40@att.net.

Youth Cancer Survivor Program is a 7 week small group program at the Appleton YMCA designed specifically for cancer survivors ages 5-16 who have recently become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely provide activities that build muscle and strength; increase flexibility and endurance; and improve confidence and self-esteem that focuses on the whole person and not the disease. This program meets once a week for 30 minutes and is free to Y members and the general public. For more information contact Linda VanEgeren at 920-954-7629 or lvanegeren@ymcafoxcities.org.


"Be careful around heat with your wigs! They get frizzy; I didn’t realize that and ruined two wigs because of steam, oven heat and campfires!" LuAnn, Breast Cancer Survivor, Appleton

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