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FREE six session workshop for adult cancer survivors, as well as family members and caregivers titled “Cancer: Thriving and Surviving.”

Do you know of an individual who has survived cancer, who is currently in treatment for cancer or has completed treatment? Do you also know family members and caregivers affected by an individual’s cancer journey?

If so, the Bergen-Hudson Chronic Disease Coalition, administered by the Bergen County Department of Health Services, and the Cancer Support Community at Holy Name Medical Center is sponsoring a FREE six session workshop for adult cancer survivors, as well as family members and caregivers titled “Cancer: Thriving and Surviving.”


The workshop will be conducted on six consecutive Tuesdays beginning November 14th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm and will be held in the Marian Hall Conference Room at Holy Name Medical Center, 718 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ. Workshop dates are as follows: November 14, November 21, November 28, December 5, December 12, and December 19th. Participants should make a commitment to attend all six sessions.

This skill-building workshop, developed by Stanford University, is facilitated by two trained peer leaders, with each session empowering cancer survivors to set goals, make action plans and improve their lives. For those undergoing cancer treatment, the workshop is designed to enhance regular treatment and provides participants the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their health. Sessions are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active, fulfilling lives and relationships.

Subjects covered include: 1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation, poor sleep and living with uncertainty, 2) appropriate exercise for regaining and maintaining flexibility, and endurance, 3) making decisions about treatment and complementary therapies, 4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals, 5) nutrition, 6) setting priorities, and 7) relationships.

Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions, 4th Edition. Refreshments will be provided.

In order for this workshop to be conducted, a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 20 cancer survivors and/or caregivers must be registered.We are asking you to promote this program, obviously to those contacts you work with or provide assistance, as well as family members, friends, neighbors and/or members of your church community who may be cancer survivors/caregivers who would truly benefit from this workshop.

Since seating is limited, registration is required by Monday, November 6th. To register, please contact Courtney Lozano, MSW, LSW, Executive Director, Cancer Support Community at Holy Name Medical Center at 201-833-3392 or

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Stress: Emphasizing the Positive

The Chinese symbol for stress combines the symbol for risk with the symbol for opportunity. Stress affects everyone physically, emotionally and mentally in positive and/or negative ways. Although often only the negative results of stress are recognized, management techniques emphasize the ability to live with stress in a positive and productive way.

Stress Management

Stress management is not just strategies or coping resources, it is also an attitude or philosophy of life. An important 1st step in management is recognizing the stressors, or causes of stress. Stressors are generally personal in nature and may vary widely among individuals.

Positive stressors include major life changes such as a wedding, the birth of a child or buying a new home. Negative stressors may include loss of a job or death of a parent. Stressors that are more personal in nature and affect people to varying degrees include other people's expectations, loss of self, envy, unfinished business and holding on to loss.

Physiological Effects of Stress

The physiological effects of stress are designed to increase the chances of survival in cases of physical emergencies. Changes such as increases in heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate and muscle strength prepare the body for vigorous, muscular activity. After the stress is relieved, the body returns to normal. If the stress continues over time, the physiological changes can result in unhealthy changes such as headaches, fatigue and elevated blood pressure.


Stress management strategies include self-awareness, behavior change and relaxation skills. The Managing Unhealthy Stress Goal Team of the Partnership for Community Health has published a brochure, Thought Stopping: A Tool to Manage Unhealthy Stress, describing one strategy in detail.

To receive a copy of this pamphlet, please email the Health Department, call 201-634-2704, or fax us at 201-986-1068. Be sure to include your name, address and name of the brochure.