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      A Time to Heal: Breast Cancer Survivor Program at Good Samaritan Hospital

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      GoodSamaritan Hospital is again offering women who have been treated for breastcancer the opportunity to take part in a 12-week holistic rehabilitationprogram designed to help them regain their physical, emotional and spiritualhealth.

      The programentitled A Time to Heal has already made a positive difference in the wellbeing of breast cancer survivors, including those at Good Samaritan. Researchhas shown an improved quality of life after attending the sessions. Much likecardiac rehab for people who have had a heart attack, this program aids inrecovery for women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer.

      Small groupsmeet in the evening once a week for 12 weeks and discuss information related tonutrition, regaining strength, coping, relationships, happiness and mentalattitude. They learn relaxation, journaling and gentle exercise techniques.

      Expertpresenters will address these vital issues and more in the weekly sessions.Participants receive a Participant's Workbook. A Time to Heal is free toparticipants, thanks to generous contributions, including a recent donation ofmore than $5,000 from Cindy Vo of Kearney.

      The programwill be presented by Dana Welsh, RN, BSN, OCN; Carol O'Neill, RN, BSN, OCN andKim Burr, MS, LIMHP all of Good Samaritan Hospital. Interested cancer survivorsmay contact the Cancer Center at 308-865-7293 or 800-277-4306. A shortinterview and questionnaire may be conducted prior to participation.

      Groups willbegin meeting on Monday, February 4 at the Cancer Center at Good SamaritanHospital. Only a limited numbers of participants will be accepted into theprogram, so anyone interested is encouraged to contact the Cancer Center earlyto register.

      A Time toHeal was developed byDr. Kay Ryan, a health care consultant, speaker and trainer and Dr. StephanieKoraleski, a psychologist in Omaha.

      "People whohave information, who make healthy choices, and who feel able to make adifference in their own lives can do very well after cancer treatment," saidDr. Ryan, a breast cancer survivor herself. A Time to Heal gives womenaccess to the tools they need to be well after breast cancer.

      For moreinformation on the national program, go to www.MyTimetoHeal.org.

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