One goal of the new local partnership with the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA) is to provide education for the Touched by Cancer Support Group. But it goes beyond that and reaches into the entire community, said MCA Director of Outreach Brooke Groneman.
St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center recently teamed up with MCA and one result is the beginning of a series of Interactive Television (ITV) presentations that are open to the public. The first is called “7 Habits of Humorously Healthy People”; it is set for 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 in the St. Dominic Room at St. Rose.
“This program is designed for anyone with a chronic medical condition,” Groneman said. “We welcome all who want to participate, including patients, survivors, caregivers, friends and family.
“We are happy to help the local cancer support group in any way we can,” Groneman added. “This program and the ones to follow are not meant to replace the existing group. Instead, this is just a way to provide more education and support services.”
The Touched by Cancer group is active at Heartland Cancer Center, which St. Rose owns.
Mary Pebley, founder of Funny Business and a humor therapist, will facilitate the presentation via ITV.
“Mary is an interactive, energetic and fun presenter,” Groneman said. “We have heard great feedback from those who have participated. Living with cancer or other chronic illness is no laughing matter but laughter may at times be the best medicine.
“Research shows that laughter helps relieve pain, relax the muscles and manage stress,” Groneman continued. “It not only supports the healing process but may even boost the immune system. We encourage everyone to discover the seven habits that can help you feel better and cope with stress.”
In addition to this series, local MCA benefits include: access to clinical trials, including new trials developed at the University of Kansas; access to cancer professionals; and access to second opinions through ITV in Great Bend.