Survive and Thrive Conference

2nd Annual Survivor Conference
“Survive and Thrive”

Saturday, September 15, 2018
Event – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Chamberlain College of Nursing
18624 W Creek Dr.
Tinley Park, IL 60477

This free event is designed to help improve cancer survivor’s level of education and to enhance their lives physically, emotionally, and mentally so that they may not only survive, but thrive.

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Topics will include:

  • Making Your Health a Priority – Mind, Body, and Soul (Presented by Nadine Kelly, M.D., RYT, R-CYT, YOGI M.D.) – The overall theme of this seminar will be self care. It is impossible to take care of yourself without addressing the many aspects of health – physical, mental, social, intellectual, and spiritual. The discussion will touch upon what it truly means to attend to the challenges of nurturing yourself while living with cancer or caring for a loved one with cancer. Such challenges include coping with stress and its effects on the body, time-management, practicing self-compassion and gratitude, and learning healthy communication skills. The seminar will be interactive.At the end of the discussion, Nadine will lead a short yoga practice in the chair with guided meditation. You deserve to live your healthiest and happiest life.
  • “Understanding the Differences Between Hospice and Palliative Care” (Presented by Nancy Flowers, MSW, LCSW) – This presentation will discuss the various aspects of hospice and palliative care as well as the main differences between the two. Presented by Nancy Flowers, MSW, LCSW, a Clinical Social worker and the Community Education Program Manager with Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care.
  • “Improving Relationships Through Communication” (Presented by Raeann Lowry, MA) – We all have a strong need for belonging and connectivity. Our relationships with friends, family and significant others are important because they contribute to our overall quality of life.  In order for these relationships to remain positive, it is important to practice good communication. Join this discussion to learn the benefits of good communication, tips on how to improve communication skills and receive information on how to enrich our social relationships through better use of communication.
  • “Understanding the Differences Between the Various Types of Imaging”
  • “The Role of Oncology Rehabilitation for Physical Wellness in Survivorship” (Presented by Alicia Klabunde, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA) – With advancements in cancer treatment, the number of cancer survivors has grown to approximately 14.5 million in 2014, with this number expected to continue to increase.  While this is great news, it also means that we have more survivors living with the side effects of cancer treatments, of which many of these have negative effects on quality of life.  Side effects vary among individuals and among the types of cancer treatments provided.  They may include pain, stiffness, lymphedema, neuropathy and balance deficits, just to name a few.  Often, survivors emerge from treatments with little information on how to manage these side effects and subsequently accept them as a new norm.  In this session, we will discuss some common long-term side effects, their quality of life implication and the research behind the benefits of physical therapy and oncology rehabilitation in the journey of survivorship.
  • “Survivorship 101 – Focusing on Women’s Issues”

Opening speaker will be Sue Armato, Executive Director of The Cancer Support Center
Closing speaker will be Dr. Karen O’Donnell

To view photos from the 2017 event, click here.