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Cancer Support Community-Greater Miami Inc

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Causes: Cancer, Health, Patient & Family Support

Mission: The Mission of The Wellness Community is to help people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support, education and hope.

Programs: Programs include educational seminars, support groups, excercise classes, and stress management sessions. Only licensed paid professionals provide services at TWC. Cancer impacts the family, friends and the daily caregivers of the person with cancer. They also experience tremendous stress, which may ultimately impact their own health. To assist in the management of that stress, and thus ultimately assist the cancer patient, The Wellness Community invites loved ones and caregivers to participate in our all of our programs. We also offer specific services just for them as well as :Family GroupsOngoing, weekly groups facilitated by licensed psychotherapists for a primary support person or partner. Networking GroupsGroups with a disease specific focus for cancer patients, family members, and friends to share feelings and concerns about particular diagnoses or issues. Educational Programs and WorkshopsInteractive learning opportunities provided by experts on a variety of topics that are related to cancer, reducing stress, and maximizing health. Programs include: medical updates; managing the side effects of treatment, such as fatigue and pain; family issues related to having a serious illness; financial and legal matters; book discussions; and quality of life concerns. Ongoing Life Enhancement ProgramsThese programs are conducted by instructors with expertise in such areas as stress reduction, nutrition and exercise. They provide the opportunity to learn more about the relationship between emotions, the immune system, and cancer. Participants learn techniques which they can use at home to enhance their physical and emotional well-being. Current weekly classes include Yoga, Tai-Chi, Self Hypnosis, Meditation, and Relaxation/Visualization classes. Various other Mind-Body Seminars and Classes such as Healthy & Delicious Cooking are offered each month.Social EventsThese activities enable participants to develop relationships with others and help to dissipate the unwanted loneliness associated with cancer.

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