Click here to look at HeartSprings newest (fall 2012) brochure. Look below for our newsletter with all the latest news.
Is there anyone you don't know who isn't affected by cancer in some way or another? Cancer seems so prevalent, the "disease of our age" so to speak. So, learning about cancer, its treatments and options is an important part of taking charge of your care. The National Cancer Institute has all the facts and figures about ALL types of cancer at:
Make sure you find the right doctor who will work with you in your care. We are blessed to have two fine cancer treatment centers right here in Fargo and in the surrounding area.
But, we at HeartSprings know that cancer isn't all about facts and figures. We know that you are dealing with life and death. We know that you are grieving the person you were, to the person you are and will become. We know that it's scary. We know that this disease doesn't leave any part of you untouched because cancer not only affects your body, but your soul too. So, we leave the treatment up to the doctors, but we can help in complementing the treatment by reducing the severity of the side effects, maximizing the effects of the treatments, help calm your anxiety and fears, provide you with emotional and spiritual support to give you hope and courage and even a bit of laughter, and during survivorship help to grow YOU into a whole and healed person. Of course, there's no magic wand for all of this to happen and it takes effort (which when your exhausted doesn't sound very appealing). But, I guarantee your transformation happens on all levels of your being when your cancer is met with effort. And it takes courage and some tools.
"Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared." ~Edward Vernon Rickenbacker~
[Taken from Cancer Crusade. Please go to their website and sign-up for
their encouraging and uplifting messages at http://www.thecancercrusade.com/ ]
OK, so YOU have to find the courage, but what are some tools? Below are a list of classes, events, and therapies that we encourage you to participate in. You will be a co-creator in your own program. You decide. With our expertise and knowledge of over 17 therapists, nurses, chaplain, and yoga professionals we will guide you, but you make the final decision. We are pleased to say that we have the support of the Embrace program at Sanford health systems (which is a survivorship program run by Dr. Terstriep) and Essentia Health cancer center for the skill and expertise our staff will bring to you. Please call to make an appointment with us if you want to try an integrative approach to working with your cancer at #701-261-3142.
Click hereto see our newest brochure on cancer and HeartSprings
- Adaptive Yoga starts Thursday September 13 from 11:15-12:15pm
- HeartSprings Decompression Yoga (you have to walk up 50 stairs) starts Monday, September 10th
- Mind-Body Skills Groups starts Thursday, September 13 from 6:00-8:00pm (can also join September
27th) Read below
- Healing Touch, Massage, Integrative Imagery, Reflexology, Craniosacral...................
Click herefor our September 2012 newsletter which explains all of our classes and practitioners
Click Here to read Laura Stoneburner's article in October 6, 2010 on Carolyn Espel and her yoga class for those living with breast cancer.
We will run a twelve-week mind-body skills group series. These groups will be limited to ten participants.
**A note about our mind-body skills group: The material and information comes from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and Dr. James Gordon
- James S. Gordon, MD, is the Founder and Director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) and a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Gordon recently served as Chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. He also served as the first Chair of the Program Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Alternative Medicine and is a former member of the Cancer Advisory Panel on Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the NIH.
- Dr. Gordon has devoted over 35 years to the exploration and practice of mind-body medicine. A Harvard Medical School graduate, he was for ten years a research psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health.
We would also refer you our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section of our website and Mayo clinic's website http://www.mayoclinic.org/general-internal-medicine-rst/cimc.html to read more about complementary and alternative medicine.
It may surprise you that all the complementary therapies that are offered at Mayo, with the exception of hypnosis (although we have integrative imagery), is right here in Fargo, ND at HeartSprings! As director of HeartSprings and a licensed and registered occupational therapist, I have been researching, learning, and developing complementary medicine skills for over 25 years. I have seen trends come and go, and I have seen amazing results from conventional western medicine and complementary medicine alike. For me, it's a both/and approach rather than an either/or.
We wish you the best in your healing journey and pray that HeartSprings may walk with you in this life changing event!
Updated August 2012