All programs are offered at no costAll programs INSPIRE, EDUCATE, and EMPOWER men and women impacted by cancer to be proactively engaged in their health care and to thrive in body, mind, spirit, and life!   View our Calendar of Events.  Before participating in our programs, we ask that you complete our general Program Participant Registration

Thank you to Pardee Hospital for donating program space at the Mission Pardee Health Campus, 2775 Hendersonville Road in Fletcher, 2nd Floor Conference Center above the YMCA.  Next door to Ingles Market.

Cancer Networking Connection
Date: 1st Tuesday of each month beginning February 6, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 

Mission Pardee Health Campus, 2775 Hendersonville Road in Fletcher,
2nd Floor Conference Center above the YMCA

Men and women affected by any type of cancer have a safe and supportive space to find strength, encouragement and connection with others facing similar experiences along the cancer journey. Participants may share common concerns and coping strategies with one another under the guidance of a licensed professional counselor.  Support persons are welcome to attend. A guest physician may be present to answer questions. Healthy snacks are served.  Sign-up here.

The Healing Kitchen
Date: 2nd Tuesday of each month beginning February 13, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 

Mission Pardee Health Campus, 2775 Hendersonville Road in Fletcher, 2nd Floor Conference Center above the YMCA  

Healthy nutrition is essential to healing and protecting your cells against cancer and disease.  Monthly nutrition education will help you create an optimal terrain for healthy cells, not cancer, to thrive.  Join Chef Elyse Ulrichs, MSHN, and Courtney Cox, Certified Health Coach, to learn clean healthy eating to nourish your body during treatment, through recovery, and for life.  Learn how to create easy-to-prepare nutritious meals packed with flavor on a budget.  Sign-up here.

From Surviving Cancer to Thriving in Life: the Path to Health and Happiness
Date: 3rd Tuesday of each month beginning February 20, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Mission Pardee Health Campus, 2775 Hendersonville Road in Fletcher, 2nd Floor Conference Center above the YMCA

Surthrivorship” is a mindset.  This structured monthly post-treatment program offers key lifestyle strategies to help men and women transition from surviving cancer to thriving in a healthier, happier life – surthriving“.  This program can help survivors navigate their journey to wellness and thrive in body, mind, spirit, and life one action step at a time whether approaching the end of treatment, having completed treatment, continuing with maintenance therapy, or a long-term survivor.  “Surthrivors” receive peer support, education, tools, resources, and personal healthy lifestyle goals to help regain emotional and physical well-being, reduce the risk of recurrence and achieve optimal health.  Sign-up here.

Wellness Connection
Date: 4th Tuesday of each month beginning February 27, 2018
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Mission Pardee Health Campus, 2775 Hendersonville Road in Fletcher, 2nd Floor Conference Center above the YMCA

This educational program presents a different topic each month to promote whole person wellness and the adoption of a healthier way of livingExperiential education workshops are led by skilled professionals on topics relating to health and wellness promotion, stress reduction, nutrition education, integrative health, skin care, self-care, and more to help individuals to be proactively engaged in their health, self-care, and the prevention of cancer.  Sign-up here.

A Day to be FREE: Community Wellness Retreat
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time: Sign-in 8:30 a.m.  Event 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lutheridge Camp & Conference Center, 2049 Upper Laurel Drive, Arden – GPS address is 2511 Hendersonville Road, Arden 

Register here to reserve your spot as space is limited to 25 participants.  Cancer is caused by many contributing factors collaborating over a long period of time. This structured one-day Saturday retreat focuses on holistic healthAdults and young adults who wish to adopt a healthier lifestyle to live well and reduce their risk of a cancer diagnosis may experience lifestyle habits to Feel inspired, Release stress, Eat healthy, Exercise, all to promote health not cancer.  Participants experience meditation, qigong, integrative health education, fun movement to music, a healthy boxed lunch, and being surrounded by nature.   Participants walk away uplifted and empowered with the knowledge and tools to thrive in a healthy, happy life.

Fall Weekend Retreat for Women
Dates: Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28, 2018
Check-in Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Lutheridge Camp and Conference Center, 2049 Upper Laurel Drive, Arden – GPS address is 2511 Hendersonville Road, Arden 

Register to reserve your spot as space is limited to 13 women. This annual retreat offers women cancer survivors a weekend to be FREE from the stresses of daily life in a nurturing environment and an opportunity to connect with other women facing similar situations.  Enjoy an uplifting weekend centered around fellowship, new experiences, laughter, and holistic health, not “cancer”.  Experience moving meditation practices (gentle yoga and qigong), fun movement to music, nutrition education, stress release, healthy meals, Healthy-Steps™, walking in nature on groomed trails, sharing around an outdoor fire, and so much more.  Through these experiences, women walk away renewed with knowledge and self-care tools to use in their daily life to feel inspired, release stress, eat healthy, exercise, live well, and thrive in mind, body, spirit.  NOTE:  Participants must be ambulatory, able to care for themselves, and well enough to stay the whole weekend.  Lutheridge is a non-smoking campus.

journey hOMe: Restore Wholeness
Dates: TBD
Location: TBD

Restore physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.  This mindful movement program offers those impacted by cancer a safe, non-intimidating space to exercise with ease, find freedom through a moving meditation practice, and be surrounded by a supportive community. Participants experience the healing benefits Yoga has on the body, mind, spirit, and life.  Our yoga classes are specially designed for cancer patients and survivors.  Classes include pose modifications, meditation, breathing techniques, final relaxation, and lots of props to enjoy the full experience.  Healthy-Steps™ is a fun and easy therapeutic exercise to help reduce many of the symptoms of lymphedema and is good for all physical abilities.  A one-time signed Waiver is required to participate in all movement classes.  All movement classes are led by certified instructors who are cancer survivors.

Social Connection
Dates: TBD
Location: TBD

We all need a break from day-to-day stresses, worries and concerns.  This is true more so for those facing the extra stresses and daily struggles associated with a cancer diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and survivorship. Regular social events present opportunities to connect, laugh, make new friends, and belong to a tight-knit community.

Navigating the Journey Ahead Portfolio

An organization and communication tool.  Newly diagnosed patients receive a personal portfolio to keep medical information and appointments organized to help stay in control and feel less overwhelmed during a stressful time.  This portfolio contains pre-printed forms and designated sections to keep personal data, treatment plan and reports, survivorship care plan, appointment list, medication list, questions to ask, medical bill summary, lab and test results, digital imaging, and follow-up care instructions in one location to best navigate the cancer journey through treatment, recovery, and survivorship.  Patients embrace a positive proactive approach toward self-advocacy which can help reduce fears, anxiety, and distress.  This organizer is also a powerful tool to streamline communication between healthcare providers.  Contact us at (828) 771-0885 to schedule an appointment to receive your complementary portfolio.

Horses Help Healing (Private Sessions April – November)
Sessions are held at Willow Pond Stables, 50 Lance Road, Arden

Recovering from the physical impact of the cancer experience is quicker than healing from the psychological impact. The horse can help us let go of fears, identify obstacles, and bring an awareness to what may be holding us back from creating the life we desire. Because horses are energetically sensitive, they act as mirrors to our true feelings and emotions which they reflect back to us. Natural horse sense is being used to help cancer survivors cope with the challenges and fears they face after treatment. Sessions include some meditation and yoga stretching. No horse experience is necessary.  No riding involved.  Click here to learn more.  Contact Catherine Desfosses at (828) 771-0885 to schedule your first session with Jewel.

Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment®
Dates: TBD
Mission Pardee Health Campus, 2775 Hendersonville Road in Fletcher,
2nd Floor Conference Center above the YMCA 

Please complete our registration form to be added to the waitlist.  Space is limited to 15 participants.  You will be notified of dates and times. This Cancer Support Community and LIVESTRONG five-week structured post-treatment program is the next step to help survivors of any cancer diagnosis who have completed treatment within 24 months (although survivors beyond 24 months are invited to participate) successfully move forward after cancer treatment and live well.  Support persons are also invited to attend.  Participants receive peer support, education, and resources on topics relating to emotional well-being, long-term medical management, nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and stress management. 

Cancer Support Community Online Support and Resources

Through the Cancer Support Helpline, you can speak with a licensed mental health professional free of charge. 

Frankly Speaking About Cancer®cancer-related information and literature you can trust.  Frankly Speaking About Cancer® provides innovative health education through print and digital publications, eLearning courses, online materials, webinars, and a radio show.

CancerEd Online is the Cancer Support Community’s newest interactive educational program for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. CancerEd Online Quick Guides cover what you need to know about topics like self-advocacy, new ways of managing cancer care and precision medicine. Most quick guides last 5-10 minutes.  Click here to create an account – you only need to give your name and email address.

Join Cancer Support Community’s Cancer Experience Registry and help others by sharing your experience. This is a unique online community that allows people facing cancer an opportunity to share their experiences, identify the issues that impact their lives, take surveys, access resources, and learn from each other. There is no cost. It is confidential and open to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer or provides care to a cancer patient.

If you have questions or would like to learn how you can help support these much-needed programs, please contact Catherine Desfosses at 828-771-0885 or email cathy@cancersupportwnc.orgClick here to view our Privacy Policy & Program Participant Statement.

 My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style - Maya Angelou