On Saturday, November 4th, Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) hosted its annual Cancer Survivor Event at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Alsip, Illinois. This full-day program welcomed nearly 200 guests and was open to cancer patients, survivors and those who support them.
The event featured keynote speaker Geralyn Lucas, author of Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy and cancer survivor. Geralyn Lucas was only 27 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Shaking the foundations of her world, she was faced with the harrowing decision of whether or not to undergo a mastectomy. She shares her incredible journey in her memoir Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy. Having been diagnosed at an early age, Lucas thought it was important to share her story with others to help dispel the myth that breast cancer discriminates by age. Filled with courage, humor and inspirational candor, Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy details Lucas’ internal struggle and soul searching to rediscover her “inner cleavage” after losing a key female-defining characteristic and feel sexy and whole once again. Lucas’ message is not just for women who have experienced the effects of cancer.
“I’m so inspired and thankful for everyone I’ve met on this amazing journey. It has transformed into something beyond my wildest dreams,” said Lucas. “Love is always stronger than our cancer, love always finds a way. No one can take that away.”
Following the featured presentation, guests participated in various breakout sessions: Nutrition and the Cancer Survivor – addressing nutrition concerns both during and after cancer treatment; All about Acupuncture and Its Application in Helping Cancer Patients – using acupuncture to treat the uncomfortable side effects patients often experience from either the cancer or the treatments they are undergoing; and GetSet™ to Release Stress – guide you through the process of releasing anxiety and fear by simply tapping your fingertips on acupressure points while making specific statements. Guests also enjoyed lunch, an afternoon ice cream social, music by the amazing all women band, Grace Notesand incredible raffle prizes.
“This event is very special to Little Company of Mary Hospital, said Susan Arnold, MHA, BSN, RN, director of patient care services at LCMH. “We believe that survivorship begins at the moment of diagnosis. The Cancer Center provides our patients with comprehensive treatment options and a full continuum of care, from diagnosis through survivorship.”
The Cancer Center at LCMH is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (COC), a national gold standard in cancer care. LCMH is committed to bringing compassionate state-of-the-art cancer care to the community. The dedicated team of experts at LCMH collaborates to provide patients with the latest medical technologies for diagnosis and treatment options. In addition to traditional cancer services, The Center offers a full array of free integrative therapy services for cancer patients, such as acupuncture, exercise, yoga and massage therapy. To learn more about the state-of-the-art Cancer Center or integrative therapy programs at LCMH, visit www.LCMcancercare.org.