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A Time to Heal: Cancer Support Group to Meet Starting in March

February 01, 2017

McCook, Nebraska—Are you a cancer survivor or a caregiver of a cancer survivor? If so, and you are looking for some extra support, please consider joining Community Hospital’s cancer support group, A Time to Heal, which begins Monday, March 27. The 12-week, 12-session group includes lectures, discussion, exercise, support and fun! The support group is held at Community Hospital in the Prairie View A conference room from 4:00-6:30 p.m. The sessions will run through June 19, but the group will not meet on Memorial Day. Reservations are needed by March 3 to ensure enough materials are available for attendees. For more information call Community Hospital at (308) 344-8221.

A Time To Heal is a holistic cancer rehabilitation program for survivors and their caregivers. A survivor is anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer. The program helps participants learn about regaining physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological health; practice a variety of anxiety management and coping techniques and receive encouragement, validation, and support from other participants as well as the professional staff. It is open to both men and women of all ages, who have been diagnosed with all types of cancer.

There is no cost to support group members. Through a grant from the Community Hospital Health Foundation the hospital will provide to each attendee a binder of learning material, a music CD and exercise equipment, including an exercise band, ball, and handkerchief.

Facilitator for the support group is Hanah Nothnagel, Community Hospital social worker. She, along with two Community Hospital nurses who work in the chemotherapy department, participated in a two-day training for the A Time To Heal support group that was held by the creators of the group, Kay Ryan and Stephanie Koraleski.

Hanah received her undergraduate degree in Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and her Master’s in Clinical Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is a provisionally licensed mental health practitioner and a provisionally certified master’s social worker.

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