Annual Conference

We hope you’ll join us for the 6th Annual “Art of Living Beyond Cancer Conference” scheduled Saturday, August 29, 2020!

This year, we are delighted to host Amy Camie, certified clinical musician and harpist. Amy’s inspirational music is scientific and therapeutic, calming stress and anxiety experienced by cancer and Alzheimer’s patients, as well as those with sleep disorders and PTSD. You can learn more about Amy at her website,

Join us at the Scott Conference Center in Omaha for the half-day, general session. Additional break-out sessions will offer the best information available on topics such as integrative medicine, healing energy, emotional resilience, nutrition and palliative care. Other highlights include a book bazaar and vendor fair, as well as light breakfast and boxed lunch.

All survivors and caregivers are welcome. For medical professionals, the conference offers contact hours (CH), plus afternoon workshops. We look forward to seeing you on a day filled with hope, help and how-tos!

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Topic Titles / Descriptions: ATTH Conference Speakers

Click on each of the topics to see the speakers and full descriptions.

Breakout Session 1 (Select One)

  • Self-Compassion, Connection and a Pinch of Humor: Recipes for Developing Emotional Resiliance – Jea Theis, MSW, LCSW, LIMHP
    Description: Times of illness and stress don’t determine where you go, but rather where you start. Learn to identify and nurture your unique strengths, as an individual and as a family member, to optimize post-stress growth.
  • Eat 2 Succeed: Change Your Diet and Change Your Life – Lisa Garrett, BS, MS, Nutritionist
    Description: “I’m tired all the time” and “I don’t feel good” are complaints that can result from poor nutrition. Discover what balanced meals, supplements and other techniques can do to improve your energy and health.
  • Who Is This New ME? Coping with Changes in Body, Brain and Emotions – ATTH Founders Stephanie Koraleski, Ph.D., and Kay Ryan, Ph.D., RN
    Description: Body image, chemobrain and anxiety often continue to bother cancer survivors after treatment ends. ATTH founders discuss mindset and practical strategies that can help survivors cope with and overcome these challenges.

Breakout Session 2 (Select One)

  • Introduction to Functional Medicine: From Surviving to Thriving – Cassie Krause, APRN
    Description: Functional Medicine focuses our attention on the body as a whole: mind, body and spirit. Explore the research supporting holistic strategies that assist overall health, and learn to truly thrive through a foundation of a healthy lifestyle.
  • “Just in Case”. . . Finding Your Courage to Engage in Advance Care Planning – Dr. Melissa Teply
    Description: Preparing for unexpected and potentially life-threatening medical emergencies can be daunting and emotionally draining. Learn what advance care planning is, why it’s important, and how you can communicate your wishes to your loved ones and medical providers.
  • Acupuncture: Another Tool in Your Toolbox for Healthy Living – Sara Kowalik, L.Ac, acupuncturist
    Description: Learn about the benefits of acupuncture, a safe, natural and effective technique that relieves pain and stress, and restores health. Recent research suggests acupuncture may provide clinical benefits for cancer patients with treatment-related side-effects, including nausea and vomiting, post-operative pain, cancer-related pain, chemotherapy-induced leukopenia and fatigue.

Healthcare Professional Workshops, 1:15-3:45 p.m. (Select One/2.5 CH)

  • Early Intervention with Palliative Care – Billie Theel, APRN, and Kate Spellerberg, MSN
    Description: Providing whole-person care for those experiencing serious illness, palliative care prevents and relieves symptoms of disease and treatment, and maximizes quality of life. It addresses physical, psychosocial and emotional needs of patients and their families. Often incorrectly associated with end-of-life care, research shows palliative care initiated soon after cancer diagnosis improves quality of life, decreases depressive symptoms and prolongs life.
  • When Caring Can Hurt: How to Heal Compassion Fatigue – Samantha McGill, MA, and Dr. Shelli Inness-Gronenthal, Ph.D.
    Description: Medical professionals, social workers, caregivers and volunteers all may suffer from compassion fatigue, which is chronic stress developed over time related to care-giving. Learn the symptoms of emotional and physical exhaustion, and how to develop self-care strategies.
  • Healthcare Ethics 101: An Introduction to Medical Decision-Making – Jacob Dalke
    Description: Nearly every area in medicine has an ethical aspect, from the beginning to the end of life. Discover more about how healthcare professionals balance decision-making while striving for the best possible outcome for every patient.
  • Conscious Self Care – How Resonance Informs Our Choices – Amy Camie, CCM
    Description: This fresh, inspiring program expands perceptions of self-care through a combination of therapeutic harp music, personal experiences and a clear understanding of vibrational resonance. Discover how resonance informs our choices; how our energetic presence affects those around us, and why it’s important to take care of ourselves, especially as we care for others. Learn simple and effective ways to support yourself throughout the day.

General Session Agenda

7:45 a.m. Doors Open and Book Bazaar
8:00 a.m. Registration, Light Breakfast, Vendor Resource Fair and Book Bazaar
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
8:45 a.m. A Walk With Cancer – Amy Camie*
9:30 a.m. Break, Vendor Fair and Book Bazaar
10:00 a.m. Breakout Session 1 (Select One)*
10:45 a.m. Break, Vendor Fair and Book Bazaar
11 a.m. Breakout Session 2 (Select One)*
11:45 a.m. Box Lunch, Vendor Fair and Book Bazaar
12:30 p.m. Announcements, Door Prizes
12:40 p.m. Relax and Receive – Amy Camie

* Medical professionals earn 0.75 CH where indicated, totaling 2.25 CH for the morning General Session, which must be completed in its entirety. Medical professionals earn 2.5 CH for the afternoon session.

Closing Title: Relax and Receive
Description: During times of tremendous change and uncertainty, we often forget to slow down and listen to the whispers of our soul. This inspired live musical experience relaxes the body, calms the mind and gently touches the soul.