Create Your Best Life

Join us for CREATE YOUR BEST LIFE virtual events scheduled every month!


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Cancer + Careers

Balancing Work after a Cancer Diagnosis

Join us Saturday, September 25th at 10 a.m. (CDT) on ZOOM

Balancing treatment and recovery with employment can bring with it many complexities. Challenges may include making decisions about disclosure in the workplace; determining whether or not to continue working; finding solutions for managing side effects; mapping out your return to an existing job (or finding a new one) after time off; and so much more.

Join Rachel Becker LMSW and explore approaches for figuring out your best path forward when it comes to working and/or job hunting after a cancer diagnosis.


Rachel is the Senior Director of Programs at Cancer and Careers, an organization that empowers and educates people with cancer to thrive in their workplace, by providing expert advice, interactive tools, and educational events. In her role, Rachel oversees Cancer and Careers’ 14 accredited webinars. Additionally, Rachel regularly presents on topics related to cancer and work at community-based events and cancer conferences around the country. Rachel holds a BA from Rutgers University and graduated summa cum laude with an MSW from NYU’s Silver School of Social Work. She is a member of NASW, AOSW, and a proud recipient of the Zelda Foster Fellowship in Palliative and End-of-Life Care.

CREATE YOUR BEST LIFE EVENTS are FREE but a $10 donation per session is appreciated. Please register to receive a meeting link to our Zoom event.

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Online Event Schedule

2021 Create Your Best Life Events

  • 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. [January 16, 2021 10:00 a.m. to Noon]
  • “Just in Case”. . . Finding Your Courage to Engage in Advance Care Planning – Melissa Teply, MD
    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. [February 6, 2021 10:00 a.m. to Noon]
  • 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. [March 13, 2021 10:00 a.m. to Noon]
  • Let’s Talk Lymphedema! – Lauren Robins, OTD, OTR/L, CLT
    Description: Have you ever wondered what you can do to lower your chances of developing lymphedema? What to look for? Or when to seek help? Come find the answers to these questions and more! Grab your coffee and join us from the comfort of your own home to talk to an expert about all things lymphedema. In this interactive session you will learn everything from prevention and precautions to the signs of onset and how to treat it. Any and all questions are welcomed and encouraged! [April 24, 2021 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.] – view recording here.
  • Simple Exercise & Nutrition During and After Cancer – Lauren Robins, OTD, OTR/L, CLT
    Description: Have you tried returning to physical activity and has the pandemic set you back? Are you confused about what food or supplements you should be consuming after cancer? Join us as we demonstrate simple and easy exercises that you can do in your own home! You’ll also learn more about what foods can benefit and enhance your cancer recovery. Come ready with questions for this interactive session where pajamas are welcomed too! [May 8, 2021 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.] – view recording here.
  • It’s Your Time to Heal and LIVESTRONG! – Brenda Helget (ATTH) and Amy Roux (YMCA)
    Description: Are you ready to take the next step in your cancer recovery? The YMCA and A Time to Heal (ATTH) have partnered to give YOU programs designed specifically for helping heal cancer survivors! LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is proven to help improve your strength, flexibility and balance while research shows A Time to Heal reduces stress, boosts hope and helps improve your quality of life. Best of all, these programs are FREE! [June 12, 2021 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.] – view recording here.
  • Compassion and Empathy for Caregivers and Survivors – Mary Grace Zeleny, LHMP
    Description: Caring for someone with cancer is challenging for both the caregiver and the patient. This session will help you both navigate challenges, develop strategies for giving and receiving care, and create awareness of loving kindness for both of you. Bring a pen and paper for a session of reflection. [July 31, 2021 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.] – view recording here.
  • “Natural Medicines” for Cancer Survivors: How to Safely Navigate the Herb & Supplement Jungle – Teri Gabel, PharmD, BCPP
    Description: It’s a jungle out there! Herbal medications and supplements abound – but how do you know what’s safe? What are the side effects? Will they interact with the other drugs or supplements that you’re taking now? How do you choose what’s right for your specific needs? Learn these answers from a pharmaceutical expert on this ever-evolving topic. If you have taken Survivorship 101, this will be an update to the session 10 chapter in your participant workbook. [August 28, 2021 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.] – view recording here.

2020 Create Your Best Life Events

  • A Walk with Cancer – Amy Camie, CCM. [September 19, 2020 10:00 a.m. to Noon]
  • 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. [October 17, 2020 10:00 a.m. to Noon]
  • 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. [November 14, 2020 10:00 a.m. to Noon]
  • 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. [November 14, 2020 10:00 a.m. to Noon]
  • Healthcare Ethics 101: An Introduction to Medical Decision-Making – Jacob Dalke, BSBe, HEC-C
    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. [December 12, 2020 10:00 a.m. to Noon]

Interested in a past topic? Beginning April 2021, all event recordings are available here.

If you have questions, please email Kelly Mand, A Time to Heal Director of Programs at

A Time to Heal Cancer Foundation is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact A Time to Heal Cancer Foundation at or call us at 402-401-6083.