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Palliative Care

A Discussion for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers

Join us Saturday, August 13th at 10 a.m. (CT) on ZOOM

What is palliative care, and how do I know if it’s right for me? Who pays for palliative care? How is palliative care different from hospice? Palliative care not only manages the physical symptoms of cancer, but it also addresses the complete needs of cancer patients and their family members. Join us for this open discussion on the importance of palliative care and how it can be used during any part of your cancer journey, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.

Join Marcia Cederdahl on Saturday, August 13th from 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (CT) for an enlightening conversation about palliative care.

About our Speaker

Marcia Cederdahl has been a Registered Nurse (RN) for 45 years. She started working in hospice in 1988 and started three hospice programs. She is certified as a hospice and palliative care RN, and she is ELNEC (end of life nursing education consortium) trained. She was an administrator for in-home care and outpatient services with Nebraska DHHS for 10 years, which included home health and hospice. Marcia is also a two-time cancer survivor. She is currently serving her second term on the Nebraska Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council.



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Young & Diagnosed

Lessons Learned Through Hardship and Triumphs

Join us Saturday, September 24th at 10 a.m. (CT) on ZOOM

Calling all young adults! You won’t want to miss this couch conversation on all things REAL regarding cancer. Come meet Taylor, Emalee, and Becky, all thrivers of aggressive cancers who were diagnosed young when life was really getting good!

They each had amazing support systems but still felt lost and lonely, knowing others didn’t understand the pain, fear, and anxiety that they were going through. Until they met each other! And they want to be available to you too! Come join them for a couch sit! Bring your questions that may seem too embarrassing to ask your cancer team. Nothing is off limits! They will talk about it all and hope to make you smile and laugh along the way!

Join this crew on Saturday, September 24th from 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (CT) for a refreshing and REAL conversation about cancer.

Our Speakers

We are three young adult survivors of rare and aggressive cancers, warrior women who are learning to thrive and are passionate about supporting others. We created love|blackbird, a blog for cancer patients and also those who love someone going through it. We talk about cancer, life, love, hardship, and triumphs. Welcome, we’re sorry you’ve needed to find us, but we’re so glad you’re here!


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Coping with Survivor Guilt

Join us Saturday, October 15th at 10 a.m. (CT) on ZOOM

What is survivor guilt and what does it look like? How is it different from other cancer side effects? Many cancer survivors and caregivers experience guilt. It can come in a variety of forms and at any time. These feelings should be acknowledged and normalized. Join us for an open dialogue about survivor guilt, where it comes from, and how to cope with it.

Join Kimarie Knowles on Saturday, October 15th from 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (CT) for an open discussion about survivor guilt.

About our Speaker

Kimarie Knowles is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose area of expertise is in cancer and bereavement support. She has worked in the field of psycho-oncology for 15 years and has extensive clinical understanding of the needs of patients and caregivers throughout the disease continuum, from initial diagnosis, through treatment, to end of life, survivorship, recurrence, chronic illness, and bereavement. Kimarie has worked with patients and families in a variety of ways, including individually in one-to-one therapy, couples and/or family therapy, and group work.

Kimarie has advanced training certificates in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, complicated grief therapy, and meaning-centered psychotherapy. Kimarie has published academic papers and presented on topics such as coping with chronic cancer, survivor guilt, coping with the fear of recurrence, dating after cancer treatment, and grief, loss and bereavement. She has a passion for helping patients and caregivers as they navigate the challenges of illness, loss, and survivorship.



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Past Event Schedule

2022 Create Your Best Life Events

  • Mirror, Mirror: Improving Your Reflection – Lori Fuchs, Lisa McDermott, and Emily Bolmeier, Clinical Cosmetologists and Certified Mastectomy Fitters from Inner Beauty at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center
    Description: Have you looked in the mirror and not recognized the person that you see? Have you lost your hair?  Do you have scars or radiation marks? Some changes from cancer treatment may be temporary, while others may be permanent. Listen as we meet with a team of cosmetologists and board certified mastectomy fitters to discuss makeup and skin care, post-mastectomy or lumpectomy garment and prosthesis fittings, scarf and hat styling demonstrations, and wig options. Come listen for your first step in reclaiming your confidence, comfort, and sense of self. [January 29, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.] – view recording here.
  • The Elephant in the Room: Talking to Kids About Your Cancer Diagnosis – Pam Ganz, MS
    Description: Hearing the words “You have cancer” is frightening. And now you’re tasked with a difficult conversation talking to your children or other young ones in your life. Cancer is a family experience. But how do you navigate conversations about your cancer diagnosis with children and teens? If you are a parent or grandparent who has children in your lives between the ages of 5 and 18, listen to a discussion about navigating these difficult conversations. Often children have many questions and experience a wide variety of emotions. Listen here to learn tips and strategies for talking with kids of all ages about cancer. [February 26, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 p.m.] – view recording here.
  • I Can’t Afford to Have Cancer – Jim Murphy and Shasta Wragge.
    Description: Cancer is expensive. And nearly all cancer survivors experience financial stress due to the cost of cancer treatment and related expenses. Have your out-of-pocket treatment costs shattered your credit? Are you struggling with medical bills and need to explore alternative lines of credit? This session will explore financial topics that are important to cancer survivors and their caregivers. View this for financial guidance as we meet with banking experts for a highly informative and open discussion. [March 26, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.] – view recording here.
  • The Genetics of Cancer – Dr. Mary Wells and Michaela Sherbeck, APRN-CNS, AOCNS, AGCNS-BC.
    Description: Genetic counseling can be an important part of your cancer journey, whether just diagnosed or five years post-treatment. Genetic testing can help you make informed decisions about your care and can be used to identify any inherited cancer risks in your family. Should you have genetic testing? What are the pros and cons of being tested? Does insurance cover genetic testing? Come listen as we meet with genetic experts to answer these questions and more. [May 7, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.] – view recording here.
  • Healthy Nutrition for Cancer Survivors – Jeannie Hannan, PhD, DipACLM, NBC-HWC.
    Description: Nutrition is an important part of your care no matter where you are in your cancer journey. What does the research say about nutrition for cancer survivors? What is a plant-based diet and what are the benefits of one? Healthy eating doesn’t have to be overwhelming! You can start today by taking little steps. Come learn practical ways to transition to more plant-based meals, along with other tips for healthy eating! [June 25, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.] – view recording here.
  • Transforming Your Diet with Plant-Based Recipes – Jeannie Hannan, PhD, DipACLM, NBC-HWC.
    Description: Now that you’ve learned the importance of healthy nutrition as a cancer survivor, join us for part two of our healthy nutrition series! We welcomed back Jeannie Hannan to talk about all things RECIPES! Join us for this open discussion where Jeannie shared some of her tried and true recipes. [July 16, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.] – view recording here.
  • Palliative Care: A Discussion for Survivors and Caregivers – Marcia Cederdahl, RN, BS, CHPN.
    Description: What is palliative care, and how do I know if it’s right for me? Who pays for palliative care? How is palliative care different from hospice? Palliative care not only manages the physical symptoms of cancer, but it also addresses the complete needs of cancer patients and their family members. Join us for this open discussion on the importance of palliative care and how it can be used during any part of your cancer journey, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. – recording coming soon!

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.
  • Cancer+Careers: Balancing Work After a Cancer Diagnosis – Rachel Becker, LMSW
    Description: 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 from Cancer+Careers and explore approaches for figuring out your best path forward when it comes to working and/or job hunting after a cancer diagnosis. [September 25, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.] – view recording here.
  • Navigating the Holidays with Cancer – Jane Karges, Clinical Psychologist
    Description: How do you feel when you think about the upcoming holiday season? Are you anxious about traveling? Are you worried about letting your family know that your life isn’t back to “normal” yet? Are you concerned that there is too much to do, and you won’t have enough energy? Listen to our open dialogue about navigating the holidays with a cancer diagnosis. We’ll discuss the importance of setting healthy boundaries and evaluating your priorities during the holiday season. [November 6, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.] – view recording here.
  • Intimacy After a Cancer Diagnosis – Brier Jirka, LIMHP and Certified Sex Therapist.
    Description: What happens to your intimacy after a cancer diagnosis? Who can help support you on this journey of adjustment and change? Do you want resources and an open dialogue with tangible tools and techniques? If you’ve answered yes, then this is the conversation for you. Come learn about libido, arousal, orgasm and other difficulties that arise after cancer treatments. You will also learn new ways to connect to your partner through touch and restructuring expectations. [December 11, 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.

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