A Time to Heal — Mission Statement
So that cancer survivors and their caregivers may create their best lives, we provide support, education and empowerment.
Our values are:
Compassion for all touched by cancer;
Deep respect for every person’s potential for wellness;
Commitment to proven strategies; and
Collaboration with the healthcare community
How it all began...
This program developed out of a personal need for both of its creators.
The founders of this program are Dr. Stephanie Koraleski and Dr. Kay Ryan. Stephanie is a cancer center psychologist and the daughter of a breast cancer survivor. Kay is a nurse, breast cancer survivor, health care consultant, speaker and trainer. Following Kay’s diagnosis and treatment, she was disappointed to learn there was no rehabilitation program to help her. Her disappointment led to her and Stephanie creating the idea that would become A Time To Heal.
Components Of Our Program
What they came up with was our flagship program, the 12-week rehabilitation program that gives survivors access to the tools they need to help them to be well after cancer. This whole- person rehabilitation program is designed to help people regain their physical, emotional, and spiritual health after cancer treatment. Both Koraleski and Ryan are intimately familiar with the side effects and after effects of cancer treatment.
Since it began in 2005, research and experience have shown that individual components of A Time to Heal make a positive difference in the well being of cancer survivors. Studying the research on cancer survivors has shown that people who have information, who make healthy choices, and who feel able to make a difference in their own lives can do very well after treatment.
A Time to Heal was developed and facilitated by Stephanie Koraleski, Ph.D. and Kay Ryan, RN.Ph.D. in 2005. A multidisciplinary team of health professionals, cancer survivors and caregivers wrote the curriculum for the 5 books A Time to Heal has since published. The 12 week holistic wellness recovery program has been offered 2-4 times per year in Omaha since then.
Expanding Our Programs
Starting in 2006, the program expanded across the state of Nebraska and into several other states. In 2009, A Time To Heal received it’s independent 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service. In 2010, the program was expanded to include programming for survivors of ALL Cancers as well as their caregivers. The All Cancers program is offered in most locations. Additionally, in 2014, our Cancer-Related Brain Fog class was launched in several of our locations across Nebraska, including Omaha, Grand Island, Norfolk, Kearney, Lincoln and Scottsbluff. Our goal is to continue to expand all of our programs to new sites across the country.