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GYNECOLOGIC CANCERS 5K 2022
September 17, 2022

Monroe Community College’s Brighton Campus ,1000 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY  14623 (a USTAF certified course).

After 2 years of Virtual Events, we’re back and in person!!! 

Supporting WOMEN

WITH GYNECOLOGIC CANCERS

THROUGH TREATMENT AND BEYOND

WITH GYNECOLOGIC CANCERS THROUGH TREATMENT AND BEYOND

Cancer Wellness Connections is a non-profit that supports people with cancer and chronic illness, by way of connecting you with holistic online services and resources designed to support you during medical treatment.

Our program provides tips to not only cope with the effects of cancer, making you more at ease during the course of your treatment, but to help you focus on the control you retain regardless of diagnosis—and your ability to continue to live an enriched and fulfilling life.

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” ~World Health Organization’s 1948 Constitution

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Physical Wellbeing

Regular physical activity and careful nutritional planning are both essential to a healthy lifestyle overall. Altering habits related to diet and exercise are generally some of the first suggestions recommended by health professionals to help one cope effectively with cancer treatment.

For more about physical well being, click a link below:

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Mental & Emotional
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Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

The process of cancer treatment can be tumultuous and uncertain. While a medical team will care for your physical well-being during cancer treatment, there is often not as much emphasis placed on your emotional well-being. And yet stress and anxiety can take an additional toll on your health. Recognizing your feelings, but learning to strike a balance between what you can and can’t control will help in cultivating resilience and establishing balance in your life. As CWC Co-Founder Dr. Cynthia Angel has said, “You can live well while living with cancer”

For more about mental and emotional well being, click a link below:

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Social
Well Being

Maintaining strong relationships with family, friends and your community are essential for well-being, especially in the face of a life challenge like enduring the process of cancer treatment. Our program emphasizes the benefits of leaning on a support network for practical help. We also encourage compassion, a key component to feeling supported, valued, and loved. This helps one maintain a full sense of personhood rather than feeling merely like a cancer patient.

For more about social well being, click a link below:

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“You are not your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle.” ~Julian Seifte

Cancer Wellness Connections was originally designed to bring in-person activities to all people receiving outpatient infusion treatments in Rochester-area clinics. With the onset of COVID-19, we transitioned to online support that can be accessed by anyone at any time, always free of charge. 

Our program is not only designed to comfort and help you within the confines of the infusion room, but also give you tips and techniques that help you moving forward. Focusing on ways to reduce stress, promoting mindfulness and relaxation will help not only during treatment, but beyond as you navigate your new normal. With practice, these aspects of self care can empower you to increase well-being and quality of life no matter the circumstances. 

Through online videos, downloadable content, and links to resources you’ll be able to learn how to build your resilience in stressful times and to find wellness.

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“I have cancer. Cancer doesn’t have me.”
~Marco Calderon

Love and Laughter

“Love and laughter are two of the most important universal cancer treatments on the planet. Overdose on them.”
~Tanya Masse

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"Cancer is not a word. Cancer is not a sentence."
~John Diamond

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“HEALTH is a state of body. WELLNESS is a state of being.” ~J. Standford

Our Story

Cancer Wellness Connections is a nonprofit organization that was founded in the Gynecologic Oncology Office of Drs. Cynthia Angel & Brent DuBeshter, providing comfort and care directly into the infusion clinics where women were actively receiving outpatient chemotherapy. Through various activities, our volunteers brought bright spots to treatment times. During the pandemic, we turned to a hybrid of virtual programming offering similar support to people in our community impacted by Gynecologic Cancers, helping them connect with wellness and wellbeing.

Cancer Wellness Connections is independently funded by donations of people like you!

Our Founders

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Eileen Grossman

Eileen recognized how isolating cancer treatment can be for both patients and their families.  Long hours in the infusion chair can be scary, if not just plain boring.  From that, her vision for a program that became Cancer Wellness Connections was born.  Through Eileen’s leadership and counsel, Cancer Wellness Connections has been able to enrich the lives of so many, especially people receiving outpatient infusions for cancer and chronic illnesses.

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Dr. Cynthia Angel

Gynecologic Oncologist Dr. Cynthia Angel observed that the patients she saw doing the best were the ones who didn’t put their lives on hold. Through her lens as a scientist, she saw how the many advances in therapies means that many patients will live with a chronic or extended condition. Regardless of outcome, Dr. Angel’s focus is on quality of life that is not overshadowed by a diagnosis. Her principles guide Cancer Wellness Connections’ vision that living well with cancer is possible.

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Dr. Brent DuBeshter

Practice partner with Dr. Angel, Dr. DuBeshter is similarly focused on patient experience. For him, to view a cancer diagnosis through the rigid lens of being cancer free as the only positive outcome is an oversimplification. As such he whole heartedly embraced the idea of forming a program that could help his patients find a sense of wellness throughout treatment and beyond.

Cancer Wellness Connections is an independent program that touches the lives of more than 25,000 of our neighbors going through treatment for gynecologic cancers. Your support will have an immediate impact on making their journeys a little easier.

CAREGIVERS & Support Network

“Caregivers are involved in many facets of patient care across every phase of the cancer care trajectory…Yet despite the heavy level of care involvement, seldom does the health care system assess the unmet needs of caregivers as a part of patient care.”
The Challenge of Quality Cancer Care for Family Caregivers

Giving care to a loved one during their cancer treatment can be difficult and draining over time, and it is not uncommon for Caregivers to neglect their own personal needs in the process.  However, Caregivers can only hope to sustain the efforts of giving care to others if they are open to accepting additional social support and taking essential time for their own self care as well.  We now have tips and resources for Caregivers and Support Networks.

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"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."   ~Booker T. Washington

Physical Well Being

Regular physical activity and careful nutritional planning are both essential to a healthy lifestyle overall.  Altering habits related to diet and exercise are generally some of the first suggestions recommended by health professionals to help one cope effectively with cancer treatment. 

For more about physical well being, click a link below:

Physical Well Being

Regular physical activity and careful nutritional planning are both essential to a healthy lifestyle overall.  Altering habits related to diet and exercise are generally some of the first suggestions recommended by health professionals to help one cope effectively with cancer treatment. 

Exercise

As reported by the Harvard Medical School, the evidence is clear: a regular exercise program can help reduce the effects of cancer and treatment. Clinical trials have shown that “an exercise program during treatment had significantly improved quality of life, fitness, energy, and strength, as well as significantly lessened anxiety, depression, and lowered body mass index.”  Just as important, Exercise also elevates mood and can support mental and emotional well-being. Check with your physician for any restrictions.
It may seem counter-intuitive, and can also feel extremely daunting when you’re already feeling drained during cancer treatment, but exercise can help boost energy and stamina, even in short increments.  Exercise also elevates mood and can support mental and emotional well-being. 

Nutrition

The American Cancer Society states that “Good nutrition is especially important if you have cancer because both the illness and its treatments can change the way you eat. They can also affect the way your body tolerates certain foods and uses nutrients”  Cancer treatment can sometimes make healthy eating even harder with the need to navigate side-effects. But good nutrition can actually improve the effectiveness of treatment and lea

“HEALTH is a state of body. WELLNESS is a state of being.” ~J. Standford

Cancer is not a word.
Cancer is not a sentence.
~John Diamond

Mental & Emotional
Well Being

The process of cancer treatment can be tumultuous and uncertain. While a medical team will care for your physical well-being during cancer treatment, there is often not as much emphasis placed on your emotional well-being.  And yet stress and anxiety can take an additional toll on your health.  Recognizing your feelings, but learning to strike a balance between what you can and can’t control will help in cultivating resilience and establishing balance in your life.  As CWC Co-Founder Dr. Cynthia Angel has said, “You can live well while living with cancer”

Stress reduction

Cancer brings with it all sorts of stressors.  There are some things you can do to help restore balance: focusing on what you can control, organizing to be your own best advocate in your medical care, learning how to set limits without guilt, recognizing your strengths and tapping into the habits that serve you.  These skills will help empower you regardless of the circumstances.   Mindfulness practices such as meditation, breathing exercises, and guided imagery, will aid you now and as you move forward. 

Building Resilience

Resilience can be viewed as an individual’s ability to maintain or restore relatively stable psychological and physical functioning when confronted with stressful life events and adversity. (Seiler & Jenewein, 2019)” After being diagnosed with cancer, it is not unusual to feel out of control and overwhelmed.  And it’s true that there are plenty of aspects of life outside one’s control, but there are also aspects of control that no diagnosis can ever take away.  There are tools to use to help you advocate for yourself and communicate with medical staff, family and friends what your desires are for how you proceed through treatment. 

With practice, these aspects of self care can always be harnessed to increase resilience and quality of life no matter the circumstances.  Our mission is to provide you with many tips and tools to empower your well-being and help you develop greater resilience.

Social Well Being

Maintaining strong relationships with family, friends and your community are essential for well-being, especially in the face of a life challenge like enduring the process of cancer treatment.  The ability to lean on a support network for practical help, and also for compassion, is key to feeling supported, valued, and loved, and helps one maintain a full sense of personhood rather than feeling merely like a cancer patient.

Engagement

Sustaining hobbies, reigniting old ones, or finding new avenues of passionate engagement can help anyone maintain a sense of continuity and full personhood during the sometimes dehumanizing process of cancer treatment.  

Enrichment

Being involved in the community is an excellent way to continue feeling like a complex and connected person with valued skills to contribute and meaningful outlets.  It is also a perfect way to share common interests, cultivate deep relationships, and expand one’s support network.  Whether that involvement be in the form of volunteer work with a local nonprofit organization, helping out at a community center, a school, or place of worship, there are myriad ways to connect during cancer treatment.

“HEALTH is a state of body. WELLNESS is a state of being.” ~J. Standford

“I have cancer. Cancer doesn’t have me.”
~Marco Calderon

“Love and laughter are two of the most important universal cancer treatments on the planet. Overdose on them.” 
~Tanya Masse