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Livingwell Cancer Resource Center offers lymphedema program

GENEVA—From 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, a provider of non-medical support at no cost for people living with cancer, is offering a program on Preventing and Managing Lymphedema.

Lymphedema is a side effect of treatment that many cancer survivors face. Presenter Sangeetha Balusu, occupational therapist at Edward Hospital, will talk about the standard treatment for lymphedema and will highlight the newest treatment options that can help manage your lymphedema. Learn where to go for help in addressing treatment related to this side effect.

This presentation is open to the public and free of charge, although registration is required. Call (630) 262-1111 to register.

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center is the one place in the Fox Valley region where people living with cancer, their families and friends, can go for information and support services that address the challenges of living with cancer free of charge to the participants.

LivingWell offers networking and support groups, educational programs, mind-body fitness classes, youth programs, a library, individual psychological and nutritional counseling and much more.

LivingWell is located at 1803 W. State St., in Geneva, and online at www.LivingWellCRC.org. LivingWell is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can be contacted at (630) 262-1111.

LivingWell is a certified 501c non-profit organization and an affiliate of Delnor Heath System.

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
1803 W. State St., Geneva
(630) 262-1111

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center offers afternoon of fun

The LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, a provider of non-medical support at no cost for people living with cancer, will host an afternoon of fun and fantasy on Saturday, June 13, from noon to 3 p.m. for children who have been diagnosed with cancer, or for those who have a family member with cancer.

This event is free, but registration is required by Wednesday, June 10. Call (630) 262-1111 to register.

“This is a dress-up party for children dealing with cancer themselves or in their families,” said Susan Mielke, LivingWell special events coordinator. “All of our participants are encouraged to bring children, grandchildren and friends.”

Attendees may dress up, in fantasy clothes or any outfits that make them feel like royalty to match the castle theme.

“We will have a magic show, a clown doing balloon sculpture, art projects, pet therapy dogs, face painting, cookie ‘castle’ decorating, pizza, castle cake and ice cream and more,” Susan said. “This wonderful ‘dress-up’ party for our little ones came from Shannon Fairlamb, a cancer survivor and a LivingWell friend. We are so excited to offer this magical afternoon.”

LivingWell is located at 1803 W. State St., in Geneva, and online at www.LivingWellCRC.org. LivingWell is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be contacted at (630) 262-1111.

Teams forming for annual Bridge Walk

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center’s annual Bridge Walk is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, at Fabyan Park on the Island.

The 5K walk along the Fox River is to help raise funds and awareness for LivingWell Cancer Resource Center. Proceeds from the walk will be used to support the more than 30 free programs and services LivingWell offers to cancer patients, cancer survivors and their loved ones.

There will also be a special 10-Step Celebration Walk for anyone with a cancer diagnosis to symbolize that cancer does not define who they are. Anyone unable to walk in the 5K because of the effects of cancer are welcome to join in the Celebration Walk. This special event allows all those who wish to take part in this special day to do so at their own comfort level.

If you are interested in participating on a team, starting your own team, or for more information, call Sue Mielke at (630) 262-1111, or smielke@livingwellcrc.org. All community members are welcome to participate.

Last year, the Bridge Walk had nearly 1,100 walkers, raising more than $180,000. Each participant had a story to share about how cancer affected their life and their loved ones. People walked in honor or in memory of their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and children, as well as friends, neighbors and coworkers. LivingWell participants and cancer survivors participating in the Bridge Walk ranged in age from 6 months to 82 years young.

Plastic surgery as a necessity

by Gwen Allen
At age 57 and with a size D cup, Nancy Jones was hardly what most would consider an ideal candidate for breast implants. But looking back on it, she said it was one of the best decisions she has ever made.

It was three years ago that Jones became diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ), a common type of non-invasive (meaning it does not penetrate the lymph nodes or the chest cavity) breast cancer that spreads through the breast “like a spider web” rather then forming a lump.

At the time of her diagnosis, she learned that the cancer encompassed one whole breast and that there was a good chance it would happen on the other side.

“I just decided to have both removed,” Jones said. “I didn’t want to think about going through this again, so I chose a bi-lateral mastectomy (both breasts removed) with immediate reconstruction.”

Though some women choose to remain flat after a mastectomy, Jones said as a woman with larger breasts, she didn’t want to “come out of surgery with nothing.” Now two sizes smaller but free of cancer, she said she is forever grateful for not only her surgeon, but also her “miracle worker” plastic surgeon, Dr. Bahram Ghaderi M.D.

Ghaderi, who works in St. Charles, said patients like Jones, who require reconstructive surgery, are more common then people realize.

“Really, plastic surgeons as a group do more reconstructive then cosmetic surgeries,” Ghaderi said. “The fact that we are (real) doctors has gone out with the popularity of reality TV shows. I think people lose sight that any surgery is significant, and that (reconstructive or cosmetic) surgery is taken lightly until they learn what it takes to go through it.”

Jones said she now knows firsthand through her own experience how difficult it is to recover from plastic surgery.

“It was hard; because I had both breasts removed, I had to have four drains and I couldn’t really use my arms,” Jones said. “So I was really limited; I couldn’t drive, shower or do a lot of everyday things until the plastic surgeon said it was OK, because if you’re not careful you can damage the work that has been done.”

Though she is pleased with her new breasts and jokes half-heartedly about their perkiness at an older age, she said she could not imagine going through the procedure on purpose.

“You know I wouldn’t recommend it unless it is needed (due to an illness),” Jones said. “But I would say Dr. Ghaderi is one in a million, because I don’t think he is in this for the money (as is often portrayed of plastic surgeons). He treated me as a person, a woman first and that is so important, especially for those who don’t ask for it (plastic surgery).”

From babies to the elderly, Dr. Ghaderi said he has seen his fair share of those who don’t ask for it.

“Our most common procedure is removing skin lesions, but we also do a lot of breast reconstruction after breast cancer, some repair from car accidents and skin graphs after a burn,” Ghaderi said. “And we see a lot of kids especially after a dog bite or to help with an ear deformity or cleft lip.”

Ghaderi said these procedures are part of the reason he became a plastic surgeon.

“Most people look at doctors as people who provide a service to the community, and we (plastic surgeons) are seen as a commodity, like buying a car,” Ghaderi said. “So the cosmetic end may have lessened the complexity of what we do, but (like any other doctor) we are here to help people. And although we can’t make an unhappy person become happy-no amount of surgery can do that-if there is one area of a person that we can improve (either for reconstructive or cosmetic reasons), then those are the people we can help the most.”

A plastic surgeon should

• Have board certification with the
American Society of Plastic Surgeons

• Have hospital privileges

• Perform consultation and examination
prior to surgery

• Explain treatment, diagnosis, options,
risks and benefits for all options

• Provide follow up appointments

• Answers all questions thoroughly

For information on cancer support groups:

Living Well Cancer Resource Center
Mastectomy Networking Group
1803 W. State St.
(630) 262-1111

Eating healthy on a budget

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center, the first-of-its-kind complementary cancer care facility in the Fox Valley region, is holding a special health series titled “Revitalize Your Mind & Body.”

The next presentation in this series-Eating Healthy on a Budget-is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 7 to 8 p.m, 1803 West State St. in Geneva

Eating healthy shouldn’t have to cost a fortune, especially in today’s economy. But when living on a tight budget, the thought of preparing tasty, healthy meals on a regular basis can seem daunting. Customers will come away from this class knowing a little more of what the retailers are trying to get across to the customers for sales, promotions and value buys.

For more information, call LivingWell Cancer Resource Center at (630) 262-1111.