Adult Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness 2015

Eva Grazel

Eva Grazel, keynote speaker at the 2015 Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness event.

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend our ninth annual Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness event on Saturday, June 6, 2015.  This free event featured a keynote address by Eva GrayzelEva was in the midst of her career as a nationally recognized Master Storyteller and performance artist when she was diagnosed at age 33 with stage IV oral cancer and given a 15 percent chance of survival. After regaining her deep vibrant voice, Eva applied her stage skills to communicate the depth of her experience in a unique and powerful way. 

For over a decade, Eva has empowered survivors nationwide with her story of turning adversity into opportunity.  In 2013, she performed "Tongue-Tied: A Story NOT silenced by Oral Cancer" Off-Broadway in New York City to a sold-out audience.  A champion for early detection, Eva founded the Six-Step ScreeningTM oral cancer awareness campaign.  Eva is the author of Mr. C Plays Hide and Seek and Mr. C the Globetrotter

The event also featured breakout sessions led by experts in the fields of nutrition, complementary and alternative medicine, art therapy, relationships and intimacy, caregivers, heart disease, exercise, cognitive function, lymphedema, spirituality, stress management, advanced disease, yoga and late effects from cancer treatment. 

The post-event evaluations reflected overwhelmingly positive impressions; requests and comments will be considered in planning future events.

When asked "what did you like best about the Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness event," here's what participants had to say:  

  • The stories of others, the high level of expertise. It was so welcoming and supportive. Thank you. There were many tangible things for us to use and incorporate.
  • Supportive, sharing, informative and I like to learn there is a cancer treatment summary I can get.
  • The opportunity to be around others dealing with same issues. Keynote was so funny and inspiring.
  • I loved Eva’s talk. It was something that I could relate to immediately even as a caregiver; the fear, the hope, going beyond. It brought me back, but gave me ideas for the future
  • Very well organized, good food, good to talk to others in cancer process, excellent featured speaker
  • I live in a small town with few resources, so exposure to the various resources available was extremely helpful
  • I wish my whole family could hear what the panel had to say. I’m less than 2 months out from treatment and they don’t realize what I’m going through. I have been an emotional wreck since finishing treatment in April. Today gave me so much hope. It’s been very encouraging. Thank you!
  • Meeting other cancer survivors, having people who can really understand what I have and am going through. I try to be an informed patient and I always do my homework regarding my health, but still it was very informative and I learned a lot.


Below is a list of the breakout sessions offered at the event. For those sessions for which speakers have given approval to make their slides available online you will see the topic title highlighted in blue, please click on the title to view the presentation.

Care for Caregivers—Mindfulness & Stress Reduction
Erica Raynor-Horn, Seattle Mindfulness Center

Cognitive Function After Cancer
Myron Goldberg, PhD, ABPP-CN
Clinical Neuropsychologist, Department of  Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Washington Medical Center

Communications & Relationships
Leslie Heron, RN, BSN, MN, ARN, FNP-BC
Survivorship Clinic, SCCA
Survivorship Program, Fred Hutch

Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Dan Labriola, ND
Northwest Natural Health

Exercise After Cancer
Carol Baltaxe, MPT,CLT
Physical Therapy, SCCA

Finding Joy Through Art Therapy
Kathyn Winter Russell, MA

Heart Disease After Cancer
Eric Chow, MD, MPH

Intimacy After Cancer—Female
Shannon Solie, MAP LMHCA

Intimacy After Cancer—Male
Shannon Solie, MAP, LMHCA

Andrèa Leiserowitz, DPT, CLT
Oncology Physical Therapy

Nutrition After Cancer
Sarah Washburn, MS, RDN, CSO
Cancer Center of Santa Barbara

Stressed Out! Living with Advanced Disease
Bonnie McGregor, PhD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Successfully Living with Advanced Disease
Pamela Stitzlein Davies, MS, ARNP, ACHPN
Supportive & Palliative Care

Survivorship Care Planning
Leslie Heron, RN, BSN, MN, APRN, FNP-BC
Survivorship Clinic, SCCA
Survivorship Program, Fred Hutch

Vitamins and Supplements
Dan Labriola, ND
Northwest Natural Health