Breakout Sessions

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This Body is Mine: Reclaiming Body Image and Intimacy
Leslie Heron, APRN, FNP-BC, NC-BC
Fred Hutch Survivorship Program
Cancer, and other major illnesses and life events, can divert our attention away from intimacy, intimate relationships, and awareness for our body.  The body can become a medical object, an enemy, or just the package we come in.  This class will offer an opportunity to reconnect to your body, acknowledge what it's been through, and tools to build intimacy - both with yourself and with others.

Andrea Leiserowitz, DPT, CLT
Oncology Physical Therapy
Lymphedema is swelling caused by a buildup of lymph fluid that occurs for several reasons, including radiation treatment and lymph node removal from cancer surgeries.  This session will discuss who is at risk for developing lymphedema, prevention strategies for those at risk and treatment recommendations for those with diagnosed lymphedema.

Looking Beyond Cancer Care: Fertility Preservation & Steps to Have the family you Dream of
Dr. Gerry Letterie, DO and Kikkan Randall
Seattle Reproductive Medicine 

Presented by both Dr. Letterie and Kikkan, this session will be a wonderful opportunity to hear the personal side of clinical care and to hear from Kikkan about her experience with fertility and cancer in conjunction with Seattle Reproductive Medicine.  

Exercise Class for Survivors
Toshiko Aramaki
Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer
In this fun movement class for survivors, you will learn that exercise (being active) is not difficult at all and you may gain the confidence to start exercising wherever you are.  We will move our body while learning necessary components for survivors: cardio-respiratory exercise, resistance exercise, flexibility exercise and neuromotor exercise (balance.)  You will learn many easy movements that you can do right away.

Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment: From Diagnosis to Survivorship
Shakira J Grant, MBBS
Chief fellow physician, Hematology-Oncology
University of Washington-Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center 
In the U.S., the number of cancer survivors continues to increase.  This number is expected to rise further, reaching approximately 22 million by the year 2030.  Some survivors may develop cognitive changes following cancer treatment.  The impact of such changes may persist long term, ultimately leading to poor quality-of-life and potentially inferior survival.  This talk will explore the diagnostic approach to cognitive impairment in patients with cancer, and review strategies to help patients and caregivers cope with cognitive dysfunction.

Benefits of Therapy Dogs and Facility Dogs for Cancer Patients and Survivors
Maureen Maurer, Dr. Wendi Hirsch and Hospital Facility Dog Winnie
Assistance Dogs Northwest
Assistance Dogs Northwest will be presenting on the many therapeutic benefits that dogs provide to cancer patients and survivors.  Included in the discussion will be the different roles that hospital facility dogs, therapy dogs and pet dogs have in healing and recovery.

The Power of Permission: Trusting Our Own Body Signals to Lead Us to Happier, Healthier Eating
Anita Bermann, MS, RDN, CD
Intuitive Feast
Have you ever felt like your head is so full of nutrition information that you can't decide what to eat?  An overabundance of diet rules can leave us disconnected from our bodies and trapped in a cycle of food deprivation and reward.  Instead of leaning on external chatter to shape our meal choices, we can learn to listen to our internal wisdom using the skills of interoceptive or somatic awareness.  In this talk, we will discuss how to respond compassionately to our body's needs and wants as an act of self-care, and how this kindness can free us from compulsive eating and help us to feel better physically and emotionally. 

Healthy Sleep Habitzzz
Chandra Villano, ND
Wellness Place, EASE Cancer Foundation
High-quality sleep is vital for healing, hormones, cognition, and optimal wellness.  This session will give an overview of the ill-health effects of sleep deprivation, sleep cycles, and the wide-ranging benefits of good sleep.  The focus will be on an extensive arsenal of sleep hygiene practices for getting the invaluable rest that you need.

Mind Body Medicine: Writing as Self-Therapy
Karen Gorrin, MA, LMHC, RYT
Join mind body researcher, psychotherapist, and cancer thriver Karen Gorrin for an interactive exploration into writing as a tool for self-care.  Did you know expressive writing helps build emotional resilience, ease pain, deepen self-compassion, and improve immune function?  In this session we will explore writing techniques you can begin using immediately to support your healing and survivorship.  We will also peek at research that shows how much writing improves wellbeing.  People living with cancer including those with a diagnosis, caregivers, family members and friends will all benefit.  

Active Survivorship
Lexi Harlow, PT, DPT, CLT
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
There is growing evidence that exercise is an important part of recovery for cancer patients.  Are you confident you are meeting the newly recommended 2019 exercise guidelines for survivors?  Come to this session to learn about the updated recommendations and practical tips on how to make physical activity an integral part of your survivorship plan. 

Building Resilience: Preventing and Treating Compassion Fatigue
Katie Seitz, MSW, LICSW and Jourdan Cruz
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

This session will highlight some of the research around compassion and how human interaction with compassion impacts behavior.  Participants will learn how to identify compassion fatigue in their own life and will be introduced to resources and skills to aid in both prevention and treatment of compassion fatigue.  

Green tea, Vitamin D, Medicinal Mushrooms & More: An Update on Dietary Supplements
Chad Aschtgen, ND, FABNO
Seattle Integrative Oncology

Please join us for an interactive discussion on the potential benefits (and risks) of various vitamins, minerals and herbal therapies for symptom management, health promotion and cancer prevention.  We will review some of the recently published research and information about how these and other dietary supplements could be a part of your personal wellness plan. 

Financial Resources & Opportunities
Garrett Sloan, CFP
Board Member, CENTS Program 
We know that cancer has a huge impact financially in the areas of work, school and mental health.  This session will educate you about the financial opportunities and services in our area to help you confront these types of issues.