Cancer Survivors, Families and Friends Invited to First Annual ‘Beyond Cancer: Living with Purpose’ Event, Jan. 24

This free event for recently diagnosed and long-term survivors is presented by the Community Cancer Connections project of the University of Arizona College of Nursing and is focused on how to move beyond a cancer diagnosis to achieve healing through purposeful living.

Recently diagnosed and long-term cancer survivors, their families and friends are invited to the first annual “Beyond Cancer: Living with Purpose” event, presented by the Community Cancer Connections project of the University of Arizona College of Nursing, on Saturday, Jan. 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (doors open at 8 a.m.), at the Pima County Herbert K. Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Rd., Tucson.

The focus of this free community event is moving beyond a cancer diagnosis to achieve healing through purposeful living. Keynote speakers will include:
• Meredith Mitstifer, PsyD, clinical psychologist, Sierra Tucson
• David Fitzsimmons, cartoonist, humor columnist and blogger, Arizona Daily Star
• Francisco Garcia, MD, MPH, distinguished outreach professor, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health; director and chief medical officer, Pima County Health Department

During a series of interactive sessions, attendees will learn about ways to enhance their well-being through preparing meals to promote their health, participating in invigorating movement sessions such as yoga and qi gong, and discovering strategies to support short-term and long-term vitality. Through one-on-one integrative therapeutic sessions with local community practitioners, participants can experience reiki, massage or Bowenwork.

Event registration is free (an optional $15 catered lunch is available). Attendance is limited; preference will be given to those who register in advance. To register, please visit the website http://cne.nursing.arizona.edu/amember/signup/community_events (For more information, please contact Michael Principe, UA College of Nursing, 520-626-6151, email: principe@email.arizona.edu).

Community Cancer Connections is a project focused on improving the lives of people affected by cancer. Led by Mary Koithan, PhD, RN-C, CNS-BC, FAAN, associate dean of professional and community engagement and associate professor at the UA College of Nursing, Community Cancer Connections is an online (http://uacommunitycancerconnections.org), central resource center for the Arizona cancer survivor community. A variety of informational learning resources is offered to promote and support mind-body-spirit health and well-being.

Dr. Koithan is an internationally recognized leader in whole-systems healing and research methodologies and a cancer survivor. In 2001, during a routine mammogram, Dr. Koithan was diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer-free for 13 years, Dr. Koithan is focusing her research on integrative therapeutics and integrative nursing, particularly in chronically ill populations.

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Faculty at the University of Arizona College of Nursing envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities. Established in 1957, the college ranks among the top nursing programs in the United States. For more information about the college, please visit its website, www.nursing.arizona.edu