Educational and Wellness Programs

educational and wellness programsWe offer a wide range of educational and wellness programs. Our goal is to provide a variety of options to meet your needs.

We have workshops focused on the needs of mind, body and spirit, to enhance your quality of life while living with cancer. We provide learning opportunities aimed at empowering you to better cope with diagnosis, recovery, treatment and beyond. We create places for you to enjoy a relaxing activity with a group of women who have also heard the words, “you have cancer.” We hold educational forums that are open to the public, offering the latest information pertaining to breast and ovarian cancer.

Our program calendar changes throughout the year. Please view this page often to check for new offerings. You can also visit our calendar. Please obtain your doctor’s approval before participating in any Wellness Program.

All of our Educational and Wellness Programs are free. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Call us: 914-962-6402 or toll-free 800-532-4290.


Yoga – A Path Toward Wellness

WHEN: Saturdays; Noon -1:30 pm (check calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: Club Fit, Jefferson Valley, NY

Open to women with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. Call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or toll-free 800-532-4290.

Appropriate for beginners or more advanced students. Emphasis is placed on movement with breath awareness as a way to achieve a more tranquil mind. Experience the benefits of yoga, which include a stronger, healthier body and a calmer, more focused mind. Come every week, or as often as you’d like. Please obtain your doctor’s approval before participating in any wellness program.

INSTRUCTOR: Mia Azcue, CYT, E-RYT 500, RPT. Mia has been a student and teacher of yoga for 20 years, and has been teaching classes for Support Connection for at least 10 years. She holds certificates from the American Viniyoga Institute, both as a yoga teacher and as a yoga therapist, and is also a licensed Physical Therapist in the state of New York. As a yoga therapist, Mia draws deeply on her training and applies yoga principles to assist the individual with any physical, emotional and/or spiritual challenges she or he may be facing. Doris, a regular participant, says “Mia’s knowledgeable, gentle approach brings a sense of peace and awareness that stays with me long after class is over.”

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Educational Forum: Hormonal Therapies for Breast Cancer

WHEN: Tuesday, May 16, 6:30 – 8pm
WHERE: Northern Westchester Hospital, Mt. Kisco, NY

Open to the public. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

This forum will address hormonal therapies for breast cancer. It is the 20th public educational forum presented jointly by Support Connection and Northern Westchester Hospital.

Hormonal therapy is commonly used to treat breast cancer that is estrogen-receptor positive. Examples include Tamoxifen (Nolvadex), Arimidex (Anastrazole), Aromasin (Exemestane), Femara (Letrozole), etc. Hormonal therapy may be used at different points in a treatment plan, and to treat various stages of breast cancer.

This program will address questions many women have when considering or taking these medications, such as:

  • What are the different hormonal therapy options?
  • What is the latest research?
  • What are some of the side effects and how can I best manage them?
  • I’m confused about possible changes in the recommendations: Should I continue treatment for 5 years… 10 years… forever?

There will be opportunity for discussion, so please bring your questions.

SPEAKER:

Dr. Julie M. Gold, MD: Dr. Gold is the Director of Women’s Oncology, Mount Sinai Health System at CareMount Medical. She received her medical degree from Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and completed her internship and residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Cornell Campus. She completed a fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr Gold holds board certifications in Medical Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine.

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Canasta, Coffee and Camaraderie

WHEN: Thursdays; May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17; 10 -11:30 am
WHERE: Support Connection office, Yorktown Heights, NY

Open to people living with breast, ovarian and gynecological cancers. Pre-registration is required. Call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or toll-free 800-532-4290.

All are welcome! Beginners as well as experienced players. Canasta is a classic card game with many avid fans. Camaraderie is a mutual trust and friendship among people who spend time together. Together they make a perfect match!

Join us for a morning of card-playing, companionship and coffee, and enjoy time spent with others who are also living with cancer. Coffee, tea and light refreshments provided. A Peer Counselor will be on hand as well.

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Marge’s Knitting Circle

WHEN: Thursdays; May 25, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24; 2 – 3:30 pm
WHERE: Support Connection office, Yorktown Heights, NY

Open to people living with breast, ovarian and gynecological cancers. Pre-registration is required. Call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or toll-free 800-532-4290.

What better way to spend an afternoon than in the company of fellow yarn lovers, intrigued by new stitches, textures and colors. Bring your desire to create warmth, spin the yarn and enjoy the camaraderie of a shared interest, with others who have also heard the words “you have cancer.”

Whether you’re a master of the trade, or someone who wants to begin, you’re invited to our circle. All are welcome: Experienced crafters who wish to start or complete a project, and those who’d like to learn the basics of knitting or crocheting.

Create a Gift for Another: Once again we are asking all of our knitters for donations of a handcrafted item to Celebrate Life Day in June. Those who attend treasure these generous one-of-a-kind creations. If you would like to donate a handcrafted item, please contact Andrea at: andrea.karl@supportconnection.org.

Read this story about how knitting makes a difference and why our knitting circle members love this program.

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Cooking & Gardening: A Summer Retreat to Nourish Body and Soul

WHEN: Saturday, June 10, 10 am – 3 pm
WHERE: Hilltop Hanover Farm, Yorktown Heights, NY

Open to people living with breast, ovarian and gynecological cancers. Pre-registration required. To register, call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Register early, space is limited.

This hands-on interactive program begins with a morning of wholesome cooking. After enjoying a delicious meal with good company, participants will take part in a workshop on container gardening, a healthy and relaxing activity.

Part One: The Caring Kitchen-Nourishing Choices for Body and Soul. Restore health in your kitchen. Learn enjoyable and delicious ways to simplify the creation of whole food, nutrient dense meals. Discover the power of plant based cooking and nourishing your gut flora to heal and regain your energy.

While cooking together, participants will learn about:

  • Healthy Meals Home Cooking: What to include and what to leave out.
  • Energy Foods and Plant Protein: Keeping your body clean and protected.
  • Shopping and Stocking your Kitchen: Kitchen tools and pantry staples.
  • Cultured Foods and a Balanced Gut: Find out how good bacteria can help us.
  • Lifestyle: How we move, think and talk to ourselves.

Part Two: Getting Grounded with Container Gardening. Taught by a Hilltop Hanover Farmer. Explore the essentials of vegetable container gardening through demonstrations, visuals and lecture. Learn about soil and seed selection; sustainable gardening methods; tips and tricks to growing a successful container garden. 

Healthy Cooking Instructors:

Sheila Emery Murphy is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach who received training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. Sheila helps families raise awareness about their food and lifestyle choices, provides smart grocery shopping tips and practical solutions for making healthy meals your family will love. She believes that making informed decisions about food, getting enough sleep and adding more movement to your day can help improve a family’s health and happiness. As a mom, her highest and most personal priority is to give her child – and other mothers – the tools and inspiration to live a healthy, joyful life.

Karen Rigney is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach. Her private practice, Ready? Renew. Reward!©, is dedicated to personal empowerment and the discovery of extraordinary health and happiness. She gently guides her clients who are ready on a journey to discover the reward of natural renewal. On this journey, they find their balance and discover what foods nourish their individual needs while they enhance their relationships, their career, their physical fitness and a calm spirit. Karen received training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.

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Wing Nite – For Men Only

WHEN: Wednesday, June 21; 7 – 9 pm
WHERE: A local Yorktown restaurant

Open to men whose lives have been affected by a spouse or partner going through breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. RSVP is required. Call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or toll-free 800-532-4290.

This is an invitation from Support Connection to men whose lives have been affected by a loved one going through breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer to ‘Wing It’ at Furci’s Restaurant. Come out, relax and enjoy a night out with the guys. You’ll find good company and good food. All you need to do is call to let us know you’re coming.

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.

Read David’s story to learn why Wing Nite is so important to him and his fellow participants.

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Book Club

WHEN: Thursday, June 22; 7 – 9pm
WHERE: NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, Cortlandt Manor, NY

Open to people living with breast, ovarian and gynecological cancers. Pre-registration is required. Call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

At this session of our Book Club we’ll discuss The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah: “If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.” Those intriguing words open this story of two sisters plunged into WW II German-occupied France.

According to Publisher’s Weekly: “The author ably depicts war’s horrors through the eyes of these two women, whose strength of character shines through no matter what their differences.”

There are many battles in life. Join us as we discuss the strength of character that gets us through them all.

Our Book Club is led by Amy Curran Baker, author of Now What? A Patient’s Guide to Recovery After Mastectomy. We are always looking for a good book to discuss. Please send suggestions to andrea.karl@supportconnection.org

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Coffee, Cookies, and Crafts: Pretty Pendants

WHEN: Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 – 8 pm
WHERE: Support Connection office, Yorktown Heights, NY

Open to people living with breast, ovarian and gynecological cancers. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

Join us for an evening of no-stress crafting and the good company of others as we present another enjoyable session of our “Coffee, Cookies, and Crafts” series. The desire to relax and have fun are the only skills required.

In this program, experienced crafter Geri Moran will lead us in an evening of creativity and companionship. We’ll make personalized pendants that can be used as a necklace or purse fob. These unique pendants will be made with Scrabble tiles, images and beads. In a few easy steps you can take home something for yourself or as a great gift. NO jewelry making experience is needed. All materials will be supplied, as well as coffee, tea and light refreshments.

Geri has been making and selling her original hand crafted items for many years. Some of you may have even received one of her lovely Wish & Worry Angels that she makes especially for Support Connection.

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Men’s Night Out: For Men Living with Loss

WHEN: Wednesday, July 19; 7:00 – 9 pm
WHERE: A local Yorktown restaurant

Open to men who have lost a spouse or partner to breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. RSVP required. Call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

This is an invitation from Support Connection to meet and connect with other men who have lost a spouse or partner to breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Spend a casual night out with good company and good food. All you need to do is call us to let us know you’re coming.

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Registration Is Required

All programs are FREE. Please call in advance to register. 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.
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