Wednesday, April 30, 2008

healing touch program @ stanford

the one thing we quickly learned after trish's diagnoses was the more people we spoke to about the situation, the more doors it seemed to open.

after speaking to by boss, jane (not to be confused with sister in law jane), about trish, she recommended a program that she has been a part of for a number of years... and i didn't even know.

jane is involved with a Women's Health program at Stanford Hospital for Breast cancer patients called 'Healing Touch'.

from the 'Healing Partners' website:

the goals of the program are:

* To promote relaxation and reduce side effects in women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

* To increase overall energy levels and the ability to cope with challenging life events.

* To serve as an adjunct to conventional cancer treatment.

* To monitor changes in physical symptoms, mood and quality of life in program participants.

Healing Partners is a community-service program that pairs women diagnosed with breast cancer with Healing Touch volunteers who provide ongoing sessions for six months.

Healing Touch is a gentle, non-invasive form of energy work that promotes deep relaxation and is used to manage the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, such as fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, pain and lymphedema.

Sessions last about 60 minutes and take place with the client lying fully-clothed on a massage table.

yesterday, during our break between the blood lab and dr. carlson, we met with the head of the program, Kathy Turner, and registered.
trish is really excited about this opportunity, and will begin her sessions next thursday.



Monya said...

This sounds like a really positive program. I hope this helps a lot. Seems like a great support system outside of family and doctors.

Love you guys,
Monya & Russ

Whitney G said...

Hey! This is great! I know one of the women involved with this program! She is a massage therapist, and since massage therapy is not a good idea for cancer patients (as it can stimulate the spread of the cancer) she does the healing touch program as a way to bring relief to cancer patients. Awesome stuff!!!

Anonymous said...

This program looks like a wonderful oppurtunity! Glad you are still feeling good. You like the new do!:) Call me if ever in need of a Target shopping buddy!:)
Lyndee(& Family)

Rochelle said...

So glad you are hooked up with this program. Sounds awesome...great mind/body work.

Anonymous said...

Thinking about you all the time, Trisha. I've been sick and have wanted to keep my distance. As soon as I'm not infectious, I'm coming over w/ hats and a great book for you.
With love and prayers!

Anonymous said...

Hi Trish & Oak,

We've not met, but I am a friend of Rachelle Fochetti and have been thinking and praying for you since learning of your courageous journey. You are an inspiration for all women ... and Oak; what a man! It is obvious you share great love and are quite a team!

I came across this information on Yahoo's front page this morning and wanted to share it. You may already know about the new FDA approved anti-nausea patch, "Sancuso", for chemo patients, but if not, here's the link.;_ylt=As_rbl9FLT4fGZJBm507HvHVJRIF

Trish and Oak, please know there are others who care and pray for you and your families.

God's speed for recovery!
Cindy Gannon