Session 5 - Life after Treatment: adjusting to a ‘new normal’ for you and her

This session is intended for Caregivers, Patients, Professionals, Members of the General Public

This session will provide a forum for brainstorming challenges, knowledge exchange as well as coping strategies.

Presentation will include:

  1. Post-treatment: “Why isn’t she getting back to ‘normal’?” – cancer as a life-altering experience for the individual AND her family. Each experience is unique and valid.
  2. Understanding long-term impacts of treatment i.e. fatigue, body image, sexuality, fertility, menopause brain fog, etc.
  3. Addressing the subsequent impacts on a couples’ relationship – physical, emotional, sexual, and psychological.
  4. Hope changes: how to share your changing perceptions of hope, the future, and also dealing with losses.
  5. Recognizing need for additional support as individuals and/or as a couple i.e. professional counseling or therapy

These topics will be addressed during this conference and will be followed by a question/answer period.

DOWNLOAD OUR FREE CAREGIVER COMPANION for families supporting loved ones with breast or ovarian cancer.

Watch the Partners in Care Cancer Series : Caregivers, survivors, and health care professionals talk about the importance of the caregiver in the breast and ovarian cancer journey. Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3  – Part 4

  1. Director of Support Services & Community Engagement Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support With a background in social work, and women’s studies Danielle joined Willow in 2001, and has held several positions involving education, outreach and volunteer engagement. Her current role at Willow involves the education, support and training for our staff and volunteers to equip them with the skills and tools to provide the best possible service to all Canadians affected by breast and hereditary cancer. Danielle has over ten years of group facilitation and training experience in this field. On a personal level, she is a caregiver for her mother-in-law who had breast cancer in 2010.

  1. Jennifer Finestone received a master’s degree in Drama Therapy at Concordia University. She also holds an Honours Psychology degree from McGill, as well as a certificate in Adult Training and Development from OISE (U of T) and a diploma in Theatre Arts from George Brown. Jennifer is a Program Coordinator at Cedars CanSupport, a not for profit organization based in the McGill University Health Centre that provides free, bilingual compassionate care and humanitarian support to cancer patients and their families. She oversees the complementary therapies and young adult programs, as well as a variety of support groups. She is also a drama therapist and believes in the value of using creativity in her sessions with groups and individuals.

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