Whether you have just been diagnosed with cancer or are still suffering from the side-effects of cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, therapy can help you improve your quality of life and daily functioning by addressing your limitations.
Friendship, exercise, and relaxation for cancer patients
Cancer patients and survivors—where do you go to find friendship, encouragement and help for mind, body and spirit? Mercy Medical Center’s PEACE exercise and relaxation program serves people in all stages of their journey with cancer. Whether you are currently in cancer treatment, recently finished treatment, or are a long-term survivor, this program is for you.
PEACE (which stands for People Exercising after Cancer Enters) is fully funded by Mercy Health Foundation donors, which makes it free to all participants. Each session starts with group warm-ups of stretching and range of motion exercises then transitions to a variety of gentle strengthening workouts, plus balance and cardio exercises. At the end of each session, participants practice relaxation using guided imagery and meditation. Guest speakers occasionally attend to discuss related health topics.
Fitness equipment such as a NuStep, treadmill, elliptical, arm cycle and stationary bikes are also available and provided by donors. Participants attend the program to improve their endurance and balance, plus manage fatigue and stress. Members also socialize and support each other during a difficult time they are all facing together.
PEACE complements the other enhancements to the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center program for cancer care patients and their families. The program is an example of how a modest grant from contributed funds can make a difficult situation better for people in our community.
For more information or to join our PEACE program, call 920-236-1850.