VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

Throughout this uncertain and scary time, we are still a community, even if we can’t be physically present. And as always, the CSC is committed to ensuring that no one faces cancer alone. That’s why we’re offering virtual programs in real time every day, Monday through Friday, to keep our community connected.

 

We hope that you will explore some of our free virtual programs, and please don’t hesitate to give us a call if we can help support you. You can reach Program Director Rosie Ingebritson, LMSW at 734-489-9585 or Program Coordinator Taylor Leathead, LLMSW at 734-489-9653.

 

New outdoor healthy lifestyle programs are here for summer 2021! Visit www.cancersupportannarbor.org/outdoor, or see “Healthy Lifestyle Programs” below to learn more.

NEW HERE? BECOME A MEMBER OF THE CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY

Never been to the CSC before? No problem! New members are very welcome anytime. Click the link below to get started and a member of our clinical staff will be in touch with you soon. We’re looking forward to your (virtual) company!

VIRTUAL CANCER SUPPORT PROGRAMS

Click to expand the sections below to learn more and register.

VIDEO CONFERENCE SUPPORT GROUPS

Professionally-facilitated support groups are available for patients, survivors, and loved ones. Wondering which group might be the right fit for you? Call our program staff:

– Taylor Leathead, LLMSW, Program Coordinator: 734-489-9653

– Rosie Ingebritson, LMSW, Program Director: 734-489-9585

WEEKLY GROUPS

WEEKLY LIVING WITH CANCER GROUPS 

For patients and survivors in active treatment or up to about a year post-treatment. Two different groups meet weekly:
Mondays 11 am – 1 pm
Tuesdays 6 – 8 pm

WEEKLY FAMILY AND FRIENDS GROUPS

For loved ones of those diagnosed with cancer. Two different groups meet weekly:
Mondays, 6 – 8 pm
Tuesdays 6 – 8 pm

BI-WEEKLY AND MONTHLY GROUPS

AFRICAN AMERICAN FELLOWSHIP

For patients, survivors, and loved ones identifying as Black or African American.
Monthly, Second Thursday 6 – 8 pm

BLOOD CANCER SUPPORT GROUP 

For patients and survivors.

Monthly, Third Thursday 6 – 7:30 pm

NEW: BRAIN CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

For brain tumor patients, survivors, and caregivers.
Monthly, Second Thursday  7-8:30 p.m.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

For patients and survivors.
Monthly, First Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm

NEW: CREATIVITY FOR WELLNESS: ART THERAPY GROUP WITH THE CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY

Exercising our creative selves can bring balance, pleasure, clarity and calm—nurturing overall well-being. Research has shown engaging in creativity can reduce tiredness, alleviate anxiety and elevate mood. Explore your creativity and connect with other patients, survivors, and caregivers in a supportive space, professionally-facilitated by board-certified art therapist Kathleen Buday, MEd, ATR-BC. No art experience necessary, just a willingness to explore and express. We hope you’ll join us!

Monthly, First Thursday, 11 am – 12:30 pm, beginning Nov 4

HEAD & NECK CANCER SUPPORT GROUP 

For patients, survivors, and loved ones.
Monthly, Third Thursday 5:30 – 7 pm

HEREDITARY COLORECTAL CANCER PEER GROUP

For survivors, pre-vivors, and loved ones. Peer-led.
Monthly, Third Thursday 6:30 – 8 pm

LIFE BEYOND CANCER SURVIVORSHIP GROUP 

For survivors finished with primary treatment.
Monthly, First Monday 6 – 7:30 pm

LIVING WITH CANCER/FAMILY & FRIENDS – BRIGHTON

For patients and survivors. During regular program delivery, this group meets at St. Joe’s Brighton.
Monthly, Third Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm

LIVING WITH CANCER/FAMILY & FRIENDS – CANTON 

For patients, survivors, and loved ones. During regular program delivery, this group meets at St. Joe’s Canton.
Monthly, First Thursday 6 – 7:30 pm

LIVING WITH CANCER/FAMILY & FRIENDS – CHELSEA

For patients, survivors, and loved ones. During regular program delivery, this group meets at St. Joe’s Chelsea.
Monthly, First Thursday 11 am – 12:30 pm

LIVING WITH LOSS

For all those who have lost a loved one to cancer.

 

Monthly, Second Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm

LUNG CANCER SUPPORT GROUP 

For patients and survivors.
Monthly, Second Thursday 11 am – 12:30 pm

METASTATIC CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

For those living with metastatic cancer.
Bi-weekly, Second & Fourth Wednesday 10 am – 12 pm

OLDER ADULTS LIVING WITH CANCER

For patients and survivors age 60+.

 

Monthly, Second Thursday 3 – 4:30 pm

PRIDE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP (LGBTQ+)

For patients, survivors, and loved ones identifying as bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer, transgender, two-spirit, and all other sexual and gender minorities.
Monthly, Third Thursday 6 – 7:30 pm

PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

For patients, survivors, and partners.

Monthly, First Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm

YOUNG ADULT CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

For patients and survivors ages 18-40ish.

Monthly, Fourth Monday 6 – 7:30 pm

VIDEO CONFERENCE SUPPORT GROUPS

Professionally-facilitated support groups are available for patients, survivors, and loved ones. Wondering which group might be the right fit for you? Call our program staff:

– Taylor Leathead, LLMSW, Program Coordinator: 734-489-9653

– Rosie Ingebritson, LMSW, Program Director: 734-489-9585

SERIES GROUPS

NEW: MINDFULNESS AND SELF-COMPASSION: PROMOTING RESILIENCE AND WELL-BEING IN THE CANCER EXPERIENCE

Compassion practices, both for self and others, can lead to more resilience and better communication in the cancer experience. This special series, facilitated by clinical psychologist and mindfulness teacher Marcy Plunkett, PhD, welcomes patients, survivors, family and friends to explore the practice of self-compassion through educational presentation, guided meditations and facilitated discussion on topics including compassionate breathing, stress management through self-compassion breaks, caregiver experiences, and more.

Wednesdays, October 13 through October 27, 10-11:30 am

CANCER 101: SUPPORT FOR RECENTLY DIAGNOSED PATIENTS

If you were diagnosed with cancer in the last six months, join us for this six-week series welcoming to connect with others, gain support, and ease the adjustment to living with cancer. We schedule this series based on interest and availability, so sign up today and we’ll be in touch soon about scheduling.

KID SUPPORT, TEEN TIME, AND PARENTING SUPPORT

This four-week series on Zoom brings together families impacted by cancer to share support. After starting all together, separate groups will break out for parents, kids, and teens. Age-appropriate activities using art and play help kids express their feelings, while parents and teens have their own spaces to talk with others who truly understand. We schedule this series based on interest and availability, so sign up today and we’ll be in touch soon about scheduling.

FOCUS: FACING CANCER TOGETHER

Five-week series for couples and care partners focusing on communication and coping as a team. We schedule this series based on interest and availability, so sign up today and we’ll be in touch soon about scheduling.

Fall 2021 series; dates TBD

SURVIVORSHIP TRANSITIONS

Five-week series for survivors finished with primary treatment. Find your new normal, mind, body, and spirit in this program that combines emotional support, exercise coaching, and education. We schedule this series based on interest and availability, so sign up today and we’ll be in touch soon about scheduling.

Mondays, September 20 through October 18, 6-7:30 pm

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT

COUNSELING 

The Cancer Support Community and St. Joseph Mercy Health System are pleased to partner to offer free counseling services to all St. Joe’s Cancer Center patients and families.

 

Services offered by Oncology Counselor Lindsay Passmore, LMSW, MAT, include adjustment to illness counseling, depression and anxiety screening, guided imagery to reduce anxiety during difficult and painful procedures, and more. Counseling sessions with Lindsay are offered free of charge; neither patients/loved ones or their insurance will be billed for this service.

 

If you are a St. Joe’s Cancer Center patient or loved one and are interested in scheduling an initial free counseling session, please call Lindsay Passmore at 734-712-2928.

ONE-ON-ONE SUPPORT

Our clinical social work staff is here to offer one-on-one emotional support over the phone or videoconference. Click the link below to request an appointment and we’ll be in touch soon to get you scheduled.

FRIENDLY CALLER PROGRAM

During this uncertain and isolating time, our new Friendly Caller Program is here to help our community stay connected. Sign up below to receive a weekly call from a staff member or trained volunteer to simply say hello, check in, and chat for awhile. We could all use a little more connection right now, and we hope this program will help reduce feelings of isolation in our community.

LIVE EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS

Join us on Zoom to hear from expert speakers on hot topics in oncology, offered live at least once a month.

FRANKLY SPEAKING ABOUT CHRONIC BLOOD CANCERS

Michael Adashek, DO, St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Center

Join us for a workshop focused on chronic blood cancers: chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Dr. Adashek will discuss various aspects of living with a chronic blood cancer, including standard and cutting-edge treatment options, side effect management, and fostering effective communication with your healthcare team. After his presentation, Dr. Adashek will allow plenty of time for questions.

Monday, September 20, 6-7:30 pm

PERSONALIZED TREATMENTS FOR GYNECOLOGIC CANCERS

Karen Mclean, MD, PhD, Michigan Medicine

This workshop will focus on cutting-edge discoveries in the treatment of gynecologic cancers. The number of tests used to guide personalized treatment options is increasing and has led to breakthroughs including PARP inhibitors for ovarian cancer, immunotherapy for endometrial and cervical cancers, and other new targeted treatments based on tumor testing. Often described as the next frontier in cancer care, the evolving field of personalized medicine is fascinating and hopeful. Join us to learn more!

Wednesday, September 29, 6-7:30 pm

GETTING ENERGIZED: USING SELF ACUPRESSURE AND DIET TO EMPOWER CANCER SURVIVORS IN TREATING FATIGUE

Suzie Zick, ND, MPH, Michigan Medicine

Low energy or fatigue is a common and burdensome problem for many people diagnosed with cancer even years after the end of treatment. In this talk, we will focus on the research of two self-help treatments for low energy: a whole foods diet called the Fatigue Reduction Diet and self-acupressure. We’ll start with a presentation from Dr. Zick on the evidence and then move into some experiential practice where you’ll learn acupressure techniques.

Tuesday, October 12, 6-7:30 pm

FRANKLY SPEAKING ABOUT CANCER: MAKING TREATMENT DECISIONS

Robin Fowler, MSN, RN, St. Joseph Mercy Cancer Center

Whether you were recently diagnosed or you’ve been living with cancer for years, making decisions about your care can be a complicated and emotional experience. This free workshop will offer an in-depth discussion of the decision-making process throughout the trajectory of cancer care, including considerations about your values and priorities, quality of life concerns, cost of care, and more.

Wednesday, October 27, 6-7:30 pm

Visit cancersupportannarbor.org/ondemand to access our library of prerecorded educational workshops.

LIVE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CLASSES

Professionally-instructed healthy lifestyle and stress management classes meet via Zoom, plus two new weekly outdoor classes for summer 2021. Those with all levels of ability and experience are welcome.

COOKING FOR WELLNESS

Join registered oncology dietitian Linn Storch, MS, RD, for this monthly cooking and nutrition class! Virtual Cooking for Wellness will be much like the in-person class that many of our members know and love, featuring cooking instruction for 2-3 healthy recipes, plenty of time for questions, and a recipe packet shared via email at each class. Register once and you’ll get a reminder for each monthly session. We hope to see you there!
Monthly, Second Wednesday, 4 – 6 pm

VIRTUAL GENTLE YOGA

Engaging in gentle exercise can help boost immune function, reduce stress, and keep your body strong, but it can be hard to find ways to stay active when you’re social distancing; that’s why CSC virtual yoga classes are offered twice weekly.
Mondays and Wednesdays 11 am – 12 pm

VIRTUAL GUIDED MEDITATION

Meditation has been shown to decrease anxiety, improve sleep, and help manage symptoms and side effects. Join us for a guided mindful meditation weekly.
Thursdays 1 – 2 pm

OUTDOOR MEDITATION

Weather-permitting, our Tuesday will be held outdoors at CSC throughout Summer 2021. In event that we get rained our (or extreme heat), this program pivot to meet virtually. Sign up below and you’ll receive an email update each week an hour before class with an update on status. Tuesdays 1 – 2 pm
Tuesdays  1 – 2 pm

OUTDOOR YOGA 

This new weekly yoga class will be held outdoors at the CSC throughout summer 2021. In the event that we get rained out (or extreme heat), Thursday evening yoga will pivot to meet virtually. Sign up below and you’ll receive an email update each week an hour before class with an update on status.
Tuesdays 6 – 7 pm 

Can’t make it to our live classes? Visit cancersupportannarbor.org/ondemand to access our library of prerecorded exercise and stress management classes.

SOCIAL PROGRAMS

Our online social programs are designed to help ensure that you stay connected with others throughout this time of social distancing.

COFFEE & CONVERSATION

This weekly video conference gathering is a chance to come together (virtually) with others, chat and see some friendly faces.
Fridays 10 – 11 am

COMMUNITY & CREATIVITY

Explore your creativity and connect with others in this weekly art class. Our instructor will lead a creative expression project using supplies you have at home; a pen and paper is enough! No art experience required.
Wednesdays 2-3:30 pm

MOVIE NIGHT ON THE LAWN: LUCA

Join for an outdoor movie night on the lawn outside the center! We’ll be playing Disney/Pixar’s Luca (2021), a film that’s fun for kids and adults alike, on the big screen. Just bring blankets or lawn chairs and we’ll do the rest! Our masked, covid-tested volunteers will serve up pizza and popcorn and we’ll start the movie as soon as the sun sets. If it’s chilly, we’ll also have hot chocolate!
Friday, October 8th, 6:30-8:30 pm outside the CSC

FALL FUN AT CSC: PUMPKIN CARVING, DONUTS AND CIDER

Celebrate the season outdoors with your friends from CSC! We’ll be carving pumpkins and our masked, covid-tested volunteers will be serving up hot cider and donuts outside the center. All supplies and food provided. We hope to see you there!
Sunday, October 24, 1-3 pm outside the CSC

SUPPORT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Professionally-instructed healthy lifestyle and stress management classes meet via Zoom, our HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing platform. Those with all levels of ability and experience are welcome.

KID KICKING CANCER 

Kids impacted by cancer are invited to join us for this virtual version of our popular kids’ martial arts class. Our partners at Kids Kicking Cancer guide children through upper body exercises, deep breathing, and meditation to help manage difficult emotions like anxiety and anger. Register here and we’ll send you everything you need to get started!
Thursdays 4:30 – 5 pm

KIDS SUPPORT, TEEN TIME & PARENTING SUPPORT 

This four-week series on Zoom brings together families impacted by cancer to share support. After starting all together, separate groups will break out for parents, kids, and teens. Age-appropriate activities using art and play help kids express their feelings, while parents and teens have their own spaces to talk with others who truly understand. We schedule this series based on interest and availability, so sign up today and we’ll be in touch soon about scheduling.

A wide variety of recorded exercise, meditation, and educational programs are available to watch on-demand. Click the link below to explore dozens of options on your own time.

HOW TO JOIN LIVE PROGRAMS

Support groups, healthy lifestyle classes, social programs, and more are available in real-time using our HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing platform, Zoom. In order to help protect your privacy, registration is required for all live programs. Once you register, we’ll send you the information you need to log on. Click below for instructions to access Zoom from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you don’t have a device that can connect to Zoom, you are also welcome to call in from a telephone. We’ll send out phone numbers and access codes along with the Zoom meeting links. If you are having trouble joining a program, please call Erin at 734-489-1631 for immediate assistance.

CONFIDENTIALITY AND SAFETY

By participating in the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor’s virtual programs, you are agreeing to adhere to our policies regarding the confidentiality and safety of our members.