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Acupressure for Chi, Jing, and Shen; The 3 Treasures for Health

Learn how these vital concepts of Chinese Medicine can support and improve your health. Apply the techniques on yourself or a loved one.

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Caring Cards

Join other volunteers to create uplifting note cards for cancer patients. Note cards, some stamps and materials provided. For more information and dates, contact us at:dempseym@cmhc.org or 795-8259.

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Communicating with Confidence Through Cancer

Is it hard to say “No” when asked to do something? Is it hard to ask for and receive help from others? You aren’t alone! We’ll discuss effective communication as part…

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How to Create an Ethical Will

The ethical will originates from Jewish tradition dating as far back as the Bible. It is a written statement from a parent, teacher, or relative which attempts to put into…

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Drop-in Guided Meditation

This course is not currently being offered. Check back in the fall for updates. Brief instruction, followed by guided exercises designed to give participants a “sampling” of different types of…

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Emerging Therapies: Exploring the World of Clinical Research

This program answer your questions about cancer clinical research studies, including how to find out if you are eligible and how to talk with your doctor about participating. Presented by:…

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Feeding Body & Soul-Spring

Honor and celebrate the spring season with a program that will nourish your body and your spirit. First, quiet the mind and spirit with a guided Spring Equinox meditation, then…

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Fit for Life

Do you want to be more flexible, have better balance, or learn how to build muscle safely? This class can help. Under the guidance of a fitness instructor, the class…

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Fresh Start

Presented in collaboration with Healthy Androscoggin and the American Cancer Society, this five week program is free and designed to teach you to become tobacco free! Wednesdays, March 22 –…

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Healing Grief Support Group

An open, ongoing group for adults who have lost a loved one. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays   6:00 – 7:30 pm

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Healing Movement Dance

Slow, flowy dance movements that are easy to learn and execute. Dance movements will be choreographed to a routine. The instructor will lead you through the movements with ease. No…

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Intimacy After Prostate Cancer

Erectile dysfunction is a key quality of life issue for prostate cancer survivors and their partners. Learn you aren’t alone and that there are ways to manage your situation. This…

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Dempsey Center Introductory Meeting & Tour

Come to the Dempsey Center for a tour and to learn about our programs and services. Sessions offered: Tuesdays, 3:00 – 3:45 pm Thursdays, 6:00 – 6:45 pm Fridays, 12:00…

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Journal Making

Come help decorate writing journals that will be given to cancer patients. Journals can be a wonderful place to write about your bucket list, dreams, or simply record thoughts and…

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Kid Chef: Roles Reversed

This fun, hands-on class will give kids the chance to be in charge of their parents’ next snack! Parent-child teams will be challenged to create healthy, cancer fighting snacks together,…

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Knit & Crochet

These volunteer groups meet on a regular basis to make items for cancer patients and families. Bring your own projects or help us create hats, lap blankets, etc. For more…

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Lifeforce Yoga

A gentle yoga workshop to learn breathing practices, movement, and sound to help soothe and balance the body and mind. A relaxing, guided meditation will close the workshop.

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Living Well

Offering education and support, for adults at any point from cancer diagnosis through survivorship. This program is also open to adult family members and friends.  Offered continuously. Registration Limited to:…

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Living With Hope and Living With Hope Companion Group

For adults with metastatic and/or advanced cancer. One group for people with advanced cancer and a separate group for their caregivers/loved ones. 1st & 3rd Tuesday each month, 10:30 am…

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Look Good…Feel Better®

This American Cancer Society program helps patients cope with changes in appearance related to cancer and treatment. Participants receive free makeup and learn how to use cosmetics to look and…

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Making The Move to a Plant Based Diet

Are you contemplating a shift to more plant sources of protein, but aren’t sure where to begin? This 2 week workshop will provide you with the information you need as…

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Making Sense out of Wills and Living Wills

If you were no longer able to make healthcare decisions, who would make decisions on your behalf? Come learn about healthcare power of attorney and wills. Presented by Jill Checkoway,…

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Nutrition for Life; Food is Medicine Series

“You are what you eat”!  We hear it all the time.  What we put in our bodies really does matter.  Good food helps the body function properly and fight disease….

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The Mediterranean Diet, Good for your Heart

We hear a lot about it, but what does it really mean to follow the Mediterranean diet? If you are looking for a great tasting, anti-cancer eating style that is…

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course

This 8-week class is modeled on the program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD and the U MASS Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness. Studies show that consistent mindfulness practice can result in:…

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Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

This one hour session will provide an overview of the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class and is required for anyone interested in taking the full course. Presented by:  Mary…

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Mini Spa

Join us for a relaxing evening of free mini spa treatments. Enjoy a warm foot soak and hand treatment in a calm, peaceful atmosphere. Seating is limited to four participants and registration is required….

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Monthly Discussion Group: Cancer as a Turning Point; From Surviving to Thriving

Join us to listen to enriching recorded talks by a variety of experts who focus on ways to thrive after a cancer diagnosis. Group discussion and experiential exercises will follow…

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NOMO (Not On My Own)

A social group for young adults ages 19-39 impacted by cancer. 1st & 3rd Tuesday each month, 6:00 – 7:30 pm Meets at Gritty’s, 68 Main St., Auburn.

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Pilates Yoga

Merges the benefits of Pilates and yoga to develop core strength, tone muscles, and increase flexibility, and help reduce stress. Led by: Tish Caldwell, RN, Certified Pilates and Yoga Instructor…

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Prostate Cancer Support Group

Education and support for men living with prostate cancer and their loved ones/caregivers. Sessions involve both guest presenters and open forums. Last Wednesday each month, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Please note…

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Quilting & Sewing Group

Join other volunteers to create items for cancer patients including hearts of love, ports of love, hats, and lap quilts.  

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Reducing Diabetes Risk for Prostate Cancer Survivors & Caregivers

Both diabetes and cancer share many risk factors and the incidence of both diseases is increasing. Fortunately, there are many steps that can be taken to prevent Type 2 diabetes…

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Restorative Yoga

By supporting various parts of your body with bolsters, blocks, and blankets, you can fully release into the pose and relax every part of your body. Restorative yoga helps relieve…

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Soft and Smooooth

A sore mouth and throat can have a significant impact on your ability to eat well during cancer treatment. Yet, staying well-nourished is important to your health, treatment outcome, and…

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SomaSoul Circle Workshop

A true mind-body-spirit workshop. Join others in movement, mindfulness, journaling and drawing. We’ll talk, listen and participate in gentle dance. Saturday January 7, 2017

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Soups On!!

There’s nothing like a nice warm soup to show you care! It’s warm, goes down fairly easy and can be very health supporting. In week one, we’ll make some nourishing…

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Strength in Numbers; Fit for Life for Men

Come join other men in a fun, group fitness class for some introductory level strength and flexibility exercises. A great way to start moving again, or simply learn more ways…

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Support for Seedlings Children’s Group

Cancer can be a strange and confusing experience that not every child – or adult – can relate to. This activity-based support group created just for kids impacted by cancer…

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Tai Chi for Balance

Tai Chi is a mind-body practice combining gentle exercise, breathing, and meditation to activate self-healing.  Each session is 6 weeks.  Registration is limited to 12. Led by: Toby Sifton, Tai…

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Teen Group

This group for adolescents ages 12+ offers a comfortable environment to talk, learn more about cancer, and engage in activities with other teens impacted by cancer. Every Thursday, 6:00 –…

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It’s My Time: A Healthy Living Series

Learn, have fun, and improve your health at the same time. Join Amanda Ettinger, Registered Dietitian, for a four week series on Healthy Living. You’ll learn about goal setting, problem…

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Tobacco Support Group

Peer-facilitated, the tobacco support group is open to anyone interested in quitting tobacco.  This group is offered in collaboration with Healthy Androscoggin. St. Mary’s Hospital, 93 Campus Ave., Lewiston Thursdays,…

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Touch, Caring & Cancer

Easing someone’s pain a little can make a big difference. This workshop is for caregivers to learn safe and easy massage techniques to support a friend or loved one going…

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Winter Book Club

Winter Book Club: Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-limiting Illness Through Mindfulness, Compassion, and Connectedness by Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN. Leaves Falling Gently is a comforting guide…

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Women’s Cancer Support Group

For women with any type of cancer at any point from diagnosis through survivorship. 1st & 3rd Tuesday each month, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

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Yoga for Life

This is a gentle yoga class for all fitness levels. The focus is on range of motion movement and gentle stretching. No experience with yoga required. Led by: Tish Caldwell, RN, Certified…

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Yoga for Littles

Kids will relax, have fun, and learn to practice kindness to themselves and others. Led by: Tish Caldwell, Certified Yoga Instructor, and Tookie Bright, LCSW Recommended for ages 5-10, but can…

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Young Adult Escape: Laser Tag and Bowling

Young Adults are welcome to join us for a fun afternoon of laser tag and bowling! Activities will be paid for, participants are responsible for their own transportation, food and…

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YWCA Breast Cancer Encore Program

This program is designed specifically for those who have experienced breast cancer. Each weekly session consists of 30 minutes of warm water, gentle exercises designed to increase range of motion,…

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Zentangle for Fun and Relaxation

Zentangle for Fun and Relaxation The process of creating a Zentangle is a form of “artistic meditation” as one becomes completely engrossed in making each pattern, deliberately focusing on “one…

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