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Cancer sur vivors exercise program offered at YMCA knowing how to exercise to learning, ‘Yes, I can.’ It was not easy, but worth In 2000 Sharon Senner came to a every minute.” life-changing challenge not just for She continued, “We are not always herself, but for her young children. looking for losing pounds, even She was overweight, had thyroid though that’s nice, too. Sometimes it’s cancer and asthma, was raising two just feeling healthier, stronger, how boys as a single mother and keeping to use the whole gym, a new workout a full-time job. program or that little push to get you Senner decided to find a way to headed in the right direction.” overcome all the excuses for not getAfter about two years, Senner ting in shape by balancing her health found herself taking more and more and well-being. chances outside of her comfort zone, When she started going to the such as riding her bike from Seattle gym, she said she was scared. to Portland each year, taking part in “I wore baggy clothes and tried to Ride the Hurricane and The Big hide in the corner, hoping that no one Climb (a stair climb in Seattle at the would see me,” Senner said. Columbia Tower to raise money for “Coming in the gym, it wasn’t leukemia and lymphoma cancer). about losing weight (well a little). It A fitness challenge helped her was about keeping up with life. I decide to become a personal trainer wanted more from life then going to and a group fitness instructor. work and then only finding the “Becoming a group fitness instrucenergy to cook dinner and clean. tor brought me to the YMCA, where I “It was a big change from not see it not just as a gym, but a place SUBMITTED BY OLYMPIC PENINSULA YMCA

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that has a story of its own; of morals and values that continues to grow with each community it comes in touch with. “Everyone that comes through the doors of the YMCA has fears and a goal,” Senner said. Senner began working at the YMCA of Sequim in October 2016 after working at other gyms in the area. She is now part of the Y Wellness Team as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor in the Exercise and Thrive program, a 12-week program available to all adult cancer survivors. “I became a part of Exercise and Thrive being a thyroid cancer survivor myself. I was impressed by the professional and caring YMCA staff and how they deliver workouts that cater from youth to seniors at all levels of fitness,” Senner said.

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It’s time for the seventh annual Healing Adventure Retreat at the Olympic NatureBridge Campus, on the shores of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. Set for May 18-20, 2018, this program is presented by Survivor’s Outdoor Experience (SOE). Participants include individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and a companion if they choose to be accompanied. SOE is a nonprofit educational and recreational organization. This program was developed to provide cancer survivors of all ages an opportunity to learn about the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle. It will bring a small group of participants together in a remarkable setting to enjoy a weekend retreat that will feature presentations, indoor and outdoor activities, food and a good times with lots of memories. “The program provides a curriculum of informative presentations balanced with recreational activities,” said program coordinator Jack Ganster. “The goal is to assist participants in gaining strength, hope and a sense of the future.” Ganster is a lifelong outdoor recreation enthusiast. He created the program after going through the experience of being diagnosed with a brain tumor and the treatment that followed. Now, 13 years after completing treatment, he is lead-

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More women are diagnosed with breast cancer than any other cancer. For many women, one of the more frightening aspects of a breast cancer diagnosis is the potential impact the disease can have on an area of the body often associated with femininity and motherhood. Cancer.net indicates the five-year survival rate for breast cancer if the cancer is only in one breast is 95 percent. That rate dips to 85 percent if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. Even though this is great news, women might worry about the long-term implications of post-cancer life, particularly how they relate to future pregnancy plans. Early detection and improvements in treatment have markedly decreased the numbers of breast cancer-related fatalities; however, the therapies used to treat breast cancer can affect fertility and a woman’s ability to have a successful pregnancy. While pregnancy after cancer treatment is often safe for both the baby and mother,

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INFERTILITY RISKS AND PRESERVING FERTILITY

One of the main concerns women have after surviving a breast cancer diagnosis is the risk of infertility. Susan G. Komen said both chemotherapy and hormone therapy can impact fertility and decrease the window of time a woman has to have children. This is a particular concern for young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Chemotherapy can damage the ovaries, while tamoxifen, a commonly used hormone therapy, can cause irregular periods or stop the menstrual cycle altogether. Both of these treatments also might bring on natural menopause earlier than usual, according to the International Breast Cancer Study Group.

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activities, such as yoga, and have the opportunity to learn about healthy eating. The ultimate goal of the program is to help survivors develop their own physical fitness regimen and become life-long exercisers after the program ends. The 12-week session will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning Tuesday, Oct. 3, at the YMCA of Port Angeles. For more information about Exercise and Thrive, phone Mikki Hughes, health and well-being coordinator at the YMCA of Port Angeles, at 360-452-9244, ext. 133, or email mikki@olympicpeninsulaymca.org. Contact Karen Rushby, physical therapist at Olympic Medical Center specializing in cancer rehabilitation, for a consultation and to receive a medical screening/ permission form before the start of the class. Her contact number is 360-417-7116. To participate in this program, you must be 18 years of age or older, 90 days out of treatment and have the medical clearance from Rushby. Exercise and Thrive is open to the community at no cost and is funded in part by the Y’s annual Power of Community Campaign and a grant from the United Way.

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“I became an instructor for the program to continue my passion to give others the gift of a quality of life after cancer.” Area cancer survivors have access to Exercise and Thrive, a free strength-andwellness program designed specifically for them thanks to a partnership between the Olympic Peninsula YMCA and Olympic Medical Center. The program is available to all adults 90 days out after the conclusion of cancer treatments. The curriculum was developed by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Fred Hutchinson reached out to multiple YMCAs to deliver the program in communities across the country. Studies show that exercise can improve quality of life, lessen treatment side effects and help recovery. Participants in the Y’s Exercise and Thrive program strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and improve endurance while receiving health-and-wellness coaching from YMCA personal trainers and wellness coaches during bi-weekly sessions. They’re also introduced to mind/body

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Diet matters with breast cancer diagnosis Local nutritionist discusses the healing powers of certain foods BY DANIELLA CHACE

If you or someone you love is at risk for or has been diagnosed with breast cancer, rest assured that you have powerful healing medicine in the foods available at your local farmers market and food co-op. Cancer-healing phytochemicals (natural plant compounds) in certain fruits, vegetables, seeds and herbs inhibit cancer in specific ways, such as turning off cancer genes and reducing cancer cell growth. These compounds can change the course of cancer. On the opposite end of the dietary spectrum, a poor diet not only increases the risk for cancer but also reduces the ability to heal from cancer. The average American diet contains processed foods, chemicals, agricultural pesticides and a lot of sugar and hydrogenated fats, all of which are associated with cancer risk. This type of diet leads to inflammation, which is a leading underlying cause of cancer development and the most common cause of fatigue in cancer patients. A few nutrient categories to pay special attention to include protein foods, vitamin intake, healing spices and probiotics. Avoiding sugar is absolutely necessary for sustained recovery (avoidance of recurrence), and you can further support healing by minimizing your intake of allergenic foods. •  Protein foods are critical to breast cancer prevention as well as healing. Be sure to include protein foods in your daily diet, such as beans, peas, lentils, nuts and seeds. A protein deficient diet can result in cachexia — weakness and muscle loss associated with chronic illness — which not only affects quality of life but is also estimated to be the cause of death in 15 to 20 percent of all cancer patients. The treatment for this type of muscle loss is an amino acid called creatine, which supports muscle growth. •  Vitamin D is needed for breast health as it plays key roles in immune function and breast tissue integrity. When our vitamin D levels drop below normal, we are at higher risk for developing breast cancer. Get your vitamin D levels tested and supplement with vitamin D3 to boost your blood to a safe and protective level.

WHAT: Breast Cancer Nutrition Talk with Daniella Chace WHERE: Charles Pink House, 1256 Lawrence St., Port Townsend WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 5, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Daniella Chace, MSc, CN, is a nationally recognized clinical practitioner, author and educator. She will discuss her books and research on healing breast cancer. Chace is a medical nutrition therapist who has written 20+ health books, oncology magazine columns and patient-care materials; has appeared on radio and television; and is the creator and host of Nutrition Matters, a national public radio show covering health topics, including nutrigenomics, toxins, microbes, epigenetics and whole foods nutrition. Vitamin D can be found in egg yolks, shiitake mushrooms, wild-caught fish, such as skipjack tuna, and sardines. •  Spices provide active nutrients that reduce inflammation and support healing. For example, turmeric — the yellow spice used in curries — is rich in curcumin, a natural inflammation reducer. This active compound becomes even more bio-available when ingested along with piperine, a natural compound in freshly ground black pepper. •  Prebiotic fiber from plants support healthy growth of probiotics in our gastrointestinal tract. Probiotics, such as acidophilus and bifidophilus, are available as a powder in supplement form, while prebiotics are found naturally in whole plant foods like strawberries, banana and garlic. •  Avoid dairy products as they increase the growth of some types of breast cancer cells. Nondairy milk options include cultured coconut milk, almond milk and hemp milk. •  Avoid processed sugar, saturated fats, hydrogenated oils and common allergenic foods, such as gluten, corn, dairy and soy.

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LUSCIOUS TART CHERRY SMOOTHIE Recipe from “Breast Cancer Smoothies” by Daniella Chace (HCI, 2016)

SERVES 1 ½ cup frozen tart cherries ½ cup frozen peaches ½ cup coconut water 2 tbsp. chia seed ½ tsp. probiotic powder ½ tsp. turmeric powder

Tart cherries are rich in anthocyanins (water-soluble vacuolar pigments that, depending on their pH, may appear red, purple or blue) that have the ability to reduce breast cancer cells via apoptosis (the death of cells that occurs as a normal and controlled part of an organism’s growth or development).

Combine all ingredients in a high-power blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Drink immediately. Nutrition facts: Calories: 220; Fat: 10 grams; Protein: 7 grams; Carbs: 30 grams; Fiber: 15 grams; Net Carbs: 15 grams


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State ranks high in breast cancer rates

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In the United States, the rate of getting breast cancer varies from state to state, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In the most recent year for which breast cancer incidence data is available (2014), Washington ranks among the highest for rates of breast cancer. The risk of getting breast cancer increases with age. Jefferson County ranks No. 1 in the state for the population with the oldest median age (half higher, half lower) at 54.7 years. Those factors make local access to screening and early detection of breast cancer particularly important.

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Finding cancer early means treatment is more likely to be successful. Breast cancer screenings check for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease. In East Jefferson County, screenings are available through the Imaging Department at Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center. To meet the needs of our community, Jefferson Healthcare has invested in advanced technologies and facilities. Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, is an improved screening and diagnostic imaging tool available at Jefferson Healthcare. 3D mammography can detect cancers that are otherwise hidden. It finds 27 percent more cancers and decreases the chance of being called back for another look by up to 40 percent. 3D mammography finds cancers earlier and reduces false positives.

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dard for breast cancer detection. Pre-existing risk and age are factors which should be considered by physicians and women in discussions about screenings. Most insurance companies cover annual mammograms, giving women the opportunity to screen annually. When patients have questions about radiation associated with mammograms, the mammography team at Jefferson Healthcare explains that levels are well below Federal Drug Administration standards and the harms of screenings are negligible when compared to having or dying from breast cancer. 3D mammography reduces false positive recall rates by up to 40 percent, which reduces overall exposure. The mammography team at WHEN TO SCREEN Jefferson Healthcare offers this Recommended guidelines vary advice: “Good breast care for the age at which to start regu- involves a combination of three lar screenings as well as their fre- important steps: monthly selfquency, but the American Cancer exams, an annual exam by a Society, the CDC and the Amerihealth care professional and can College of Radiology all agree mammograms.” mammograms are the gold stanIf you have questions, contact

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Look Good, Feel Better meets quarterly. This program’s goal is to help women deal with the physical side effects of cancer treatment. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, it provides assistance with hair, skin, nutrition, wigs and head wraps. The next meeting is Monday, Nov. 6, at 10 a.m. on the third floor of the Emergency and Specialty Services Building at Jefferson Healthcare, 834 Sheridan St. in Port Townsend. The Cancer Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Puget Room at Jefferson Healthcare. This is to support people dealing with cancer of any kind. The Breast Cancer Support Group meets weekly for six to eight weeks starting early in October. Call Lisa Lawrence to register at 360-385-2200, ext. 2040. Tai Chi classes for oncology patients will begin in early 2018. Visit www.jeffersonhealthcare.org for additional information. your primary care provider or the Imaging Department at Jefferson Healthcare at 360-385-2200, ext. 2100, or visit www.jefferson healthcare.org. Jefferson Healthcare, located at 834 Sheridan St. in Port

Townsend, is a public hospital district providing services to residents of East Jefferson County. Tina Herschelman is the marketing associate at Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend.

This summer, Jefferson Healthcare received National Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. This accreditation recognizes that Jefferson Healthcare meets the CoC’s rigorous quality care standards and maintains excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care for most cancers, including breast cancer. The journey to accreditation also has meant the development of a more holistic approach to cancer care at Jefferson Healthcare. While the Oncology Department prioritizes treatment options such as chemotherapy and radiation, its care team also recognizes the importance of supplemental treatments for patients. Such services can actually optimize traditional treatments and prove to be mutually beneficial lines of care. Support services can include physical therapy, genetic counseling, nutritional counseling, pain management, survivorship programs, home health and hospice services, clinical trials and more. By providing these services, Jefferson Healthcare treats the whole patient, not just the disease.


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that I’ve grown to be very passionate about. I wanted to create an event that could raise money and awareness while at the same time remaining lighthearted and fun; an event that appealed to everyone, touched by breast cancer or not, in which people could easily get involved by wearing pink and partying for a cure.” Special musical guests Afrodisiacs (’70s disco) and the Spazmatics (’80s dance hits) will perform throughout the evening. There will be a 50/50 raffle fundraiser, as well as a Breast Cancer Awareness merchandise table that will help raise proceeds for the Olympic Medical Cancer Center. “A great sense of community is important when battling something that has affected so many people around us,” said Tristan Cathro, marketing assistant at 7 Cedars Casino. “In hosting the Pink Party, we hope to further spread awareness in our community, as well as raise funds for the research and treatment of breast cancer.” The breast cancer awareness event also boasts VIP bottle service sections, drink Photos courtesy of 7 Cedars Casino/Andres Marcus Photography specials, party favors, themed decor and Sixth annual Pink Party for Breast Cancer Awareness attendees stop for a quick more. photo during last year’s event. “If you have been or know somebody who has been affected by breast cancer, this is a great way to show your support, spread awareness and party for a cure,” Cathro said.

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Live music will once again take the stage during this year’s Pink Party for Breast Cancer Awareness.

For more information on the seventh annual Pink Party for Breast Cancer Awareness, contact Cathro at tcathro@ 7cedarsresort.com or 360-582-2489, or visit www.7cedarsresort.com. For more information about VIP bottle service sections, email vip@7cedarsresort.com.

For the first 200 people who show up wearing pink, 7 Cedars Casino will donate $5 per person to the Olympic Medical Cancer Center. “The Pink Party was my own personal brain child when I came aboard 7 Cedars a little over seven years ago,” said Erick Miller, assistant marketing director at the casino. “After being touched through my mother’s personal and successful bout with breast cancer, it’s been something

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movement, but it’s important that women take into account the following pointers, courtesy of the ACS, before beginning a regimen. • Speak with your physician. Discuss exercise with your physician after undergoing surgery. Doctors may prescribe physical or occupational therapy, and some may even refer patients to cancer exercise specialists. Simply jumping back into your pre-surgery exercise routine can be dangerous, so bring up exercise immediately after surgery or during a follow-up visit. BY METROCREATIVE •  Expect some tightness. Doctors may suggest women begin exercising a Surgery is often part of treating breast cancer. week or more after undergoing breast cancer surgery. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), It’s normal to feel some tightness in the chest and doctors may recommend women undergo breast bioparmpit after surgery, but the tightness will begin to sies, lymph node biopsies or removals, lumpectomies, subside as you exercise. mastectomies or breast reconstructions as part of Report any persistent tightness or pain to a physitheir treatments. cian immediately. Surgery is often an effective way to treat breast •  Some burning, tingling, numbness or soreness cancer, but it does come with some side effects. may also occur. The ACS notes that breast cancer surgery can affect These symptoms may be felt on the back of the arm how well women move their shoulders and arms, as and/or on the chest wall and are often a result of the pain and stiffness can weaken both areas. surgery irritating some of your nerves. In addition, women’s ability to take deep breaths The sensations of burning, tingling, numbness and may be compromised after surgery, and they may have soreness may even increase a few weeks after surgery. difficulty performing normal everyday activities like But the ACS advises women to keep exercising dressing, bathing and brushing their hair. through these symptoms unless they notice unusual Exercise may seem impossible after breast cancer swelling or tenderness, which should be reported to surgery, but the ACS recommends women exercise physicians right away. after surgery to get their arms and shoulders moving •  Exercise after a warm shower. again. A warm shower may warm and relax muscles, makThe ACS notes that exercise can be especially ing exercise less painful. important to women who underwent radiation therapy •  Dress appropriately. after surgery, as radiation can affect movement in the Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing can make it easarm and shoulder long after treatment has ended. ier to do exercises, as such attire is not restrictive. Regular exercise after radiation treatment can help More information regarding exercise after breast women maintain mobility in their arms and shoulders. cancer surgery, including specific exercise recommenExercising after breast cancer surgery can restore dations, can be found at www.cancer.org.

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<< NUTRITION, continued from 6 I’m a fan of smoothies as they provide a quick and easy way to get a wide range of cancer-healing nutrients into your diet. I created a book of smoothie recipes that contains nutrient-packed breast cancer healing recipes called “Breast Cancer Smoothies.” You might want to start with a recipe designed for healing and then make it your own by adding your favorite milk alternative, such as cashew milk or coconut milk; your favorite spices, such as vanilla or cinnamon; and the fruits your prefer, such as bananas or pomegranate seeds. Add your powdered supplements, too, such as protein powder and probiotics. Once you find that delicious combination, you’ll be motivated to drink it every day. A daily dose of fresh plant food nutrients is the most powerful step you can take in your own healing process. Daniella Chace, MSc, CN and nutritionist, is the author of “Breast Cancer Smoothies,” “Turning Off Breast Cancer” and, most recently, “Superfood Smoothie Bowls.” She is the host of “Nutrition Matters” on National Public Radio and is a medical nutritionist in a private practice in Port Townsend. To learn more about her work, visit her website at www. DaniellaChace.com.

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From Operation Uplift to the community BY OLYMPIC NEWS GROUP

Celebrating its 34th year on the North Olympic Peninsula, Operation Uplift has been an independent cancer support nonprofit since 1983. Supported entirely through volunteers, Operation Uplift offers several services to the community of breast cancer patients and survivors, including peer support, encouragement and the opportunity to have someone listen with its on-call 24/7 line and cancer buddies who team up with a newly diagnosed survivor for support. “Feeling validated can be paramount in recovery,” said Liz Zenonian-Waud, executive director of Operation Uplift. “We support our community members who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer.” Thanks to the communities of the Peninsula, Operation Uplift continues to be able to help those in need. “Thank you to our wonderful community and continued support you give us for Operation Uplift,” Zenonian-Waud said. “We want you to know that the funds you so generously give fund the many services

that Operation Uplift is able to offer to North Olympic Peninsula residents.” Donations are used to assist individuals and families as they battle all types of cancer. All funds raised are used within Clallam County. “As we celebrate our 34th year, we recognize you have built us, supported us and you believe in what we are doing. Thank you just doesn’t begin to acknowledge what you do,” she added. The Operation Uplift Board is a group of volunteers who have been directly touched by cancer as survivors or supporters. “They support and encourage people diagnosed with cancer to make informed decisions and participate in their own health care treatment decisions,” Zenonian-Waud said. Operation Uplift also offers free breast health clinics, limited financial support and supplies for cancer survivors. “We will gladly assist men who have need of our services and any supplies they may need, too,” Zenonian-Waud said. Critical women’s items offered by Operation Uplift include temporary breast

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prosthesis, prosthesis bras, wigs, turbans, scarves and soft hats. “If we don’t have it, we are committed to getting what the survivor needs,” she said. Financial assistance is available on a limited basis. This past year, Operation Uplift was able to help more families with financial support thanks to the extra funds earned through Pink Up Port Angeles. “What a relief it must have been for those families and how happy we are we were able to help them,” Zenonian-Waud said. An annual Breast Health Clinic was held during Pink Up Port Angeles, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Port Angeles, and included a free screening mammogram if needed. Another clinic will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, at Olympic Medical Center, 840 N. Fifth Ave. in Sequim. Phone 360-457-5141 to make an appointment. “We expect to assist over 20 more women in our community who are without insurance and in need of breast exams and mammograms.” Additional screening mammograms are

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Did you know.... SHERWOOD ASSISTED LIVING OFFERS: Having a child and breastfeeding are possible even after undergoing breast cancer treatment. breast cancer treatment they receive, many women are still able to breastfeed; however, if radiation or surgery has affected breast health, milk production might be affected and the baby might have difficulty latching on. Using a breast pump to express milk might be an option; however, commer-

cially produced infant formulas also can provide the nutrition growing babies need. Choosing to have children after breast cancer is a personal decision. Thanks to medical advancements, the possibility to conceive and raise a family is strong.

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According to the American Cancer Society, some doctors advise breast cancer survivors to wait at least two years after finishing treatment before they try to get pregnant. No research yet indicates that getting pregnant will make women more susceptible to the cancer coming back, nor will pregnancy increase the risks of birth defects or other long-term health concerns in children born to women who have had breast cancer.

Liz Zenonian-Waud is the executive director of Operation Uplift in Port Angeles.

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Young women can opt to have their unfertilized eggs or embryos frozen and stored prior to starting cancer treatment. It’s important to meet with a fertility specialist early on to discuss options.

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available in emergency situations to patients referred by their doctors. Operation Uplift offers a variety of social/recreational activities for survivors. These events provide opportunities for cancer survivors to interact with others who have had similar experiences. Stamina and strength during and after treatment might be limited, so survivors are encouraged to try exercises and activities that are comfortable and safe for them. Gentle Yoga is being held in the Raymond Carver Room of the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Classes are scheduled for the following Wednesdays: Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25, plus Nov. 1 and 8. “We promise to continue to provide our community with all the assistance we can, plus cancer education, prevention and support,” Zenonian-Waud said. For more information about Operation Uplift, phone 360-457-5141 or visit www. operationuplift.org.


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Special Sections - Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2017  

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Special Sections - Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2017  

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