Spirituality and Young Adult Cancer Community

There are many ways to cope, but we wanted to invite you to participate in a group that focuses on two ways:

Spirituality and Young Adult Cancer Community

Why?: The goal of the group is to encourage positive coping that is encompassing of one’s spirituality in light of ongoing issues related to illness. We want to promote the wellness and wholeness of Young Adult Cancer patients and survivors within a supportive community. For our purposes, spirituality is defined as, “any way of seeking or relating to whatever a person considers sacred or meaningful.”

What?: We will spend time sharing our stories both past and present in conjunction with spiritual themes such as: meaning/purpose, living in flux, relationships, and hope. We will connect to these themes through resources such as poetry, music, and story.

Who?: Young Adult Cancer Patients and Survivors ages 18-39. Any and all spiritual/religious or non-religious backgrounds are welcome.

When?: Wednesdays in October from 5:30-6:30 PM (a four-week commitment).

Where?: SCCA Sanctuary on the 1st Floor of the Clinic behind the Gift Shop.

Great! How do I sign up?: Contact Deanna Drake, Chaplain at the SCCA by August 25th at djdrake@seattlecca.org and 206-598-3153. Space is limited, so don’t delay!

Honoring My Journey: A Reflection on Caregiving

By Jennie Guiley

GuileysinthewoodsWe didn’t have cancer. We weren’t doing chemo and we weren’t having stem cell transplants. That was all his. So where did this leave me, the caregiver?

I had strong feelings of loss, fear, anger, and hope and no time to process them. I had a job to do. I dedicated my entire being to help him fight and survive. I took time off of work in order to keep everything running smoothly so that he could focus on his mission. While he fought for his life, I fought too. My battle tools ranged from lists of questions for doctors to my trusty bottle of bleach that kept our home a safe place for him to heal. We made a really good team.

When his active treatment ended, we found ourselves in very different places. While he was ready to live and move on, it seemed that in supporting him, I had left me behind. Where was my caregiving experience within his cancer experience? I could list off every medication he had been on, report his symptoms, change pump tubing, and cook balanced cancer-fighting meals. But I had left little time for any self-reflection or validation that my journey was significant, too. I identified only as caregiver. And, with my husband’s treatment coming to an end, I’d just been fired. Guiley5yearposttransplant

While grateful beyond words, I wasn’t sure what to do next. How could I honor this life-changing experience and move forward at the same time? While not a ground-breaking revelation, it’s now clear that the only way to move on was the same way we got through every part of this experience: by putting one foot in front of the other, remembering to breathe deeply, and trusting that we would make it through.

Earlier this year, we celebrated my husband’s five year post-transplant anniversary and we still make a really good team. Our life includes a few more doctor’s appointments than the average family, but also involves preschool, soccer, and lots of giggles with our daughter. We are filled with hope and are incredibly lucky.

I am continuously learning how to honor my experience and have found that volunteering, writing, and listening to others in similar situations greatly helps me process. I’ve learned that not only does this not take away from his experience, it helps me to better understand myself and hopefully help other families along the way.

My days of counting my husband’s coughs, bleaching the kitchen, and worrying incessantly are behind me. I don’t view him as a patient and me as his caregiver. Instead, he’s the loving husband who makes pancakes on Saturday mornings and pushes our daughter on the swing for the thousandth time in a row.

GuileysinLeavenworthI am so grateful for my husband’s strength and perseverance, for our strong and unwavering commitment to each other, and for the lessons that this experience continues to teach me. And, if needed, I’d do it all again.

Jennie had the honor of caring for her husband while he underwent autologous and allogeneic transplants for his second and third bouts with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She is currently a stay at home mom to a happy and energetic four year old and is excited to be giving back to SCCA as a Patient and Family Advisor. She lives with her husband and daughter in North Seattle.

Planning a Wedding After Cancer

Scott-Bennett Wedding-1 copyWritten By Melanie, Young Adult Survivor

I was newly engaged and looking forward to marrying the man of my dreams when I was suddenly diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It totally rocked my world, as I’m sure you can imagine. My wedding plans were put on hold indefinitely. Thankfully, my fiancé continued to be right by my side. When I was finally given the “ok” to set a date and start planning again, it was an entire year later. But, life was much different for me. I had undergone months of treatment and a life-saving Bone Marrow Transplant that took a huge toll on my body physically and huge toll on my pocketbooks financially. Although I was excited to get back to planning my wedding, I wasn’t sure how it would all come together at this point.
Planning a wedding after cancer can be both exciting and stressful. On the one hand, there is the excitement of having something to look forward to and help take your mind off of what you’re presently going through. On the other hand, you have the medical bills, on-going treatment and late effects of chemotherapy/radiation to deal with at the same time. Here are some tips I found to be helpful with the process:

Budget. As much as I like all the glitz and glamour of a fabulous wedding, the most important thing to me was that I would finally get to marry the man who had stuck by my side through the roughest time of my life. The cost of a wedding can be enough for you to just throw your hands up and say, “let’s elope.” We could really skip all of the fanfare, but our wedding actually served a dual purpose. It was not only a celebration of love, but also a celebration of life. We didn’t have much to spend, but I put a strict budget in place so we could have something nice and meaningful. There are also resources to help cancer survivors such as Wish Upon a Wedding, Brides Against Breast Cancer and Brides for a Cause.

Let your fingers do the walking. I had some physical limitations to overcome after my transplant. For example, my capacity to walk and stand for periods of time was limited and I had to wear a mask in public because my immune system was compromised. This made it extremely difficult to meet with and talk to vendors. However, with the Internet you can do online research and make phone calls from the comfort of home or in the hospital. You can then plan for a day you are well enough to go out to various places and finalize details.Scott-BennettEngagement-27

Get a planner. Most wedding planners have existing relationships with vendors and can really help navigate your wedding day effectively. If you cannot afford a professional wedding planner, find a friend who enjoys throwing parties that would be willing to assist. They can make site visits and contact people on your behalf. They can also help take the wedding day worries off your shoulders so you can focus on enjoying it.

Have some DIY (Do it Yourself) fun. Over the course of my cancer treatment, I spent a lot of time at home and in the hospital. My friends bought me bridal magazines and I would thumb through them and get ideas. When I was feeling up to it, I would use that time to create things for my wedding. I made all of my stationary and had friends help me stuff, lick and stamp envelopes when they came over to visit. It made the days go by much faster and helped me save money.

Do not get stressed out (and don’t stress your fiancé out). This is meant to be a celebration and sometimes you can lose focus on the big picture by focusing on all the little details. Take time to just breathe. It will relax your mind and refocus your attention on what’s most important – you have overcome incredible odds and are still alive to enjoy another day! Your wedding day will mark the FIRST day of the rest of your lives together, not the ONLY day. So, remember to continue building your relationship as a couple and put in just as much time planning for the rest of your lives as you do this one day.

Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness


On Saturday, June 6, 2015 the Fred Hutch Survivorship Program will host its ninth annual Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness event.

This event is designed for cancer survivors and patients, including caregivers, friends, family, and health care professionals.

eva-headshotKeynote Speaker – Eva Grayzel

Eva Grayzel was in the midst of her career as a nationally recognized Master Storyteller and performance artist when she was diagnosed at age 33 with stage IV oral cancer and given a 15% chance of survival. After regaining her deep vibrant voice, Eva applied her stage skills to communicate the depth of her experience in a unique and powerful way. For over a decade, Eva has empowered survivors nationwide with her story of turning adversity into opportunity. In 2013, she performed “Tongue-Tied: A Story NOT silenced by Oral Cancer” Off-Broadway in New York City to a sold-out audience. A champion for early detection, Eva founded the Six-Step ScreeningTM oral cancer awareness campaign. Eva is the author of Mr. C Plays Hide and Seek and Mr. C the Globetrotter. Click here to learn more about Eva:

Breakout Sessions

The event will offer breakout sessions led by experts in the fields of such topics as: nutrition, complementary and alternative medicine, fertility, art therapy, relationships and intimacy, caregivers, heart disease, exercise, cognitive function, lymphedema, spirituality, stress management, advanced disease, yoga and late effects from cancer treatment. Upon registering you will be asked to sign up for 3 breakout sessions. Please follow this link for a full list of classes and descriptions: Learn more >


The event will be held on the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center campus.
1100 Fairview Ave N., Seattle, WA 98109

Check in will occur in the Thomas Building. On the day of the event free parking is available in any surface parking lot. Click here for a printable map and directions


Saturday, June 6, 2015

8:30 am Registration, light continental breakfast
9:00 am Keynote Speaker – Eva Grayzel
10:00 am Breakout #1
11:00 am Breakout #2
12:00 pm Breakout #3
1:00 pm Lunch with Networking
1:45 pm Late Effects from Treatment & Survivorship Care Plans
2:15 pm Patient Panel
3:00 pm Event Concludes


Please click here to register


Please contact us at (206) 667-2013 or survivor@fhcrc.org


TSNW 2015 Retreat

Defy Cancer
By Jamaica Baldwin
TSNW Program Manager

That woman who never usually dances got up anyway to enjoy the music and shake her stress loose. That woman who’s never been to a gathering of like-minded woman celebrating life, and is scared she won’t feel comfortable, went anyway and felt right at home. That woman who hasn’t been that long out of treatment and is weighed down with tiredness went, enjoying the flexibility and ease of the event, and had an amazing time. That woman who is not afraid of new people or experiences went to simply to relax and catch up with old friends. That woman who has a skill, a talent, or a passion shared them generously with other women. Who are all these women? They are cancer survivors and instructors who were present at the 2015 Team Survivor Northwest Fitness Retreat in Port Townsend, WA.

The TSNW annual retreat has been happening for over ten years, but this year was extra special because Team Survivor Northwest celebrated its 20th anniversary. The weekend got off to a great start with an inspiring keynote address by stage 4 lung cancer survivor, Diana Lindsay and husband Kelley, authors of the new book, Something More Than Hope. It continued on Saturday with yoga, Zumba Gold, adult recess, Qi Gong, and much much more. Though it rained a little the sun came out just in time for our outdoor Chi Run/Walk and Photography classes. The National Park surrounding Fort Worden is the perfect setting to enjoy the outdoors and uncover plenty of wildlife and still life worthy of pictures.

Women taking a picture of themselves, Socializing for Brain HealWhile everyone enjoyed each other’s company and all the pampering, reflection and self-care that takes place at the retreat, the highlight of the weekend had to be the Marimba band who played for us after dinner Saturday evening. Yesango reside in Port Townsend, WA and were themselves celebrating their 20th anniversary. About ten or so people danced to the music throughout most of the performance. Others decided that tapping their feet was movement enough for them, however by the end every single woman in the room was on her feet and moving to the enticing marimba rhythms. It was a truly miraculous moment to witness. It is this unbridled joy and spontaneity that makes the Annual Team Survivor Northwest Retreat such a special, special event. Some topped off the evening at the beach bonfire, others went to the crafts room to explore their creativity, while still others retreated to their rooms to cuddle up with a good book or some long awaited sleep.

Sunday we had a few more classes and the pleasure of listening to the founder of Team Survivor Northwest, Dr. Julie Gralow, present an overview of cancer research and prevention during these past twenty years since the creation of TSNW. It was amazing to see just how many more women survivors there are now than there used to be. The women in the audience were just a sliver of the number of survivors in the world today thanks to cancer researchers and doctors like Dr. Gralow, and thanks to all the wonderful non-profit organizations and all the survivors, friends and family who have helped raise awareness and funding. This retreat is a truly not-to-be-missed event for any female cancer survivor who lives in the Seattle Area. If you are a woman and a survivor and have not had the opportunity to attend one of our retreats I highly recommend looking into it for next year. If you are not aware of Team Survivor Northwest and what we offer please check out our website at http://www.teamsurvivornw.org or email me, TSNW’s Program Manager at pm@teamsurvivornw.org.

Sex and the Young Survivor

Sexual Health - feet under coversBy Emily Cousins

My husband said all the right things to me after my lumpectomy. He told me that I looked beautiful and feminine and that he found me very desirable. I, of course, believed none of it. What could possibly be sexy about a woman with a scarred, gimpy breast and the whiff of life-threatening disease hanging about her?

When I got diagnosed with breast cancer at 32, I braced myself for surgery, nausea, and fear. What I didn’t count on were the changes in the bedroom.

Many young survivors are surprised by this discovery: sex just isn’t the same after cancer. Some changes are subtle, like wearing a t-shirt during sex so a partner can’t see your scars or avoiding certain positions that are painful now. Some changes are more obvious, like making love without interfering with g-tubes or coping with erectile dysfunction.

Confronting these new realities in bed can be especially difficult for young people. Sage Bolte, an oncology social worker who specializes in sexual health for young survivors, says that within a matter of months, a young person can go from being a player to being impotent. “You are at your sexual peak at diagnosis, so your fall is harder than most,” she explains.

One moment you are enjoying the freedom of youthful sex, discovering what gives you pleasure, and the next you are explaining why your vagina is bone dry to a new partner. “It is very different than a woman who is already in her sixties has gone through menopause naturally. They have adapted–and so have their friends and partners–to a lower libido, and you haven’t had time to,” says Bolte.

Sexual Health - couple kissingYoung people now have to figure out when to talk about a prosthetic testicle or reconstructed breast with someone they are dating–someone who has probably never encountered these changes before. One young survivor of testicular cancer asked me, “How do you tell a girl that you only have one ball? I think my libido would be better if I wasn’t scared about that.”

Young survivors are more likely to have moved back in with our parents in order to get through treatment, and now we have to bring dates home to Mom and Dad’s. We are also more likely to be uninsured, and challenges like erectile dysfunction can go untreated.

And, if we are female and received chemo, the odds are very good that our libido has taken a nose dive, leaving our partners–who remain in their sexual prime–wondering if once a month is as good as it gets. Sarah, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 31, said treatment took “away most of my desire. I hate that. Hate that. It’s such a personal part of someone to destroy.”

Some young people become resigned to these changes—as if the loss of physical intimacy were the price we pay for survival. But cancer does not have to mean the end of good sex.

There is a long list of tips and products that can significantly boost our sexual experience after treatment. We just have to seek them out. Bolte says, “Survivors may have compensated for fatigue, chemo brain, shortness of breath. Now it’s about giving them permission to do the same in their sex lives.”

Don’t hesitate to tap the expertise of your medical team. Urologists and gynecologists are trained to talk about sexual function, and most cancer centers and hospitals have therapists on staff specializing in cancer and sexual health.

It’s worth the effort. Michelle was 26 when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Her treatment required a hysterectomy and pelvic radiation and left her in menopause. “There was no sexual contact in my house for eight months,” she told me. But over time, she and her husband talked and explored their way back to each other.

Sexual Health - holding hands“As survivors, we want to have a healthy sex life, but it takes work,” says Michelle. “It’s like when you want a great body, you have to go to the gym, and in the first few months you don’t feel good, it hurts, it takes practice. Sometimes we expect to go right back to having sex and having it feel good. We forget to allow ourselves the time. But you have to take the time and do the work to get to a place where it feels good again.”

Healthy for the Holidays, November 8, 2014

HFH promo (1)Dr. Julie Gralow, Director of Breast medical Oncology at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, recently climbed Mt. Adams with Team Survivor Northwest. Dr. Gralow and two cancer survivors that joined her on the climb will talk about their Mt. Adams experience as they present to us “Setting Goals for the New Year and Sticking to Them” during this year’s Healthy for the Holidays educational event.

HFH promo (2)The Healthy for the Holidays fifth annual event will take place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center campus. This event is designed for cancer patients and survivors including caregivers, friends, family and health care professionals and is hosted by the Fred Hutch Survivorship Program and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Women’s Wellness Center.

Other presentations will include Preventing Late effects from treatment, Exercise and Healthy Eating with cooking demonstrations. Many other cancer organizations will be present to share resources for cancer survivors during the event. Continental breakfast is included and the event is free but space is limited, so please RSVP by October 31st!

Preventing Late Effects from Cancer Treatment
Debra Loacker, RN
Leslie Vietmeier, ARNP
Survivorship Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Exercise Recommendations for Cancer Survivors
Elisabeth Tomere, PT, DPT, CLT
Physical Therapy, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Healthy Holiday Eating with Cooking Demonstration
Jennifer Adler, MS
Passionate Nutrition, Bastyr University

Setting Goals for the New Year and Sticking to Them
Dr. Julie Gralow, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

8:00am Registration, Continental Breakfast
8:30am Welcome Address
8:40am Preventing Late Effects from Cancer Treatment
9:40am Exercise Recommendations for Cancer Survivors
10:40am Healthy Holiday Eating with Cooking Demonstration
11:40am Setting Goals for the New Year and Sticking to Them
12:30pm Event Concludes

This event will take place at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center campus in the Thomas Building. On the day of the event free parking is available in any surface parking lot.

Space is limited. Please RSVP by October 31.
Register online here

Please email survivor@fhcrc.org or call 206-667-2013
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Celebrate Under the Stars

Celebrate Under the StarsThis event is being held on Saturday, November 8th at the Bellevue Hilton, from 6 – 10 p.m. It will be a night full of delicious food, fun games, desired auction items and fantastic supporters!

We will kick off the evening with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a sit down dinner and live auction. This year we are pleased to have back Tim Leahy as our auctioneer extraordinaire, who will guide us through some lively bidding on all our new and exciting auction items!

In order to bring our members unique opportunities to participate in fitness programs and health education, this event is key to ensuring we can provide these programs at Team Survivor Northwest. This event helps us to raise funds and promote awareness for our organization this year!

We need your help in securing auction items to make this year a great success. Some of our key ticket items that we aim to auction off this year are:

• Trips & Getaways: airfare and/or miles to exotic locations, condos, cabins and timeshares to fun destinations

• Tickets: tickets to the Mariners, Seahawks, Sounders games, The Seattle Symphony or Opera House and/ or desirable concerts in the area

• Experiences: Wine tastings with dinner packages, Santa coming to your house, free flight lesson, birthday parties at a local fire station, shopping spree with a personal shopper, fine dining experiences…feel free to get creative

• All things “Golf”: Rounds of golf, clubs, bags, memorabilia, memberships

• Gift Certificates: Gift cards, certificates to spas, stores, restaurants

• Excursions: Kayaking, canoeing or boating experiences, snowshoeing and ski packages nearby or at other unique locations

We at TSNW strive to make this event each year bigger and better than ever for our members and supporters but in order to do that we need your help in this process! If you can’t help with donations, there are two other ways to contribute: Buy tickets to attend our November 8th Auction and Gala with your family and friends! Or you can volunteer to be a Table Captain! Encourage your friends and family to attend the event or you can volunteer to help the day of. This is a truly magical night and is one of Team Survivor’s capstone events.

If you are unable to attend the Team Survivor Northwest is always accepting donations via our website: http://www.teamsurvivornw.org. Team Survivor Northwest’s goal is to continue to serve female cancer survivors in the Seattle community and beyond. We want to be able to offer all of our amazing programs at no cost to our members. The research that has been done that shows the benefits of fitness on cancer survivors is astounding. To be able to offer our programs at no cost to female cancer survivors is such a gift, and is something that will benefit them tremendously. A little goes a long way in helping our members on their road to recovery.

Blog written by Adrienne Coleman, outreach coordinator for Team Survivor Northwest
If you have questions on anything discussed in this blog please contact Siobhan Stanton, TSNW’s operation manager, at om@teamsurvivornw.org.

Heighten Your Awareness. Take Charge of Your Life

couchI just launched a one-month workshop geared towards women in their 20’s/30’s who want to strengthen their life skills so they can learn to make choices that empower their life. My inspiration for this workshop has boiled inside me for the past couple of months. Back in May, I launched a Tap In female journal group that proved to be inspiring, healing and motivating for participants. Women loved the forum where they could connect to other like-minded women who shared similar experiences and feelings in life. Watching and personally experiencing this dynamic energized me to create my new workshop. I am taking the Tap In journal experience to a whole new level where, instead of women just using their journals as a way to explore what is going on in their world, I will be introducing a new dimension to heighten our awareness. We will take our thoughts and feelings and turn them into empowering action. It might feel a bit scary, as change and growth tends to be, however, action is necessary if we want to make every moment conscious and empowering. I love to remind my clients that they are the captain of their ship. No one else can steer, but YOU.

Come play with me and other like-minded women who want to consciously own their life with passion, purpose and direction. Come Heighten Your Awareness and Take Charge of Your Life. Learn how to manage and balance stress, expectations, judgments, dreams, relationships, and your daily levels of energy.

Discover more of what you will learn @ Workshops. #TakeCharge #EnergyShift

Event Information
Dates: 9/24, 10/1, 10/7 & 10/14
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.
Register: http://wadebrill.com/workshops/

About me….
I am driven to turn my experiences – divorced parents, three episods of cancer in my family (my mother, sister and me), losing my mother to cancer while I was still in treatment, moving to a different country, and starting my own businesses – into nuggets of wisdom.

Wade Brill Life Coaching

Move Ahead, Don’t Fall Behind

Walking pictureIt is hard to believe that the dog days of summer are almost behind us. Each year it feels as though the summer goes by a little quicker. Seattleites have learned to make the most of the sunshine as we all know that it is fleeting. From a fitness standpoint all of us seem to take our fitness routines outdoors during the summer. There are so many options in Seattle to get a good workout, while enjoying the sun: paddle boarding, kayaking, running, etc. The possibilities seem a little more endless when there is sunshine. However, with the fall approaching many people are rethinking their fitness regimens and renewing those gym memberships. The shorter days often affect our energy levels, and it is easy during the fall and winter months to literally fall behind on fitness. At Team Survivor Northwest we offer a variety of fitness activities that allow our members to take their fitness routines indoor or outdoor. With summer ending and fall approaching, we want to encourage our members to keep moving and to not fall behind. Team Survivor Northwest is a non-profit that offers fitness classes at no cost to all female cancer survivors. Unlike a gym membership there are no hidden fees or commitments. To become a member you simply follow these three easy steps:

1.) Fill out a Team Survivor membership form, which are available on our website: http://www.teamsurvivornw.org. If for any reason you can’t download the membership form you can email om@teamsurvivornw.org and a membership form can be sent to you via mail or email.

2.) Send the medical release portion of the application to your oncologist or PCP if you have been out of treatment for multiple years. They will need to sign this form to confirm that you can safely participate in the activities at Team Survivor Northwest.

3.) Fax or mail in the membership form and medical release form. You can fax them to 206.732.0263. You can mail the form to:

Team Survivor Northwest
200 NE Pacific Street, Suite #101
Seattle, WA 98105

Once the office receives both forms they will mail you a Team Survivor membership card. The card allows you to attend any of our programs at no cost!

Team Survivor strives to meet the needs and fitness levels of all of our members through a variety of programs. Below is a list of our fall and winter programs that allow you to keep moving and keep reaching your fitness goals!

Active Women/Healthy Women

Women of all fitness levels are encouraged to join this certified instructor led class. From cancer patients to survivors, there is an exercise activity appropriate for you. Our instructors will help you assess your health and fitness levels to help you reap the benefits of exercise. The focus is on building strength but classes also include some cardio and stretching. Enjoy the camaraderie of other women in this safe and supportive environment. These classes are drop-in year-round. No sign up is required. Just show up!TSNW Healthy for the Holidays picv2

Current Active Women/Healthy Women class locations and schedules:

Thursdays, 3pm to 4pm
Instructor: Ann Ford
Highline Cancer Center, Meditation Room: 16233 Sylvester Rd SW #110, Burien, WA 98166

Mondays, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm – Begins Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Instructor: Annelise DiGiacomo
Swedish/Issaquah, Medical Office Building, Room “Leadership,” Second Floor Conference Center: 751 N.E. Blakely Dr., Issaquah, WA 98029

Seattle/Queen Anne
Wednesdays, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Instructor: Garriel Keeble
Queen Anne Community Center: 1901 1st Ave. W, Seattle, WA 98119

Thursdays, 6:30pm to 8pm
Instructor: Cathy McNair
Sportzal Fitness Studio: 12727 Northup Way, Suite 25
Bellevue, WA 98005 (Cascade Place II Business Park)

Port Hadlock
Mondays, 4:20 to 5:20 pm
Instructor: Joanna Scheibl
Discovery Physical Therapy: 27 Cowell St., Port Hadlock, WA 98339

Running and Walking

Running pictureTSNW Run/Walk Training
Our run/walk program is exactly that, an opportunity to run or walk with other cancer survivors under the guide of a trained and licensed instructor. The courses are anywhere between 3-9miles, and take place every weekend alternating between Saturday and Sunday mornings at a variety of Seattle locations. The goal of this program is to help you reach your individual fitness goal in a supportive environment. Whether you are training for a marathon, half marathon, 10k, or just want to get and stay in shape this program is for you. Drop-ins are welcome.

Urban Hiking:
Fridays at 9:00am.
If you are new or returning to hiking, this program will get you started and on your way to better health. There is nothing like being part of a group to help motivate you! Explore the parks and neighborhoods of the greater Seattle area, the East side and Mercer Island. We meet at various locations, hike for 3-4 miles and try to get our heart rates up. Plan on up to 2 hours.

Nordic Walking:
Nordic walking is a great fitness workout for people who are looking for a fun physical activity and maximum health benefits combined with convenience. It is not just for those who like to walk, run, or hike. It is for anyone who enjoys activities such as cross-country skiing, swimming, rowing and paddling that engage the entire body in highly rhythmic, flowing, powerful movement. It is performed with specially designed Nordic walking poles (not ski poles or hiking/trekking poles). Compared to walking, Nordic walking can be significantly more effective at strengthening the cardiovascular system and building total-body strength. Because Nordic walking engages the total body in movement against resistance, the calories burned by Nordic walking can be much greater than the calories burned by walking.Nordic Walking picture

Nordic walking is a year-round TSNW program built around instructional clinics and regular group Nordic walks. Persons interested in Nordic walking can take a clinic (equipment provided) to learn the basics. And, then they can participate in group Nordic walks to build upon their basic skills and enjoy Nordic walking with other TSNW Nordic walkers. These group walks alternate between the Westside and Eastside. Currently there are Nordic walks on Thursday morning from 10:30 am to 12 noon.

Survivor Striders
Want to walk with others, prepare for a local road race, or have your sights on a triathlon? Survivor Striders will help you reach your goal.
Survivor Strider Locations

Chimacum Walk
Mondays, 6 p.m.
H.J. Carroll Park

Port Townsend Walk
Wednesdays, 6pm
in front of Co-op

For more information on any of the above listed programs please contact our program manager at pm@teamsurvivornw.org

With all of these wonderful year round programs offered at no cost to members, there is no reason to let the impending fall and winter months be your excuse for falling off your fitness track. TSNW doesn’t just offer amazing programs but they offer a sense of comradery that is formed amongst our members. We have a wonderful group of members who join to stay healthy and reach their fitness goals, but end up making lifelong friendships in the process. Become a member of Team Survivor Northwest and don’t let the changing of seasons change your passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle!

Blog written by Adrienne Coleman, Outreach Coordinator for Team Survivor Northwest
For more information on Team Survivor Northwest or any of our programs visit our website http://www.teamsurvivornw.org or email our program manager at pm@teamsurvivornw.org.