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Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Multiple Myeloma
Join us in welcoming Jenna Curtis, RN as we discuss Multiple Myeloma. Together we will explore treatment options for Multiple Myeloma, side effects, the cost of care, and navigating life with the disease. In addition, participants will learn about ways to cope with the social and emotional challenges of a Multiple Myeloma diagnosis. This program is funded by a grant from Cancer Support Communities. Please help us receive funding for your viewing by filling out a post event survey found at https://bit.ly/33dHZGp
Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids is delighted to welcome Dr. Amro Stino, MD of University of Michigan to speak in the Peripheral Neuropathy Support Group. Dr Stino’s presentation includes information on these topics: Overview of the major categories of Neuropathy: chemotherapy, diabetes, and other causes. What works well in coping with Peripheral Neuropathy. How to live well overall with Peripheral Neuropathy. What’s new in the research.
Humor, Laughter and Well-Being:
“Hush, Hush Forest”
Join program staff Melissa Budzynski and guest reader Shawn Ruetz, our Director of Development and Engagement, as we discuss “change” and read “Hush, Hush Forest” by Mary Casanova and Wood Cut Illustration by Nick Wroblewski. After the book we’ll do an activity together! What change are you noticing in your life?
“Whoever You Are”
Join program staff Sandi and Tracey as we read “Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox and illustrated by Leslie Staub. Together we’ll discuss our topic “In This Together” and do an activity together.
“The Blue Day Book for Kids”
In this family workshop we read”The Blue Day Book for Kids: A Lesson in Cheering Yourself Up” by Bradley Trevor Grieve and discuss our topic of “Sad Things Happen” We also talk about things we can do when we’re feeling blue that will help us change to a different color.
“When Sophie Gets Mad: Really, Really Mad”
In today’s Family Workshop program staff Melissa and Vice President of Development Daryl as we read “When Sophie Gets Angry — Really, Really Angry…” by Molly Bang and discuss what we do when we’re angry and healthy ways to cope with anger.
Handouts referenced in this recording: https://bit.ly/2YEbGgW
“Gilbert the Great”
In this Family Workshop we’re thrilled to have you join us as we read “Gilbert the Great” by Jane Clarke & Charles Fuge and talk together about the topic “What’s Different Now” and doing an activity together. As you listen to our book, see if you can pick out some of the ways that Gilbert manages the changes in his life. Do you so any changes or feelings similar yours?
“You’ve Got Dragons”
Program staff Melissa and Kim read “You’ve Got Dragons” by Katherine Cave and Nick Maland. After the story, we talk together about the topic “It’s no-bodies fault” and do an activity together!
“I Like Myself”
Together program staff Melissa and Tracey read “I Like Myself” by Karen Beaumont and Illustrated by David Catrow. Afterward we discuss the topic “I can be strong!” and do a craft together. Suggested supplies include paper and something to draw with like markers, crayons or pencils.
“Today I Feel Silly”
Join program staff Tracey and Melissa as we discuss “My feelings inside and out” while reading “Today I Feel Silly” by Jamie Lee Curtis and do an activity together.
“The Desert is Theirs”
In this Family Workshop we read “The Desert is Theirs” by Byrd Baylor and illustrated by Peter Parnall, discuss “In My House” and do an activity together.
“In My Heart: A Book of Feelings”
Join program staff Lindsay and Kim as we read “In My Heart: A Book of Feelings” written by Jo Witek and illustrated by Christine Roussey. After we read the book, we’ll also do an activity together.
“Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge”
Join program staff Melissa and Kim as we read “Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge” Written By Mem Fox, Illustrated by Julie Vivas, together and do an activity!
“The Feel Good Book”
Join program team members Melissa and Tracey for as we read The Feel Good Book by Todd Parr and do an activity together!
“How Are You Peeling?”
Join program team members Kayleigh and Kim as they read “How are You Peeling?” by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers, with a craft. We’ll also talk about strategies in recognizing and sharing our feelings and managing anxiety. Suggested supplies: crayons or markers, scissors, glue, paper and magazines. See the handouts referenced in the video here: https://bit.ly/2VQE90N
Virtual Family Improv Workshop
Calling all families! Gilda’s Club abd LaughFest invites you to be part of the funny during the Virtual Family Improv Workshop. Lead by local improv instructor, Amy Gascon, families will get silly playing improvised games. Learn new games to play on long road trips and find new ways to use your imagination on a rainy day. No improv experience required!
About Amy: Amy is the Training Center Director at The Comedy Project GR where she also performs and teaches. She has taught youth improv class for The Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, for the Lyceum program at the Museum School, and directed The Characters That Lived program for a number of years for The Creative Youth Center. She loves cheese, catchphrase and her corgi, Doug.
Gilda’s Club and LaughFest are thrilled to partner with Angēla Essick Dykes to bring Laughter Yoga to the digital sphere! The word yoga means unity and harmony. In Laughter Yoga, laughter is the means to bring unity and harmony to mind, body and spirit. No equipment or special clothing is required to laugh. Participating in Laughter Yoga can provide the same benefits of aerobic activity without the aches, pains and muscle tension associated with exercise.
“The Invisible String”
Join Melissa and Tracey for a reading of “The Invisible String” by Patrice Karst and a craft! After we read the book, we’ll reflect on our invisible strings and do a craft together to help us remember them! Supplies that would be good to have on hand: string, glue and items that remind you of your person who died or friends and family that you can attach to the string.