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Being Diagnosed with Cancer
Join us as we sit down with two of our members, Jon and Ella to talk about being diagnosed with cancer and sharing more about our Gilda’s Club program.
Yoga with Embody
Join us as we talk with Dana Christian Lee from Embody YOGA about our partnership and the health and wellness benefits of yoga.
Better Than a New Year’s Resolution
Join us to talk with Matt Kilroy, personal coach, Tae Kwon Do teacher and health care professional, about the in’s and outs of setting and reaching goals for your life.
Lessons in Improv with Rick Truer
Join us as we sit down with River City Improv’s Rick Truer and discuss life lessons from Improv that can help improve your communicating skills and deal with life’s tough stuff!
COVID-19 & the Holidays
Join us as we sit down with program staff members Beth Nelson and Melissa and discuss making plans for the holidays in the midst of COVID. COVID has added a lot of opportunities to grieve to our lives. This may be felt more acutely during the holidays. Together we’ll discuss tips on coping with that grief, things to remember when making plans and ideas on ways to adapt your celebrations.
Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Making Treatment Decisions
Our Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Making Treatment Decisions Workshop is led by the Gilda’s Club program team. Together we’ll share info on treatment options, the cost of care and navigating the decision-making process.
Breath Workshop with Jim Petzing
Sit down with writer and professional poker player, Jim Petzing. Jim may have bet against receiving two cancer diagnoses in three years. But the retired marketing strategist and lifelong non-smoker, survived neck cancer treatment in 2014, only to hear in 2017 that the dry cough he couldn’t kick was lung cancer. Jim said he believes that writing has helped his healing process, and that sharing what he has been through might help others dealing with the physical and mental aspects of cancer. Learn more about Jim’s journey in his book, “Breath: Living My Best Life with Chronic Lung Cancer.”
Being a Caregiver for someone with cancer means you’re now part of their care team. Join program staff Sandi and Melissa as we talk about what being a caregiver means and tips for taking care of yourself while you’re caring for someone else.
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:
“I am Enough”
Join us in reading “I am Enough” written by Grace Byers and pictures by Keturah A. Bobo. We’re joined by guest reader and Gilda’s Club member, Tamara. Afterwards, we’ll do an activity together talking about “who am I?”
“Snowmen at Night”
Join us as we read “Snowmen at Night” written by Caralyn Buehner with pictures by Mark Buehner. For today’s activity, we’d encourage you to go outside, play in our fresh snow and make your own snowperson! Don’t have snow? Check out this video on how to make artificial snow: http://bit.ly/2M8wOc0.
“The Day You Begin”
Join us as we read “The Day You Begin” by Jaqueline Woodson and illustrated by Rafael López and discuss sharing your story with others.
We’re thrilled to welcome guest reader, Eric Zuniga (he/him), board member for the Grand Rapids Pride Center. Learn more about their offerings at grpride.org.
“The Gift of Nothing”
Today we’re reading “The Gift of Nothing” written by Patrick McDonnell, featuring guest reader, Santa, straight from the North Pole!
“The Day Santa Got Sick”
Today we’re reading “The Day Santa Got Sick” by Deanne Samuels. Today’s guest reader is with Paula Collier, a member of our Sister to Sister Cancer Support Group who is supporting her mother who is a cancer survivor. Paula is an Alumni Member of the Grand Rapids Chapter of Delta Sigma Theda sorority and a Community Engagement Advocate.
“Right Now, I am Fine”
We’re thrilled to welcome the City of Grand Rapids’ own Mayor Rosalynn Bliss as our guest reader on our Facebook Live Family Workshop! Together we’ll read “Right Now, I am Fine” by Dr. Daniela Owen. This book is a mindfully written self-help guide to aid children in dealing with stress and anxiety, by uncovering their emotions and following a simple calming routine.
“Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You”
Join us over on Facebook today at 1 p.m. as Melissa and Julie from our program team read “Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You” by Nancy Tillman and do an activity together. We’ll also discuss different ways to cope with not being with our family members and friends physically over the holidays.
“Room on the Broom”
Watch our special Halloween Family Workshop featuring special guest, Christina the Kind Witch. Together we’ll read “Room on the Broom,” written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler and discuss five ways you can celebrate Halloween in a socially distanced way.
“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.