It’s here! Time to sign-up for Southwest Colorado’s Live by Living 2nd Annual Survivor and Caregiver Retreat. Blueprints of Hope has partnered with Live by Living to bring one of their awesome retreats to our region. This is a two-night free event that begins at 4 pm on Friday evening and ends on Sunday around noon. It includes a hike, or easy stroll around the Blue Lake Ranch’s bed and breakfast grounds, yoga, meditation, and relaxation around the Casita to soak in the beautiful La Plata mountains. We even feed you! If you have any questions about activities, terrain, difficulty, food, please contact Toni at 970.403.3711. Spaces are limited, so please sign-up at Live by Living soon. If the spots are filled, we will add you to the cancellation list. Can’t wait to connect with you — I’ll meet you there!
TONI ABBEY | ONCOLOGY NURSE NAVIGATOR | JUNE 7 2016
Over the weekend we visited the Ghost Ranch to experience some of the awe-inspiring spiritual geology where Georgia O’Keeffe lived and painted in her lifetime. While there we discovered an incredible resource at Ghost Ranch specifically for cancer survivors – “Holding Courage Retreats,” which are designated as a week-long haven for women who are experiencing cancer. Their goal is for women to “spend time in a positive process that melds inner reflection and creativity with spirituality through group discussion and sharing, guided mediation, massage, yoga, body and breath work, and art and music therapy.” The program ends each day with a refreshing, star-filled sky of earned sleep within the majestic canyons and mesas which surround the Ghost Ranch. For more information, please see Ghost Ranch Holding Courage Retreats or contact Deena and Maureen at HoldingCourageRetreats@gmail.com. The next retreat is August 21-August 27th 2016, and they will hold two more retreats in November of 2016.
What a wonderful gift to share with survivors in our region! Thanks Maureen and Deena for all your work to provide this wonderful experience for cancer survivors.
We are fortunate in Southwest Colorado to have a wonderful cancer care community with an accredited cancer program that works to provide cancer treatment and supportive care throughout treatment and beyond. Our medical community does what they are able to for those experiencing cancer, but as with cancer care everywhere, there are not enough hours in the day to do it all.
The concept for Blueprints of Hope developed when we recognized that once individuals who were experiencing cancer left the comfort and care of their cancer-care providers, many needs remained unmet. This wasn’t because the cancer care they received wasn’t great, but that there are so many needs to be addressed within the cancer care realm. It’s a systemic problem, and happens across the spectrum of cancer care everywhere.