Health Briefs

July 12, 2009

Breast cancer survivors sought for support program

The Center for Breast Care at Howard County General Hospital is offering a support program for women with breast cancer, matching volunteer breast cancer survivors with newly diagnosed women for insight and support through the time of the patient's treatment and recovery. Called "Survivors Offering Support," the program was introduced at Howard County General in 2006.

The hospital is recruiting breast cancer survivors to serve as SOS mentors. Volunteers are required to complete an application and attend an initial training session that includes information on therapeutic listening and communications, breast cancer diagnosis and treatments, patient advocacy and support resources for those diagnosed with the disease.

Each year, mentors must also attend two of four training sessions on the latest developments in breast cancer research and treatment. Mentors must obtain a release from two doctors indicating that they are emotionally ready to act as a mentor.

The program is funded in part by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

More information: Tina Beerman, 410-884-8450, or Joan Montanari, 410-884-4574, or e-mail jmontanari@hcgh.org.

Calendar

Senior yoga : Classes will be held 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays at Slayton House in the Village of Wilde Lake. Sign up for a full session or just drop in. Classes are slower-paced, emphasizing yogic breathing and stress reduction. Limited space; pre-registration recommended. This program is sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association. Call 410-730-3987 or e-mail wlevents@columbiavillages.org.

Blood donations : The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the American Red Cross is requesting blood donations. Eligible donors are asked to call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123.

Mental health program: The Howard County chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will hold an education forum, "Ask the Doctor" for parents of children and teenagers with mental health issues at 7:30 p.m. July 21 at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. Dr. Daniel Pine of the National Institute of Mental Health will be guest speaker. More information: 410-772-9300.

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