December 2012 

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Local Resources for Prosthesis & Wigs

American Cancer Society
154 Milestone Way

Sara Ann's Undercover World
477 Haywood Road

Second to Nature
621 E. Main Street
Easley, SC

2102 Laurens Road

December Calendar

December 4

Yoga for Cancer Survivors | Intermediate/Advanced


December 6

Yoga for Cancer Survivors | Beginners


December 11

Breast Cancer Support Group


Yoga for Cancer Survivors | Intermediate/Advanced


December 13

Yoga for Cancer Survivors | Beginners


December 18

Yoga for Cancer Survivors | Intermediate/Advanced


December 20

Yoga for Cancer Survivors | Beginners


December 27

Yoga for Cancer Survivors | Beginners



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This holiday season, don't just survive the holidays - thrive with these tips from our therapists. Read on to learn more.

Caring for Yourself During the Holidays  

Wash your hands.

The holiday season is also cold and flu season so it is important to be vigilant about hand washing now more than ever. In addition to washing your hands before you eat and after trips to the restroom, plan to wash them whenever you come home from an outing and after being in contact with others. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be a handy way to keep germs away while out and about, but be sure to keep up with washing your hands with soap and water regularly.


Fight fatigue.

Even the most energetic among us can get wiped out during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. If you are undergoing or have undergone cancer treatment, you can expect fatigue to creep up on you as well. As you plan your day, schedule time for breaks when you can sit and relax, and stick to it. Even if you are feeling great and want to keep going, taking scheduled breaks can help your energy last throughout the day.


Limit stress.

With seemingly never-ending to-do lists this time of year, it's difficult to escape stress. Here are some tips to help keep you peaceful this time of year:


Delegate. Enlist family and friends to help you with your to-dos. If you don't feel up to making a casserole for the family get-together, offer to bring a store-bought treat instead. If you need help stuffing and mailing Christmas cards, let someone know and make a fun night out of doing it together.


Schedule some quiet time. Maybe you like to meditate for half an hour, or relax in a warm bath. Whatever brings you peace, make time to do it.


Exercise and diet. We know, we know, you hear it all the time. But keeping your body running on healthy foods and giving it plenty of exercise can keep you feeling in tip-top shape.


Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Care Program


St. Francis and Upstate Oncology Associates are pleased to introduce a new program designed exclusively for teens and young adults between the ages of 15 and 40 who are diagnosed with cancer.


While there is no good time in life to get cancer, teens and young adults have unique challenges that children and older adults do not experience. While there is no shortage of adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients, there has been a shortage of programs tailored to them to ensure they receive the best possible care.


Bon Secours AYA Cancer Care is a comprehensive, community-based program focused on coordinating care and improving clinical trial access of AYA patients in the Upstate. Ours is the only program in South Carolina, and one of a few in the United States, exclusively dedicated to supporting adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer. Our goal is to assure longer, healthier lives for young people with cancer.


To learn more about this exciting program, visit 

Messages of Hope

Hear from Annie Leonard, breast cancer survivor, about her journey through treatment and recovery.