TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
  December 2013 Newsletter
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TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabiltation is a non-profit 501(c)3 community-based organization.


TurningPoint improves quality of life for women with breast cancer by providing, promoting and advocating evidence-based and specialized rehabilitation.TurningPoint was founded in 2003 and has served over 2,000 women with breast cancer in the Greater Atlanta community.

Save the Date!
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The Pink Affair 
An Evening of Fun and Festivities Benefiting TurningPoint!

March 22, 2014
7 p.m.
Country Club of the South 
John's Creek, GA
More information 
Lunch and Learn


Risk and Early Detection: 

What Women with Breast Cancer Need to Know     

Thursday, January 16, 2014

11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Presented By: 

Jill Binkley, PT, MSc, CLT


Anita Boyce, PTA


This Lunch and Learn will provide an overview of lymphedema and risk factors facing women who have had breast cancer. We will address current research in the area of strategies to reduce lymphedema risk and the importance of early detection. 
Women will have an opportunity to be enrolled in our lymphedema screening and monitoring program. Interested women will have their arms measured on TurningPoint's new state of the art perometer during this educational session.

Light lunch will be provided.
Reservations Required.
RSVP by Tuesday, Jan. 14.   
Call 770-360-9271 or email  staff@myturningpoint.org.

Our Educational Events are complimentary and supported by our community partners and donors.
Mindful Eating through the Holidays


The average American gains 1 - 3 pounds during the holiday season, followed by a resolve to lose weight and get healthy. Learning to live mindfully, living present in each moment, especially in relationship to food and eating, can make a difference in weight and health. Mindful eating can help you navigate the temptations and emotional eating during the holidays, as well as throughout the year.  

Handouts from our recent  Lunch and Learn event are available below: 
 Meditation and Mindfulness and 

Mindful Eating   

Support Group
Coffee & Conversation
A Social and Supportive Meeting for Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer. 
Facilitated by 
Karen Savrin, MSW
TurningPoint's Counselor
 Friday, Jan. 24, 2014
10:00 am - 12 noon

RSVP is required.  Call 
770-360-9271 or email  staff@myturningpoint.org

This group is complimentary and supported by our community partners and donors.

Thank You to Our Community Partners !

Komen Atlanta Race

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The Sport of Giving



During this season of giving, join us in celebrating the many lives you have touched through your involvement with TurningPoint. We value your tireless efforts to support us as we continue to give hope to the many breast cancer survivors in our care. I joined the TurningPoint Board of Directors two years ago after learning of the organization from our current chair, Marcia Pearl. The passion and commitment I found in TurningPoint's staff, volunteers, and board members confirmed my decision to dedicate myself to its mission. 


Please keep TurningPoint on your gift list this holiday season and give generously to this most noble cause. Our survivor family is stronger with your support!

With gratitude,

Dr. Theron Jones, DMD

 Incoming Board Chair

Please Support TurningPoint's
2013 Annual Campaign
It has been a very exciting year for TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation.  In 2013, we celebrated our 10th anniversary and moved to a larger clinic, with needed meeting space and a state-of-the-art gym.  

In 2013, we provided more than 3,000 physical therapy, massage therapy, counseling and nutrition visits, served over 300 new patients and provided financial assistance to 45% of those served

As part of our mission to make rehabilitation and exercise part of every woman's breast cancer journey, we hosted our first national conference in Atlanta with over 100 healthcare providers in attendance.
While this has been a year of change at TurningPoint, our mission remains unchanged: providing, promoting and advocating specialized and evidence-based rehabilitation care for women with breast cancer. 

Your generous gift - of any amount - will give us the power to serve all women with breast cancer, regardless of their ability to pay for services.  Thank you for your support in the past, and for considering our request for support once again. 
Have a wonderful holiday season!
Jill Binkley, Executive Director


Evidence Update:  Getting in Touch with the Experts 
TurningPoint sponsored our first multidisciplinary conference for healthcare providers on November 8, 2013. The conference was co-hosted by The Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and supported by TurningPoint's Edith Van Riper-Haase Advocacy Fund. The conference was designed to raise awareness about current research related to survivorship issues and breast cancer rehabilitation. The ultimate goal is to inspire and equip healthcare providers to implement programs for breast cancer patients in their own community. Attendees included physicians and surgeons, physical and occupational therapists, nurses, exercise specialists and other healthcare professionals from Greater Atlanta and the Southeast, as well as many other states, Canada, England and the Bahamas. 

More about the conference and additional pictures.

Beth Miller, former TP patient and conference advocate; Lisa VanHoose, President of the Oncology Section of APTA and conference co-chair; Lori Allen, luncheon speaker and Jill Binkley, TP Executive Director and conference co-chair.

Patient Perspective:  Nicole Yates

Getting ready to leave the house one day, I adjusted my V-neck shirt to cover my bra. My fingers hit a lump on my chest thNicoleYatesat I knew right away shouldn't be there.  I was 41. I'd worked for years with the American Cancer Society, so I was more prepared than most when the biopsy was positive. 


We saw a breast surgeon first. I couldn't wait to be rid of the cancer and I expected to leave that appointment with a surgery date.   Instead, we found out that the tumor was fast-growing, triple negative and at least Stage 2. The surgeon felt an enlarged lymph node under my arm that she was sure was cancerous. We were advised to find an oncologist and consider clinical trials.


After my mastectomy, I walked in to TurningPoint, hunched over and reluctant to move. Thick, painful cords ran through my arm. Lauren was confident she could help, and she did, immediately. She said, "We will get you back to doing the things you love."  

Read more about how TurningPoint made a difference in Nicole's life.
Spreading Breast Cancer
Rehabilitation Internationally
TurningPoint hosted two physical therapists who attended our conference in November. Kiti Adderley, from the Bahamas and Mary Claire Johnson, from London, England worked with TurningPoint clinicians and patients to enhance their knowledge about breast cancer rehabilitation and TurningPoint's model of care.
TurningPoint's Marcia Pearl, PT (left) and Jill Binkley, PT (right) with Kiti Adderley, PT.
Mary Claire Johnson, PT (left)  and TurningPoint's Cathy Furbish, PT

TurningPoint in the News

TurningPoint was featured prominently on the community affairs program focusatlanta highlighting Breast Cancer Awareness in October.  View the video of the show to see some familiar faces. 
Middle Schoolers Raise Breast Cancer Awareness and Donations for TurningPoint
Local  8th graders from Northwestern Middle School hosted a joint Pink Out birthday party to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness. Tyler Brady, Sammy Caldwell, Maggie Daiker and Kelli Gaston all celebrated 
birthdays in the fall and winter. The girls requested donations to TurningPoint in lieu of traditional gift giving. Not only did their classmates show their support by sporting various articles of pink clothing, they brought very generous donations. Thank you, girls, for your generosity!  
Care. Compassion. Clinical Excellence. 
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