Advocating cervical cancer prevention and awareness. Connecting cervical cancer survivors with support, no one fights alone.
Celebrate with us; March will be our 2-year anniversary for our monthly Lunch Break in Colorado Springs! Come and enjoy delicious food while you're inspired by powerful stories of hope and resilience from gyno cancer survivors. Hope to see you there! See Flyer below for more information.
I am Laurie Cardin, and I am a 10-year cervical cancer survivor. I am the founder of Gynecologic Cancer Connection (GCC), a 5013c non-profit organization that creates free in-person support events for gynecologic cancer survivors!
I know how difficult it can be to receive a cancer diagnosis and go through treatment, and I want to assure you that you are not alone. That is why I started GCC. Our events provide a safe space for survivors to share their experiences, connect with others who understand what you are going through, and find support among survivors.
Our lunch breaks meet every second Thursday of the month in Colorado Springs and every third Wednesday in Pueblo. The lunch is open to all gynecologic cancer survivors, regardless of where you are on your journey. Lunch is on us; I hope you will join us. I can't wait to meet you. Take a Break and a Breath.
Cervical Cancer is the 4th most common Cause Of Cancer Deaths Among Women In the U.S. HPV Vaccines and Cervical Cancer Screening Have Made It One Of The Most Preventable Cancer.
HPV vaccine is cancer prevention.
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Recognize the physical and emotional stress attending gatherings may create. It is perfectly acceptable and appropriate to modify your plans to make time for adequate rest.
Focus on balanced meals, avoid excesses and make time for light exercise to reduce stress.
Self-care is an essential part of maintaining well-being and managing stress. Allow time for self-care activities you enjoy such as reading, listening to music or crafting. Pedi, Hair Day!
Remember it is normal to experience feelings of sadness over how cancer may have changed your holiday season.
Be patient, compassionate and gentle with yourself.
Though it may be uncomfortable expressing these normal feelings with family, friends or a helpful professional, do it anyway.
You might also consider joining a support group.
Remember you are not alone.
Kristina Words: These last couple of days, I allowed myself to be totally open and vulnerable. I allowed myself to show what cancer looks like in my world.
I laughed. I cried. I went into shock to see how much emotion I had in my eyes and face.
I did it for the person who is scared.
I did it for someone who feels alone.
I did it for someone who no longer feels beautiful, when raw beauty is real beauty.
I did it for that one person who needed it.
I did it because in the storm of cancer, life can still be beautiful.
Photo credit: Ken Lytle
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Cervivor is a global community of patient advocates who inspire and empower those affected by cervical cancer by educating and motivating them to use their voices for creating awareness to end stigma, influence decision and change, and end cervical cancer.
Therapeutic Massage Expert Amanda is a Medical Massage Therapist practicing in Colorado since 2004. She studied at the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy and the Colorado School of Healing Arts where she has completed a total of 3,650 hours of training over the course of 15 years. She is certified in many Medical Massage Modalities including: Neuromuscular Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Scar Tissue Reconstruction, Oncology Massage, Sports Therapy, Active Release Therapy, and Craniosacral Therapy.
has a one-of-a-kind, award winning, innovative curriculum that heals emotional trauma by creating a sense of hope, peace, joy and empowerment. Our mission is to provide a creative and unique way to transform the lives of those impacted by cancer using color, art, and Mindful Healing Programs by helping to process this life-changing experience.
At Immunize Colorado, we work to protect Colorado families, schools, and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases. Immunize Colorado works with health care providers, public health departments, businesses, policy makers, and community organizations to fulfill our mission. By focusing on six programming areas – coalition building, community outreach, provider education, data translation, free and low-cost immunization partnerships, and public policy – the coalition leverages the strengths and resources of our members and community partners to maximize the effectiveness of our efforts.
Cheyenne Sommerville MS, RD is a Registered Dietician with Sage Nutrition Counseling. Cheyenne works with clients who have a wide range of health problems including diabetes, cancer, autoimmune problems, food allergies/sensitivities, and eating disorders.
“I love what I do and I enjoy working with the community to dispel common nutrition myths and spread more factual, evidence-based information..”
Meet Molly she used sound healing and yoga to heal herself during a turbulent time in her life. It helped her rise up out of depression and find her true heart's calling. In 2021, Molly took huge leaps of faith and made transformational changes in her life, including quitting her 30-year teaching career and moving intrastate to follow her heart’s calling.
She now puts her certification in sound healing, yoga, reiki and intuitive coaching to work in her own business, Sacred Sound Healing LLC, helping women heal and create the life they desire. She implements her award-winning teaching skills and singing talent in her programs and sessions.
Molly has a BA in music from University of Colorado and an MA in ethnomusicology from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. She lived in Japan for eleven years and is also a specialist of Japanese folk song. In her spare time, Molly likes to practice Japanese traditional instruments and go mountain biking.
Arts & Wellness was formed in 2015 to bring awareness to a potential silent killer; cervical cancer. We are a grassroots nonprofit organization of Trailhead Institute. Arts & Wellness develops and implements plans to increase the rate of cervical cancer screenings; to increase awareness and the importance of HPV vaccination rate for children.
Since 2015, Arts & Wellness has provided cervical cancer screenings to 450 women who visited 9HealthFairs (9HF). We have participated in numerous health fairs providing brochures, pamphlets, and other educational materials in metro areas communities. Our funding comes from our annual fundraiser held each January, community organizations, community leaders, community health organizations, and local church members.
Hope Scarves is an international non-profit organization based in Louisville, Kentucky. Our mission is to support people facing cancer through scarves, stories, and research. Since our founding in 2012, we’ve grown exponentially and have affectionately become known as “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarves.”
We collect scarves from around the world and stories from cancer survivors and pair them together to spread hope to others in treatment. They are the tangible reminders there is light in the world. They are our “now.”
In addition to scarves and stories, Hope Scarves has established a Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Fund to support cutting edge researchers and clinical trials around the country. The research is the push for change, and it is our “future.” Research is key for improved treatment options and outcomes.
Meet Amy Founder, Ayama with Amy personal wellness philosophy is that mindful movement should be affordable, approachable, and fun. Amy has spent over a decade in the fitness and wellness industry and holds degrees in both Kinesiology & Nutrition from Arizona State University.
Amy also received my 200hr RYT in 2017, and she has been practicing yoga on and off for nearly 20 years. Her passion is teaching people to love and trust themselves through mindful movement, and she is so honored to work with you!