To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, area health providers are teaming up to host a free, one-day retreat for women who have battled breast cancer.
Inova Loudoun Hospital Life with Cancer and the Loudoun Breast Health Network are hosting Pathways to Survivorship: A Breast Cancer Survivors’ Retreat, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. It will be held at the National Conference Center, 18980 Upper Belmont Place in Lansdowne.
Christine Stone, oncology nurse navigator with Inova Hospital’s Life with Cancer program, said the hospital and Loudoun Breast Health Network have come together to put on retreats for breast cancer patients for several years.
“The goal is really to have women in different parts of their cancer journey come together with women on the same path,” Stone said. “It’s a chance to talk about how they can get back to their normal lives after treatment.”
The retreat will start with an hour-long educational session called Transforming to your New Normal: The Power of Self Care with life coach and nutritionist Anu Kaur. At 11:30 a.m., board certified music therapist Raymond Leone will perform.
That will be followed by a Survivors Retreat Open House showcasing information and community resources from 12:45-2:30 p.m. Attendees will receive complimentary giveaways and services including: wigs, bras, scarves and hats; soft-pocket prostheses; makeup sessions; bra fittings; yoga, massage and healing touch sessions; door prizes; lunch and refreshments.
Stone said the retreat is an opportunity to connect women to resources available through Inova Loudoun Hospital and other providers in the community.
The retreat is free, but registration is requested. For more information or to register, go to lifewithcancer.org or call 703-698-2526.