POMEROY — For those who are fighting or who have fought a battle with breast cancer, it’s not only about a cure — it’s also about healing.
With this message in mind, Meigs County’s own Pink With Purpose hosted a Breast Cancer Survivor’s Workshop on Wednesday for dozens of women looking for just that: healing.
Both Heidi Rittenour and Carolyn Grueser, breast screening coordinator, run the Pink With Purpose Program, which is funded by Susan G. Komen Columbus.
The event hosted multiple speakers in a three-hour period, the first speaker of the morning being Dr. Travis Love, of NeuLogics Wellness and Medical Spa. His presentation was titled, “Looking and Feeling your Best: Alternative and Cosmetic Therapies that Can Improve Your Self-Confidence and Restore Your Vitality.” Love spoke about his own mother’s struggle with breast cancer and recovery, and fielded questions from those in attendance.
Next, after a catered lunch, the attendees heard from Dave Hawkins, CNC, of Mother Earth Foods, with a presentation regarding those foods that are best for one’s body, including organic foods, with a presentation titled, “Nutrition for Healing and Wellness.”
The presentation took a musical turn with information — and some musical instruments — provided by Sara Richardson, MT-BC, with Central Ohio Music Therapy. She discussed the spiritual benefits of music to one’s ear and how the power of music can bring healing, as food and alternative and cosmetic therapies can.
Lastly, those in attendance learned about the ability to heal the body’s nerves in a presentation titled, “Benefits of Massage Therapy for Relaxation and Pain Relief.” The presentation was given by Rachel Batty, LMT, of Athens Medical Massage.
During this workshop, the showcase organizations and groups were Southeastern Breast and Cervical Cancer Project, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Community Outreach Program, WVU Cancer Institute at Camden Clark Medical Center, Holzer Center for Cancer Care and Memorial Health System’s Strecker Cancer Center. Booths from these organizations and groups were set up around the room with information and free goodies.
Alongside the workshop, Rittenour said she and Grueser have again applied for their annual Susan G. Komen Columbus grant, and added this year’s Pink With Purpose program will be a bit different, as the grant they applied for this year is called a navigation grant.
“Basically what that means is our job is going to be more focused on healing ladies, helping them get mammograms, making appointments for them, finding doctors, helping them get to follow-up appointments and helping them with gas (costs),” Rittenour said. “We’re going to link them to other grants and programs that help them find financial assistance.
“The theory is that, in the past, so many people didn’t have insurance, and now with the Affordable Healthcare Act everybody is supposed to have some sort of medical coverage. So what were focusing on is how to use it — how to get into the health care system to get care that they need and see what’s available.”
Rittenour said there are many programs for those with high deductibles as well, and that any guidance for those who are unsure of what they need is a guarantee.
“It’s hard for people to figure out where to go and what to do, and that’s kind of the focus this year,” she said.
For more information, visit the Pink With Purpose office, located at 117 E. Memorial Drive in Pomeroy.
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.