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Breast Cancer Survivor? Want to Relax Mind and Body? Consider becoming a participant in a West Michigan Breast Cancer Survivorship Research Project

Please Consider Becoming a Participant in a West Michigan Breast Cancer Survivorship Research Project Be a participant in a research study using medical hypnosis, a meditative mind-body technique. We are still looking for men and women who have had breast cancer and who are a minimum of three months post regular treatment and not undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The study is used to understand better … Read Full Article

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Definite Evidence for Medical Hypnosis as a Non Drug Treatment for Cancer Pain

Medical Hypnosis Relaxation is the Most Commonly Quoted form of Non Drug Treatment for Cancer Pain A National Institutes of Health Panel (NIH) determined that there was a definite evidence for the use of medical hypnosis in alleviating chronic pain associated with cancer. The NIH endorses the use of medical hypnosis for the relief of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (Kanitz, Camus, & Seifert, … Read Full Article


Yoga Therapy Program for Self Care in Cancer Survivorship

Yoga Therapy Program for Self Care in Cancer Survivorship (Individual or small group) Yoga, originating in India, a mind-body medicine modality is being practiced for millennia. Yoga has proposed physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. Yoga therapy is an adjunctive modality that cancer patients and survivors of all cultural backgrounds have sought out in ever increasing numbers. Major medical centers in the … Read Full Article


Drumming Circle Program for Self Care in Cancer Survivorship

Why Should a Cancer Survivor Consider Participation in a Drumming Circle? Drum circles have been part of healing ceremonies in many cultures throughout the world since ancient times. While drum circles are gaining increased interest as an integrative approach, very limited scientific data detailing biological benefits associated with drumming activity exists, especially where cancer survivors have been research … Read Full Article


Music Therapy for Children and Young Adult Cancer Survivors

Why Should Parents Consider Music Therapy for Their Pediatric Oncology Patient? Young children make up a significant part of the pediatric cancer population. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 12,400 children and adolescents under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer each year. Forty-nine percent of reported cases occur in children nine years of age or younger. Music therapy is the clinical use of … Read Full Article


Dawn Emrick: Music Therapy and Pediatric Cancer

Dawn Emrick Heads ACEF's Music Therapy and Pediatric Cancer Program Dawn Emrick, MT-BC, graduated from Michigan State University, with a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree after completing a 9-month internship with Detroit Public Schools. Upon earning board certification in 2003, she opened Lakeshore Music Therapy Services in Holland, Michigan. Ms. Emrick primarily contracts with schools, providing music therapy to … Read Full Article


Karri Absenger Brings Yoga Therapy to ACEF

  About Karri Karri currently works for Comfort Keepers, a leading provider of in-home care services, in West Michigan. Karri also served as a yoga teacher and instructor for Certified Nurse Assistant courses (CNA) at Muskegon Community College. She teaches Senior Chair Yoga at Four Points Center for Successful Aging, Gentle yoga at the local YMCA, and Hatha yoga at Lakeshore Yoga Center. About Yoga Therapy Yoga, … Read Full Article


Nancy Arbuckle-Hinks: Senior Counseling Associate

Nancy Arbuckle-Hinks: Senior Counseling Associate Hi, my name is Nancy and I came to counseling and social work in a roundabout way. I was raised in northeast Ohio and my father and grandfather were both physicians. As long as I could remember, I had wanted to be a doctor. I read every book I could find about female physicians. When I began high school however, chemistry hit me like a ton of bricks, and I quickly assumed … Read Full Article


Alex Baker: Intimacy and Sexual Wellness Counseling

Alexzandria's Biography As a professional coach, Alexzandria Baker specializes in sexual wellness, relationship, and intimacy issues. She integrates mind-body skills and spirituality into her work with people, couples, and groups to form a more holistic base for healthy relationships, intimate human connection, sexual healing and sexuality education. Alexzandria has spoken to groups and written guest blogs on topics … Read Full Article


Music Therapy: Lisa Ziemelis Joined Absenger Cancer Education Foundation

Music Therapy News: Please Help us Welcome Lisa Ziemelis, MT-BC, NMT to the Absenger Cancer Education Foundation! I was raised in Muskegon, MI, and from an early age was strongly influenced by music. Each of my family members either played an instrument or sang, and it wasn’t long before I was begging to be allowed to take piano lessons like my older siblings. Finally, at the age of seven, my parents conceded, and thus … Read Full Article