Cancer Survivorship Support Groups

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A Hands-on ExperienceClay Class

Have a laugh.

Fly a kite.

Knead some clay.

Linda Dempsey is always looking for new ways to offer support, education and social activities for participants in the Alegent Health Cancer Survivorship Program.

"We keep looking for programs that haven’t been done before," said Dempsey, a registered nurse and program specialist for the Alegent Health Cancer Center.

From kite-flying at Mahoney State Park to having a laugh during National Humor Month, Dempsey creates events that let people express themselves, seek spiritual balm, and enjoy some camaraderie. Of course, there is always the lure of good, old-fashioned fun.

For example, a recent chance to work with clay at the Omaha Clay Works brought more than 60 participants to the Old Market area artist’s studio.

"It reminds me of playing in the mud when I was a kid," said one elderly gentleman, smiling broadly.

"It’s nice to think about something other than your health," noted one woman as she molded a chunk of clay into a mug.

Clay cupMany cancer survivors have a hard time putting their frustrations and feelings about the experience into words, said Dempsey. The chance to squeeze and shape clay seemed like a perfect chance for self-expression.

"In working with the clay you have to knead it and pound it," said Dempsey. "It’s a very natural way to release some inner feelings without thinking about it."

The Cancer Survivorship Program at Alegent Health holds monthly programs. For upcoming events, check out our events calendar or call 1-800-Alegent (1-800-253-4368).