LOCAL BRIEFS

Talking about the

‘Cancer Conversation’

LOCK HAVEN — The Cancer Support Group will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. in Conference Room B of Susque-View. The topics for this month are “Taking Control of the Cancer Conversation” and “Transforming Your Hurt into Healing.”

People facing cancer often encounter insensitive and even offensive remarks from others about their diagnosis. In an effort to help, others may offer unsolicited health advice, false empathy, unwarranted life coaching and even judgmental statements.

The group will discuss how to handle these situations with self-care and compassion and literally take control of the bad conversations. They will also discover how to cultivate self-forgiveness as the first step to ending negative spiral of shame, blame and punishment that many cancer survivors find themselves in. The group will review two articles from Coping magazine on these topics. In addition to educational information, the support group always includes a time of individual sharing of current concerns and mutual support.

The Cancer Support Group is facilitated by Fran Decker, MSW, LSW and hosted by Susque-View. The program is free and open to anyone who has a diagnosis of cancer, both newly diagnosed and long-time survivors. Family members and friends are also welcome. The group meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in Conference Room B of Susque-View. For more information about the support group, call Fran Decker at 570-748-4302.

LHU to host a Bit of

Fit-A-Thon fundraiser

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University will host a Bit of Fit-A-Thon fundraiser from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the Student Recreation Center on the LHU campus.

LHU students, faculty, alumni and community members will lead the fitness segments including the Lock Haven ROTC cadets; LHU women’s volleyball team; Dr. Katie Ely, associate professor of criminal justice; Dr. Cori Myers, ’91 alumna and professor of management; Lori Hoy, ’01 alumna; and Lock Haven YMCA fitness instructors.

The event will include door prizes and 15-minutes segments of popular fitness classes like HITT, Core Fitness, Zumba, UrbanKick, Dance Fitness, ROTC-led exercises and others.

The cost for the event is $5 for students and $10 for community members. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Proceeds will benefit the Clinton County Women’s Center and the sponsoring student groups, LHU’s Criminal Justice Honors Society – Alpha Phi Sigma, and Professional Business Fraternity – Alpha Kappa Psi.

Free parking on the LHU campus will be available in the white-lined spaces in the parking lots around the Student Recreation Center.

For more information, contact Katie Ely at 570-484-2203 or kje341@lockhaven.edu or Cori Myers at 570-484-2274 or cmyers@lockhaven.edu.

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