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Canada’s leading Cancer Care Centre gives free talk in Nelson

The Community First Health Co-op is pleased to help bring InspireHealth, Canada’s foremost Integrative Cancer Care Centre, to the West and Central Kootenays to provide information and care for people living with a diagnosis of cancer.

Dr. Teresa Clarke of InspireHealth will present a free public talk on “Healthy Choices to Prevent Cancer & Recurrence” Monday, October 1, 7-9 p.m. in athe New Grand Hotel at 616 Vernon Street in Nelson.

This is the first step in InspireHealth’s outreach to the West and Central Kootenays.

Dr. Clarke returns to Nelson, Nov. 15-16 to facilitate a two-day workshop for cancer patients and caregivers. Registration is open currently, and there are a limited number of spots available.

The BC government recently gave InspireHealth partial funding to create a new program - InspireLIFE BC - to help expand their services across the province.

“We’re thrilled that InspireHealth has made Nelson one of its first stops,” said Debby Zeeben, Chair of the Community First Health Co-op.

“The Health Co-op is committed to integrative care and now we can partner with InspireHealth to improve health and quality of life for West Kootenay residents living with cancer.”

Nelson District Credit Union and Kootenay Country Store Co-operative are also local supporters helping to bring the new InspireLIFE BC program to the Kootenays.

Jocelyn Carver of the Kootenay Co-op said, “we are very excited to offer our support to InspireHealth and to encourage transformation of a cancer diagnosis into inspired action.”

Several local residents are already familiar with InspireHealth.

"I think InspireHealth is a great resource! I got my questions answered so I could make decisions. I wanted evidence-based advice and InspireHealth stays abreast of the research," said Ruth Beck.

Paul Erickson of Queen’s Bay said, “InspireHealth supported me through my treatment by offering compassionate counsel, evidence-based research and advice about treatments and recovery.

"The doctors and two staff are kind and deeply understanding. This organization provided positive guidance during a difficult and transformative time in my life,” he adds.

The October 1 talk is aimed at the general public and people living with cancer.

“There will be great information for everyone, and there is no cost to attend,” Zeeben said.

“And this is just the first step in the InspireLIFE BC program. Dr. Clarke is coming back in November to offer the two-day LIFE Program workshop for people living with cancer and their caregivers, and for anyone interested in cancer prevention. We need to show we’ve got enough interested participants.”

The InspireLIFE BC program is for people living with cancer and their supporters, family and friends. It engages people in their own health care by supporting recovery and survival through healthful nutrition, appropriate exercise, emotional support and stress reduction.

This is all safely integrated with standard cancer treatments.

For more information, www.inspirehealth.ca/