LEWISTON — The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing at Central Maine Medical Center will offer a free workshop titled “Facing Forward: Life after Cancer Treatment.” The session will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at 12 High Street, Conference Room I, on the CMMC campus.

Vicky Carpenter, BSN, RN, MDiv, pastoral care, and Emily Ecker, LCSW, outreach oncology social worker, will lead the workshop aimed at improving emotional and physical health following cancer treatment. They will discuss how to cope with feelings of anxiety and uncertainty and provide ways of leading fulfilling, meaningful lives.

Carpenter, a 12-year breast cancer survivor, is a volunteer chaplain at CMMC. Her cancer treatments were a time of self-reflection which led to significant lifestyle and career changes. “I welcome opportunities to listen to and support people during their own reflective process,” she said.

Ecker is the outreach oncology social worker for the Dempsey Center where she serves cancer patients, survivors and caregivers at CMMC, Bridgton and Rumford hospitals. “I feel honored to support people who have gone through the many challenges of cancer treatment and are now on the next steps of their lives, often called the ‘after cancer’ life,” said Ecker.

Registrations will be accepted by calling the Dempsey Center at 795-8250 or toll-free 1-877-336-7287. For more information, visit www.dempseycenter.org.


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