Morning Breakout Session Options

1. “How to Start Your Day..."

"How to Start Your Day, the Energizing, Anti-Cancer Way"

Come and learn the benefits of beginning your day with an energizing meal.  Learn which breakfast foods have the best anti-cancer properties and how you can easily incorporate them into your busy lives.  We will cover some anti-cancer science, discuss a variety of practical breakfast ideas that can help you meet your goals, and prepare several tasty recipes during our time together. 

Not sure if you want to share the recipes we will be creating - a smoothie recipe, an energy orb recipe, and a warm breakfast cereal option.  If time allows, I may be able to pop one more in there.



Heather Ferber is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, AADP who helps busy moms get fresh, focused and energized.  She is a detox specialist helping to rebuild gut health, balance hormones, and thrive.  She enjoys empowering moms to take back their health and feed their families better with simple, everyday advice and suggestions that can be easily integrated into today's modern family's hectic lives. You can find her on Fox 6 Real MKE once a month, speaking and teaching classes in the community, cooking in her kitchen for family and friends, playing her piano to relax, or out running with the family dog.


2. Survivor Guilt

Kristin Bingen, PhD 

NOTE: This is a 45 minute session. 10:30 to 11:15 

It can be hard when you're the one who is still here, and your friends aren't.  Join us for this discussion about how to handle these difficult feelings.  


3. Survivor Care Plans

Dr. Amye Trevarrewerk

NOTE: This is a 45 minute session 11:15 to 12

Why do you need a Survivor Care Plan?  What is the current status of plans in our large medical systems?  

4.Share your Story

5 Minute Blog

Share your story.  Huffington Post blogger Dan Duffy will be available to record your story. 


5. MYACC – Community Canvas

MYACC – Community Mobile

With Resilience as a theme, participants will have the opportunity to create mini-collages or paintings.  These along with items such as shells, rocks, paper and more will combine to create an amazing Gilda's Club Mobile. 

Art therapists Molly Linn-Miller and Lynn Genz have started the design process and invite all conference participants to make their mark. Acrylic paints, brushes provided. Stop in before or between sessions, or join us for the morning session.  

Lynn Genz, ATR, LPC is currently an art therapist living and working in Mayville, WI. She travels with her 'studio in a suitcase' to provide art therapy services for hospice patients. Lynn also works with the inpatient behavioral health unit patients at St Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac. 

Molly Linn-Miller, MS-ATR is currently an art therapist in the Madison area. She provides therapeutic art workshops for older adults, adults with disabilities and children with autism.  She works as a teaching artist for VSA Wisconsin and provides family art workshops for The Family Support Resource Center in Madison.

6. Post Cancer Skin Care

Prevent, Detect and Control Future Damage to your Skin 

In this session, meet two Certified Oncology Estheticians, one a two time cancer survivor herself who will: 1) Help you to gain an understanding of the skin changes that occur with cancer treatment 2) how to Prevent, Detect and Control future damage to your skin 3) things to avoid in treating your skin and 4) how nurturing the mind-body connection can positively affect your skin. We will end with a stress management activity and help each participant in learning how to create the perfect eyebrow.

Both presenters:

1.  Received their esthetics education at Alexander Thomas Academy of Skin Care, Brookfield, Wisconsin and is licensed in the State of Wisconsin. Jean Carlson- License #313086 and Erica Nowicki- License #313586

2.   Received their Oncology Esthetics Certification with Spa4ThePink at Red Rocks Cancer Center in Golden, Colorado  

3.   Jean Carlson is also a volunteer with the American Cancer Society's Look Good...Feel Better program.



Jean Carlson is a Wisconsin Licensed Esthetician with an advanced Certificate in Oncology Modified Esthetics. After receiving the benefits of a therapeutic facial, Jean knew she had to follow her passion and help others to improve the health of their skin. A therapeutic facial will not only help with the care of your skin but also help you experience the importance of touch, build self esteem, de-stress and understand the mind body connection that will help you to relax and heal.

Her passion is driven by a culmination of her own cancer experiences in 2005 and 2006, as well as her role as caretaker for her sister’s cancer journey. Skin care during treatment has it’s challenges as the body tries to cleanse itself of the medications and treatments being used to fight the cancer. Oncology modified skin care therapy is weekly, by-weekly or monthly skin care treatments to greatly reduce the damage and dehydration caused by these life saving and necessary treatments. Jean offers the gentle care and touch that stressed skin, body and mind are craving.


Erica Nowicki is a Wisconsin Licensed Esthetician with an advanced Certificate in Oncology Modified Esthetics. She had worked in the beauty industry for seven years in an administrative role before deciding it was her true passion to become a practitioner in the field herself. Erica’s professional experience has been based in the medical esthetics industry and she is currently going back to school to earn a master’s degree with a concentration in Adult and Continuing Education.


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Afternoon Breakout Session Options

1. Partnering with someone with Cancer

Partnering with someone with Cancer : Cat was a Jim's sole caregiver for nearly three years after he was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer.  This workshop is designed to be an open , safe format where others can discuss the challenges of being with someone who has cancer. This workshop will consist of lots of discussion and Cat is open to answering any questions that participants might have. 


Catherine Gainey, age 34, is a Madison native, currently living in Prairie du Sac, WI.  On March 18th, 2013, Cat's husband,  Jim Gainey,  was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer at age 31. At the time, Cat and Jim's sons, Shamus and Finn, were ages 3 years old and 10 months, respectively. Jim and Cat managed to keep their marriage,  children and careers priorities while Jim consistently received treatment for nearly 2 years and 10 months. Cancer did not define them but it made them stronger and gave them a deeper appreciation for life. Jim passed away on January 11th, 2016 at age 34. Cat continues to work as a CPS social worker for Columbia County, as she has for nearly 11 years, and is navigating her new normal as a single mother to their boys, now ages 7 and 4. 

2. Resilience as a tool

Resilience as a tool- 

Did you ever go to summer camp as a kid? Did you ever dream of going to camp-playing outside, making new friends and challenging yourself? Join Jeff, a professional camp director and survivor, as he brings a little bit of Camp to Gilda's Club. 

In a fun, interactive way we'll talk through what resiliency looks like as a survivor. Come prepared to move around, adventure together, and have fun.

Jeff Hoeben's adventures include husband, father of three, Camp director, and kayaker. He is a two time Hodgkin's Lymphoma survivor. He dreams of one day paddling from Seattle to Alaska.

3. Healing Touch

Healing Touch

Healing Touch is a non-invasive technique that, like Reiki or Therapeutic Touch, works with an individual's energy field. Illness causes disruptions to a person's own energy. Bringing that energy into balance can help a person heal. Come, learn about it, and experience some of the practice.


Mary Pat Hank

Mary Pat Hank is a registered nurse and Certified Healing Touch Practitioner.  she has been working in Madison as a nurse since 1979 in a variety of positions and specialties, from neurology to parish nursing.  She began using Healing Touch in 2009, to better embrace the benefits of a holistic practice. She has a passion for healing and enjoys working closely with clients to restore harmony and balance to their mind, body and spirit.  Mary Pat coordinates Healing Touch Program classes in Madison and is currently studying to become a Healing Touch Certified Instructor.

4. Long Term Side Effect Management

For some survivors, treatment side effects linger long after treatment is over.  Come learn about what to watch out for.  Our partners at American Family Children's Hospital will be here. 

Speakers will include: 

Sharon Frierdich RN, MS, CPNP, CPON 
Pediatric Hematology - Oncology Nurse Practitioner 
American Family Children's Hospital 

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