Pink Lemonade Project, with Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, offers Revive: a professionally led restorative retreat series. Pink Lemonade Project offers two types of Revive retreats, one for breast cancer survivors and one for women living with metastatic breast cancer. Each retreat provides a three-day escape from daily life that caters to the survivors’ desire to relax, rejuvenate, and refocus their lives. For women impacted by breast cancer, retreats are valuable opportunities for introspection, self-reflection, and healing. During each retreat, an “intention” is set and with the help of retreat facilitators, each retreat guest will re-emerge with a renewed perspective and eagerness to claim their new lives.
Each Revive retreat is led by two licensed oncology social workers to provide guidance and counseling in a relaxing, soothing atmosphere surrounded by nature and overlooking the beautiful Columbia Gorge.
Breast cancer changes everything. Most people who have been through the experience describe two lives: Life before breast cancer and life after breast cancer. Even those who have finished treatment with a good prognosis are troubled with a number of thoughts: How can I stay healthy post-cancer? Who am I now? What are my new or renewed priorities? How can I help my loved ones understand how I feel?
During our retreat, survivors will explore what it means to have a healthy mind, body and spirit in their new post-cancer life. The experience is designed to foster personal renewal, facilitate a shared journey with other survivors, and forge bonds of encouragement among people traveling the same road. Participants tell us they leave our retreats feeling inspired with a personal self-care plan and new friends for support along the way!
2017 Survivor Retreats:
- February 24-26, 2017
- June 2-4, 2017
- October 13-15, 2017 **FULL** You can still register and you will be placed on a waiting list.
- November 3-5, 2017
Long-Term Survivor’s Pilot Retreat
We have received a grant from Legacy that is allowing us to offer a pilot retreat for long-term breast cancer survivors. If we find the retreat is well received, we will consider permanently adding it to our retreat line up. This retreat is for women breast cancer survivors who are 3 or more years post treatment. The survivorship continuum changes over time and therefore needs are often different for survivors immediate post treatment (0-2 years) than long-term survivors ( 3 + years). This retreat will focus on common issues faced by long-term survivors such as how to deal with long-term and late effects of treatment, body image changes, cognitive impairment, fatigue, sexual health, mental health, and chronic pain syndromes. This retreat will allow for meaningful discussions, provide opportunities to share experiences, enhance self-care, and build advocacy to help others.
2017 Long-Term Survivors Retreat:
- August 4-6, 2017 **FULL** You can still register and you will be placed on a waiting list.
All Retreats Include:
- 3 day, 2 night lodging
- Private room for each retreat guest
- 6 specialty meals
- Professional retreat facilitators
- Small Groups
- Massage (available at survivors retreat only)
- Gentle exercise/yoga
- Opportunities for rest and renewal
Please note, Pink Lemonade Project is unable to cover any travel expenses to get to and from the retreat facility. Thank you for understanding.
Susan Hedlund, LCSW, has been a social worker in the healthcare field for more than 30 years and has extensive experience working with individuals and families facing life-threatening illness and loss. She is currently Director of Patient and Family Support Services at the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health and Science University and is on the faculty for the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland State University.
Keren McCord, LCSW, OSW-C, has been a social worker at Oregon Health and Science University for ten years and has extensive experience working with individuals and families facing life threatening illness and loss. Before attending Graduate School, Keren spent the first part of her social work career running Special Needs Summer camps for children – a camp for children for hemophilia and related bleeding disorders and a camp for children with HIV/AIDS. Upon graduating from Portland State University in 2000, she spent several years working in Community Mental Health as a child and family therapist. Currently, Keren works primarily with adult oncology patients who are experiencing treatment for hematologic malignancies. In addition, Keren has participated in a two-year Fellowship in Bioethics at OHSU, and takes part in activities through the Ethics Department. She also serves on the hospital’s Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team. In addition to being a medical social worker, Keren is currently working on community-based Advanced Care planning activities to encourage more people to think about their values around quality of life before they are confronted with a life-threatening illness.
Diane Harris, LCSW, has specialized training in Psychosocial Oncology, Mind/Body Medicine, Psychoneuroimmunology, Relaxation/Guided Imagery, Stress Management, Marital/Relationship Counseling, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, Grief/Loss Therapy, and Energy Psychology.
Following a 28 year career as a Cancer Counselor and the Regional Clinical Supervisor of Cancer Support Services at Providence Cancer Center, Diane has continued her private practice in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Diane developed and facilitated many types of support groups for cancer patients and their loved ones while at St. Vincent’s, and co-founded the “Making Today Count” support group for women with metastatic cancers.