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Stress Solutions for Life

Last month the HIS/Medical Records department participated in a 3-part Stress Solutions course taught by Lynn Gerrits, manager of the Complementary Care Center, a somewhat modified version of her three-week course. Here’s what some of them had to say about their experience:

“I loved this program. I feel it is very important for employees of the hospital to be aware of these tips and tools they can utilize.”

“Lynn has a voice that can easily transition you from where you are to where you can be. She verbally took me to the beach, where I could visualize myself being there, relaxing, stress free, and not worrying about the environment around me. Lynn has a very strong talent for this.”

“This course gave me the tools to deal with stressors in the work force as well as daily life, and how to implement them in a mindful way to improve the quality of living.”

“I am now more aware of my stressors and triggers, and with the help of the tools provided, am able to handle them better and in a more positive way.”

“Very knowledgeable and very informative. Kept us engaged and wishing she would never leave.”

“This was a valuable and interesting class. Lynn is a very engaging presenter. I learned a lot about identifying my stressors and dealing with day to day stress. Very useful strategies and relevant for all employees. Glad that HA offers this program.”


Angie’s Spa Grant Program for Cancer Patients


“I received acupuncture for the first time today. I have stage IV anal cancer and the pain is constant and radiates out to my tail bone and spine, my glutes and hamstrings, and makes me extremely uncomfortable. I take opiates for the pain, but the side effects are limiting. I can’t drive. I get dizzy if I move too quickly. I feel nervous and groggy. But the acupuncture has no side effects except a bit of drowsiness and the effects are wonderful. I feel almost no pain after this first treatment. The needles feel like a little scratch going in. There’s nothing to be afraid of. I’m a convert. Acupuncture over opiates anytime.” – Donna

“Being diagnosed with breast cancer created a severe amount of stress, which showed up as problems with extreme pain in my neck in addition to having nerve pain in my breast from a partial mastectomy. I have been treated with acupuncture for several months, which has improved my pain levels and quality of life. I am very thankful to have had this available to me. I could not have afforded this treatment on my own.” – Connie

“I had surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy for lung cancer. I have been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia in 2007. Since then, I have been in constant pain – with difficulty talking and chewing. After 12 acupuncture treatments I feel better and the pain is almost gone. I can talk and chew much better. Thank you!” – Harry


“I just had a wonderfully relaxing hand and foot massage. Thank you for the grant for this complimentary service. The stress of myeloma can be upsetting and it was such a pleasure to be completely relaxed.” – Greg

“I believe the service offered is very valuable. I love the hand massage.” – Linda

“A big thank you for the wonderful hand/foot massage. Both services were very relaxing. I also for the first time received a Reiki treatment and very much enjoyed it. It was very relaxing.” – Pat


“I am a sister of a cancer patient. While my brother was having his chemo, I was having a yoga session with Juli. She has a wonderfully calm voice and walked us through some breathing exercises that relieved stress and we could take with us. Thank you. “ – Kathleen


“I wish to thank Angie’s Spa for the grant given to the Burbank Cancer Center. Yoga and massage have helped a lot in keeping me relaxed and I’m sure is an aid to my cancer treatment. Thank you.” – Theresa (multiple myeloma)

Multiple Services

“I have been impacted in a most positive way, by using the wonderful services provided by Angie’s Spa at the Simon-Sinon Cancer Center in Fitchburg, MA. I have received massage therapy, as well as Reiki. Both have relieved anxiety and stress and enhanced my daily living experience! I’m 73 and have had my 2nd round of lung cancer (non-smoker and athlete) – oh well. Although I’m incredibly grateful to be alive, I am left with a good amount of pain. Since I have been a patient in this remarkable program and been receiving acupuncture from Lalou Begue, my life has become almost pain free. Lalou not only is excellent with “the needles,” he has a great rapport with his patients, which is so important for well being! What a great addition Angie’s Spa Therapeutic Services Program is to SSCC! Sending great amounts of thanks and well wishes.” – Marsha Fregeau (8/2014)

“I am thankful for Angie’s Spa Grant therapeutic services on a daily basis. Lalou’s acupuncture services have been helpful beyond measure – for neuropathy, muscle cramps that occur my third week on Revlimid, and sciatic pain. The pain relief the acupuncture provides improves my quality of life. The relaxation provided by hand/foot massage and Reiki makes my day. All of the practitioners in both areas are skilled, soothing and accessible. I really look forward to seeing them and receiving these services. Thank you so much for the grants you have awarded us.” – Greg Mitchell (8/2014)

“This is a blessing for the patients of the Simonds-Sinon Regional Cancer Center. Personally, I have been helped from Lalou Begue, Lic.Ac who is so knowledgeable about acupuncture and has helped me to be able to do my daily duties without severe pain. He also lifts one’s spirit with his willingness to help each and every one of his patients. We are also treated with the best massage therapist.” Julia

“I cannot say enough positive things about the healing therapies I have and continue to receive at Burbank while I go through my cancer treatments. I have extensive side effects from my chemotherapy and I am able to function much better because of the acupuncture and massage therapies I receive through Angie’s Spa. Since starting these therapies, I have been able to walk much better after my chemotherapy sessions. Because of the acupuncture and massage therapies I receive, I am able to function more independently versus when I didn’t have access to these therapies. I am so thankful for these services and truly could not imagine going through cancer without them! – Kerry A. Volke

Reiki Volunteer Program

“My anxiety is at a 0 now, which is amazing for me!

“The aching and tiredness in my legs is gone!”

“I had a little headache, and now it feels better. I also feel more relaxed.” – EP

“I can breathe more easily and the pain in my chest is gone.” – Ed

“I feel like it gave me some relief from the nausea and joint pain.” – Nancy

“That was very relaxing! It reminds me that I need to take a few minutes each day to slow down.”