Monday, June 25, 2012


In keeping with my promise to devote one day a week to metastatic patients, I wanted to share information about a retreat that is being held in September.  I've been hunting all over the place for the flyer but I can't seem to find it.  What appears below is from the Facebook page of You Can Thrive.

The retreat is sponsored by Breast Cancer Options.  It is being held at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.  Breast Cancer Options is an organization located north of NYC that offers support and programs in their community.  Omega Institute is a holistic learning center that holds workshops and retreats facilitated by some of the most renowned speakers in the world. (Eckhart Tolle just held a three day retreat at the campus.) Rhinebeck is a charming town on the Hudson River about 90 minutes north of NYC.

Please pass this information on to anyone who might be interested.  Contact Breast Cancer Options for details.  They can be reached by phone at 845-339-4673 or via email

I know there is a retreat at Johns Hopkins in two weeks but that was limited to 12 participants.  I would imagine it is already filled but I can't say for sure.

If anyone is aware of other retreats, please feel free to include them in the comments (if you can't comment as some people seem to be having a problem posting a comment, feel free to email me at

Some of the details for the Omega retreat are in the Facebook posting:

FREE retreat at Omega Institute for women with metastatic breast cancer (through Breast Cancer Options), from another supportive nonprofit:

Omega Institute in Rhinebeck NY
September 24-26. 

Participants are welcomed in an environment where they can find understanding and support. This is an opportunity to look at the issues surrounding their breast cancer, gather information, and move beyond an intellectual understanding of the disease. Exploring feelings and fears is an essential part of the healing process. They will enjoy guided discussions about issues specific to women with metastatic breast cancer, including dealing with difficult feelings, living with advanced breast cancer, decreasing stress. There will be discussion groups, an Authentic Writing workshop, low-impact yoga and much more.

There is no charge but those who can afford to are asked to make a donation

Please call: 845/339-4673 or email: to reserve a space. First come, first served basis.

"Please help by donating: in these difficult economic times, Breast Cancer Options has to make some hard decisions about which programs we can afford to continue and we need your help. Help us keep our retreat, Camp Lightheart and our other programs going by making a One-Time or Recurring Donation. Please donate $5 or whatever you can afford. Every dollar will help!"


  1. AnneMarie,
    Thanks for your commitment to write about metastatic breast cancer. In many regards, it's delving into a whole new area those of us who don't have mets are in the dark about. Like me, I know you're sad and devastated for Susan Love and her family. I don't know much about leukemia, either. Do you?


    1. I don't know much about leukemia aside from the fact that the word terrorizes me. Perhaps it goes back to when my kids were young and a little boy who was in the second grade died from the disease. Recently, a colleague of my husband was diagnosed and went through some fairly grueling treatment. He is NED today. (I don't know if they call it a cure??)

      I was distraught when I saw the announcement by Dr. Love. It's time to really push the entire cancer "agenda" so that we get away from the barbaric and debilitating treatment options which span each and every cancer type.

      I LOVED seeing Bud and Lou in the photo on your last piece. I'm sad about what's happening with your mom but given the ongoing joke I share with Idelle, it made me smile (the photo, I mean).



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