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Couples Celebrating Life Retreat Weekend

Oct 11-13, 2013
MonteBello Bed & Breakfast Inn
Ames, IA

The couples weekend retreat is designed for women living with metastatic breast cancer and their spouse/partner.

Registration Details

Registration is closed.

Contact the Cancer Resource Center for more information at 515-956-6440 or e-mail Space is limited to six couples. Or download a registration form to fill out and mail back. 

Fees & Payment

This FREE retreat includes meals, lodging, use of the facility and educational programs.


Couples RetreatWe would like to invite women living with metastatic breast cancer and their spouse or partner to join us for a weekend of education, meditation, recreation and refreshment.

In addition to your health, metastatic cancer can affect you and your partner’s daily routines, quality of life and relationship. You’ll receive support and encouragement from medical professionals for dealing with these effects. We’ll discuss living and dying, and hopes and fears. Take this opportunity to ask questions, express concerns and offer support to your partner and your peers.

We’ll take time out to enjoy good food and company. You can indulge in a complimentary massage by licensed massage therapists Tahnese Pringle, Carol Pearson, and Betsy Baum.

Contact the Cancer Resource Center for more information at 515-956-6440 or e-mail Space is limited to six couples. 

Program Highlights:

Dr. Shane Hopkins
Dr. Hopkins will discuss the advanced breast cancer patient’s journey, including the challenges they will face and strategies for coping with those challenges. Dr. Hopkins is a radiation oncologist with McFarland Clinic in Ames and practices at the William R. Bliss Cancer Center at Mary Greeley Medical Center.

Dr. Larry Otteman and Jennifer Sills, ARNP
Dr. Otteman and Jennifer Sills will discuss palliative care—what it is and how exactly it can help. Dr. Otteman is a Hematologist/Oncologist at McFarland Clinic in Ames. Jennifer Sills is the palliative care nurse practitioner at Mary Greeley Medical Center.

Dr. Ken Israel
Dr. Ken Israel will lead the couples in a discussion on communicating with each other. He is a clinical psychologist at Ames Counseling and Psychological Services and works with both individuals and couples. He has also co-led groups at the William R. Bliss Cancer Center.

Jo Myers-Walker
Jo Myers-Walker has been an artist and an art teacher for more than 35 years. She will lead the group in a painting workshop, which will provide a good time for everyone while surrounded by good company.


  • Panel of Professionals


Cancer Resource Center at 515-956-6440 or 866-972-5477

Schedule & Location


This event includes all of the 3 meeting times below.
Date Time Location Instructor
1. Fri, October 11 4:00 PM to 11:59 PM MonteBello Bed & Breakfast Inn Panel of Professionals
2. Sat, October 12 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM MonteBello Bed & Breakfast Inn Panel of Professionals
3. Sun, October 13 12:00 AM to 12:00 PM MonteBello Bed & Breakfast Inn Panel of Professionals

Location Details

  • MonteBello Bed & Breakfast Inn
    3535 530th Ave
    Ames, IA

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