Cancer Resource Center

  • Couples Celebrating Life Retreat

William R. Bliss Cancer Center's Couples Celebrating Life Retreat Weekend

You're invited to get away!

We would like to invite couples living with metastatic cancers 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. 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 also relax and indulge in a complimentary massage by licensed massage therapists.

This FREE retreat includes meals, lodging, use of the facility and educational programs. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Carano at 515-956-6410 or carano@mgmc.com.

Thoughts from past participants

"A special thanks for seeing the need for a retreat and a program that allowed couples to share their concerns and hopes in a beautiful, homey place that gave us the feeling of family. Not only were the women able to share and encourage one another, but our husbands had their own special time of sharing." –Barbara Scheuermann

"It has been an extraordinary experience—the opportunity to listen to others that are going through very similar experiences to the ones I’ve encountered in this journey and the ability to get all the information that will help me to try to live an improved life due to the knowledge brought to us this weekend." –Christianne Anderson

This program has been made possible by the support of the many donors of the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation.

Upcoming Events

  • Feb
    17
    Wednesday
    12:10 PM - 1:10 PM
    This activity will describe the common resuscitation goals and practices that show an evidence-based platform for initial resuscitation priorities. The practice gap addressed is for consistent high quality resuscitation efforts.
  • Feb
    17
    Wednesday
    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Our pre-diabetes class, taught by a diabetes educator, focuses on nutrition, weight management, diet, exercise and behavioral changes.
  • Feb
    18
    Thursday
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Breastfeeding is your baby’s best start. Bring your baby to our Breastfeeding Support Group to share and learn in a friendly supportive atmosphere.
  • Feb
    18
    Thursday
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Meet one of McFarland Clinic's new Cardiologists for a discussion on heart health.
  • Feb
    18
    Thursday
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    Information about what to expect during the beginning days of breastfeeding will be discussed to help make breastfeeding a positive experience. Current information on breast feeding will be presented.
  • Feb
    20
    Saturday
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    A class for expecting or new parents which provides you with the latest in factual information and helpful hints for a joyful beginning with your baby.
  • Feb
    22
    Monday
    5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    As a city owned hospital, Mary Greeley Medical Center is governed by a board of five elected medical center trustees.