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

  • Aug
    29
    Monday
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    This class is for siblings, age four and up, to prepare for the arrival of the new baby. (We recommend registering for this class one month before mom's due date.)
  • Aug
    31
    Wednesday
    12:10 PM - 1:10 PM
    Learn about the medical complications, as well as the treatments available, for both anorexia nervosa and bulimia.
  • Aug
    31
    Wednesday
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    This class provides the attendee with an explanation of services provided at MGMC Birthways and a walking tour of our facility and the Birthways Unit.
  • Sep
    6
    Tuesday
    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    This presentation will discuss the basics of hypertension and the different classes of medications to treat hypertension.
  • Sep
    6
    Tuesday
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    The Alzheimer's support group is a gathering of family, friends, and caregivers of individuals that suffer from Alzheimer's disease and other related forms of dementia.
  • Sep
    6
    Tuesday
    6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Two week childbirth education course to prepare parents for the birth of their baby. Topics include: labor, delivery, breathing and relaxation techniques, medications, epidurals, and medical procedures.
  • Sep
    6
    Tuesday
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    This is a friendly group which meets the first Tuesday of every month, March through November, at 7 p.m. at the Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center.