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Peterborough workshop to focus on using body to help with healing

  • Kim Gebro will host a free cancer support workshop on Thursday, March 5, where she will use singing bowls to show the importance of sound therapy in healing. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • Kim Gebro will host a free cancer support workshop on Thursday, March 5, where she will use singing bowls to show the importance of sound therapy in healing. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin—

  • Kim Gebro will host a free cancer support workshop on Thursday, March 5, where she will use singing bowls to show the importance of sound therapy in healing. Staff photo by Tim Goodwin

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/2/2020 10:41:08 PM

The Peterborough Cancer Support Group is there for those seeking a little guidance or someone to lean on after a cancer diagnosis – or navigating the new world of doctor visits, treatments and physical side effects.

It’s been around for about a decade and meets at Monadnock Community Hospital on the first and third Thursdays of every month. There are about eight members in the group said facilitator Leela Howard, a licensed counselor and owner of Begin Again Counseling Services, PLLC in Peterborough. But for the first get together in March, the group is doing something a little different.

Howard said she is always looking to help members in their cancer journey and has been interested in branching out to the community to see what type of support is available. She and one member of the group was familiar with the work of Kim Gebro and decided to reach out. The discussion that followed led to a free workshop at Gebro’s Peterborough studio, located at 174 Concord St., Suite 220, in Peterborough on Thursday, March 5 at 1 p.m. Thursday’s workshop is the first of its kind.

“We were looking for opportunities for members in the group to have access to other resources,” Howard said.

The workshop will touch on several methods for increasing comfort and reducing anxiety when facing or living with a cancer diagnosis. Gebro is certified in and trained in guided meditation, sound therapy, reiki, massage, and therapeutic yoga among other therapeutic methods for dealing with mental, physical, and emotional pain. 

Gebro said she was approached a few months ago and felt she could help. She has never worked with a cancer support group specifically, but during the course of her career has met with a number of clients one on one going through cancer.

She wants to help people incorporate different practices to support the mind, body and spirit. She will introduce the idea of deep breathing and the benefits it can provide to facilitate the release toxins from the body. Gebro wants people to know how to use their body as a form of medicine to help with the healing. 

The goal is to help encourage health and well-being, in the ever-changing world of living with cancer. Gebro’s work focuses on improving health and quality of life beginning with pausing to notice the present moment and then using the most effective practices to release suffering, develop resiliency, and bring the mind, body, and spirit into alignment.

There is so much support for the physical side of a cancer diagnosis, Howard said, but there can be more for the emotional and mental aspects of dealing with the disease.

“It’s really fundamental to the recovery,” Howard said.

There are serious thoughts and conversations that need to happen, and none bigger than the question “Am I going to die?”

“That’s an intense topic to grapple with,” Howard said.

The Cancer Support Group meets regularly at Monadnock Community Hospital on the first and third Thursdays of every month from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Howard, who worked for MAPS for many years and had been involved with the Keene support group, took over as the facilitator for the Peterborough support group two years ago.

“My grandmother had cancer so it’s been something that has been a part of my life,” Howard said.

Howard said since this is the first event of its kind for the group, she isn’t sure exactly how often things of this nature will take place. It’s a balance between having the continuity of the twice monthly meeting that members depend on and being able to offer alternatives that can help provide necessary information.

“We don’t know how often, but we’re exploring what would be beneficial,” she said. She has already spoken with a nutritionist about coming to meet with the group.

But she feels the support that members get from the group can’t be overlooked.

“Some of the group members have been meeting for up to 10 years,” Howard said. “And one of the lovely things that’s come out of it is the care that people genuinely feel for each other.”

To pre-register for the event, call Howard at (917) 924-2414 or email beginagain@leelahoward.com. Due to limited space, registration is required beforehand. In case of inclement weather, the workshop will be held March 19.




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