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  • Carol Michaels

The Rehabilitation & Wellness Summit

Cancer Rehabilitation

The entire summit can be found on

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation & Wellness Summit 2017

The Summit is a project developed by one therapist, Denise Stewart, who has a life long passion for improving quality of life for breast cancer survivors. I found my like minded "tribe" of breast cancer health professionals online and was inspired with our work individually and collectively. Borrowing the online Health Summit format allows us to share this inspiration to breast cancer survivors.

Our current health resources make it very difficult for many people after breast cancer to receive timely, up to date information and advice about new and difficult or uncomfortable experiences (often side effects) after breast cancer. The timing for annoying or painful symptoms after breast cancer diagnosis varies, they can occur during and well after the cancer treatment program. In both instances, it may be hard to find either the energy or the right person to deal with these very complex symptoms.

The Breast Cancer Rehabilitation & Wellness Summit will help people know more about services available and how to find the right help to manage their own recovery and wellness issues since breast cancer better.

What is the Breast Cancer Rehabilitation & Wellness Summit ?

45 international experts will present the latest information on rehabilitation and wellness. An online health summit is where speakers, expert in their field, come together and share their knowledge about a specific field of health. Viewers benefit by having an opportunity to listen to many speakers over the Summit period, talking about the same topic- but from many different points of view.

In this case the Breast Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Summit will have speakers who are leaders in this field. Doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, yoga, reiki and pilate instructors and many more- all speaking about their extensive experience: helping people recover after breast cancer.

An amazing feature of this Summit is that speakers are coming from many different professional backgrounds and from different countries. Each speaker has been chosen because of their passion and experience in breast cancer recovery and wellness. As expected, the speakers offer their presentations freely for education purposes only, not as personalized advice or recommendations.You can expect that they will present the latest solutions and most inspiring conversations.

My wish for viewers is that through the variety of speakers you will feel a sense of connection and hope for change, as well as feel you have choices. Through listening to expert speakers, you may have clearer thoughts and conversations with your own health team: what you would really like to work on, what may suit your life and style. All with the aim of you achieving your best recovery and wellness.

An important feature of this Summit is free access. Reducing the barriers to good information is important to this project as it is well recognized that the breast cancer experience is very draining on the person and their family's finances. By providing free access, one more barrier to achieving best recovery and well being is removed.

Summit viewers will be encouraged to take the information they found interesting from the Summit back to their local health professional so a personalized plan can be developed.

The Summit will also direct viewers to a new free online service, listing service providers with cancer aware training and experience.

What happens after the Summit Launch?

The entire Summit program will be available for viewers for 12 months.

You will be able to come back to the Breast Cancer Rehab & Wellness resource when you need it. Choose a speaker who has the website link or find a local business website who will sponsor the link. Then share this resource with others in your community.

This resource can be free access to breast cancer survivors, through a new community/ business based funding model.

Ask your local organization or business to support this project by purchasing a logo/ link to the entire program of presentations. That way they can directly support women and men in their community through the link at their website for 12 months.

Sustainable funding will allow a new updated program to be arranged for the following year - after July 31 2018. This will ensure that new and updated information is always available to the viewer.

Can you support the Breast Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Summit and Resource 2017 - 2018?

Research shows that 50% - 90% of people after breast cancer experience difficulties for years after their treatment has finished.

According to a 2016 study, 70% of clinical care cancer centers failed to provide details on cancer rehabilitation services.

This Summit will provide information, insights and how to find people who can support survivors and their care givers during their recovery. You can help in three ways:Help others after breast cancer and share this resource through your community networks. Use this invitation and registration.​Purchase the logo /link for your website, to share with your ​breast cancer community.Help make life after breast cancer better for others (donation or support).​

Who could be financial contributors to the Summit 2017 project?

Your Breast Cancer Clinic may be interested in supporting access to this project for each of the patients who undergo treatment. You could connect with your clinic coordinator and provide them with a Summit invite at the registration link.

Your Breast Cancer Network may be interested in supporting this project - to encourage members to check in and listen to the latest rehab and wellness discussions.

Purchase the Resource artwork and link to the presentations for Aug 2017- Aug 2018 and have your members access this information from your website (via crowd funding project).

Professional Associations may be interested in the community benefit of the educational service provided by the health professionals in this Summit, to women (and men) in their state or country.

Individuals may also wish to contribute, gift, to this Summit project.

Women (and men) who are experiencing sexual dysfunction, shoulder weakness, scar pain and fatigue can access online information through the Summit- knowing that the speakers have been screened, and are recognized as leaders in their field of breast cancer rehabilitation and wellness.

Purchase the Australian Indigenous artwork Logo and link to the presentations for Aug 2017- Aug 2018 and have your members access this information from your website via crowd funding project (coming soon).

Empowering women ( and men) who are struggling to cope after breast cancer to take action, will be the reward for providing a gift to the Breast Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Summit.

A crowd funding project will be launched during the Summit - please be ready to help share to your networks.

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