Cancer Care Centre:
e-News March, 2023
The Centre is open! All activities and workshops are following SA Health protocols providing a Covid Safe environment for everyone to enjoy. 
Masks are still mandatory at the Centre.
March 2023 edition
  • Pocket Full of Happiness - Register before 17th March !
  • Art Workshops are Back - there is still time to book in.
  • March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
A Pocket Full of Happiness
So, what exactly is being happy? It is fostering an inner state of peace and wellbeing that doesn’t depend on your external circumstances, a deep inner fulfilment that comes from a profound connection to your own nature. It’s not just about ‘positive thinking’ and then sitting back and waiting for things to magically improve for you.  It means deeply looking at your life, what brings it meaning, what you enjoy or don’t, what is stopping you from really living your life and committing to do something to change. This retreat will provide you with some valuable ideas and tools to change your own level of happiness.

Our first session will be a chance to experience Feldenkrais presented by Emma Leaks.  Feldenkrais method is designed to help people reconnect with their bodies and learn new ways to move with greater efficiency. It can help to increase vitality, coordination, and achieve overall improved well-being. It is gentle and can be done seated, lying or standing and provides people with a better sense of their bodies. It can provide empowerment and improvement in physical activities providing newfound confidence in one’s own ability to heal. For more information on the Feldenkrais method please check the following website

Next will be a cooking demonstration by Just Eat Plants. They focus on the importance of nutrition and its impact on cancer. They have presented at conferences and workshops to GPs and other health professionals on evidence-based nutrition which can improve overall health and increase energy levels. There will be plenty of time for questions and these presenters will also provide our delicious lunch. For more information check

After lunch Cancer Care Centre volunteer counsellor Helene will present an interactive workshop ‘Happiness is an Inside Job’. Helene explains some basic happiness principles and explores the Happiness Continuum which outlines the different ‘types’ or levels of happiness. She also discusses the happiness set point, the genetic and learned tendency to remain at a particular happiness point over time. Helene will look at some of the 7 major areas that we can address to improve our own happiness: taking responsibility for your life, being aware of what we think, letting love lead, caring for your body, plugging into your spirit, living a life inspired by purpose and cultivating nourishing relationships. She will also explore the huge benefits of cultivating gratitude. To find out more about Helene’s workshop see

We will end the day with ‘The Joy of Singing’ session run by Kathy Pike. Kathy is a talented singer, songwriter, singing teacher and performer. The research on the health and wellbeing benefits of singing are overwhelming. Singing lowers cortisol, relieves stress and tension, increases endorphins and oxytocin, improves social cohesion, can be a powerful tool to enhance emotion focussed coping, strengthens immunity, improves breathing and stimulates the vagus nerve. If there was a pill that we could all pop that did even half of that – wouldn’t we all be popping it? Most of all singing is just plain fun. This session is sure to be just that – no pressure, no worry about performance anxiety – just enjoyment, laughter and group singing with no prior musical experience necessary. For more on Kathy see

Please join us for the day, enjoy the activities mentioned, plus meditations, lovely food and great company. Make this retreat part of your new year’s resolution to enjoy life, have more fun and find happiness and well being in every moment. See you there.
Come and Join us for some fun on Tuesday mornings 
We will be creating Seed Packets using different Printing Styles
Included are seeds for your garden! 
Book your place now!
Sponsored by Bunnings Warehouse

March is Colorectal
Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer is also known as Colon Cancer, is a type of cancer that affects the colon (large intestine) and rectum, which are part of the digestive system. It usually develops on the inner lining of the bowel and often is preceded with the growth of polys that can be malignant. Early detection and treatment can help cancer survival and prevent invasive cancer, and is the third most common cancer in Australia, it can affect both men and women, with the average age being 69 years old.

Symptoms of colorectal cancer can include changes in bowel habits, such as diarrhea or constipation, blood in the stool, abdominal pain or cramping, and unintended weight loss. However, many people with colorectal cancer have no symptoms, especially in the early stages, which is why routine screening is recommended for people at average risk starting at age 50.

The cause is unknown but can be affected by lifestyle choices including:
  • Smoking
  • Excessive Alcohol use
  • Obesity
  • Low Fibre Diet
  • Lots of processed Meats
  • Not exercising
Cancer Screening tests are important to help detect Colon Cancer when there are not any signs or symptoms This includes Complete Blood Testing, Occult Stool sample testing, (this test is conducted free of charge by the Aust Gov Dept of Health and Aging for people between 50 to 70 years of age.) And Colonoscopy (examination under anaesthetic of the colon by inserting a tube with a camera on the end into the colon.) Other tests are MRI, CT and PET scans.

Treatment options for colorectal cancer can vary depending on the stage of the cancer and other factors, but may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or a combination of these. The outlook for colorectal cancer can be good if it is caught early and treated promptly.

Complementary therapies are an important inclusion in treatment and help the client to feel more in control and included in the treatment program
  • Acupuncture can help relieve side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • Meditation and relaxation can help clients relax and focus, therefore helping sleep, decision making and pain reduction
  • Include a Healthy Diet to improve nutrition and bowel function which helps to aid recovery and wound healing
  • Counselling can help people discuss their concerns and find strategies to assist people cope better.
  • Support groups provide the opportunity to meet people in similar situations and talk through related topics.
  • Gentle exercise can improve circulation and help to improve peoples mood
Bowel Cancer Australia ( can provide practical and emotional support.

The Cancer Care Centre offers many of these therapies on a sessional or group basis. Please get in touch with us to find out more about our services.
Resources: Cancer Council Australia;;Bowel Cancer Australia
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