By Lisa Simms Booth and Thelma D. Jones

Are you interested in learning more about the true meaning of healing and the importance of community for cancer patients?   If so, join the Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund (TDJBCF) for the fifth consecutive year for an evening with Smith Center for Healing and the Arts on Wednesday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m.  You can join via Zoom or the TDJBCF Facebook page.  The Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, a nonprofit health, education, and arts organization located in the heart of U Street NW, focuses on whole person care and is a leader in the nationwide movement to promote the use of the arts in healing. The Smith Center’s mission is to develop and promote healing practices that explore physical, emotional, and mental wellness and lead to life-affirming changes. 

Back by popular demand, the support group meeting will be emceed by Lisa Simms Booth, Executive Director of the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.  During the meeting, Booth will lead a robust conversation with Smith Center colleagues Erin Price, the Young Adult & Psychosocial Support Program Director and Kiersten Gallagher, the Cancer Support Program Director, along with Laura Pole from CancerChoices. You’ll hear about the true meaning of healing and the power of the 7 Healing Practices which can be pathways to restoring your mind, body and spirit during cancer.  CancerChoices’ mission is to reduce suffering and support healing and resilience among people with cancer. CancerChoices seeks to help people make skillful choices in conventional care, complementary care, and self-care.  The 7 Healing Practices include Exploring What Matters Now, Eating Well, Moving More, Managing Stress, Sleeping Well, Creating a Healing Environment, and Sharing Love and Support. This evening will focus on providing hands-on information that you can use to improve your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. 

This conversation is rooted in the Smith Center’s philosophy that healing is a natural and often deeply personal process that encompasses the entire spectrum of our lives – physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual. The Smith Center believes that every individual possesses the innate powers to heal within. 

So, mark your calendar and join us for another exciting evening in learning more about cancer programs, patient navigation, and arts and healing — something we can all benefit from after experiencing the shutdown of our nation from the pandemic.

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