Vivir la Vida a pesar del Cáncer

La Coalición Nacional para la Supervivencia del Cáncer (The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorshp) define a un sobreviviente de cáncer como cualquier individuo que ha sido diagnosticado con cáncer – desde el momento del descubrimiento y por el resto de la vida. La combinación de los esfuerzos de prevención actuales, detección temprana y los avances en el tratamiento del cáncer significa que muchas personas vivan durante años después de un diagnóstico de cáncer. Los sobrevivientes – más de 10 millones de ellos en los Estados Unidos – están viviendo vidas más largas, más saludables y más plenas.

Las personas pueden pensar que la vida debe volver a la “normalidad” una vez finalizado el tratamiento. Pero ¿qué es normal después del tratamiento para el cáncer? Los primero meses después del tratamiento son una época de cambio y un tiempo para comprender lo que es normal para usted ahora. Usted puede no sentirse exactamente como se sentía antes de su diagnóstico pero los cambios en la dieta, ejercicio y apoyo pueden ayudar a su recuperación.

El Centro de Bienestar del CTRC (CTRC Wellness Center)Centro de Bienestar del CTRC (CTRC Wellness Center) ofrece una variedad de programas que van desde la reducción del estrés hasta clases de cocina saludable para ayudar a su recuperación.

Conferencia sobre Supervivencia y Mejora - Se invita a los sobrevivientes de cáncer y cuidadores a pasar un relajante fin de semana aprendiendo nuevas formas para promover, la salud y el bienestar. Los participantes comparten fuerza, humor y sabiduría descubriendo maneras de retomar el control, disminuir sentimientos de soledad y restaurar la esperanza. Cualquier persona afectada por el cáncer es bienvenido a asistir. Para obtener más información llame al 210-450-5574.

Here are some testimonials about previous Surviving & Thriving retreats.

“The event gives us courage to keep on going.”

“It gave me my fighting spirit back.” 

“We had such a wonderful time and still can’t help talk about it to whomever will listen. We learned so very much and enjoyed ourselves even more.”

“The workshops, the energy and the friendships were very healing.”

The Surviving and Thriving Retreat is a special event where cancer survivors and caregivers can get away from the pressure and stress of every day life to gain new skills and knowledge to enhance their quality of life.

At the retreat, survivors celebrate life through a variety of workshops, lectures and group activities that promote health & wellness, support, and laughter. Attendees come away feeling empowered and renewed.

Topics span a wide range of subjects. Attendees come away with increased knowledge about long-term side effects, psychosocial adjustment, nutrition support, health & beauty, and the numerous other aspects of cancer survivorship. Caregivers learn that they are not alone with their challenges and are given tools to optimize the relationship with their loved-one.

The weekend also provides an opportunity to share your insights with other people who have experienced what you are going through.

Approximately 75 adult cancer survivors and caregivers from throughout the United States are expected to be in attendance for this year's event which is scheduled for May 4 - 6, 2012 at the John Newcombe Conference Center in New Braunfels Texas. New Braunfels rests deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Founded in 1845 by German settlers, New Braunfels is over-flowing with old world heritage and small town Texas charm. The theme for the weekend is "Songs of Survivorship".

Kevin Sharp
Kevin Sharp

As an Award winning vocalist, entertainer, cancer survivor and now one of the country's top speakers, Kevin has seen and done it all.

Kevin Sharp grew up in Weiser, Idaho in a musical family of seven children. Between farm chores and running the local diner, the family would sing at area church functions. They moved to Sacramento, California as Kevin was entering his second year of high school. A gifted athlete who excelled in several sports, Kevin began experiencing fatigue and unexplained pain that was later diagnosed as a rare form of bone cancer (Ewings Sarcoma) that had spread to his lungs.

To everyone's surprise, Kevin went into remission in 1991. He has never forgotten the generosity of the Make A Wish Foundation, and currently acts as a national spokesperson for the group. He was also honored with the prestigious "Wishgranter of the Year Award", which singled him out for the devotion, dedication and inspiration he provides the children. To date, Kevin is the only wish child to become the wish request of other wish kids, making his wish experience come full circle.

Leslie Mouton
Leslie Mouton

Leslie is an inspirational motivational speaker and has touched lives all across the country. Leslie is an anchor and reporter at KSAT-12 in San Antonio, Texas. She has covered many stories during her career, but in October 2000 she began reporting on the most important story of her life. Her own.

At the age of 35, she discovered a lump in her left breast during a monthly self-exam. That lump turned out to be cancer. Rather than hide and wallow in self-pity, she decided to confront her cancer with cameras close behind. Her entire battle, on tape, for the public to see. Surgery, chemotherapy, hair loss, radiation - a private battle - made public in hopes of helping other women.

She is a volunteer for American Cancer Society and a board member of WINGS, a non-profit group dedicated to providing care to women with breast cancer who don't have insurance. . Leslie's family, Air Force pilot, Major Tony "Maddog" Mattox, and daughter Nicole, have been, and continue to be, her strength and support through her battle with cancer.

The John Newcombe Conference Center is a peaceful retreat center near New Braunfels in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Guests enjoy the serenity and fresh air of the country setting. The environment offers walking trails, low intensity outdoor adventures, a swimming pool and tranquil surroundings. All guests have access to the tennis courts, pool and Jacuzzi.

The retreat features various activities such as creativity workshops, massage, yoga and meditation that focus on your mental, physical and spiritual well being, helping to boost your recovery from the impact of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Tentative Agenda
Surviving & Thriving: Songs of Survivorship
May 4-6, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

  • 4:00 – 6:00 PM - Arrival & Check-in

  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM - Dinner

  • 7:00 – 7:15 PM: Welcome – Dr. Ian Thompson

  • 7:15 – 7:30 PM: Introductions and Housekeeping – Mary Jackson, MSN, OCN

  • 7:30 – 9:00 PM: Team Formation and Ice Breaker

  • 9:00 – 10:00PM: Acquiesce - Live Musical Performance

Saturday, May 5, 2012

  • 8:30 – 9:00 AM: Morning Meditation – Karri Zumwalt, PsyD.

  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM: Breakfast

  • 10:00 – 11:00 AM: A Survivor's Story - Leslie Mouton

  • 11:00 – 11:30 AM: Group Picture

  • 11:30 – 1:30 PM: Meet the Social Worker – Lupita Martinez, LMSW, MBA, OSW-C

  • 11:30 – 12:30 PM: Lunch

  • 1:30 – 2:30 PM:

    • Option A: Gentle Yoga – Kathy Verstegen

    • Option B: Symptom Management - TBA

  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM:

    • Option A: Caregiver Support –Karri Zumwalt, PsyD. & Jenny Gonzales, LCSW

    • Option B: Tai Chi – Sharon Milford

  • 4:15 – 7:15 PM: Photo Booth

  • 5:30 –6:30 PM: Dinner

  • 7:30 – 9:00 PM: Songs of Survivorship - Kevin Sharp

  • 9:00 - ?: Karaoke at the Billabong Lounge

Sunday, May 6, 2012

  • 7:30 – 8:00 AM Morning Walk – Maria Zeitz, MSN, LPC

  • 8:00 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast

  • 9:00 – 9:30 AM: Sunday Service - Chaplain Darwin Huartson

  • 10:00 – 11:00 AM:

    • Option A: Zumba Gold - Annette Martinez

    • Option B: Finding Joy after Cancer– Chaplain Darwin Huartson

  • 11:30 – 12:30 PM: Lunch

  • 12:30– 1:30 PM:

    • Option A: Art Class with Journaling – Jenny Hartsell, RN

    • Option B: Nutrition Class with Cooking Demo – Jenny Guerra, LD, RD, CSON

  • 2:00 - 3:00: - Closing Ceremony

Ongoing throught the weekend:
Massage & Reiki - By Appointment

  • Saturday 11-4pm
  • Sunday 10-2pm
Team Activities


Registration for the 2012 Surviving & Thriving is currently closed. If you are interested in being placed on a waiting list contact Mary Jackson at 210-450-5574.

  • Payment in full is required for online registration:
    $150.00 if registration is received by April 4, 2012.
    $175.00 if registration is received after April 4, 2012

  • Payments can be paid online with a credit card or mail payment to:
    Patients & Family Services - MC 8201
    7979 Wurzbach Road
    San Antonio, Texas 78229
Surviving & Thriving 2012 Registration Form
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  • A limited number of scholarships will be awarded based on availability and financial need.

  • The amount of assistance provided will be determined using Federal Poverty Guidelines.

  • You will need to provide a completed scholarship application along with proof of family income.

For more information please contact Mary Jackson at (210) 450-5574.


A $150 donation (or any amount you are able to give) provides a deserving cancer patient with the opportunity to attend this year's Surviving & Thriving Conference. Your tax-deductible gift will provide a weekend of hope and healing. Donations accepted online at :

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"Thank you for helping me get up when I have fallen down. You appeared in my life when I needed it most."

"Surviving & Thriving is like a Make-A-Wish for adults. I will now refer to the CTRC staff, volunteers and the retreat as Give-A-Smile, because that is what it does."

"The conference gets better with each passing year. It's so nice to be with people who understand where you've been and who treat you like you are normal, not like some pariah. Cancer scares people even though they know it's not contagious."

We would like to thank the following organizations for their support to this years Surviving & Thriving Conference.

Minnie Stevens Piper


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