Make it a great day!

A new program in honor of TETWP volunteer Edie Gibson (left) called “Make It A Great Day!” has been launched to aid women battling breast cancer.


New program to aid women through WellBeing Connection

Cattlemen’s Days Tough Enough To Wear Pink (TETWP) has announced a new program called “Make It A Great Day!” The program will help Gunnison Valley residents who are diagnosed with breast cancer by providing coupons for them to utilize the integrative therapy services of the WellBeing Connection.

When TETWP’s good friend and volunteer Edie Gibson was diagnosed with breast cancer and endured a double mastectomy, the organization wanted to honor her by creating this program. Gibson has always said “Make It A Great Day” on her voice messages and e-mails and TETWP believes in sending this positive message to the community. TETWP has pledged $3,600 to get this program started.

The WellBeing Connection is a program in conjunction with Gunnison Valley Hospital and consists of practitioners, teachers, physicians, nurses, therapists, acupuncturists, nutritionists, counselors, pastors, intuitives, coaches, trainers, artists, dancers, green builders and adventure guides who have come together with the intention of expanding the awareness of the array of wellbeing support here in the Gunnison Valley.

“Make It A Great Day” TETWP coupons will be provided to breast cancer patients through their health care providers or the WellBeing Connection. The many therapies offered such as reiki, massage, acupuncture, light therapy and nutrition have been proven to help cancer patients stay strong mentally and physically while they are going through their surgeries and treatments.

Research findings show that integrative therapies can help to boost the immune system, reduce pain and help patients stay strong:

  • There is substantial evidence that acupuncture can help to manage treatment-related nausea and vomiting in cancer patients.
  • Studies suggest that massage therapy may help to relieve symptoms experienced by people with cancer, such as pain, nausea, anxiety, and depression.
  • There is evidence that mindfulness-based stress reduction, a type of meditation training, can help cancer patients relieve anxiety, stress, fatigue, and general mood and sleep disturbances, thus improving their quality of life.
  • Preliminary evidence indicates that yoga may help to improve anxiety, depression, distress, and stress in people with cancer. It also may help to lessen fatigue in breast cancer patients and survivors.
  • Various studies suggest possible benefits of hypnosis, relaxation therapies, and biofeedback to help patients manage cancer symptoms and treatment side effects.

The goal of Cattlemen’s Days TETWP in conjunction with The WellBeing Connection and Gunnison Valley Health is to take excellent care of our Gunnison Valley locals when they are diagnosed with cancer.

For more information contact Terry Bonney at 970.596.5716 or Heidi Sherratt at 970.209.6332.

Published Gunnison Country Times
Dec. 1, 2016