Shannon Miller to Speak at Celebrating the Art of Healing

Tulsa, Okla. (Feb. 4, 2015) — The 11th annual Celebrating the Art of Healing cancer survivor symposium, titled "Finding Balance in 2015," will be Saturday, March 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John Medical Center. The symposium is open to cancer survivors and the families, friends and medical professionals who care for them.

Seven-time Olympic medalist and Oklahoma native Shannon Miller will give the keynote address. In 2011, she was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer that typically strikes women in their teens and early 20s. At Celebrating the Art of Healing, Miller will share her personal experiences as an Olympic champion, cancer survivor and wellness expert, with an emphasis on finding balance between mind, body and spirit during the cancer journey.

"I like to highlight the lessons I learned through sport that helped me in my journey," Miller said. "Whether it's goal setting, making sure you have a supportive team or identifying your new normal, these lessons are things that anyone can lean on during those difficult times. No matter where you are in your journey, it's important to know that you are not alone."

The symposium will also feature breakout sessions on a variety of topics, including fitness and nutrition, personal narrative, laughter yoga, relaxation, intimacy after treatment, guided imagery and more, led by local professionals. A complimentary lunch will be provided.

"Celebrating the Art of Healing is a day of hope for cancer survivors, caregivers and professionals that promotes healthy behaviors and highlights activities that enrich the quality of life for those who face the challenges of cancer," said committee member Jolene Sanditen-Stephens. "The symposium, now in its 11th year, allows participants to gain inspiration and participate in educational and inspirational workshops."

Celebrating the Art of Healing is sponsored by St. John Health System, Saint Francis Hospice, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The symposium is free, but space is limited. To register or for more information, please call the St. John PulseLine at 918-744-0123.

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