December 2015

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A team of Bosom Pals will be walking for ESCA in this years Escalade event on Friday 4 December.  Although it's too late to register to take part this year you can still cheer them on and enjoy the amazing atmosphere and celebrations in the old town at the same time.

Mark your diaries for the ESCA Christmas Social event on Wednesday 2 December.   Meet other ESCA members and guests and socialise whilst enjoying Christmas drinks and refreshments.  Everyone is welcome, no need to sign up.
Finally, remember that further details and much more information about all of ESCA's activities can  be found on our website  at
Dates to Remember

Friday 27 November
Another Special Bosom Pals Coffee
10:00 - 12:000
Drop in Centre

Wednesday 2 December
Christmas Social
From 19:30
YWCA, Grand Saconnex

Friday 4 December
BP Escalade Walk

Thursday 17 December
Christmas Book Sale
11:00 - 14:00

Friday 15 January
Next Open House
10:00 - 12:00
Drop in Centre
A Special BP Coffee
 this friday!

Friday 27 November
10:00 - 12:00
Drop in Centre

next coffee
Friday 29 January 2016
The final Bosom Pals Coffee of 2015 will feature a very interesting presentation given by ESCA member Hannah Amiry.

Hannah was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2014 and underwent a series of treatments, including chemotherapy. 

After her treatment she was invited by the HUG to attend their "Restons Femmes!" event to talk to women undergoing cancer treatments about wearing headscarves.  

The HUG's well-being event was such a positive experience that Hannah wanted to continue offering this service to ladies undergoing chemotherapy.  She will offer information from a patient perspective, on head coverings and self image during cancer treatments with a selection of scarves, hats and wigs

The Christmas Book / DVD Sale

Thursday 17 December
11:00 - 14:00
Ecumenical Centre Foyer

Please note that on this occasion, as well as books and DVDs we will be selling baked goodsChristmas stocking-fillers and Christmas decorations.  We would very much appreciate any baked goods - cakes, mince pies or biscuits that you could provide for the sale to tempt our buyers.  Please contact Jackie Hillman if you are willing to bake for us.  We look forward  to hopefully seeing many of you there to support this festive event.  
Library News
A new cookery book will be added to the shelves of section 3 (Food and Nutrition) in the ESCA library:
The Royal Marsden Cancer Cookbook : nutritious recipes for during and after cancer treatment to share with friends and family   edited by Clare Shaw  3 SHA (Food and Nutrition)
The editor has been consultant dietician in oncology at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust since 2004. The book is divided  into 3 sections –the first is an interesting discussion on the nutritional aspects of foods  in relation to cancer: what different treatments affect our bodies and so eating a healthy diet may become more difficult.  The second part gives  during-treatment meal recipes and the third is for recipes for after treatment. I find this separation very useful as reading unsuitable recipes for after treatment when one is feeling bad can be quite offputting.  
Gifted by grief: a true story of cancer, loss and rebirth by Jane Duncan Rogers  8 DUN  (grieving, bereavement, death)
The rawness of grief the author conveys when she has experienced the loss of her husband is real and devastating while at the same time enlightening.
She uses her vulnerability to show us a way to come to accept and even welcome grief; to emerge with a new sense of peace and understanding of who we are.
Irene Bertrand and Sandra Oakley  ESCA librarians 
Thinking of trying something different in the New Year?

We have a few spaces so why not come and have fun and get fit at the same time at our weekly gym classes?!  Mondays 18:30 - 19:30 at the International School Nations Campus (all members) and Thursday mornings 09:30 - 10:30 at Webster University in Bellevue, (breast cancer only).  Classes will resume mid January,  for more information contact Karin De Lamarter

Organisation Team for Paddle for Cancer 2016

September 3-4, 2016 will be the 10th anniversary of Paddle for Cancer at the Lac de Joux and we plan for it to be the most successful and exciting one yet. On November 18 an initial meeting was held to consider ideas for new events, competitions and surprises. There are already several teams working on concepts and a full team meeting is coming up in January. If you would like to attend the January meeting then please click here to sign up.


Like to find out more about what is planned and how you could help?  Please click here...

Ligue Genevoise Conference - brunch

If you speak french and are interested in keeping in contact with the Ligue genevoise and its activities, you may like to attend this and represent ESCA.


ESCA Drop-In Centre  is on the 3rd floor of the Lac wing in the Ecumenical Centre, 150 Route de Ferney in Grand-Saconnex. We are open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10.00-14.00.
Please feel free to drop in during those hours to borrow books from our lending library, to read some of the pamphlets there or just to have a coffee and a chat with the volunteer on duty.
Click here for directions to the drop-in centre.

ESCA wishes to make it clear that our newsletter is for information about ESCA activities and is not available for advertising by  complementary therapists or others.  We  encourage patients to consult their doctors before undertaking any therapies mentioned or discussed at any ESCA event. 

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