“Stress and your Breath: the Ultimate Balance” will be presented by Licensed Psychologist Ken Fogal at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Support Group on Thursday, July 19, from 12 to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s Clinic Conference Room.
“Unhealthy levels of stress come in many guises,” said Fogal. “You may have to take care of a chronically ill person. You may be stressed from being in constant pain. Marriage or family problems, and financial difficulties can generate stress. Severe stress can cause damage to our bodies in many ways.” Fogal plans to discuss the dangers of chronic stress and benefits of relaxation techniques. He will also lead the group in practicing specific techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing, autogenic relaxation, meditation and visualization.
Fogal has 30 years’ experience with 26 years at CRMC providing individual, marital and family counseling. He specializes in working with anxiety and depression as well as anger management and abuse/trauma issues. He has expertise in working with parenting issues and behavioral issues with children and adolescent issues. He also has extensive study and experience in Mind-Body Medicine and holistic health practices to help individuals take a more active role in their health care. A graduate of Minnesota State University-Mankato, Ken holds a Master’s degree in counseling psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in theology and philosophy from St. Mary’s College in Winona.
People who are newly diagnosed with cancer, undergoing treatment or post treatment and their significant others are invited to attend. The group is an opportunity to share experiences and support one another, to listen and learn. Registration is not required and there is no cost to attend. A complimentary lunch is provided. For more information, call 218-546-4319 or 218-546-4302.