Mind & Body
‘Yoga for Every Body’
Jane Schaeffer from The Yoga Place will be instructing ‘Yoga for Every Body’ on Wednesday, May 9, from 1 to 3 p.m., for people with disabilities, their caregivers and allies at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington at 108 School Street. The class is sponsored by VCIL (Vermont Center for Independent Living). To register or request accommodations, contact Lynn Mazza at 802-442-1876 or [email protected]
Film Explores Mental Illness
Vermont Psychiatric Survivors will host a free screening of the documentary,’ ‘Crazywise,’ at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, at the Franklin Conference Center, 1 Scale Avenue, Rutland. Following the 82-minute film, there will be complimentary refreshments and a discussion with cast member Gogo Ekhaya. Reserve your free tickets by going to brownpapertickets.com. The film explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crises into positive transformative experiences. For details, call Wilda White at 802-779-8301 or email [email protected] Vermont Psychiatric Survivors is an independent, statewide mutual support and civil rights advocacy organization with a mission to end psychiatric coercion, oppression and discrimination through mutual support and advocacy.
Dorset Blood Drive
On Thursday, May 10, from 12 to 5 p.m., the American Red Cross is welcoming eligible donors to give blood at Long Trail School (LTS) in Dorset. Help the Red Cross fulfill its mission of ensuring the availability of a safe and reliable blood supply in our area. LTS students will assist you in registering and partaking in homemade refreshments following your donation. Each pint collected can save up to three patients in need. Signing up in advance will help the Red Cross send the right amount of staff for this event, sponsored by Long Trail School and the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert. Walk-in donors will be taken as soon as possible. Contact redcrossblood.org or 800-733-2767.
Grace Cottage Therapists Offer Lymphedema Therapy
If you are experiencing uncomfortable swelling in a limb after radiation, injury or surgery to remove a lymph node, you may be suffering from Lymphedema. Half of all breast cancer survivors must deal with it. It’s important to consult your medical provider because many things can cause swelling. If Lymphedema is your diagnosis, rest assured that help is available nearby. Lymphedema is chronic, and therapists trained to treat it are few and far between; the good news is that Grace Cottage has two of them on staff. Abby Abbott and Cindy Kenyon provide the gentle massage known as lymphatic drainage to their patients, and teach various techniques for living with the condition. To learn more, call 802-365-3637.