Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Cooking for Survivorship Class - Like Eating at a Five Star Restaurant

Nov 29, 2016

By Sue Drescher 

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What a spectacular day!  Thursday, November 10th, was our kickoff class for the Cooking for Survivorship class one of the Survive and Thrive classes held in collaboration with the Santa Clara Kaiser Cancer Care Center.  We had a class of six participants and were fortunate to have our class in the kitchen and dining room of the JW House ( which is located on the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara campus.  The JW House is a place which "keeps families together during medical crises by offering a welcoming home close to Silicon Valley hospitals and providing a caring and compassionate environment that inspires hope".

Our class started with an introductory talk by Anzonette Pittet, from our Kaiser Permanente Radiation Oncology office.  Anzonette spoke about the nutritional value of the menu we planned to prepare and the importance of cooking healthy foods as cancer survivors and people who seek to cook and eat the best food available.  We also emphasized the fun of cooking with our class while learning new skills and recipes to cook for our families and ourselves.

The menu for this kickoff class was Rosemary Chicken, Lemon Potatoes, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, and Glazed Salmon.  We enjoyed a Caprese-on-a-Stick appetizer of cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, basil leaves and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.  Everyone who joined this class got to prepare ingredients for our menu and to enjoy the lunch we made!  We also shared our food with patients, family, and staff at JW House.

Sue Drescher is our Chef Instructor for the Cooking for Survivorship class.  Sue has been cooking her whole life, since baking as a child with her German grandfather who was a pastry chef who came to New York as a young man.  Growing up in a family of nine, Sue cooked meals for the family and began cooking for other families as a babysitter, and eventually had a catering and event planning business, as well as planning events as part of her job in a number of corporations in San Jose.  Sue is a breast cancer survivor as well as a super foodie!  With many years of experience and cooking with chefs in the Bay Area, Sue hopes to bring fun and a spirit of celebration to our Cooking for Survivorship classes.

Our next cooking class will be on December 8th from 1pm – 3pm at the JW House in Santa Clara.  We encourage everyone who is interested to call our Health Education Department at 408-851-3800, to register for the class and bring a friend!!  We hope to continue these exciting classes and build upon our initial experiences by having more classes in 2017.

Thank you to JW House for hosting our class and the use of their kitchen, as well as their wonderful volunteer staff who helped.  Thank you, too, to Anzonette Pittet and Alicia Okoh, as well as Dr. Lee of Kaiser Permanente – our fabulous sponsors for this groundbreaking cooking program!

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