Thriving in the Face of Cancer: A Ten-Session
Online Skills-Training Course
The Seven Pillars of Personal Recovery™
What is it?
A proven method to not only take your life back from cancer, but to
actually thrive. Based on The Seven Pillars of Personal Recovery™, this
ten-session, online, coping skills training course is designed to help
Improve your quality of life by becoming an empowered patient or
Feel Better physically, mentally emotionally and spiritually
Integrate powerful self-care practices into your daily life
Connect to a community of patients and caregivers dedicated to
living fully in the face of cancer… all from the comfort of your
How does it work?
The program gives you a new set of powerful skills for taking control of
your cancer journey. You and eleven other patients and/ or caregivers
come together in Online Training Groups via phone or video conference
(your choice) and are guided through a 10-session skills training course
by a specially trained Pillar Guide. THIS IS NOT A SUPPORT GROUP. Each
session is one hour and fifteen minutes and is a highly structured,
solution focused, psycho-educational experience that teaches concrete
tools for living fully in the presence of illness and fostering a sense
of inner peace in the midst of a crisis.
How do we know it works?
Thousands of patients have told us it works and a 2008 study at The Duke
Comprehensive Cancer Center validated what patients were saying.
Patients in the Duke Study, who were taught the tools of The Seven
Pillars of Personal Recovery™ curriculum, perceived their
quality-of-life as improved across a range of symptoms including
distress, despair, helplessness, hopelessness and fatigue – in spite of
the fact that their disease was progressing. Pillars4Life takes the same
standardized curriculum from the Duke Study and teaches it in Online
Training Groups, giving patients and their family caregivers the added
benefit of broadening their network of support while learning the
transformational tools of the program.
What do you need?
You have the option of joining the skills-training course one of two
TELECONFERENCE: If you choose to join by phone, you
will need a telephone (landline or cell phone with sufficient minutes).
VIDEO CONFERENCE If you choose to join by video
conference, you will need a computer, a built-in or external web camera
(optional) and high-speed internet access. You will also need a
telephone (landline or cell phone with sufficient minutes).
When does the course start?
The Next Course Begins: Monday, July 1, 2013. We will meet for 10 weeks:
5:30–6:45 pm, Monday: 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12 and Tuesday:
8/27, 9/3, 9/10. Download the
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.