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Wednesday, January 29 2014

Another Good Reason to Get a Mammogram

Adapted from a Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) press release:

The Radiology/Imaging Department at Baystate Franklin Medical Center is offering free Reiki sessions to the first 10 women who call to schedule their first mammograms at BFMC before February 28, 2014.  The American Cancer Society recommends that women have a baseline mammogram at age 40, and follow up with yearly exams.  If you are a woman living in Franklin County, and you have never had a mammogram, you can sign up for your mammogram and be eligible for a free, one-hour, Reiki session.

The Reiki sessions are being funded by a grant from Rays of Hope – A Walk Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer, in partnership with Baystate Regional Cancer Program’s Comprehensive Breast Center. Rays of Hope raises funds for breast cancer research, programs, services, treatment, outreach, and education throughout western Massachusetts.

Reiki is described as a healing energy therapy which can help provide relaxation and energy; decrease pain or anxiety; and promote physical, mental, and emotional health.  Reiki is received through a series of light hand placements on the client’s fully clothed body.  Mary Blazejewski, RNC, RMP, a BFMC nurse who is also a Reiki master, explained, “We use Reiki to help clear and balance the energy pathways, thus allowing the body to heal itself in a healthy and natural way.”  Blazejewski is one of the practitioners who will be offering the free Reiki sessions.  The other participants are Reiki practitioners Laurie Batog, RMP, and Kate Wadleigh, RMP.

To be eligible for your Reiki session, you should first schedule your mammogram by calling BFMC’s Access Services at 413-773-2233; be sure to mention the promotion when you make your appointment.  As soon as you have your mammogram scheduled, call Mary Blazejewski, 413-774-9927, to schedule your Reiki session.  You will receive your Reiki voucher when you go for your mammogram appointment.  Remember, you must call to schedule your appointment by February 28th.