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Cancer Services

Cancer Services provides compassionate cancer patient support programs, and promotes healthier living through cancer prevention education at schools, worksites and other locations, specializing in tobacco use treatment for a smoke-free community. Cancer Services also provides weekly gentle yoga classes and low-impact Zumba classes for cancer survivors and caregivers free of charge.

Chippewa Nature Center

CNC features over 15 miles of trails, 1400 acres, nature walks, field trips, workshops, school and scout programs and Nature Day Camp and a Nature Preschool, all to inspire people and institutions to protect the natural world.

Friends of Pere Marquette

The Pere Marquette rail trail stretches over 30 miles from Midland to Clare and is enjoyed by bikers, runners, walkers and skaters both for recreation and transportation. Visit us on Facebook at

Midland Community Center

Provides affordable and quality recreational, social, and personal development opportunities for all ages including classes, leagues, fun runs, and individual recreation opportunities.

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Midland Community Tennis Center

Michigan's largest tennis facility with 16 indoor/ 16 outdoor tennis courts. Great programming for all ages and levels. Learn to play tennis in just one hour.

MidMichigan Health

MidMichigan Health offers a variety of exercise and recreation programs to help you manage a medical condition or just live a healthier lifestyle.  Visit and click on Support Services. Here you will learn more about MidMichigan’s fitness programs, nutrition counseling, wellness coaching, and support groups. There are also health calculators to help manage and monitor your health. We also offer a variety of classes and health screenings. Visit to browse our offerings and sign up.


ReallyBeThere is dedicated to helping enable anyone, young or old, to actively engage in life with enthusiasm, energy, and confidence to achieve and sustain a healthy and balanced sense of well-being. ReallyBeThere offers ChiRunning and ChiWalking classes and coaching, so you can learn how to run and walk more energy efficiently and injury-free.


Jan Hopes Her Stop-Smoking Success Encourages Others

When you’ve worked all your adult life and find out your job is no longer there, it can be a bit stressful.  That’s what 55 year old Jan Blenkhorn found out earlier this year.  “I knew that my discretionary income was going to be less, I wasn’t getting any younger, and it just felt like the right time to finally quit smoking,” Jan explained as she talked about making the decision to end her pack and a half per day habit.  Having heard that Cancer Services had nicotine addiction treatment specialists who help motivated people stop using tobacco, Jan made her first appointment in May.  Knowing her plan to quit was going to be a challenge, “I figured it just made sense to get to some assistance from an experienced professional if I was going to give myself the best chance to succeed.”  


Jan was realistic about the full plate of stressful circumstances she was dealing with in her life.  She had to make decisions about whether to look for another job or start drawing retirement, her basement had flooded and furniture had to be replaced, the effects of aging were starting to be bothersome, and it was all emotionally draining.  However, with her new realities, Jan made up her mind she wouldn’t be deterred by the potential stumbling blocks she faced.  She said, “I know I can do this if I just stay focused.”

Most people who ultimately quit smoking have tried a number of times before they found the right strategies, but Jan had never really tried.  “Many of my friends were smokers and I didn’t seem to have many side effects from smoking, so I decided it was not something I’d worry about.”  This time was different though.  “I was just tired of it, the smell was getting more bothersome, and I didn’t like what it was costing me every month.”

So after seven coaching sessions and three months on nicotine patches and a few mint lozenges, Jan is a committed non-smoker.  “On October 13 I hit my four month mark.   Although I like to say 150 days, because it sounds longer!”    Jan does still have an occasional has urge to smoke, but she knows she doesn’t want to have to go through the quitting process again.   The thought of disappointing her Mom, and the supportive friends who have seen her through is a big deterrent.  And, she’s rather enjoyed being able to breathe easier and having more money in her pocket.

Jan wants people to know that there is help out there to get tobacco out of your life.  Telephone quitlines, internet sites, and self-help books are a few of the ways.  She’s just glad Cancer Services was there to help her make a plan, figure out ways to handle the difficulties, and to receive lots of encouragement along the way.

Written by Susan Dusseau

Susan Dusseau is the Director of Cancer Services and Coordinator of the Midland County Tobacco Reduction Coalition and is a long-time advocate for healthy living.  She is married to Terry, Mom to a son and daughter, and became a first time Grandmother in January.

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