Archive for the ‘Health and Wellness’ Category

Let’s Exercise Our Choices

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

As I’m sure you can imagine, I was totally surprised to discover in my research that, according to HealthDay News, a new study reveals that female cancer survivors are more likely to smoke and have other unhealthy behaviors than women who have never had cancer.

In the study, researchers compared nearly 20,000 women age 35 and older with no history of cancer to more than 2,700 female cancer survivors. Both groups were undergoing mammography screening for breast cancer.  The cancer survivors aged 30 to 49 had higher rates of smoking than women with no cancer history. Cancer survivors were also less likely to engage in strenuous exercise, and were more likely to rate their health as “poor.” (more…)

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Renewal: Spring Is Here

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Welcome again guest blogger Carolyn Newman, breast cancer survivor, lymphedema aficionado and ultimate warrior. Take it away Carolyn!

It has been almost 5 years since radiation. After 6 months of Chemotherapy and a 13-hour double Mastectomy with Tram Flap Reconstruction, I recall being disheartened by the thought of having to have radiation and even more upset that the doctors gave me little choice. Somehow, I thought I would escape it.

Never the less, I completed radiation on March 21, 2007, the first day of spring. A time for renewal.
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The Road to Wellness Is Inside

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Welcome new blogger, Lexi  Soulios, Outreach Coordinator for Jeans Cream.  Lexi’s blog is a great follow up to my post as guest blogger on the Jeans Cream site on “The Three Factors that Enable a Woman to Thrive”. Jeans Cream was originally formulated as a radiation burn cream to protect and heal the skin from radiation side effects during radiation therapy. It is now the preferred radiation cream of doctors, nurses and patients around the country.

When we feel centered and connected to ourselves, it is much easier to navigate the complexities of our lives. It is much simpler to know what action is right for us, what we need to do in order to live in health and wellness. While working with the Jeans Cream community over the last decade, we have found something very important to be true: No one path is right for everyone. And the women who seem to do the best both during treatment and moving into their lives post-treatment, are the ones who follow their own knowing about what is right for them. (more…)

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Does Milk Really Do a Body Good?

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Today I was reminded of how much the media play a role in influencing our decisions and lifestyles. We rely on the media to tell us what is good and what is bad for us; and we typically subscribe to whatever we see, and hear, over and over and over again.  

We buy into the “story.” We believe it and we live it.  It doesn’t matter if it’s food, politics, clothes or even some performance-enhancing drug that claims to makes those intimate moments — or hours, I guess you could say — way better. We buy into it, believing what we’re being told rather than doing our own due diligence. 

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Welcome to Breast Cancer Partner!

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Breast Cancer Partner focuses on breast cancer recovery through health and wellness. We promote holistic solutions as a means to help you overcome potential obstacles to recovery. Our aim is to help shepherd you through the recovery process by providing information, resources, and tools to help you effectively deal with life post treatment.

The Breast Cancer Partner website helps you navigate through life after breast cancer in order to recover from treatment, restore your life back to its “new” normal, and reenergize to live strong and healthy.

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To Group or Not to Group

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Last night I participated in my first official group- therapy session at the local Gilda’s Club. It is named for Gilda Radner, an original cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” and is an amazing organization that provides an emotional and social support community that complements medical treatment. Anyone can attend — men, women, teens and children who are living with all types of cancer — along with their families and friends.

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Beautiful Ladies

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Yesterday, I was invited to the home of my dear friend, Pat San Pedro. She is a breast-cancer survivor and she definitely lives up to the name she coined her new business, Positively Pat. We were introduced by a mutual friend and had an instant connection — not because we are both survivors, but because we are kindred spirits in how we approach our lives, living now with a common purpose.

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I Can See Clearly Now

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

No one ever told me that life after breast cancer would be more difficult than actually going through treatment – at least for me. I thought that once I was done with treatment I could pick up my life where I left off before my diagnosis.

No such luck.

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Mind, Body, Spirit Connection

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

For quite a while now I have been feeling the need to get away and take a beak. After all, I’ve been on a roll for that past year and a half and even though I took some time off while I was going through breast cancer treatment, well needless to say, that was no vacation. So, I’ve been thinking about to some out of the way location to contemplate my future as it relates to my work, my life and everything around it and be clear about a path and direction going forward.  I’ve been struggling with not only trying to find more consulting work in this economy but whether or not I want to continue to do what I’ve been doing for the past 10 years or so until I retire, whenever the heck that is. 

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Celebrating My Journey

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

The four words I thought I would never hear cross my lips were “I am a survivor”, but in May of 2008 I was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer.  To say that it was a shock to me is an understatement.  I have always been physically active and fit, and although not perfect, I was always mindful about my eating habits.  I did all the right things, at least it seemed that way so why me?

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