Although sitting still in meditation can be challenging for all of us some of the time, some people find sitting still to be intolerable most of the time. They want to move! Walking meditation or mindful walking might just be the activity to satisfy the equanimous strivings of more energetic souls. What is it? There… [Read More]
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A supportive cancer care resource that provides tips from experts, inspirational stories and a forum for connecting with patients and their loved ones.
For many of us, the RRSP contribution we make every year is viewed mainly as a way to reduce taxes payable, without a great deal of focus on what will be done with it in the future. With an aging population, the focus is beginning to shift to turning those years of savings into an… [Read More]
Recently I was at a meeting with other social workers and someone said “Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits turns down everyone when they apply, and only those who appeal actually get accepted”. I’ve heard this comment said many times over the years, and in fact many members coming to Wellspring Money Matters have said it… [Read More]
One of the biggest fears that you may face when planning your return to work is being able to perform your duties at the same levels as before your diagnosis. This concern might stem from many factors, including physical fatigue or “chemo brain” (also called “brain fog”) which is a term used to describe cognitive… [Read More]
Posted on November 28th, 2012 | 0 Comments
For Financial Literacy Month, RBC Foundation wrote an article highlighting the financial issues facing cancer patients. For many people diagnosed with cancer, financial worries go hand-in-hand with the diagnosis. RBC Foundation is one of the longest standing Wellspring supporters, having made their first donation to Wellspring in 1992. Recently RBC Foundation exceeded the $1-million mark… [Read More]
What is Mindfulness Meditation? All of us who teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) have trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of the program. MBSR is grounded in research – which means that many, many studies have taken place over 25 years – to bring evidence and prove effectiveness. Prior to this of course, Mindfulness has… [Read More]
I’m trying to imagine a person with little to no yoga experience today looking for a studio or teacher. I also imagine that in the early stages of post cancer treatment, there are many physical changes one has to adjust to. We know that movement and relaxation can contribute to physical and mental well being…. [Read More]
As a physiotherapist and leader of Wellsprings’ exercise program, I have the privilege of training many women who are breast cancer survivors. Consistently, joint and muscle pain is reported by many of our participants, particularly post-menopausal women on hormone therapy. So, what’s going on??? Are you one of the many women experiencing muscle, joint, or… [Read More]
Posted on October 2nd, 2012 | 2 Comments
In the course of my research, I’ve asked men with a variety of cancers to consider what they learned from their experience and what advice they would give to other men recently diagnosed. Here are some of their responses*: 1. What you are feeling is normal: “You are not alone” – Earl, 56 “Everything… [Read More]