Posts from ‘Tools to Cope’

Patients with metastatic cancer (also called advanced cancer) often have heightened health and wellness challenges, long-term engagement with the medical system, and uncertainties about the future.  Wellspring offers a support group program for patients living with advanced disease where they can share their stories, challenges and questions in a safe and confidential setting. The Advanced… [Read More]

“I’m on Long Term Disability and my income is only 65% of when I was working. My expenses are way beyond my monthly income. I’m having trouble meeting my mortgage payments. Should I use my RRSPs to try and get by financially? Is this a good option?What other options should I consider?” Many people with… [Read More]

Getting ready for Tax Time

Posted on February 10th, 2014 | 2 Comments

It’s tax time again, and many cancer patients have extra medical costs that could be used as a tax credit. On your annual income tax, there is the Medical Expenses Tax Credit. For the 2013 tax year, the credit is $2,152 or three percent of your net income – whichever is less. So if your… [Read More]

Your New Job: Caregiver for Your Loved One

Posted on February 10th, 2014 | 1 Comment

“So here you are.  A caregiver.  This big, new job you just got – the one you never applied for, the one you never really wanted – is challenging, intense, and probably overwhelming.  But you can do a great deal to help your loved one get the best care possible.  And you are probably very… [Read More]

The Wonderful Benefits of Meditation

Posted on December 6th, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Tony Murdock, MA Tony Murdock has been teaching classes and workshops in meditation and stress reduction at Wellspring since 2007. Meditation is the art of calming the mind and focusing it on an object. In its simplest application, it can be used for relaxation and stress reduction, and bring us to an awareness of… [Read More]

(Re)treating yourself

Posted on June 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment

Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment or providing care for someone with cancer can require that you re-fill yourself with energy as you need to along this journey. Periodically, as a caregiver, I need to get away on my own; to walk in nature, write, read, and quietly introspect.  I am aware, however, that… [Read More]

Mindful Walking – Part #2

Posted on May 29th, 2013 | 0 Comments

  A more formal approach to mindful walking entails deep focus and very slow movement of the feet in coordination with the breath and within a small area of space (see Mindful Walking Part #1). An informal approach can occur as part of your daily walk and at a normal pace. To begin say with… [Read More]

“Shared joy is double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow” – Swedish Proverb As a Social Psychologist, I have always been interested in the working dynamics of groups. Humans, by their very nature, are social animals. Our interactivity and sharing help amplify our pleasures and divide our distress. During crisis and chronic stress, support… [Read More]

Exercise

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]

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Bringing Mindful Meditation Into Your Life

Posted on November 15th, 2012 | 0 Comments

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]