Posts Tagged ‘stress’

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]

Working on Grief and Loss

Posted on July 3rd, 2013 | 3 Comments

Going through a cancer diagnosis and treatment or caring for someone dealing with cancer will stir up feelings of grief and loss. Dealing with the loss of parts of the body, loss of health, being away from work or family, contemplating the loss of your life or anticipating and facing the loss of life 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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Traveling with Cancer

Posted on August 1st, 2012 | 3 Comments

A cancer diagnosis appears to alter your life and your thinking. A stop sign immediately appears. Fear creeps into your soul. Suddenly you’re embarking on a new journey, a journey through cancer. Certainly not a venture you planned and not one that will satisfy your travel desires. Many questions arise. First and foremost, can I… [Read More]

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“I got bad news today. I started to panic and then I reminded myself, ‘breathe: Just breathe.” What is breath awareness? It is bringing your mind to focus on your breathing, as you breathe in and as you breathe out.  It is the simplest and most important technique you can learn to quiet your body… [Read More]

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