Posts Tagged ‘survivorship’

Written by Jordan Waldman, CHS Life insurance is an investment like no other. It is an investment to protect the financial future of the people around you so they are able to cover the financial burdens while missing a loved one that once supported them financially. When buying life insurance, people must understand that the… [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]

Mindful Walking – Part #1

Posted on May 17th, 2013 | 2 Comments

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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Exercise Tips for Breast Cancer Survivors

Posted on October 19th, 2012 | 5 Comments

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]

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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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Ask cancer patients who have received a blood transfusion what that donated unit of blood meant to them and you’ll likely get very different answers. Some will say the donate blood helped saved their life; others might say it bought them more time to fight the disease. Still others might say that it helped revive… [Read More]

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Cancer and Bone Health

Posted on November 8th, 2011 | 3 Comments

The human skeleton consists of 206 bones that govern body shape, function, and various important regulatory mechanisms.  Given the multiple roles of bones, preserving their health is of great importance.  Unfortunately, cancer and its associated treatments can significantly reduce bone density and increase the risk of fractures. Cancer can negatively affect bone health in several… [Read More]

Treatment for breast cancer, and other cancers, can lead to a condition called lymphedema. Although not life-threatening it can be debilitating and may seriously affect day-to-day functioning. With early detection and effective treatment, lymphedema can be improved or prevented from progressing to an advanced stage. What are some of the signs & symptoms of breast… [Read More]

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You probably know that exercise is good for you. By now, you probably have also heard that exercise is particularly important after a cancer diagnosis. But, do you really know why it is important for cancer survivors? Research has provided us with a number of clues as to why exercise is beneficial for cancer survivors. … [Read More]