April 10, 2017

6 Symptoms of Cancer-related Depression in Patients, Caregivers and Survivors

Depression may be hard to spot. In fact, it may look a lot like the sadness, fear and anxiety you’d expect to accompany a cancer diagnosis. If you keep canceling on that friend who wants to meet for dinner, though, or you find it harder and harder to get out of bed in the morning, […]

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April 10, 2017

3 Ways to Revive Your Spirit: 5 Quotes to Inspire You

What does it really mean to revive?  Simply put, it means “to make something operative or valid again.” So what is it about your spirit that has been inoperative or lost its validity? Here’s a quick test: Do you find yourself brooding over everyday life irritations? Do you have trouble remembering the last time you […]

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February 13, 2017

Overcoming Survivor Guilt

It isn’t widely associated with cancer and yet it affects many: survivor guilt, that sense of self-blame, responsibility and sadness that often affects those who survived a trauma when others did not. Common to those who lived through accidents, natural disasters and wars, survivor guilt typically involves conflicting feelings—happiness to be alive, and grief and […]

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January 11, 2017

7 Apps to Make Healthier Habits Stick

Every year, January 1st seems like the perfect date to make a promise to be healthier. But as the weeks go by keeping that promise may become tougher than you thought without a little help (or some such). With an abundance of technology aimed at helping you move more, eat better and de-stress, you can […]

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October 7, 2016

YOGA for Warriors

As Ingrid Yang was beginning a new type of yoga teacher training in 2005, her aunt was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. Dr. Yang offered to stay with her and forgo the training, but her aunt insisted she continue. “She said, ‘Please go, you need to teach me how to breathe. It’s so hard for me […]

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July 11, 2016

Overcoming Chemobrain

Diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in February 2014, Karen Reynolds triumphed through eight rounds of chemotherapy, lumpectomy surgery and six weeks rounds of daily radiation. Her treatment was completed in November 2014, but even as she regained her physical strength, her mind was slower to recover. Reynolds didn’t notice it herself at first. It […]

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May 23, 2016

Tools for Transformation

Coming to terms with the physical changes cancer can bring might be a challenge, but for many patients, the experience presents an opportunity for personal growth and positive transformation. According to Rachana Vettickal, MS, LSW, mind-body therapist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Zion, Illinois, the following tips can help patients navigate this process: […]

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May 16, 2016

Guide to Boost Your Self-Esteem and Self-Image While Undergoing Cancer Treatment

Fighting cancer is not only a physical battle but an emotional one. This is why, if you’re undergoing cancer treatment, tending to your emotional needs is just as important as tending to your physical needs—and in some ways more so. Cancer treatment can change the way you feel and the way you look. The end […]

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February 11, 2016

Why Writing is Good for Your Health (15 Minutes a Month Makes a Difference!)

Have you ever found that ‘pouring your heart out’ on paper leaves you feeling somehow refreshed? Or do you like to jot down your daily thoughts in a journal, scribble down a poem now and then, or write about your past experiences in memoir form? No matter what form … and whether it’s “good” or […]

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January 31, 2016

Mind-Body Therapies Benefit Cancer Patients at the Cellular Level

Mind-body therapies such as mindfulness meditation and attending support groups are well known to offer mental benefits to cancer patients but now research shows they have a positive impact at the cellular level too. In a study of 88 breast-cancer survivors, those who practiced mindfulness meditation or attended support groups maintained the length of their […]

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