By Beth Sanders Moore on July 18, 2014 10:00 am
Founded in ancient religious and spiritual traditions, mediation is growing in practical acceptance to promote physical relaxation, guide spirituality, and improve our mind-body wellness. Some underestimate the possible health benefits that can be achieved by finding a quiet location, getting into a comfortable posture, and focusing our attention and attitude toward something positive. But, many health care professionals recommend meditation as a treatment option for chronic pain, stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression, as well as symptoms of major chronic illness like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. For over ten years, it’s measurably improved my experience as a healthy cancer survivor. That, thanks to my mindfulness and meditation mentor, Micki Fine, MEd, LPC.
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By Guest Contributor on April 1, 2014 10:00 am
By David Tabatsky
Whether you call it expressive writing, journaling or keeping a diary, writing about one’s deepest thoughts and feelings can be a therapeutic tool for those struggling with cancer. A research study in The Oncologist medical journal found that patients who participated in a single 20-minute writing session improved their outlook on cancer and may contribute to improved physical and emotional health by easing stress and trauma. Considering these proven advantages, it seems like a good idea to explore the value of journaling as well as the beneficial tools writing offers for improving communication between the parties involved––patients, survivors, family, friends caregivers and medical staff–– all coping with the challenges of cancer.
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By Guest Contributor on January 15, 2014 10:00 am
Editor’s Note: James Poniewozik writes TIME magazine’s Tuned In column, about pop culture and society. This blog has been re-published on CancerForward and first appeared on January 14, 2014 on TIME’s blog Tuned In @TIMECulture.
By James Poniewozik @poniewozik
Amid the shouting over Emma and Bill Keller’s weird journalistic tag-teaming of Stage 4 cancer patient and advocate Lisa Bonchek Adams – you can read Margaret Sullivan’s capable summary here – I’m going to take what’s probably the best first step in situations like this and admit what I don’t know. I’m not a doctor. I’m not a public health expert. I’m not deeply familiar with Lisa Adams’ personal situation. I don’t have a loved one with cancer, and I don’t have cancer myself. Yet.
Continue reading We Need More Writing About Cancer, Not Less
By Beth Sanders Moore on January 7, 2014 10:00 am
There’s encouraging news out today that Americans’ risk of dying of cancer has declined 20 percent over the past two decades. The drop in cancer deaths has translated into a growing population of survivors of the disease, particularly in children. But there’s more data recently published. It questions whether primary care doctors are prepared to provide survivorship care for young survivors once they’ve reached adulthood.
Published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine is this article: “General Internists’ Preferences and Knowledge About the Care of Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Cross-sectional Survey. “ In the study (subscription required), researchers surveyed more than 1,100 general internists and inquired about their knowledge of the special medical needs, such as increased screening, of these patients.
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By Beth Sanders Moore on December 2, 2013 10:00 am
The holiday season can be difficult for cancer survivors who have experienced a major change or loss in their life. Feelings of loneliness, isolation and sadness are common and holiday traditions can be painful reminders of how different life has become. Some are fearful that this may be their last Christmas. Others may be worried that their feelings and emotions may ruin the celebrations for others.
Sharing experiences and strategies from others affected by cancer can help people get through a difficult holiday season. Here are some suggestions of how to slow down and enjoy your holiday.
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By Team CancerForward on November 19, 2013 2:00 pm
More than 300 cancer survivors, caregivers and friends crowded a Houston dining room November 14 for CancerForward’s We Can Go Forward Luncheon 2013, to hear Ted Kennedy Jr., cancer survivor and cancer caregiver to his late father, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Sr. and late sister, Kara. The disability rights advocate held the crowd in rapt attention as he recounted his own battle with bone cancer at age 12, and the isolation and fear he encountered at the time. “No one talked about cancer 40 years ago; it was a secret disease, and I felt very alone. Growing up in a loving, but Irish Catholic family, you never discussed your feelings, and men certainly never cried.” He cited the power of sharing stories during difficult times, praising the mission of CancerForward.
Continue reading The Indomitable Spirit of Ted Kennedy Jr. Wows Cancer Survivors & Caregivers