Meditation To Help Cancer Survivors Achieve Mind-Body Wellness

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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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Radical Remissions: Cancer Survivors Who Defy the Odds

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Editor’s Note: Roxanne Nelson is a freelance journalist for Medscape Oncology. This blog post first appeared July 8, 2014 Medscape Oncology which owns the copyright to the post.

By Roxanne Nelson

According to statistics, Lola Baltzell should have died 3 years ago. Instead, she celebrated the fifth anniversary of her diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer by biking 110 miles to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the Pan-Mass Challenge.
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Journaling: A Starter Kit for Patients, Survivors and Caregivers

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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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CancerForward Survivor Stories: Everyone Has a Wonderful Story, But How To Tell It?

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Editor’s Note: Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM, is Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. She teaches Online Consumer Health, Social Media and Health, Mobile Health Design (online), and Digital Strategies for Health Communication. This post first appeared on February 19, 2014 on her blog on health, and has been re-published on CancerForward.

By Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM @lisagualtieri

Many health-information websites include stories, but some have richer sets of well-written stories than others. CancerForward is one of them. After reading the stories on CancerForward™, I spoke to Beth Sanders Moore, the founder of CancerForward, to ask her why the Foundation includes stories on its digital platform and how they solicit them.
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I Never Wanted To Be a Cancer Expert, But Then My Wife Got Sick. A Caregiver’s Tale.

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Editor’s Note: Saul Schwartz is a labor and employment attorney who lives in Maryland. This blog post first appeared February 17, 2014 in The Washington Post which owns the copyright to the post.

By Saul Schwartz

It was my wife’s first colonoscopy; it turned out to be the only one she ever had. She was 53. Whether Cheryl would have lived longer if she’d had the exam earlier I’ll never know. She died in the fall of 2013, in her sixth season with cancer.

Cheryl had exhibited no symptoms prior to the test. Absent a family history of colon cancer, the standard protocol is to have the test after turning 50. Needless to say, we were shocked when the doctor showed us the scans indicating that the test was positive for cancer.
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We Need More Writing About Cancer, Not Less

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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.
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Better Equipping Primary Care Physicians to Care for Cancer Survivors

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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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#Share2Give: Global Social Media Charity Campaign Includes CancerForward

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In August 2012, billionaires Laura and John Arnold through The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) launched the Giving Library, an innovative online platform dedicated to providing information about selected non-profit organizations through easily digestible video formats. Prospective donors who use the Giving Library are able to easily locate, study, and engage with organizations that fit their giving criteria. What would have taken months or even years of meetings and travel can now be done in a matter of days, from anywhere. Continue reading #Share2Give: Global Social Media Charity Campaign Includes CancerForward

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Slow Down and Enjoy Your Holidays, Survivors! Savor The Magic

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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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The Indomitable Spirit of Ted Kennedy Jr. Wows Cancer Survivors & Caregivers

By Team CancerForward on November 19, 2013 2:00 pm | | Leave a comment
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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.

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