What Cancer Can’t Kill

I’ve learned of two cancer related deaths in just two days; Cindy Hoy Sullivan and Tami Boehmer. Both amazing women I met online while navigating my own diagnosis. Like many of you who have lost a friend or family member to any type of cancer I’m saddened and pissed. However, while I was sitting here thinking F **k You cancer I had an epiphany.

Cancer like any form of death only robs us of of the ability to be physically present with someone but it can never take away our thoughts, experiences and memories of them.  So take that cancer – Cindy lives on, Tami lives on, Christian lives on and Oswald lives on.

 

Who lives on for you?

Gone but not forgotten.

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I recently learned of the sudden passing of Brian Blanchard – an amazing individual whose mission was to help others feel their best when dealing with hair loss.

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RAK Challenge

 

 The other day I was the recipient of a random act of kindness (RAK). It was completely unexpected – came from an unlikely source and it totally made my day!

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Choose Happy

Every day at school our morning announcements end with the same message – Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours. The simplicity of this statement can have profound effects. How we choose to think, act and react all impact our happiness. We truly are the creators of our emotional universe. Continue reading

Aggressive Exercise Pays Off

It pays to be aggressive. An aggressive walker that is. Researchers found that men who walked at a face pace (3.3 – 4.5 miles per hour) before being diagnosed with prostate cancer had tumors containing larger and more regularly shaped blood vessels. Why is that good? Continue reading

It’s good to resist!

Looking for the perfect piece of exercise equipment this holiday season? You know the one that won’t double as a coat hanger in a few weeks or take up an entire room? Here’s an oldie but goodie – resistance bands. What I love about them is they are relatively inexpensive, easy to use and easy to store.  

The different colors they come in represent the amount of resistance, so you might want to pick up a few, since certain exercises require more tension than others.  To really maximize your exercise options include a door attachment which allows you to convert your door into a cable training station. There are a wide variety of bands available, but I recommend using both the type that already has a handle attached and plain tubing.  A great place to start is with this travel kit.

Once you get your bands you can go to Spark People or Band-Exercises.net to choose exercises, see how they are performed and create a workout.  It’s a great way to get a quick work out and get on with your day. And let’s face it; many of us already have them sitting at home from some type of rehab or physical therapy.  😉

Giving Never Felt So Good!

I stumbled across the perfect solution for two holiday issues that start to ramp up right about now; our eating and requests for charitable donations.  I was designing a Health & Fitness App page for my school when I discovered this great app – Charity Miles– making giving back easy and healthy.  Here’s how it works.  Continue reading

Cathartic Exercise

 I recently replied to a request from Knoworthy for submissions for If Only I Knew Letters  from cancer survivors. We were asked to write a letter to ourselves about the day we were diagnosed.  I must admit I was surprised at how cathartic I found this exercise to be. This October 28th I will hit the 5 year mark for No Evidence of Disease (NED).

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An App worth watching – over and over

It’s easy to remember to do a self-breast exam in October with it being National Breast Cancer Awareness month. But what about the other 11 months? Here’s a fun app to help you remember. Enjoy the eye candy!

 

A Little Back to School Advice

 There’s nothing like the start of a new school year. For some it means young ones out of the house, for others it may mean a child is headed to college. Either way I have some info that you might like to pass along or even use yourself!

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