Archive for April 2014

The Many Roles of a Cancer Caregiver

Being the primary caregiver for someone diagnosed with cancer is not for the faint of heart. It takes physical, financial and emotional stamina. You’ll be a cook, researcher, driver, nurse, organizer, sometimes cancer expert, support system, cheerleader, multi-tasker and more. It’s likely that your role will shift and change often depending on the ever-changing needs…

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Cancer Rehab: An Underutilized Aspect of Cancer Care

In 2005, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily, the cancer was diagnosed in the early stages, and she underwent a mastectomy of the affected breast followed by radiation of the surrounding tissue. The treatment was considered successful, and she remains cancer-free today. This being said, however, the disease and its treatments had other…

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Put Spring In Your Walk

Walking in the spring season is one of my favorite exercises. Yes! Walking is an exercise. Walking for even a few minutes every day provides many benefits. Keep it simple With a buddy or alone Around the block Live in your outdoor surroundings Walking strengthens your heart – Regular walking has been shown to reduce…

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Cancer Rehab is Not One Size Fits All

In the past few weeks, I’ve talked about cancer rehab in general, various cancer certifications to look for, and I provided some tools to help you find qualified cancer rehab and fitness professionals. This is all important, if pragmatic, information. But now I want to share the more personal issues surrounding my decision to open…

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How to Find a Qualified Cancer Exercise Trainer

Cancer treatments can affect the heart, lungs, and regulatory systems (heart rate, blood pressure), the nervous system, and the musculoskeletal system long after treatments are over. Some survivors pursue an exercise program, but unfortunately many do not. Advanced education enables exercise professionals to develop safe exercise programs that are tailored for each survivor’s specialized needs.…

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