This afternoon we were taking Buddy to "Dog Park" and one of my former yoga students, Janie, was there with her dog, Angel. We started talking about how others react
when you tell them that you have cancer. Some people actually look frightened, and it takes every bit of calm to stay centered. We agreed that it may be best to
chose who we tell,… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on September 15, 2009 at 4:30pm —
As a musician, artist, yogi and lover of life, Maggie Diaz Castillo has undergone various stages in her life that many of us can relate to in our own perspectives. In this interview, Maggie takes us through her life experiences detailing her journey of how yoga has made a difference in her life, and how she overcame some of her painful past experiences and turned them into something powerful!
Q: What made you enter the world of yoga twenty years ago?
Added by Evelyn Suyen on September 11, 2009 at 1:30pm —
Every year we see hundreds of products from tennis balls to shampoo, to golf clubs to cars, decorated with a little pink ribbon, signaling to consumers that a portion of the proceeds will benefit breast cancer awareness. However, this “portion of proceeds” can be extremely minimal, sometimes pennies to the dollar. Meanwhile, retailers are boosting their image by purporting to care about breast cancer and doing little to contribute to its… Continue
Added by Halle T on September 9, 2009 at 5:30pm —
You can't talk about cancer and not mention Lance Armstrong's influence. The bright yellow bike shirt and wristbands identify cancer patients and supporters and tells us a lot about what it takes to deal with cancer. Livestrong
now produces a guidebook that helps patients deal with the day-to-day logistics of appointments and family scheduling, to the ways to organize help.
Another friend of mine was just… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on September 8, 2009 at 4:30am —
After attending the Liver Cancer Symposium in Denver , last weekend, I got to hear about many great tools for cancer thrivers! And, I got to speak about how yoga helps me with my cancer journey. The National Coalition for Cancer Surivorship
(NCCS) has an award-winning series of CD's that are free to cancer patients and their families. The "toolbox" is over twenty hours of informative and advocacy-based selections on topics… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on September 1, 2009 at 4:30am —
Brian Nelson, a former actor and writer, wrote a piece for the New York Times today that stopped me in my tracks. His article, "When Cancer Changes Your Appearance
," documents his long fight with cancer and the many side-effects of treatment. His latest: a very swollen "moon" face. From a cable technician in his home to friends and neighbors, people stare at him, rudely ask if he's… Continue
Added by Kristin Harrison on August 20, 2009 at 9:22am —
Supporting our bodies during cancer treatment leads most of us to ask the question: what can I eat? You can ask your doctor for a referral to a nutritionist, this is generally covered by insurance, as first. As common sense dictates, now is not the time for an extreme change, but we do want to add as many healthful foods as possible.
Make one simple change a week. Changing to Agave Nectar from using sugar is painlessly simple. If you want some recipes that come with more cancer tips, pick… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on August 18, 2009 at 6:30am —
Today, thousands of people will find out they have cancer. If you are newly diagnosed or have considered a support group, the on line communities
are a good starting point. Some on line communities are specific around a type of cancer, while others focus on a spiritual
community, like Christian based "Survivor Celebration"
started by A.J. Ali . There's the ever popular… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on August 11, 2009 at 6:00am —
Three years ago, a study conducted by the Pine Street Foundation announced something many found surprising: Dogs could determine if humans had cancer simply by smelling their breath, particularly for those suffering from breast and lung cancer. Trained to sit when they smelled cancer in samples, the dogs accurately identified the… Continue
Added by Kristin Harrison on August 6, 2009 at 8:00am —
One of the best parts of this position is meeting and working with amazing and inspiring individuals. I recently had the pleasure of talking to Antonio Sausys, who is a cancer advocate and yoga instructor in Marin County, California. He teaches a regular class to cancer patients and survivors, and has been touched by cancer in many ways. I wanted to share some of his wisdom with the Yoga Bear community:
How did you get into teaching yoga to the cancer community?
My Dad… Continue
Added by Halle T on August 4, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Healthcare is in the news
a lot these days, and for cancer patients, this debate hits home particularly hard. Even with good insurance, the cost of cancer care can be overwhelming. A study performed by the Kaiser Family Foundation
and the American Cancer Society in 2009 found that cancer patients with employer-based insurance… Continue
Added by Kristin Harrison on July 30, 2009 at 4:30am —
You may have had a hunch that laying in a capsule emitting ultraviolet radiation wasn't exactly good for you. But now we have the data to prove it. Millions of tanners, many of them teenagers in the US, will be shocked to find the strong link between tanning beds and cancer.
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer
(IARC) announced that it has moved UV tanning beds to its highest cancer risk category… Continue
Added by Halle T on July 29, 2009 at 9:00am —
You might expect a title like "Cure"
magazine to be about fighting cancer and winning.
And, it is! But in this month's featured online article, Kathy Latour speaks to what is
in all of our hearts in "Beyond Cured," the difference between being cured and being healed.
Healing is a state of mind and it can happen whether or not we are cured of disease. In early stages of diagnosis and treatment, we all tend to want to… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on July 29, 2009 at 6:38am —
In 1982 when biathlon athlete Kimberly Fowler set out to complete the Bud Light Race Series in Farmer’s Branch, Texas, the last thing she expected was an accident. But as Fowler neared the race finish, she was hit by a car that was trying to cut through the course. After a difficult recovery from the accident, during a class at South Texas College of Law, Fowler suffered a seizure that landed her in the hospital once again in 1983. After rounds of tests, her doctor discovered something much… Continue
Added by Evelyn Suyen on July 23, 2009 at 9:30pm —
Receiving treatment for cancer isn't an event, it's a long hard journey. During six months of weekly chemotherapy for stage III colon cancer, I made a commitment to find joy where I could. I celebrated weekly milestones and the "half-way done" point, and I threw a final party to thank my team of supporters. YogaBear participant Andra Young did something similar when she put a henna design on her bald head during a ceremony she had with close friends. My mentor and friend, Suzanne Lindley,… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on July 16, 2009 at 4:56pm —
Dear Yoga Bears,
Sometimes you wake up and just know you need to do something! I woke up last weekend and said,"I'm going to SF to YogaPoolza". I booked a flight for 8:30, went to get my daughter, Jesse Marie who attends SFSU and we took the train to the studio. What a blast!
It was wonderful to meet Halle and Kelly, who I've talked to over these past months and other volunteers who were busily turning the gorgeous studio into a raffle heaven of donated goods! Jesse Marie and I… Continue
Added by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner,MA,E-RYT500 on July 4, 2009 at 8:57pm —
Representation for non-sex-specific cancers better in government-funded studies
Women are underrepresented as patients in clinical studies of non-sex-specific cancers, though representation is better in government-funded studies, according to a report published online June 8 in Cancer
Reshma Jagsi, M.D., and colleagues from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor examined the… Continue
Added by Yoga Bear on June 9, 2009 at 1:06pm —
Dhatri has recently posted their summer schedule of classes online! Apart from yoga, Pilates, and dance for a variety of audiences, we have three wonderful opportunities for those who have been touched by cancer.
1. A Return to Wholeness:
Yoga for anyone touched by Cancer
with certified yoga instructor, Heidi Bock
“All healing is first a healing of the heart.” ~Carl Townsend
Heidi will guide you deeper in to your healing heart through gentle… Continue
Added by The Dhatri Foundation on June 3, 2009 at 6:00am —
I am feeling really good today. This past week I celebrated one year cancer-free. My oncologist told me my blood work came back great. I feel re-born. I don't go back for four more months to see her. I feel like I can conquer the world today. OK... well, I still have some physical 'issues' from some surgeries but even still there is something to be said for kick-ass ATTITUDE. I took my doggie for a walk and now I am back to work as a life coach. Today I celebrate all of us survivors; we're all… Continue
Added by Beth Griffith on May 28, 2009 at 9:54am —
The answer is NO. But one $47 million dollar for-profit company, Myriad Genetic, has put a patent on two human genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2. You may know of these genes as the Breast Cancer Genes.
Myriad's patents give it the exclusive rights to all testing and research on the BRCA genes. Women who can't afford the $3,000+ cost can't get tested; women seeking second opinions can't get them; and women of African, Hispanic, or Asian decent are at a significant disadvantage because they… Continue
Added by Halle T on May 27, 2009 at 8:53am —