Informative posts about breast surgery, breast cancer, treatment, recovery, research and self-care

Building yourself up to overcome trauma and hardship means you can "bounce forward", rather than being stuck in the past. 

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Stories of Resilience: How a daily gratitude practice provides structure, energy and personal healing

 *This story is the third in a series of short narrative vignettes; educational stories of women using proven self-care techniques that promote personal empowerment and resilience. They are a teaching tool for your benefit; please read, absorb and utilize the techniques to promote your...

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Stories of Resilience: Using clothing to accent & celebrate your body after your double mastectomy

*This story is the second in a series of short narrative vignettes; educational stories of women using proven self-care techniques that promote personal empowerment and resilience. They are a teaching tool for your benefit; please read, absorb and utilize the techniques to promote your own...

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20 minute guided nature meditation: Sit down by the river and relax!

Enjoy and absorb this lightly-guided river meditation.  It works best on a desktop or TV-size screen, where you can enjoy the visual beauty of the river.   Be sure to have the sound on so you can hear the sounds of nature and introductory guided meditation. 

 

Benefits of...

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Put your own oxygen mask on first! 8 mindful self-care tips for women accustomed to forgetting about themselves

Brace! Brace! Brace! The plane is going down!

Down drops the oxygen mask.  Your child is sitting beside you.  Do you put the mask on them first? Or yourself?

If you are like millions of women, you will likely put the mask on your child first,  despite all of us being able to recite...

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Mastectomy massage - luxury or necessity?

If you have an upcoming mastectomy surgery, or you've already had it and are wondering what you can do to help yourself heal, this article is for you!

Take a look at the pictures below and decide for yourself how "necessary" massage is:

 

Little to no post-mastectomy massage:

This...

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The Gift of Morning Meditation

Picture yourself on a beach, sitting calmly as the world goes by...... sands are warm from the sun, waves lap peacefully onto shore.  You sit contentedly looking out to sea, aware of the world around you, a part of it yet unaffected by the small changes that happen because you are so content...

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My Story: Why I love working with cancer patients

Welcome to another “episode” of Fireside Fridays! For millennia, people have always gathered around the fire to talk, connect, engage with their community, eat, nourish themselves and keep warm in the surrounding environment.  

Today, we have the same needs as people but...

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One woman's story: How lymphatic massage changed her post-mastectomy experience for the better

Welcome to Fireside Fridays! Our bi-monthly blog posts where we can "gather around the fire" to talk, tell stories and learn from each other.  Since the dawn of time, people have always gathered around the fire to connect and nourish themselves.  In the digital age, it's...

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Will a massage "undo" all the work your surgeons have done for your mastectomy? How to know when it is safe to put yourself in someone else's hands

It can be scary trusting another person with your most painful parts! I get it.  You need to know you are helping yourself by going for a massage after your mastectomy, not making things worse.  

A question I get a lot with new patients is, "How soon after my surgery can I come in for...

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Are alternative cancer therapies safe? 4 ways to use complementary medicine to support your traditional cancer treatments

If you have ever wondered whether it is safe to utilize alternative cancer therapies while undergoing conventional medical treatments like surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, the answer is YES!

I make my living helping women with cancer navigate the complexities of mastectomy and other cancer...

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