Healing and recovery are often two different things. Healing may be on a mental and spiritual as well as a physical level. Recovery is often about time; about regaining strength; about getting past the immediate physical hurdles.
For many people, cancer sends their lives in a new direction. Which way to go? How to get there? Are there any guides along the way?
This website is full of thoughts and ideas on healing, recovery and crafting an anti-cancer life. What is an anticancer life?
Dean Ornish, MD at UCSF showed that basic lifestyle choices in Nutrition, Exercise, Mind/Body modalities such as stress management, and staying socially connected impacted the up and down regulation of over 500 genetic expressions. Bottom line: Your daily choices matter! Recovery is an opportunity to create a new, healthier life, for yourself and for those around you.
Please visit the #AllThingsCancer section on Food As Medicine for an overview of creating a healthier diet.
Here are some healing and recovery conversations from #AllThingsCancer:
Diane Mandle has been practicing Himalayan/Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing since 2000. At that time she was working as a Polarity practitioner and a Life Coach. Wanting to expand her knowledge of energy work, she began a two year course of study in Tibetan bowls through Sacred Sound Workshops and became their first certified practitioners.
Upon relocating to California, Diane established a private practice, and in 2004, she became California’s first State Certified Tibetan Bowl Practitioner/Instructor. Her work includes educational workshops, trainings, and concerts nationally. Presently, Diane offers regular sessions to cancer survivors. In June of 2008, in association with Sacred Sound Workshops, she opened the Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing School .
Bill Aron: Author and Photographer of New Beginnings: The Triumphs of 120 Cancer SurvivorsFrom Bill’s very first images in 1974, he has never wavered in depicting Jewish Life through photography. In his newest project, Bill has sought to capture in indestructible spirit of cancer survivors in his collection, New Beginnings: The Triumphs of 120 Survivors. Bill joins us to share insights gleaned as he encountered more than 100 survivors who have been undergone personal transformation as a result of their lived experience with cancer.
For more information on Bill’s works, visit him at www.billaron.com.
Avinoam Lerner is a clinical hypnotist who works exclusively within the cancer realm. Avi guides the individual to tap into an area that no amount of chemotherapy, radiation, or even a scalpel can touch, the subconscious mind. Under his guidance, individuals can not only improve their quality of life, but also exert a positive influence on the experience of side effects of cancer treatment. He is an author, coach, and practitioner in the field of Complementary Medicine with a specialty in Cancer Wellness and Recovery.
His practice is guided by his belief that one’s mind is the greatest ally one can have in the recovery process.
Mind/Body: Where Healing Begins
The next video from #AllThingsCancer is an information packed hour with Avi Lerner discussing fear as an obstacle to healing from the cancer experience. This hour includes an exercise that you can do right along with the video to demonstrate your ability to experience focused attention and action against your fears.
This hour with Avi focuses on cultivating resilience.
Rob Rutledge, M.D. is a Radiation Oncologist in Halifax, Nova Scotia, specializing in breast, prostate and pediatric cancers.
Rob also leads the Healing and Cancer Foundation, which provides educational videos, documentaries, and webcasting seminars. He is co-author of The Healing Circle, which captures the teachings and inspirational stories from the weekend retreats.
Rob advocates for integrated cancer care. From his website: “Our core belief is that every person possesses the wisdom, compassion and power within to heal.”
Capacity Part I with Joan Friedlander, Author of Business from Bed: The 6-Step Comeback Plan to Get Yourself Working After a Health Crisis
So many of the struggles and the losses we incur at the hands of a cancer diagnosis, and beyond, center on capacity. Joan Friedlander has developed a model of capacity in which she defines capacity as a “measure of ability; the ability to perform, produce, receive, hold, or absorb”.
Capacity Part II with Joan Friedlander, Author of Business from Bed: The 6-Step Comeback Plan to Get Yourself Working After a Health Crisis
Joan continues the discussion of managing the uncertainties associated with health issues. How does on gage one’s capacity? Are we over compensating? Under compensating? What are the consequences for us and for how we engage our world?
Kathy is the owner of Dynamic Touch, a specialty massage clinic offering a variety of services including custom therapeutic, sports, oncology, pre-natal and lymphatic. Kathy is a member of the sports massage teams of the 2012 and 2002 Olympics, massage therapist to the USA Swimming National Team since 2001 and a resource for health and training tips for local clubs such as Orange County Triathlon, Velosport, and more.
Travel, Volunteering and Cancer with Terry Wingham and A Fresh Chapter
Terri Wingham joins us to share how crossing the borders of her own cancer story gave rise to her vision of helping others begin a fresh chapter in their own lives through meaningful cross cultural volunteer experiences. Visit her site at A Fresh Chapter.
Cancer, Hope and Fashion
Anna Gottlieb, Executive Director of shares the amazing outreach of CancerPathways.org, including an emotional annual fashion show that features cancer survivors and their stories.
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