By Pat Wetzel
We had the good fortune to spend some time with ESPN reporter Holly Rowe this week. Holly is battling melanoma. But it hasn’t slowed this all star college sports reporter down!
Holly asked an interesting question: How do I get involved with Anti-Cancer Club. Here are three ways to start:
Follow us on Twitter and Tweet!
Did you know that everyone involved in ACC met through social media! Stephie and I always marvel at the fact that we have a global network of friends, many of whom we’ve never met in person! But we tweet, we zoom, we chat on the phone, and the friendships are very real. My cancer support comes from this virtual network of people who understand and truly care.
We’re also on Facebook if you prefer to connect that way. Twitter, we find, is a bit more dynamic. But either platform is a good place to find us!
Come to #CancerBookClub (even if you haven’t read the book)!
CancerBookClub is live. We use a video platform called Zoom to connect. Sharing experiences through books and film help us understand the cancer experience. Each and every book club, I get to meet new people who share their cancer insights. Authors with a good story to tell. Friends from prior book club meetings.
And I always learn something. Over time, friendships evolve. So join us! If you’re camera shy, you can just turn off your camera. Easy-Peasey.
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Cancer is a tough experience and it’s one that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Making sense of it, making sense of the changes in one’s life, health and perspective is not easy. Share your thoughts and concerns. Because someone else is having the same thoughts and doubts, probably also at 3am! Join us anytime.
Pat Wetzel is the Founder of the Anti-Cancer Club. In 2009, she was diagnosed with a rare lymphoma. After three rounds of chemo, surgery and radiation, she is in remission.
How does one take control of one’s health, even in the face of cancer? What are the factors of health in the context of cancer?
Research by Dean Ornish, MD, David Servan-Schreiber, MD, Jeanne WallacePhD, CNC, and others point to 4 key factors over which each of us has total control: Nutrition, Exercise, Mind/Body Modalities (such as stress management) and Social Connection.
The lifestyle choices that create anti-cancer health are not the day to day reality that most of us live. Our lives are fast and stressful. We don’t always eat well and exercise may or may not be part of our equation. And even with family and friends, cancer can be very isolating. People simply don’t know what to say or do.
Ultimately each of us must find our own path, but we don’t have to re-create the wheel. Learn from all of us on this site as we share personal experiences, expertise and insights into creating an anti-cancer life.
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