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Breast cancer retreats: healing together

Breast cancer retreats give women the chance to “socially … let it all hang out.” In her blog about the Life Beyond Cancer retreat in Austin, Texas, ChemoBabe goes on to say, “Not only were we no longer fish out of water, we all … swam in the same aquarium.” http://www.chemobabe.com/2010/11/embraced/ In this blog, I’d like …

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Hair Loss: How do you take control?

Hair loss is one of the most distressing side-effects of chemotherapy. Perhaps the mere thought of losing your hair makes you feel sad, afraid and anxious. Do you feel like losing your hair is like losing a part of yourself, your identity, your femininity? Or perhaps you’ve accepted hair loss as an inevitable side effect …

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Get to know the language of your doctor

As you likely know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But did you know that it is also Health Literacy month? The Canadian Public Health Association (www.cpha.ca) defines health literacy as “ability to access, understand and act on information for health.” Health Literacy Month is a time to promote the importance of understandable health information. http://www.healthliteracymonth.org/hl_month.asp …

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Ask lymphedema therapist karen

If you’ve had treatment for breast cancer, you probably have questions about lymphedema. How can you prevent it? How do you manage it? Lymphedema care is as individual as the person seeking care. To give us prevention tips, answer general questions about managing lymphedema and to offer guidance on finding therapy and a therapist, I’ve …

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Help me, I’m all upside down!

Your emotional well-being is just as important as your physical health. Unfortunately, many people don’t seek or get the help they need to deal with stress, anxiety and depression. It can be really hard to find the words or the courage to say, “I’m overwhelmed. Is there anyone I can talk to about this? “ You are not alone. Asking …