How Cancer Changes You

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I want to tell you about an extraordinary woman named Bonnie Works Rodgers, who tells the story of how cancer changes you. She’s a bubbly, cheerful, loving, not to mention gorgeous gal who credits her cancer for changing her life — for the better. I feel so blessed to share her story. May she be an inspiration to you. Bonnie …

Food (or lack thereof) and Cancer

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  A lot of patients ask me what to eat while they’re on chemo, and I never feel like I have enough time give them a complete answer. Chemotherapy, by definition, kills cells that divide rapidly, which includes all the cells lining the digestive tract, making patients sensitive to certain foods. The cancer experience in general is very individual, and …

Visualization for Healing Cancer?

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Visualization. What comes to your mind when you hear that word? Maybe you think of the Law of Attraction, that it’s a bunch of hocus pocus? It’s useful for more than just goal achievement strategies. In fact, it’s well known now, that our brains can’t tell the difference if an action is real or imagined. For example, when you visualize yourself doing squats …

The Blessings and Bother of Cancer Support

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The other day I was infusing chemo for an attractive middle-aged women wearing a brunette wig, and I knew that like all the other patients I had been giving chemo to, she would be going home to friends and family with questions and expressions of support, some of it indispensable, some of it unwelcome. After caring for so many cancer …

Chill Out! 7 Ways to Reduce Stress

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In last week’s blog, I shared with you some research that shows stress may be linked to cancer. Now I want to share what you can do about it. To gain more perspective on the subject, I interviewed my friend, Juliette de Campos, who holds an MA in counseling psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Here are some excerpts …

Is Your Stress Causing Cancer?

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Tumors can grow for two to five years before they are large enough to be detected on a mammogram. Lately, my mom has had a non-stop, high-stress level compared with her normal carefree life. It all started five years ago when she became a first grade teacher in a highly competitive school district. Last year alone, she took her kids …