(Orlando) -- Many times, when someone is diagnosed with cancer, a spouse, family member, or friend will act as a caregiver to help with the patient's needs. But sometimes caregivers become so engrossed in looking after their loved ones, they forget to take care of themselves.

“I would never take my child to the funeral.  She doesn’t understand anyway.”
“I figure I'll just take the pictures down of Nana for a while.  Being reminded of her will only upset my son more.”
“My teenager doesn’t talk about his dad anymore.  I’m so glad he is over that.”
“I’m afraid I’m gonna say something wrong so I won’t say anything at all."

Can you relate to some of these comments about the way that children grieve?  You’re not alone.

I am a 12 year head and neck cancer survivor who believes, from personal experience and advanced education, as an American Reflexology Certification Board Certified Reflexologist and Usui Reiki Master/Teacher that Integrative Medicine is an “idea whose time has come."

In my last blog, I talked about the importance of exercise and maintaining a healthy weight and how it can reduce your breast cancer risk. Now I'd like to share with you one exercise technique that I have personally discovered to be of great benefit: Yoga.

By checking YES on line 35 of the PA 40 income tax form, Pennsylvanians have contributed nearly $3 million for cancer research.  

Bonnie Berk of Partners in Wellness  says about healing the body and mind, “We know that we are more than just these physical bodies… We are energetic beings.  We can control our beliefs and our attitudes, and in doing that and focusing on that, we can actually strengthen our immune system, the natural healing mechanism within our bodies.”

Reiki is an energy/spiritual healing modality that enhances well-being by helping to bring balance into the body, mind, and spirit.  Using light touch, anyone can learn Reiki to reduce symptoms, like fatigue, pain, nausea and insomnia as well as improve quality of life.  Reiki uses the life force within us and around us to provide an environment for healing. 

Each year, breast cancer will take the lives of roughly 40,000 American women. Fortunately, reduction in the use of hormone replacement therapy, treatment advances, and early detection through screening have helped reduce the mortality rate. Early detection, though, is a reactive tool at best; it is not prevention. Women know that they deserve better, and they are now aware that they must take more than just their breasts into their own hands— they must take all of their health matters into their own hands.

Cancer can take a tremendous physical, emotional, and mental toll on those diagnosed with the disease. But how do doctors and scientists, who are charged with treating survivors and conducting cancer research, cope with the disease? What's it like to tell a patient he or she has cancer, or to work tirelessly to come one step closer to finding a cure?

A lot can happen in 5 years.  Any number of personal triumphs, tragedies, successes, and failures take place.  Kids grow up, anniversaries are celebrated, loved ones pass away. 

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