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Affirmations for Healing from Eve St. John

This post is an interview between Margot Malin, Founder of Lots To Live For, Inc. and Eve St. John, discussing her journey back to health using affirmations and crystals.

What was the inspiration for launching Eve St. John, LLC?

I have been in the field of fitness for the past 20 years.  My passion has always been to inspire, motivate and ignite your spirit through my yoga and fitness classes, workshops, and uplifting community events.  I love empowering my students, my friends, my family, my kids, my neighbors, my customers and everyone to always believe in themselves, that there is nothing they can’t do or achieve.  Four years ago, I had a freak accident where I got hit on the head with a flying hockey puck at my son’s game.  It was a serious injury but, I was so blessed and lucky because I am here to tell you the story.  After severe head hematoma and not being able to resume my normal life activity or work, I started meditating seriously and counting my blessings daily more than ever before.

What were some of the affirmations that you meditated on?

I started to meditate to gratitude daily. Counting every blessing, my breath, that I woke up, that I walked, that I could get dressed, that I was able to think, that I had my family who cared, and so much love from so many.  Repeating the words, I am love, I am peace, I am strong, I am healthy, I am grateful, I am amazing, I am beautiful and I am evolving.  I repeated these words even though at the time, I had hard time believing the words I was saying and with my face was so physically distorted I looked anything but beautiful, however I knew I was beautiful inside and nothing was going to take that away from me. 

What are simple affirmations that you can offer to help cancer patients through their journey?

Gratitude and Affirmations

Gratitude and Affirmations

Any of these affirmations would be a good positive way to empower you and start your day…. I am strong, I am healthy, My body heals very quickly, I am a miracle, I heal my body with every breath that I take, I love (whatever type of ailment, for example if its breast) say I love my breasts, and I appreciate my body…..I believe sending love to the body part that has needs love is important part of healing. I am getting better each day, I am determined to help others with my story, with my miracle and healing, affirmation can be your personal goal of what you want stating it in a positive way as it has already happened, thanking it.

How did you incorporate gratitude into your healing?

I incorporated gratitude into my healing by daily meditation, keeping a journal, listing things that I was grateful for, on some days, just writing that I can write in this journal, that my fingers, and brain were functioning, I was grateful to be alive, grateful to be able to eat, see, hear.  I believe meditation of daily gratitude is very powerful and empowering, whether you do it in the morning or at night, I did it every time I felt I was worried, scared, or in pain.  When you can stay grateful in your most challenging days by counting your blessings, your light will always take over the darkness.  Gratitude opens the doors to more blessings and healing.  Since you can’t think of two thoughts at the same time, you can’t ever be sad, depressed, worried or stressed with your problems as you are counting your blessings at that moment, so you distract the mind from being in a negative place. 

During recovery, why did you study crystals and what did you learn?

I was so intrigued by the following: how I can heal faster, how I can be a miracle, how I can help others through my challenging times, how I can be stronger, and how I can resume my normal life asap.  I started searching how to bring more energy to me, my home, etc…..I discovered the power of colors, organization of your home,  power of crystal and gem beads, and how each carry different energy associated with them.  I was fascinated.  I learned that I can enhance the energy that I bring to me through the power of colors, and crystals, and gems, I wanted to make a bracelet with clear crystal quartz to help me heal faster. 

Are there any crystals that you would recommend to cancer patients?

Often people ask me this question, which crystal or gem bracelet they should get for their loved ones or for themselves?  It’s so strange but most of the time, one craves the energy and the color of the crystal beads, or gems that that they need in their life, and often when they read the story that is associated with the bracelet of their choice they realize they find the perfect right one.  It’s a very personal choice, but personally I would recommend clear crystal quartz or any gems with healing, empowering properties.

Which are your most popular products?

All my designs are popular and empowering, due to their story, people shop according to their wish, from meditation kits, to large crystal bracelets, to petite crystal beads, or the gem and gratitude collection.  Some love wearing the “empowering” tank top from my shirt collection to be their reminder that the universe is at their command and that they are limitless, some love wearing the “I am” tank top, knowing that they are everything that they set their mind to.  People who love to meditate love the gratitude line of items.  Younger people love the petite crystals, and then there are many that love wearing all the colors and love stacking all the bracelets as their reminders of empowerment, strength, beauty, perseverance and love.

Tell us a bit about the crystal bracelets and the cards that go with them?

Eve St John crystal bracelets

Crystal bracelets

I made my first bracelet for myself while I was healing from my head accident.  Then when I went back to my regular job of teaching yoga classes, all my students were so drawn to them and they all started asking me to make them one.  The demand grew bigger and bigger, where now I am proud to be able to employ local moms, college students, to help me grow my business and helping me making them to meet the demand, as I help support all local stores in NJ.  

Each crystal bracelet comes with an appropriate story and the energy it carries that I write about each one, along with explanation of the meaning of the crystal beads and gems, a wish card as well as the affirmation words that I had used in my darkest days to get me through my difficult times.  I am so grateful to be able to help inspire and empower through my designs.  Each day I send a special mediation and a prayer which is my, gratitude to every person wearing these what I believe are magical bracelets, as well as everyone else to make you feel on top of the world.  I know these bracelets have brought so much love, healing, strength, peace and joy to me that there is nothing I love more than making them for everyone.

Where can readers find your bracelets?

They can find at their local stores in Bergen County, NJ including: Hallmark at Woodcliff Lake NJ, The Zen Shop Riverside Square Mall, Tess Morgan Paramus Mall, All is Well in Wyckoff, The Market House in Westwood NJ, Cose Belle in Franklin Lakes NJ.   If any of the readers would like to order one on line at evestjohn.com there is a special coupon offer that is valid until April 1,2017 that will give 20% off every order no matter how many times the purchase.

Use coupon code  HEALTHYFOREVER to get 20% off all online orders (code valid through 4/1/17).

All designs can be found on our website www.evestjohn.com 

You are amazing and one of a kind.  It’s nice to have a reminder of who we are and have designed all my pieces with you in mind.  We all need a reminder! No matter who we are.  Shop according to the energy you like. 

Eve St. John

Eve St. John

How are you doing now? Is your face healed?

I am very blessed and yes my face is back to normal, although I have an indentation on my forehead, it’s hardly noticeable and I am so grateful for that because that is my reminder of how lucky, blessed I was and I am, that I am here to tell you my story.

I am so grateful to all of you for allowing me to spread more love and light to your life.  Eve St. John

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Improve Comfort Beneath the Breast During Radiation Therapy with a ComfortSling®

By Elizabeth Silver

 

My personal journey began when I was faced with radiotherapy following a lumpectomy for breast cancer.  I created a cushioned sling to minimize the burning side effects on the skin beneath my breast. It was remarkably effective.  I realize that skin types vary, but other than my skin becoming slightly darkened, I had virtually no other side effects. No burns, no chafing.  The wicking fabric prevented accumulation of perspiration and the soft cushions protected my skin from the abrasion of skin to skin contact.  With the support of my doctors, I tested this device with several other women undergoing radiation, and they too reported significantly minimized and/or delayed skin reactions.

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Encouraged by this success, I determined to develop the products further to bring them to market so more women could find relief and protection while undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.  We found the softest fabrics to provide the most effective cushion to cradle and protect the skin; we found equally soft straps and made them fully adjustable so there would be no undue pressure on sore areas beneath the breast.  We are very proud of the results.

 

Our product was launched in the fall of 2014, and the feedback we have received has exceeded our expectations with women reporting to us that “The sling saved the day.” and   “I found instant relief where I didn’t even realize that I needed it”.

 

Exciting news!   BreastComfort is delighted to announce that we have begun 2016 with a new partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation –the highest-rated breast cancer charity in the nation.  We are proud to donate 5% of every sale to the BRCF. The BreastComfort logo will be featured on BCRF’s  website at:  www.bcrfcure.org/partners.  It is deeply gratifying to be associated with such an outstanding organization in the fight against this terrible disease.

 

You can view our products on the Lots To Live For, Inc. website by clicking here.

About the author:

Elizabeth Silver is a cancer survivor, and founder of BreastComfort, Cushioned Slings for Sensitive Skin.

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How Breathing Exercises During Cancer Treatment Can Relieve Stress During the Holidays

written by: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff

Women undergoing treatment for breast cancer may find themselves highly stressed and are encouraged to look for complementary therapies to ease this stress.  Breathing is one therapy of great value in reducing stress during the holidays.  Developing a breathing practice helps place the patient’s unsettled and anxious mind at ease and allows for the coming back to a “normal” quality of life. This way holidays can be experienced with joy and not dread.

Breathing to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

Breathing to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

Learning specific breathing exercises found on our Breathe With Purpose CD and creating a daily breathing practice as described below will help overcome stress and anxiety during cancer treatments this holiday season.

Beginners Guide To Starting A Breathing Exercise Practice

• Start with 5 or 10 minutes first and gradually increase up to one hour.
• Be as comfortable as possible by wearing warm, loose clothing.
• Breathing exercises should be performed ideally three hours after meals, allowing the stomach to be empty.
• Your mouth should be clean and fresh.
• We recommended breathing exercises be done early in the morning however, breathing exercises can be enjoyed anytime especially when under stress and anxiety.
• Find a place that is quiet and airy; a place where no one or thing can distract you or the breathing practice.
• Find a time of the day where you can establish a rhythm or routine and try to stick it; build a strong foundation.

Breathing exercises may be done in a space we hold for ourselves to be quiet and draw in positives for our mind and spirit. The stress is not supported in this space but only our wellness, and of course the holiday joy. Happy holidays to everyone from all of us at Breast Cancer Yoga.

Dawn Bradford Lange

 

About Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

 

Featured Photo Source: aarohatiyoga.wordpress.com

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A Unique Approach Using Food As Medicine To Decrease Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

Cooking Through Cancer Treatment To Recovery” by Dr. Lisa Price ND and Susan Gins, Certified Nutritionist, is a unique cookbook in many ways. Written for family and friends, as well as people going through cancer treatment, the focus is to use food to decrease the side effects of treatment. At the same time this approach improves the quality of life by making the patient feel better, hopefully using less prescription medicine for common side effects, lightening the load on the liver and empowering people to take an active, positive part in their lives.

Cooking From Cancer Treatment to Recovery

Recipe on cover: Artichoke, Bean, Hazelnut and Asparagus Salad

 

Here is a partial list of criteria we used and why we used it:

  1. All the recipes are hypoallergenic and do not contain gluten, dairy, processed sugar or soy. 
  • Why?  Many people are sensitive or allergic and try to avoid these ingredients.  Not eliminating these foods? Then use the recipes and substitute what works for you!

 

2.    98% of the recipes are only four steps long.

  •  Why?  We did not want to add more stress to anyone’s life who was using the cookbook.  We kept it simple and flavorful. We included a shopping list guide to stock your pantry.

3.     All the recipes have Nutrition Facts information.

  • Why?  We want people to have a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates, fiber and good fat. In addition, people going through treatment may have other medical problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, irritable bowel, etc. With Nutrition Facts, it’s easy to see how the recipes fit into their Doctor’s diet recommendations.

4.     Each recipe is coded for symptoms and treatment phases.

  • Why? It’s easy to see for example, if you are going through chemo and you have fatigue or nausea, you can read on the each recipe if it’s good for these issues. There’s a symbol with a letter: P/S=Pretreatment & Surgery, R=Radiation; C=Chemo; H=Hormonal Therapy; R/P=Remission and Prevention.
  • In addition, Dr. Price has created a grid in the back of the book that lists all the treatment phases and the side effects and leads you to the recipes that are recommended for example, constipation, joint pain muscle aches, nausea during chemo. There are eight pages of this grid that cover every treatment phase and all the most documented side effects of treatment.
  • There are many recipes to choose from so you can pick one or many that appeal to you at the time.
  • Each recipe has a Health Tip 101 explaining certain nutrients and why they are important to you.

 

Delicious Recipe from the cookbook

Recipe pictured: Bibimpap

It is well documented in scientific journals that people who are able to stay healthy during treatment have better outcomes and are able to transition to their pre-treatment lives more easily. The particular nutrients-vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, good fats-included in each recipe have been studied to have positive effects decreasing the symptoms of cancer treatment. Using the recipes in our book will support you in remission and prevention.

This blog post was written by Susan Gins, MS, Certified Nutritionist, and one of the authors of this book.  Visit her nutrition website at: www.nourish.net

 

To order this book on Amazon, click here

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Gale’s Story of Hope, Help and the Genesis of the Renewing You ®Cancer Gift Bag

By Gale Donovan, survivor, Founder and President of Renewing ® You

My purpose and creation of the Renewing You® Skincare Gift Bag is to provide women with uplifting and useful products while undergoing radiation treatment. My oncology nurse gave me a list of skincare products to purchase to help relieve the common side effects associated with my treatment.  I found the products to work well but was disappointed with the packaging.  These items were aloe vera gel, cornstarch, mild soap, and a soft baby washcloth.  Just think about carrying around a box of cornstarch in your purse. As a former Esthetician I had access to new products and their application.   I instantly thought of a powder sifter jar to put the pure cornstarch and a soft powder puff to apply.  I realized how easy it was to apply the corn starch to a lining of a wig to help with absorbing moisture and also to use as an alternative to deodorant.

I was faced with a tube of aloe vera gel.  The dispensing of it was messy and when going in a public restroom and not having paper towels only a hand dryer available.  I saw a bottle that I could dispense the aloe from the top with three holes on top and it was packaged in no mess applicator, keeping my hands clean.  Also, I could take the aloe vera gel bottle in my purse.

Renewing You Cancer Gift Bag

Renewing You Cancer Gift Bag

When I looked for a low lathering soap it was difficult to find one with pure ingredients with no chemical preservatives.  I customized my soap to a 7 ingredient glycerin soap, it was low lather, no fragrance, and non- irritating.  I recall using a soft baby washcloth with my twins and decided to try one to help exfoliate the sensitive areas.  It worked beautifully.

My gratitude pad is a great way for women to ask for help. My friends would always ask, “What can I do?”  As a wife, mother, and esthetician I was an independent woman doing well balancing all three. I did see the importance of having a meal made or a friend to pick up my twins from football practice.  This sticky note does that and my friends loved having a note as a gentle reminder. A gratutude pad is enclosed in the gift so all the patient has to do is fill out a helpful chore that he/she would like help with, and hand the reminder to a friend or relative.

My oncology nurse was happy to see how I was healing so quickly and she praised me for all my creative ideas.  My Renewing You® Skincare Relief Gift Bag has put so many smiles on women’s faces, each bag contains, an affirmation card, a postcard of my story, a bottle of organic aloe vera gel, a pure glycerin soap, a soft baby washcloth, pure corn starch, and a gratitude pad.  I have put my heart into searching out the purest ingredients in the most convenient packaging that can be taken anywhere on the go.

My hope for cancer patients is that Renewing You® skincare products will:

Make The Journey A Little Easier, A Day At A Time.

 

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Great Holiday Gifts for Cancer Patients

Are you looking to purchase a great holiday gift for a cancer patient? To give a gift that will be special and highly appreciated, we suggest buying a gift that is both thoughtful and useful.

Cancer treatments including most chemotherapy regimens and radiation can cause unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects. Great gifts can help reduce the severity of these side effects and help to improve the patient’s quality of life.  Even simple side effect solutions can have a big effect on quality of life.

Deluxe Chemo Gift Kit

Deluxe Chemotherapy Gift

We have created a list of possible side effects and product suggestions to help combat the uncomfortable symptoms. Giving a gift of comfort shows that you understand and empathize with the patients’ health challenges.

Click on any product name below for more information and details about the product.

NAUSEA

We recommend Queasy Drops which are helpful in three ways: 1) they help to reduce nausea and 2) they help keep a dry mouth hydrated 3) they have a pleasant taste. These make a great stocking stuffer.

Biobands are simple acupressure wrist bands which can be worn round the clock with no side effects. They also help reduce nausea, and are reasonably priced.

RADIATION SKIN CARE

For compromised skin including radiation reaction and radiation dermatitis, we suggest My Girls Skin Care Cream, which is calendula based and calming. It goes on the skin feeling creamy but not oily.

For burned and painful skin we recommend RADX Radiation Therapy which also has 2% lidocaine as an ingredient to help reduce pain.  CoolMagic gel sheets also offer incredible relief.

A personal products gift collection with excellent value is the DermaQOL 9 Piece Gift Kit which includes soap, lotions, therapy cream, shampoo, conditioner, lip balm, and more. The DermaQOL products contain no harsh ingredients (ie no parabens, or other harsh products).

For a calming spray, we suggest CV Skinlabs Rescue & Relief Spray or Atopalm Moisture Mist.

To help surgical scars heal consider CV Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm.

DRY MOUTH

Many chemotherapy regimens, and radiation to the throat and neck often cause dry mouth.  MouthKote is a handy spray that can be carried in a purse or a briefcase to combat dry mouth. We suggest Oral Balance Gel to help with mouth sores.

CLOTHING

Interesting and creative head wraps or hats may be appreciated by patients experiencing hair loss. There are also special surgical gowns that have been designed for cancer patients with special closures and port holes.  You can read about Radiant Wraps by clicking here.

STRESS

Relaxation, meditation and breathing products can help reduce stress. We suggest the Breathe with Purpose CD.  There are also calming apps which can be downloaded onto your phone. These products can help the patient relax during chemo infusions, or help improve sleep.

THE UNKNOWN

Fear of the unknown can cause escalation and rumination which can increase stress. The book “When Cancer Hits” by Britta Aragon is a complete guide to navigating all the changes that a patient will experience between the doctor’s office and everyday living including how to best manage side effects, stress and home recovery, and how to sustain positive energy during treatment and beyond.

LACK OF EXERCISE

Gentle exercise is generally recommended for cancer patients. Carol Michaels has written a book called  “Exercises for Cancer Survivors” and also has two gentle exercise DVD’s which can be done in the comfort of your own home. Some cancer patients are under the impression that inactivity will decrease fatigue and speed recovery. However, exercising during and after cancer surgery and treatments is helpful for one’s physical and mental well-being. The book and DVD’s are valuable resources and can help guide patients.

POOR APPETITE

Chemotherapy can affect appetite and taste. While many well wishers think that sweets and candy will be appreciated, many oncologists recommend that sugary products should be avoided. Therefore if considering food, we suggest homemade broths and chicken soups, or organic fruit and vegetable gift baskets.

 

Give the Gift of Comfort

Lots To Live For, Inc. delivers comfort during cancer

Lots To Live For, Inc. has been delivering comfort during cancer for over 12 years. We have helped many patients and their families combat the unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects of cancer treatment. We have a number of curated gift collections, or you can choose a collection of products from our website to create a more personalized gift.

by Margot Malin,

Founder and CEO of Lots To Live For, Inc.

 

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CV Skinlabs Products

 

DermaQOL Gift Kit

DermaQOL Gift Kit

 

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Lumpy Cards for Cancer Patients: Humor When It’s Least Appropriate

By Alexis Timmons, RN, Founder of Lumpy Cards

When I worked as an oncology nurse at Beverly HillsCancerCenter, administering chemotherapy daily to patients, many of suffering awful side effects, I noticed that the majority did not want sympathy. They wanted to be heard and understood, not pitied. I watched them open countless greeting cards, which said various things like: we are so sorry, get well soon, we are praying for you, and I watched their mood sink a little more. I’m sure they felt appreciated, thought of, but they most certainly didn’t feel better. 

It may seem counterintuitive, but a funny greeting card can make a cancer patient’s day brighter than a sympathy card can. As the daughter of a cancer survivor, I know it can be hard to find the right things to say, because you’re as scared as they are. So I took notes on what lifted patients up, and set out to design cards expressing those types of sentiments. I was determined to put a smile on the faces of those afflicted by cancer, and so LumpyCards was born. If you don’t know what to say to your sister, dad, coworker, or best friend with cancer, order a LumpyCard, and it will be easy.

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Example of a Lumpy Card

I have created greeting cards for every occasion, from birthday cards, sarcastic get-well cards from the cat, to holiday cards, a survivor collection, treatment-day cards, and others all specific to cancer treatment.

Eventually I hope to be in big chain stores like Walgreens and Target, so that my cards will be available to the masses, and cancer patients all over the country can be uplifted. Until then, you can purchase the cards from my website:  www.LumpyCards.com  While my mom was going through her treatment I searched tirelessly for cancer-related cards to make her laugh. I didn’t want a card that beat around the bush either. I wanted a card that spoke directly to the issue —in a funny way. Until now, that just didn’t exist. Now that they’re here, I’m trying to spread the word: Just say “no” to sympathy! Instead, you can order a LumpyCard and make someone’s day.

Another goal of mine is to partner with more cancer research foundations to raise money for their causes. So far I’ve teamed up with Brides Against Breast Cancer as a vendor in their latest Pasadena Fundraiser, and I plan on sponsoring many more, in cancer walks, runs, and events for other organizations. Additionally, a portion of every LumpyCards purchase is contributed to cancer research.

So many cancer survivors have said they wish LumpyCards had been around when they were going through their treatment. It makes me so happy to hear them praise my cards. I feel proud to be making a difference in one of the hardest journeys, knowing that even though I don’t have the cure to cancer, at least I can make the journey a little lighter.

Alexis Timmons, RN

Founder of LumpyCards

“I’ve always been drawn to oncology, as I felt I could make the greatest difference there. I loved the connection I got to make with my patients, and it was so satisfying to support them through something so challenging. But everything changed when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancer became personal, and from then on, every patient reminded me of her. I tirelessly searched for ways to brighten her day, and ended up buying lots of blank cards, because most of the cards out there were depressing. I wanted to make her laugh. My goal now is to bring laughter to as many cancer patients as I can. Cancer doesn’t have to be scary all the time! “

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