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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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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.

 

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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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Books for Cancer Patients: Inspiration, Meditation and Exercise

by Margot Malin

We got such positive feedback from our prior blog post, in which we highlighted books that are helpful for cancer patients who were just diagnosed, going through treatment and seeking to improve their diets that we were inspired to create an update. Click HERE to access our original post “Helpful Books for Cancer Patients – Just Diagnosed, Going Through Treatment and Nutrition and Diet Suggestions“.

In today’s blog post we suggest books for exercise during and after cancer treatment and books to help inspiration, calming and healing.  These books can empower the reader with knowledge and inspiration.

EXERCISE

Exercises for Cancer Survivors – Stretching and Strength Training, By Carol Michaels

According to Carol Michaels, MBA, ACSM, ACE:  “Exercise is an important component of a cancer survivor’s recovery process. Emerging research suggests a decrease in breast cancer recurrence for those who exercise. A well-designed program can also decrease side effects and improve quality of life. Moreover, acceptance of exercise as part of a good recuperation and standard of care has been gaining momentum in the medical community.  Cancer patients should begin an exercise program designed to ameliorate the adverse effects of surgery and help them regain their pre-cancer fitness level. Exercise that focuses on functional fitness will help them be able to perform the activities of daily living and return to the activities that they enjoy.”

This book educates patients about the importance of exercise in their treatment regimen. A more complete description of her book is available in this blog post: “Exercises for Cancer  Survivors – A New Book”.  Among other things, in this book patients will learn: Which exercises should I be doing and which should I avoid? Can I exercise during chemotherapy? Can I exercise if I have lymphedema? How do I exercise safely with osteoporosis? Some cancer patients will need to exercise under supervision while others will be able to exercise independently. This book isan essential guide for those who prefer or need to exercise independently.  Click HERE for more information.

YOGA

Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery by Diana Ross, ERYT 500, Breast Cancer Survivor

This is an unique restorative yoga therapy book which focuses on breast health, lymphedema management and breast cancer recovery. This book contains a wide variety of supported restorative yoga poses that use different yoga props. The breath is also introduced with each flowing pose so that the mind as well as the muscles “let go” and relax allowing for the healing to begin and then to grow. Yoga poses are done either in a relaxed, reclined, seated, twisting and standing position. Restorative Yoga For Breast Cancer Recovery is a great beginning to build a practice for strength and flexibility, as well as aiding in lymphedema management. This book outlines a variety of easy to learn restorative yoga poses which can emotionally and physically improve the recovery process from breast cancer surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy treatments. It is also invaluable in maintaining breast health, reducing cancer related fatigue (CRF), and managing lymphedema. If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed, is in treatment or in recovery, this yoga is the perfect place to start. Discover how a consistent practice of Restorative Yoga can provide inner peace and healing for your mind, body and spirit.  Click HERE for more information.

INSPIRATIONAL, SPRIRITUAL, AND INTEGRATIVE BOOKS AND CD’S

Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds by Dr. Kelly Turner

In her New York Times bestseller, Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds,  Dr. Kelly A. Turner, founder of the Radical Remission Project, uncovers nine factors that can lead to a spontaneous remission from cancer—even after conventional medicine has failed.

Radical Remission book

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While getting her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkley, Dr. Turner, a researcher, lecturer, and counselor in integrative oncology, was shocked to discover that no one was studying episodes of radical (or unexpected) remission—when people recover against all odds without the help of conventional medicine, or after conventional medicine has failed.  She was so fascinated by this kind of remission that she embarked on a ten month trip around the world, traveling to ten different countries to interview fifty holistic healers and twenty radical remission cancer survivors about their healing practices and techniques. Her research continued by interviewing over 100 Radical Remission survivors and studying over 1000 of these cases.  Her evidence presents nine common themes that she believes may help even terminal patients turn their lives around.

Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds has been highly recommended by numerous integrative medicine practitioners, cancer patients, cancer coaches  on blogs and on Linkedin posts.  Click HERE for more information.

Meditation to Help You During Chemotherapy Audio CD by Health Leaders

This imagery was designed to help listeners see their chemotherapy in a positive light; to help reduce aversive side effects, such as fatigue and nausea; to help the body’s immune cells fight cancer; to encourage relaxation and a sense of hope, safety, support and peace. With affirmations. Relaxation and visualization. (Running time: 41 minutes) You can take this  CD to chemotherapy treatments. Click HERE for more information.

Breathe With Purpose Audio CD by Diana Ross

Manage Stress – Learn to Breathe: Deep breathing is vital in that it encourages the release of body toxins, rebuild healthy tissue which consequently increases overall energy. This true oxygen exchange stimulates digestion, assimilation and elimination. A very important function of breathing fully and slowly is that the body’s natural relaxation response is prompted. This relaxation response results in decreased tension, anxiety and fatigue.  This CD contains 6 breathing exercises to help you reduce stress and anxiety, quiet the mind, concentrate, and more. You can take this to chemotherapy treatments.  Click HERE for more information.

Cancer: 50 Essential Things to do by Greg Anderson

Cancer 50 Essential Things To Do

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Revised and updated for the first time since 1999, this invaluable guide to cancer recovery offers an easily accessible plan for patients and family members. Written by a cancer survivor, the book is an inspiring, action-oriented roadmap for those who choose to adopt a stance of hope and take charge of their diagnosis.

With penetrating insights that bring together more than two decades of scientifically supported research and experience, Anderson reveals a step-by-step holistic action plan that has been successfully employed by hundreds of thousands of cancer patients worldwide. Anderson’s message is: “You must not simply treat illness, you must also create wellness: physically, emotionally and spiritually.”  Click HERE for more information.

 

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeff Zaslow

A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave–“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”–wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.  For more information about this book click HERE.  To view The Last Lecture “Randy Pausch:  Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” on YouTube click HERE.

Love, Medicine and Miracles by Dr. Bernie Siegal

Love Medicine Miracles

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Unconditional love is the most powerful stimulant of the immune system. The truth is: love heals. Miracles happen to exceptional patients every day—patients who have the courage to love, those who have the courage to work with their doctors to participate in and influence their own recovery.  To learn more about this book click HERE.

From Incurable to Incredible, Cancer Survivors Who Beat The Odds and Miracle Survivors: Beating The Odds of Incurable Cancer, both books by Tami Bohemer

From Incurable to Incredible features 27 stories of cancer survivors who shocked everyone by overcoming a terminal prognosis. You’ll learn about Dave Massey, who in 1986 and again in 1997, was given six months to live. Today, he runs marathons and speaks at cancer centers nationwide to spread his message of hope. Paul Falk, diagnosed 23 years ago at age 9 with acute leukemia, describes how his doctors wondered if he would survive two weeks. A year later, he wowed everyone by becoming the personal guest of then Vice President George H.W. Bush. And then there’s Mary Jacobson who, after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, bought a coffin and made arrangements for her young daughter. Fifteen years later, she competes in Strong Woman competitions and pulls planes, trains and automobiles for charity.

If you have received an incurable cancer diagnosis, hearing about someone “who made it” is like spotting a rescue ship when you’re drowning in a stormy sea. Miracle Survivors provides that lifeline with a collection of stories of cancer survivors who were given a terminal diagnosis but shocked everyone by thriving years past their prognoses. These “miracle survivors” have different cancers and circumstances, but share a poor prognosis and incredible drive to overcome it.

Miracle Survivors will help answer the question: What sets people apart who beat the odds of a terminal or incurable prognosis? Overcoming the odds wasn’t something that just happened to those who share their stories. Each person took a very active role in overcoming their challenges, whether it was activating their faith or transforming their lifestyle. Rather than passively accepting their circumstances, they decided to transform them.

Own Your Cancer: A Take Charge Guide For The Recently Diagnosed And Those Who Love Them, by Dr. Peter Edelstein

Own Your Cancer

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A must have book for taking charge of the medical aspects of treatment. Dr. Peter Edelstein has learned by listening to his patients and their families–whose lives have suddenly been up-ended by a diagnosis of cancer–that they need a partner to help them navigate their new, complex world. It is critical that cancer patients take charge of their health and “own their cancer” in order to remain in control of this confusing and frightening process. This extremely accessible book is that expert partner, offering a combination of crucial medical education clearly and comfortably explained along with personal guidance gleaned from real patient experiences. In an informed, compassionate, and respectful manner, “Dr. E” translates the challenging medical and psychological issues facing the cancer patient into lay terms, as well as outlining options for “owning” the path ahead. The result empowers patients and their loved ones to take control of their treatment regardless of cancer type or stage, to maintain their independence, and to oversee the processes which will determine their ultimate survival and quality of life.  Click HERE for more information.

 

Waking the Warrior Goddess, Third Edition: Dr. Christine Horner’s Program to Protect Against & Fight Breast Cancer,  by Christine Horner, MD

Breast cancer has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Once a relatively rare disease, it now affects 2 to 3 million American women. What can we do to protect ourselves? Christine Horner, M.D., has the prescription: Eat healthy foods, add a good dose of certain supplements, get the rest and exercise we need, and avoid things that are bad for our bodies. We each have a Warrior Goddess in us, and it’s time to set her free.

A pioneer who pushed through federal and state legislation ensuring that breast reconstruction after a mastectomy would be paid for by insurance companies, Dr. Horner lost her own mother to breast cancer. She decided then that her mother’s death would not be in vain.

Using the metaphor of the Warrior Goddess, this book explains what Ayurveda, an ancient system of healing, describes as our “inner healing intelligence.” It also explores the various foods and supplements that enable women to prevent and successfully fight breast cancer, as they claim the healthy body that should be theirs. Dr. Horner has added a new chapter to the updated third edition of her award-winning book. In “The Spiritual Journey of Breast Cancer,” she describes why cancer is a wake-up call, a time-out in which women can turn inward to evaluate their lives with the intent to restore good health and learn how to receive, allow, trust, and surrender as they cultivate their relationship with their intuition and a higher power.

The final part of Waking the Warrior Goddess presents Dr. Horner’s Thirty-Step Program for reclaiming health and defeating breast cancer. In addition, this book includes an extensive, newly updated resources section for obtaining the particular nutrients and products that our bodies need to become and stay strong and healthy.  Click HERE to get more information.

 

Life Over Cancer: The Block Center Program for Integrative Cancer Treatment, by Dr. Keith Block

Life Over Cancer

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Dr. Keith Block is at the global vanguard of innovative cancer care. As medical director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment in Evanston, Illinois, he has treated thousands of patients who have lived long, full lives beyond their original prognoses. Now he has distilled almost thirty years of experience into the first book that gives patients a systematic, research-based plan for developing the physical and emotional vitality they need to meet the demands of treatment and recovery.

Based on a profound understanding of how body and mind can work together to defeat disease, this groundbreaking book offers:
• Innovative approaches to conventional treatments, such as “chronotherapy”–chemotherapy timed to patients’ unique circadian rhythms for enhanced effectiveness and reduced toxicity
• Dietary choices that make the biochemical environment hostile to cancer growth and recurrence, and strengthen the immune system’s ability to attack remaining cancer cells
• Precise supplement protocols to tame treatment side effects, relieve disease-related symptoms, and modify processes like inflammation and glycemia that can fuel cancer if left untreated
• A new paradigm for exercise and stress reduction that restores your strength, reduces anxiety and depression, and supports the body’s own ability to heal
• A complete program for remission maintenance–a proactive plan to make sure the cancer never returns

Also included are “quick-start” maps to help you find the information you need right now and many case histories that will support and inspire you. Encouraging, compassionate, and authoritative, Life over Cancer is the guide patients everywhere have been waiting for.   

 

Elyn Jacobs, Cancer Coach has created a great resource page for cancer patient including books and products.  You can access Elyn’s resource page on her blog  clicking HERE.

Knowledge Is Power

Knowledge is power.  Inspiration from others who have walked in the same shoes can give you strength and courage. Learning about cancer from a variety of angles can help make you a more informed and proactive patient, which will help you navigate your journey with better vision and conviction.

Margot Malin is founder and CEO of Lots To Live For, Inc.  Visit our website to learn about personal care products that can reduce and relieve the unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects of oncology radiation, chemotherapy and cancer surgery.  Lots To Live For, Inc. delivers comfort during cancer.

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Helpful Books for Cancer Patients: Just Diagnosed | Going Through Treatment | Nutrition and Diet Suggestions

by Margot Malin, CEO and Founder of Lots To Live For, Inc.

We believe that knowledge is power. We share below a list of books to help empower patients with knowledge and information.

Specifically we suggest books that are helpful for patients who have just been diagnosed and for patients who are going though their treatment protocol. In addition we suggest books focusing on Nutrition and Diet. These books are great to share with family members and caregivers. They also make thoughtful cancer gifts.

JUST DIAGNOSED

These books are helpful to read when a patient is just diagnosed. They are packed with useful information to educate you and prepare you for the journey.

When Cancer Hits

When Cancer Hits by Britta Aragon

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by Britta Aragon

When Cancer Hits is your complete guide to navigating all the changes you’ll experience between the doctor’s office and everyday living. Whether your future includes surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy, you’ll need to know how to best manage your side effects, stress, and home recovery—and how to sustain positive energy during treatment and beyond.  With real-life stories from survivors plus advice from doctors and experienced health experts, When Cancer Hits delivers life-changing information on how to care for your body, boost your immune system, encourage your own healing, and nurture your soul while on the road to recovery.

Hospital Stay Handbook: A Guide to Becoming a Patient Advocate for Your Loved Ones

by Jari Holland Buck

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When Jari Holland Buck’s husband became seriously ill, she stayed by his side and bravely fought for his life. Her steadfast attention to detail-questioning caregivers, researching medicines, and providing a positive, spiritually rich environment for healing-produced a medical miracle: his survival.  The author’s vivid experiences form the basis of this guide to becoming a patient advocate. Her life-saving lessons will help you choose the best hospital, develop a partnership with caregivers, prevent medical mistakes, and avoid caregiver burnout. Along with practical advice for enforcing patient rights, executing power of attorney, and avoiding inappropriate hospital charges, the author also explores how to bolster the body, mind, and soul of a critically ill loved one through prayer, positivity, and spiritual healing.

 

What You Don’t Know Can Kill You: A Physician’s Radical Guide to Conquering the Obstacles to Excellent Medical Care

by Dr. Laura Nathanson

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In 2003, Dr. Laura Nathanson was widowed after the misdiagnosis of her beloved husband. After this tragedy, she was determined to help others protect themselves and their loved ones from similarly preventable health care disasters—and help them benefit from health care miracles.In What You Don’t Know Can Kill You, Dr. Nathanson provides a guide to getting the best medical care and navigating our frustrating and often impenetrable health care system. In clear, non-medical language, she shows how to:

    • Flag any signs of misdiagnosis and misleading analysis of symptoms
    • Prevent miscommunication among specialists from having dire consequences
    • Stay safe in the hospital and bypass its dangers· Choose a health care plan without falling into the “uncovered services” trap

Full of empathy for each individual patient and caregiver, What You Don’t Know Can Kill You will empower patients to be their own best advocates.

GOING THROUGH TREATMENT

These books are helpful for patients undergoing treatment; they are informative and uplifting.

Anticancer: A New Way of Life

by David Servan-Schreiber

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Current developments in cancer research and offers more tips on how people living with cancer can fight it and how healthy people can prevent it. The new edition of Anticancer includes:

• The latest research on anticancer foods, including new alternatives to sugar and cautions about some that are now on the market
• New information about how vitamin D strengthens the immune system
• Warnings about common food contaminants that have recently been proven to contribute to cancer progression
• A new chapter on mind-body approaches to stress reduction, with recent studies that show how our reactions to stress can interfere with natural defenses and how friendships can support healing in ways never before understood
• A groundbreaking study showing that lifestyle modification, as originally proposed in Anticancer, reduces mortality for breast cancer by an astounding 68 percent after completion of treatment
• New supporting evidence for the entire Anticancer program

 

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Uplift: Secrets from the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors

by Barbara Delinsky

UPLIFT is a collection of hundreds of pieces of practical and inspiring tidbits collected from survivors and their on everything from what kind of deodorant to use during radiation treatment to the best kinds of exercise. Think of it as “The Girlfriends’ Guide” to breast cancer, with hints on everything from what kind of deodorant to use during radiation treatment to the best kinds of exercise after a mastectomy to how to tell the person you’re most afraid to tell that you have cancer.

Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, 5th Edition (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

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by Dr. Susan Love

Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book has long been the bible for the newly diagnosed. In this completely revised fifth edition, it also becomes a guide for those at risk of getting breast cancer, survivors interested in the consequences of their treatment, and anyone who wants to understand the new research about how the local environment influences the manifestations and treatments of many different kinds of breast cancer. Major advances being made in genetic research today mean that prevention and treatment can work not only to get rid of mutated cells (through chemo or surgery), but also to change the environment around the cells (through hormone therapy, exercise, and stress reduction). Among other promising developments discussed are advances in imaging, recognition of breast density as a risk factor, and a section focused on “personalized medicine” to help determine what kind of cancer you have and how best to treat it.  Any woman facing a diagnosis, decisions about treatment, or concerns about prevention will find in Dr. Love’s book the information, guidance, and reassurance she needs.

The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book

by The Breast Health Experts at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

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From the breast health experts at Mayo Clinic comes a guide to the many aspects of breast cancer—from prevention, to care and coping, to survival, to living with hope. Trustworthy information offered in a spirit of companionship.  Mayo Clinic set out to provide comprehensive and up-to-date facts in easy-to-understand language. They’ve succeeded in this handbook for those who’ve been diagnosed, or for those who want to give sensitive and helpful support to someone with breast cancer

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Healing for Your Breast Cancer Journey: Surviving and Thriving During and After Your Diagnosis and Treatment

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by Dr. Julie Silver

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hope & Healing for Your Breast Cancer Journey will encourage comfort and encourage breast cancer patients and survivors with its inspiring stories and helpful medical information.  A support group from breast cancer diagnosis through treatment to rehabilitation and recovery, this book combines inspiring Chicken Soup for the Soul stories written just for this book and accessible leading-edge medical information from Dr. Julie Silver of Harvard Medical School. Patients and survivors will find comfort, strength and hope.

Breast Cancer Journey: The Essential Guide to Treatment and Recovery

by Ruth O’Regan

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Offering encouragement and support, this updated guide is the authority on coping with breast cancer. Highlighting all the latest medical developments, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery, this essential book guides newly diagnosed patients every step of the way. Including practical tips on managing the emotions, reactions, and side effects of breast cancer and its treatment, detailed questions to ask a medical team for empowerment, and wellness plans for recovery and life after cancer, this comprehensive manual is packed with information to best manage the breast cancer experience.

FOOD AND NUTRITION    

American Cancer Society Complete Guide to Nutrition for Cancer Survivors: Eating Well, Staying Well During and After Cancer

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by Abby Bloch, Barbara Grant, and 3 others

Written for consumers, patients, and families seeking reliable information about nutritional support for people with cancer, this comprehensive guide offers the latest information about using nutrition to optimal advantage during the cancer journey. Also discussed is the role of sound nutritional choices before, during, and after cancer therapy and how they can help bolster energy levels, strengthen the immune system, fight off infection, and minimize the side effects of treatment. Charts, information on special diets, and level-headed advice about dietary supplements make this a valuable tool for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 

The Whole-Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors: A Nutritional Approach to Preventing Recurrence (The New Harbinger Whole-Body Healing Series)

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by Edward Bauman and 4 others

If you’re a breast cancer survivor, chances are you have renewed your commitment to maintaining your good health and taking care of your body. As one of the best preventative measures known to doctors and nutritionists today, a robust, cancer-fighting diet is vital to your personal plan for breast cancer prevention.

The Chemotherapy Diet: 5 Steps to Staying Healthy During Cancer Treatment

by Mike Herbert and Joe Dispenza

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The Chemotherapy Diet is a practical guide to feeling good during chemo… and beyond with 100+ simple recipes, menu planning guide, and more, presented in a simple 5-step program:

  • Change your thinking and develop an attitude focused on healing.
  • Detoxify with therapeutic baths to promote healing from the inside out.
  • Eat the best foods to create a healing chemistry in your body.
  • Supplement your diet to support the healing momentum.
  • Exercise and rest to speed the healing process.

The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook: Includes 150 Healthy and Delicious Recipes

by Jean Lamantia

Recent research indicates that diet can influence a patient’s cancer treatment and survival rate as well as help to manage the side effects. This book has been written for both patients and caregivers and addresses the unique requirements of a patient undergoing cancer treatment.  A patient’s waxing and waning appetite and ability to maintain optimal nutritional requirements are severely challenged during treatment, so the book provides integral information on how to deal with these challenges. From managing the side effects of treatment with particular foods and nutrients, to make-ahead meals that can be frozen and reheated at a moment’s notice, to foods that are simply more palatable to a patient depending on what stage of treatment they’re in.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM ELYN JACOBS, CANCER COACH

Elyn says “In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and because I strive to spread the word that there are many options, but no one magic bullet for cancer, I would like to share some books that will empower you to be an active participant in your healing.  No one treatment is right for all, and there are options well beyond what we are hearing from our doctors. ” Elyn’s suggestions can be found in her blog post entitled “Recommended Reading List for People With Breast Cancer” – please click HERE to access her suggestions.

 

IN CLOSING

It has been wonderful to watch how the number of resources for cancer patients has grown  since we started Lots To Live For, Inc. in 2002.

We look forward to sharing more resources in an upcoming blog post which will focus on these three additional categories:

  • Exercise for Cancer Patients
  • Alternative and Complementary Treatments
  • Insprational and Uplifting Books for Cancer Patients

For additional book suggestions please visit our Pinterest board “Books, Apps, CD’s, DVD’s and Software to Help Cancer Patients”

 

Margot Malin is founder and CEO of Lots To Live For, Inc.  Visit our website to learn about personal care products that can reduce and relieve the unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects of oncology radiation, chemotherapy and cancer surgery.  Lots To Live For, Inc. delivers comfort during cancer.

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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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COPING WITH NEUROPATHY AND HOW TOPRICIN SUPPORTS THE HEALING JOURNEY

–By Lou Paradise

Patients who are valiantly coping with cancer, supported by the love and assistance of family and friends, have to deal with the significant and often extremely painful side effects of their treatment protocols.

One of the most common and debilitating side effects of chemotherapy is chemo-induced neuropathy:  the excruciatingly intense tingling and burning in the hands and feet can be unbearable.  The nerve pain can be so relentlessly agonizing that is the number one reason that cancer patients prematurely stop their treatments.

I can so appreciate the discomfort, agony, and frustration of what pain sufferers endure because I have personally suffered from debilitating nerve pain.  And as the president and chief of research at Topical BioMedics, Inc., I am humbled by the fact that Topricin—our company’s propriety healing technology uniquely formulated with cellular biomedicines—is helping to support cancer patients on their healing journey, especially with the nerve pain (neuropathy)

I invented Topricin following two tours of active duty serving as a decorated Marine Corps helicopter combat/rescue crew chief in Vietnam.  As a result of the physical demands of my missions, I suffered from cumulative trauma injuries that felt like a severe case of bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).   Because of my nerve-related injuries, I experienced burning pain from the tips of my fingers to my elbows in both hands and arms.  When the pain was at its worst, I was lucky to get two or three hours of sleep, and had to rest sitting up in a chair in order to maintain circulation and offset the excruciating pain.

I was determined to find a cure for my war injuries, as I knew that the chemical pain pills couldn’t help and that the surgery for this condition would not be an option either.  Drawing on my years of research in how the body heals and that natural medicines stimulate healing, I began to self-experiment. Herbal medicines had little effect and single-ingredient homeopathic medicines produced some relief but not what I was looking for.   Not deterred, I deduced that maybe a combination of homeopathic medicines in a cream base applied locally to the specific pain site might be the answer.

I’ve been blessed with a strong intuition and from the 3,000 homeopathic choices was able to use a specific combination of homeopathic biomedicines and created a formula that had a measurable effect and the pain began to ease in just a few weeks. I was able to get four hours of sleep, then five, then six.  This was a wonderful achievement as sleep is crucial to the healing process since the body does its primary repair while we are resting.

I had created the prototype Topricin® formula…And now, more than 25 years later, I am happy to report that I’ve been pain free, symptom free, and medication free, enjoying a complete restoration of full function, mobility, and range of motion.  

Topricin is an innovative healing technology that is bridging the gap between well-researched natural medicine and conventional care, and is in fact used at major medical facilities around the country.  My goal in creating Topricin was to make sure no one else would ever have to suffer the way I did. Enhancing the body’s miraculous innate ability to heal itself is the answer to all painful conditions.

Why homeopathy?  Because it is a 200-year-old natural medical model that emphasizes healing as a cornerstone of why it works.  This federally-regulated medical system utilizes micro dosed natural medicines from herb, mineral and animal sources that stimulate the body’s natural healing and defense processes to achieve homeostasis and maximum healing. Healing is the ultimate form of pain relief. This non-chemical, non-toxic form of medicine is safe, produces no known side effects, and is not contra-indicated with any other medication or treatment.

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Collection of Topricin Products

Here’s a bit more detail.  The biomedicines in Topricin are molecular complete natural cellular compounds that are nearly identical to the body’s natural healing chemistries. Topricin has a proprietary delivery system that penetrates to deepest recesses of where we feel the pain. Topricin’s biomedicines stimulate detoxifying the lymphatic system locally, relaxing the microcapillaries to restore oxygen-rich blood to damaged cells. The relief realized is the body’s healing of the cells that cause the pain.

Patented for the topical treatment of pain associated with neuropathy and fibromyalgia, Topricin has helped hundreds of thousands of patients experiencing chemo-induced neuropathy experience the healing relief needed to overcome the side effects of chemo-therapy…reducing or even eliminating the need for oral pain pills. In the case of Rx opioids, the risks are even greater because they are highly addictive, and like all chemical pain pills they have no curative power and literally shut down the healing process, and never treat the cause of the pain. Moreover, the side effects of oral pain medication can lead to worse medical conditions then the pain you were trying to treat.

When it comes to neuropathic pain, especially in the feet and legs, our Topricin Foot Therapy Cream offers maximum benefits.  This is because it’s formulated with additional biomedicines that help reduce excess pressure inside the foot.  It also treats cracking and dry skin and supports circulation, providing needed oxygen and nutrients to repair the cells causing the pain. Apply odorless greaseless Topricin 3-4 times a day initially, for best results before bed and in the morning.

I believe it is everyone’s birthright to experience a vibrant, joyful quality of life, doing the things they love with those they love best.  The Topricin mission is not just about the end of pain; it’s about the beginning of relief.  I am honored to have an opportunity to support your healing journey.

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Founder of Topical Biomedics

Lou Paradise, Founder of Topical Biomedics

 

Lou Paradise is president and chief of research of Topical BioMedics, Inc., Rhinebeck, NY.  A decorated US Marine Corps veteran, he frequently serves as an expert speaker on the use of natural medicines, conducts pain management seminars, and is a member of the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists.  Mr. Paradise invented Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Cream to safely and effectively address the injuries he sustained as a result of serving two tours of duty as a helicopter medevac rescue crew chief in Vietnam.  He regularly addresses clinical audiences on the use of his company’s proprietary topical technologies in the treatment of acute and chronic pain and trauma injury including post-surgical trauma as a compliment to primary care, bridging the gap between natural medicines and the conventional medical community.  His formulas are patented for the topical treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia and both chemo-induced and diabetic neuropathy.  www.topricin.com

 

You can purchase Topricin Pain Relief Cream and Topricin Foot Therapy cream at www.LotsToLiveFor.com where you will also find additional products to reduce and relieve the uncomfortable and unpleasant side effects of cancer treatment.

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