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Series On Stress: What Have We Learned So Far?

Series On Stress: What Have We Learned So Far?

Over the last year we have learned a lot about stress. We’ve talked about the science of stress, how it affects our bodies and various methods of reducing stress. In the spirit of looking back on the previous year and toward the new one, let’s reflect on on what we’ve...

Series on Stress: Reiki

Series on Stress: Reiki

A Brief Story of Stress and Wisconsin Identity Stress is ubiquitous to the human experience everywhere humans have ever existed in any capacity from hunter/gatherer to the sedentary gamer.  Stress is so fundamental and germane to being human, it is difficult to...

Series on Stress: Do What You Love

Series on Stress: Do What You Love

One of the best ways to relieve stress in your life, to feel good in your body, and consequentially aiming to improve treatment outcomes and your ability to fight off infections, is by doing the things you love. This is pretty simple to understand in principle, but...

Thinking Positive (Even When It’s Really Tough)

Thinking Positive (Even When It’s Really Tough)

We live in a modern culture that prizes positivity and shies away from the rawness and hard parts of what it means to be human. What it means to live and what it means to inevitably face our own mortality, a reckoning we must all face one day, must all process. What...

Carrie Bacovsky

On Monday July 22nd, just after 4 o'clock in the afternoon, Carrie Bacovsky, our beneficiary since 2016, passed away. As I write about her, less than a week later, I'm challenged to give you a full sense of the amazing person that we came to know. Carrie was diagnosed...

Lessons I Learned From My Moms Fight With Cancer

Lessons I Learned From My Moms Fight With Cancer

When my mother was diagnosed with Stage 3C Invasive Ductal Carcinoma in February, 2015, I was in shock. One thing I do when I am in shock and/or faced with troubles, I strive to find solutions and create savory outcomes through extensive action. So when it came to my...

7 Quick Tips For When You Have No Motivation

7 Quick Tips For When You Have No Motivation

There’s no way around it, sometimes you have no motivation. It happens to everyone, don’t worry! There are many days when I wake up and everything I do feels like I am dragging myself through molasses to make it happen. When there are big changes in your life and you...

Ask An Expert About: Breast Reconstruction

Ask An Expert About: Breast Reconstruction

With 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with breast cancer, there is an increasing number of women who will lose their breast to cancer. Breast reconstruction offers the possibility to rebuild the breast physically and also to help restore a patients body image. The...

A Year In Review: 2018

A Year In Review: 2018

2018 has been a year of wonder with significant experiences in growth, change and determination. Between transforming our reality through a luau for our annual fundraiser, honoring the life of Kathy Nackers through a 7th annual golf outing with her friends and family,...

Series On Stress: Mindfulness and Aromatherapy

Series On Stress: Mindfulness and Aromatherapy

Deanna Savage, the President and Founder of Savage Support once told me that, when she received her breast cancer diagnosis, one of the last things she wanted to do was to practice mindfulness. After all, she had just received bad news and thought there would be...

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Have you ever driven to work and had no idea how you got there? Ever eaten a whole bag of chips or cookies only to find the bag gone and have no idea where they went? We often go about our daily lives on autopilot, not paying attention to our thoughts, feelings and...

Series On Stress: Exercise

Series On Stress: Exercise

Welcome back to our Series On Stress, where we look at how stress impacts treatment and recovery from breast cancer and how we can reduce stress in our lives to improve the outcomes of treatment. This month we are looking at exercise and the effects it has, not only...

The Value of Volunteering

The Value of Volunteering

When I refer to “value”, I’m not referencing the monetary value of a volunteer hour, which is estimated at $24.69/hour times the 140 million volunteers worldwide for a total of 400 billion dollars, according to the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project....

Series On Stress: An Introduction

Series On Stress: An Introduction

If you know someone battling breast cancer (or if you received a diagnosis yourself) you may already understand how your stress can skyrocket after getting the news. You now have to keep your treatment schedule organized, have to become fluent in doctor-speak, and...

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