We believe sharing our stories and experiences is a crucial part of providing hope and fosters healing as we walk this journey together.

We are sharing helpful resources, and materials provided by our volunteers and clients, written from their perspective, in hopes of shortening the learning curve for those facing cancer.

When we hear those three words that instantly change our lives, it becomes clear we don’t know what we don’t know. It can be a challenge to find the answers needed.

We hope this will be a place you will find hope, inspiration, alternative options and perspectives, and will create a dialogue that will help you thrive in survivorship.

GUEST BLOG

Jennifer Wilson, a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas and a National Certified Counselor, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36 with no signs or symptoms. She is currently going through treatment and sharing her experience through this blog with the goal of promoting breast cancer awareness under the age of 40 and the importance of being your own advocate. Her posts offer tips and resources based on her experiences. Jennifer’s intention is to offer HOPE to those dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis and uncertainty.

AN ALTERNATIVE PROSTHESIS OPTION

Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. They are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast unlike traditional breast prosthetics. Special volunteer knitters provide these free to those requesting them. Knitted knockers can be adjusted to fill the gap for breasts that are uneven and easily adapted for those going through reconstruction by simply removing some of the stuffing. Click on the picture to the left to find out more and order yours.

If you are a gifted knitter, you can also register on their website to become a volunteer with Knitted Knockers and use your talent to provide a life changing resource for others.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA to promote the importance of physical activity after a cancer diagnosis.

How did this program form?

Livestrong’s  ongoing dialogue with cancer survivors through surveys and research led them to discover that a top concern among survivors was the difficulty of returning to physical activity after treatment. In response, LIVESTRONG partnered with the YMCA of the USA in 2007 to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a 12-week physical activity program designed to get survivors back on their feet.

Who benefits from LIVESTRONG at the YMCA?

Survivors participate in free or low cost customized exercise regimens catered to their individual needs from certified fitness instructors. The instructors are trained in cancer survivorship, post-rehabilitation exercise and supportive cancer care. Survivors and often their families receive a membership at the YMCA for the duration of the program.

Introducing patients with cancer and their caregivers to the practice of yoga can be beneficial for coping with side effects of treatment and the psychological aspects of cancer that are often difficult and distressing. Oncology nurses can learn to use simple yoga techniques for themselves and as interventions with their patients. This article offers a literature review and shares different techniques and their benefit.

Chair Yoga Class for EVERYONE- FREE

Balance Your Mind, Body & Spirit through Deep Breathing, Gentle Stretching, and Relaxation Research shows many positive health benefits of yoga such as improving immune system and overall health; increased energy, mood, & sense of well-being; and decreased blood pressure, heart rate, stress, anxiety & depression.

Mondays   2:00 pm-3:00pm
Memorial Hermann Greater Heights South Tower, Classroom F
1635 N Loop W, Houston, TX 77008
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring water. Classes are free.  

Call 713-222-CARE (2273) to register or click the title above for other locations
http://www.memorialhermann.org/classes-events/

Beyond being a book simply for those who may be in treatment or recovery from cancer, this is a timeless memoir of how one should live daily with hope, love, good humor, and faith in a compassionate God, and is destined to be an inspirational touchstone for years to come.

John Butler was diagnosed with the advanced stage IV base-of-tongue cancer and underwent an aggressive regimen of high dosage chemotherapy and extensive radiation. What could not be foreseen was the turn of events following treatment. His book is a wry, harrowing, and at times unexpectedly humorous story detailing his struggles to balance medical conflicts while simultaneously managing his family life.  Interestingly, John’s mother, Enid Butler, was a CanCare volunteer for many years and was instrumental in starting the hospital outreach for CanCare in 1993.