Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Essence Feature on Breast Cancer

I recently read the Body & Spirit feature in Essence magazine on "The Black Woman's Guide to Breast Cancer". I found the information to be useful for women of any color. The guide addressed 3 steps on prevention, surviving, and thriving with the big C. The first step was your anticancer plan, the second step was your early-detection plan and the final step was your best cancer plan.

Awareness is key when knowing your body. I found that the article provided a nice blueprint for women dealing with the possibility of illness and experiencing cancer as part of their lives now. It was disheartening that they didn't include any information about family and/or community support.  My sense is that the author was focused on the individual guide and not a collaborative guide. As we know, illness affects the patient but also other people connected to her.

The magazine is still on stands with cover issue honoring women with power and our first lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama. Check it out and let me know your thoughts!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Mind and Body Connection

Several months ago, I read this article via and I wanted to share with each of you. I am a firm believer in the connection between your mind and body. I am sure after days of chemotherapy, radiation, or just daily activities your body might be in some form of fatigue or even pain. Research studies have shown that meditation and hypnosis can assist to alleviate nausea, vomiting, stress, anxiety, and fatigue associated with chemotherapy.

If you are interested in learning more about meditation and hypnosis, I would love to elaborate further and even share more information with you that might be useful.