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5 Empowering Reasons to Try Yoga Therapy

Most of us don’t think twice about enlisting the help of a personal trainer to work us through our fitness goals so why not take the same approach with a yoga therapist to work on your wellness goals? By helping you move better using breath, stillness and movement in all forms, not just yoga poses, the mentor/coach-style treatment aims to help combat symptoms like fatigue, pain, reduced mobility and anxiety. The goal? To take you from rehabilitation to wellness.

Yoga Therapy is not restorative yoga, nor is it about bending and twisting deeply. It’s for people of all levels of mobility and experiences. It’s also empowering, and here’s why:

Your therapy should be as unique as you.

The unique you-ness is expressed in how symptoms show up. The expertise of a yoga therapist is seeing your movement and breathing patterns, and meeting you where you are at by honouring your full context, including the kind of person you are, what’s important to you and how you are feeling that day. We typically start small and slow by focusing on one joint and one movement at a time, as small and slow movements are more open for awareness building, easier for the nervous system to learn, and progress occurs more quickly. You will be surprised how small movements can release tension. As we progress, we may increase the number of joints involved, number of reps and speed. We may also transition from sitting or lying down movements to more standing movements to build stability and strength.

It nurtures a sense of safety.

When the nervous system is in the stress response mode, breath gets shallow, muscles tighten, the digestive system and sleep get thrown off, and your ability to cope suffers. Anxiety and fear exacerbate the stress response. A feeling of safety is essential for healing, and it’s important to work with someone who nurtures and encourages a safe place both in sessions and in your life.


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Why I Started to Share My Breast Cancer Journey

Have you ever been so scared of something that you had butterflies in your stomach and your mind couldn’t stop thinking about all the “what ifs?” Like going for a job interview or going off to college for the first time away from your family. The unknown can be scary, really scary. Our minds start going crazy and think about all of the things that could happen. We may not get that job that we worked really hard to get. What if we get home sick when we are away at college? What if we don’t like it? What if college isn’t right for us? The questions go on and on and on.

Being scared of something can also make us form relationships with others. We start to talk to others and see if they felt the same way. Getting advice from other people who were once scared of the same thing you were can be reassuring. We can ask people questions and be a little bit more prepared. Talking to someone who understands your exact situation can be life-changing and make us feel just a little bit better. Like everything is going to be okay.

And that is exactly why I decided to share my breast cancer journey.

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I started sharing my breast cancer journey about two years ago and I was so scared at first. I was scared to show myself without hair and to be vulnerable and sick. I was scared to show that I was weak and that chemo was completely taking control of my body. I was scared to actually believe that I had breast cancer. Did I really have cancer? Hearing those words was completely life changing and I don’t think they will ever escape my mind.

I put all of those scared feelings aside and I started to write. I started to share my journey of … Read More

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Study Estimates Risk of Rare Cancer From Breast Implants

In March 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated its warning about a link between breast implants and a very rare type of cancer called anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL). The update said that all the available information suggested that women with breast implants had a very low but increased risk of developing ALCL compared to women who didn’t have breast implants.

Lymphoma is cancer in the lymphatic system.

A Dutch study has better quantified the risk of ALCL in women with breast implants. The researchers estimated that for women with breast implants, the number who will develop ALCL is:

  • 1 in 35,000 for women age 50
  • 1 in 12,000 at age 70
  • 1 in 7,000 at age 75

The research was published online on Jan. 4, 2018 by JAMA Oncology. Read the abstract of “Breast Implants and the Risk of Anaplastic Large-Cell Lymphoma in the Breast.”

To do the study, the researchers looked at the nationwide Dutch pathology registry and identified women diagnosed with primary non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the breast between 1990 and 2016. The researchers then looked at the women’s health records, including whether or not they had breast implants.

The researchers found that 43 women had been diagnosed with ALCL in the breast. Of these women, 32 of them had an implant in the same breast as the cancer.

There were 146 women in the study who were diagnosed with other types of breast lymphoma (meaning the lymphoma was not ALCL). Of these women, only one had an implant in the same breast as the cancer.

This means that women diagnosed with ALCL in the breast were about 421 times more likely to have breast implants than women diagnosed with other types of breast lymphoma.

The researchers also looked to see if the type of implant affected the risk of ALCL. The 2017 F…

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Lynparza Side Effects

It’s important to know that women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant should not take Lynparza. Lynparza can harm the developing fetus. It’s also important that you don’t get pregnant while taking Lynparza; if there is any chance you can become pregnant, you must use effective birth control while you’re taking Lynparza and for at least 6 months after your last dose.

Also, women who are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed shouldn’t take Lynparza. Together, you and your doctor will decide if you should take Lynparza or breastfeed.

The most common side effects of Lynparza are:

Bone and Joint Pain

Pain and aches in your bones and joints can range from mild discomfort that goes away by itself to severe aches that require medication. Arthritis can cause bone and joint pain. Cancer spreading (metastasizing) into a bone also causes pain.

Some breast cancer treatments may cause bone or joint pain:

Cold and Flu Symptoms

Cold and flu symptoms include:

  • feeling tired
  • sneezing
  • coughing
  • runny nose
  • muscle aches
  • sore or scratchy throat
  • watery eyes
  • headache
  • low-grade fever (1 or 2 degree higher than normal)
  • chills

Several breast cancer treatments can cause cold and flu symptoms:

Several pain medications, such as ibuprofen and morphine, can also cause cold- and flu-like symptoms.

Managing cold/flu symptoms

If you start to have cold or flu symptoms during your treatment for breast cancer, talk to your doctor. Sometimes these symptoms go away after the first few treatments. If they don’t, there may be other medications you can take that will make you feel better. Your doctor can also make sure that you really don’t have a cold or the flu.

Always check with your doctor before you take any supplements such as echinacea, zinc, or vitamin C that are thought to ease cold symptoms. Some supplements can interfere with breast cancer treatment and should not be taken.

Other tips to ease cold/flu symptoms:

  • Rest, especially if you have a low-grade fever.
  • Stop smoking …

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Taste and Smell Changes

Certain medications can change the way the receptors in your mouth and nose tell your brain what you’re tasting or smelling. Some foods may taste bitter, rancid, or metallic. Foods that used to be your favorites may taste different while you’re getting treatment. This condition usually only lasts as long as treatment does — in most cases, your will senses will return to normal a couple months after you’re done.

The following breast cancer treatments can affect your sense of taste and smell:

Some pain medications also can affect your sense of taste and smell.

Managing taste and smell changes

  • Try new foods. If you find yourself disliking your favorite foods, try foods that are different from what you normally eat. Be sure to try new foods when you’re feeling good so you don’t develop more food dislikes.
  • Eat lightly and several hours before you receive chemotherapy. This helps prevent food aversions caused by nausea or <a title="Vomiting" href="http://www….

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