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Mindfulness Mediation: Exploring Research and Techniques

By Laura Schepis, Cancer Support Community Intern “Feel your toes, feel your ankles, your shins, now the back of your legs up to your knees…”  This may sound strange, but this is what a body scan during meditation might sound like.  It is a piece of mindfulness meditation that asks the participant to acknowledge every little part of their body from …

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The Benefits of Yoga: A Look at the Evidence

by Suzanne Tham, Cancer Support Community MSW Intern  The Cancer Support Community has many interesting healthy lifestyle programs, and yoga was one of the first that caught my eye. Having had the privilege to participate in one session, I felt right away that it rejuvenated my tired body and mind. While many people would assume it to be primarily for recreation, yoga …

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Coping with Cancer During the Holidays

By: Bonnie Dockham, LMSW, Cancer Support Community Executive Director The holiday season brings joy and cheer to many, but what if you are dealing with cancer or recently lost a loved one? Here are some simple strategies to help cope with the holidays when cancer is a part of life: DO: Expect to have some emotional pain. When the feelings …

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The New Normal: Taking Care of Your Physical and Emotional Health After Treatment is Complete

By Rosie Morrison, LLMSW, Cancer Support Community Program Director There are millions of cancer survivors throughout the world today—nearly 15.5 million in the United States alone—even though rates of cancer diagnosis are decreasing in men and staying about the same in women. This increase in survivorship is attributed to better treatments, earlier detection, and a population that is both growing …

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From Berkeley to Jamaica: My Strides for Hope Experience

By Anna Scodel When I moved to Berkeley from Philadelphia to start graduate school in 2013, I knew I was moving to the land of fancy cheeses on beautiful hikes, daily avocado toast, and year-round winery trips (and, of course, public policy coursework). What I didn’t know was that I would become a runner, and what I really didn’t know …

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Stage IV at Motel 6

By Mary Koral It’s not a group anyone would join willingly. But, it is a group I have joined and see every week. There’s age range and a mix of male and female. There’s a group leader. We talk and talk and sometimes we leave uplifted and sometimes we leave feeling worse than when we came. If it sounds like …

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Coming Full Circle Once Again

By Catherine Daligga Reposted with permission from the author. December 14, 2015 A week ago yesterday, I was still in Jamaica, following the fundraising run in which my daughter and I (and about 40 other people) participated on behalf of our local Cancer Support Community. The run itself happened on Saturday December 5th. I should put “run” in quotes, because we …

My Home Away From Home

By Beverly Vargo I tell people the Cancer Support Community is my home away from home, but that doesn’t mean that I’m there every day or that I participate in every activity or workshop they have to offer. I pick and choose what works best for me and right now that’s Tai Chi, Zumba Gold, and gentle Yoga. I was …

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The Amazing Race Brought Me Out of “Retirement”

Beth Foley I have a strong personal connection to the Cancer Support Community. It’s the most meaningful job I’ve ever held. Although I left a couple years ago to raise my babies, I knew I’d somehow stay connected. When Bonnie, CSC’s Executive Director, asked me to come back and finish planning this year’s Amazing Race, I didn’t have to think twice before saying, ‘”I’m …

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And just like that, I was a runner: Strides for Hope 2015

Rosie Morrison, LLMSW Program Director, Cancer Support Community  To say that I’ve never been much of an athlete would be putting it mildly. Until recently my greatest athletic achievement was winning a really competitive board game. So when our wonderful Events Coordinator Gloria Jones asked if I wanted to sign up to run a 10K with the Strides for Hope 2015 …