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Mindful Monday Dealing with life during COVID19

There are moments in history when we come together in challenging times. We are in such a time. All over the world, people of different languages, nationalities, socio-economic situations, and faiths are working hard to find a way to deal with the spread and treatment of COVID 19. Your staff at Abramson Cancer at Pennsylvania Hospital is diligent in our care for you during this … Continue reading Mindful Monday Dealing with life during COVID19

Nutritious Food Ideas to Stock Your Pantry If You Need to Shelter at Home

Dear Friends, This is an unprecedented time of uncertainty.  Everyone is scrambling to the grocery store for toilet paper, of all things.  I want to share with you some information that is being disseminated from my colleagues at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  As you face the daunting task of grocery shopping, this might help you formulate your thoughts on what are essentials and … Continue reading Nutritious Food Ideas to Stock Your Pantry If You Need to Shelter at Home

Mindful Monday: Dealing with Fears

We all get afraid. Fear is just part of the human experience. And fear can feel pretty awful! During these days of COVID19, fear has gripped so many in our world. Caring Connection will be posting more about this in the days ahead, but this day as we greet Monday and begin this week, let’s mindfully slow this emotion of fear down, look a bit … Continue reading Mindful Monday: Dealing with Fears

Support and Wellbeing During Social Distancing

In our final virtual support group meeting, I wanted to talk about paradox. I wanted to talk about the tensions inherent in having a cancer diagnosis, ranging from: “My family is always asking me how I’m doing” <—–> “My family doesn’t REALLY want the whole picture” To the currently relevant: “I have to be physically distanced for my health” <—> “I need human contact for … Continue reading Support and Wellbeing During Social Distancing

Mindful Monday: What is mindfulness

We begin each week with a mindfulness thought, focus, meditation….something to help us we each begin the week. Every one reading, who is part of this online community, is in some way impacted by cancer. The stress of that influences how we cope. Each of us is also living in a time when our larger community is struggling with the rapidly changing stresses of the … Continue reading Mindful Monday: What is mindfulness

Shopping Local is a Fun Family Experience

Local Farmers’ Markets in Philadelphia and New Jersey A diet rich in a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables is important for cancer prevention, not to mention it’s trendy too.  An increasing number of farmers have been making their way to Philadelphia and its surrounding areas as a part of a nation-wide movement to buy local. Did you know most of the fresh fruits and … Continue reading Shopping Local is a Fun Family Experience

Mindful Monday: Appreciating Self

Journaling reflection on What do I appreciate about myself? Recently I came across a wonderful online site called, Mindful Momentum by Laurisa Dill, M.Ed. I find it to be a very helpful site, and used it as a springboard for the post below. Enjoy, and take on this Monday! When we live with cancer, our world just changes. So many times when I’ve visited with … Continue reading Mindful Monday: Appreciating Self

March-Colon Awareness Month: A patient’s story

When we’re in the throes of cancer treatment or treatment of a chronic condition, making positive connections with medical professionals can make your experience so much more pleasant, almost satisfying.  Sometimes I leave Perelman, or PCAM as we long timers refer to it, and I feel triumphant, like I conquered a huge challenge.  Which I did – I showed up, I conquered that treatment, and … Continue reading March-Colon Awareness Month: A patient’s story

Mindful Monday: Tips for Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness is often suggested for persons who are living with cancer to reduce high levels of anxiety and distress associated with diagnosis, treatment and anticipation of possible disease recurrence. Both the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Society of Integrative Oncology (SIO) recommend meditation as part of a multidisciplinary approach to reduce stress, depression, and mood disturbance, and to improve the quality of life in cancer patients. At our … Continue reading Mindful Monday: Tips for Mindfulness Practice

Spring is Coming: Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Finder

Spring is coming! With Spring almost here, we will all feel the call to perhaps experience a new setting and opportunity – both inside and outside!  For those of us living with cancer, we can feel relegated to rigid schedules, more often spent in medical facilities, transportation vehicles, and the confines of our own homes. PLUS, it has been a long, cold, wet winter which … Continue reading Spring is Coming: Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Finder