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Since my breast cancer diagnosis on June 9, 2008, I have spent a fairly decent amount of time wondering "why me?" I would like to hear from you about your cancer stories. Let's create a dialogue of learning, sharing and hope.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Making Strides Walk/Lebed Method class

Hi Folks,
I hope you enjoy my newest video. It has pictures from a Lebed Method class I particiapted in on Oct. 12 and from the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Lighthouse Point Park on Oct. 19. I'm especially fond of the video because it features my friend and special angel, Miss Connecticut 2008 Ashley Glenn. Ashley is a physical therapy doctorate student at Quinnipiac University and she promotes thriving, not merely surving, a focus on healing, through the Lebed Method, for her community service platform in the Miss America program. She is a certified Lebed Method instructor and so I'm enjoying promoting her cause as well. (As a member of the Miss Connecticut Board of Directors, it's not too hard for me to do.) While Ashley is promoting the program locally, she will introduce it to the nation when she competes in Miss America in January. The Lebed Method is a mild, therapeutic exercise program that opens up the lymphatic vessels and aids people with lymphedema, fibromyalgia and other illnesses. It is especially helpful to breast cancer survivors whose arms swell after lymph node removal. I'll be writing more about lymphedema in a future column.

Video - Living with Breast Cancer, Part VII

Here is another video. Thanks to Register photographers Vern Williams and Brad Horrigan for supplying the content for this one. Some great photos.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Thanks Channel 8!

Hi Folks,
I'm never up much earlier than 8:30 a.m. but this morning I woke at 5:30 a.m. for the chance to be on NewsChannel 8's Good Morning Connecticut featuring Chris Velardi and Matt Scott! Chris volleyed some questions to me and Dr. Denise Barajas of the Hospital of St. Raphael. He asked me about why I went public with my story, and I got to promote tomorrow's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Lighthouse Park! As I was talking, there was video of a Look Good...Feel Better workshop I had attended at the hospital, during which Deb Scully of integrative medicine was putting a scarf on my bald head. Bigger thanks go out to Rick Scavetta, media relations manager at St. Raphael's, who arranged the appearance for Dr. Barajas and I. Dr. Barajas and I were also on a panel discussion on WYBC a few weeks ago, during which radio maven Michelle Turner spoke about all kinds of topics related to breast cancer in this, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It seems like Breast Cancer Awareness Month is almost over and I still have so many other topics I want to educate the public about.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Video - Living with Breast Cancer, Part VI

Here is the sixth video installment of the series.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

More musings

Hi Folks,
I thought I'd clarify why I brought up the issue of weight loss in my Oct. 12 column. It's because there is a great connection between fat cells and cancer. If you don't want your cancer to come back then you need to keep the fat away.
I exercised this morning! Went to a workshop on the Lebed Method, a form of mild exercise for breast cancer survivors and those who have lymphedema. More on that in my Oct. 19 column and video.