A Simple Tool for Calm After Cancer

A Simple Tool for Calm After Cancer

A whopping 18-25 percent of long term cancer survivors report anxiety symptoms. That’s a large percentage. What that number tells me is that we’ve got to do better taking care of the mental health of cancer survivors.

Preparing you for the anxiety that happens AFTER cancer is one place to start. So let’s talk about how it looks for cancer survivors with anxiety.

And if you’ve got some anxiety you’re dealing with after cancer, I’d like to give you one simple technique you can start using today that might help you create more calm in your life.

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The Brio Mission: Helping Cancer Survivors Feel Better and Stay Well

The Brio Mission: Helping Cancer Survivors Feel Better and Stay Well

I’ve been reflecting over the past few days about what Brio IS right now. The Brio Blog opened one year ago this month and you have made it so much more than what it was a year ago. It started as a place to spread enthusiasm for using wellness - good food, mindfulness, and movement - as an empowering “medicine” to create vitality after cancer.

And what is it now, about 365 days later?

Brio is a community of motivated, hopeful cancer survivors who want not a new normal after cancer, but a new extraordinary, a community of people who will do everything it takes to get well and stay well after cancer.

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What Not To Do If You’re A Cancer Survivor With Fatigue

What Not To Do If You’re A Cancer Survivor With Fatigue

I’ve worked with so many exasperated cancer survivors who’ve essentially given up hope of having energy after cancer. They feel they’re destined for a life of chronic fatigue, of being less than they were before.

They’ve given up hope because everything they’ve tried hasn’t worked - they’re still tired, weak - and they’re convinced that nothing else will.

So let me extend an olive branch here, a gesture to encourage inner cancer survivor peace, and list a few things that don’t help you.

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The Link Between Nutrition and Fatigue After Cancer

The Link Between Nutrition and Fatigue After Cancer

Cancer survivors are at high risk for fatigue and malnutrition after cancer treatment. As a matter of fact, fatigue and malnutrition are closely linked.

Let’s explore this link because understanding how your nutritional status influences your energy levels will help you nourish your body. And a well nourished body is essential to reaching the level of vitality you want after cancer.

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3 Reasons To Invest In Your Health After Cancer

3 Reasons To Invest In Your Health After Cancer

If there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that cancer makes many things about your life crystal clear, not the least of which is the knowledge that good health is downright precious. The experience of surviving cancer leaves you weary, grateful, and ready to do whatever it takes to get healthy in every way. Using this moment of clarity to make meaningful change just makes sense.

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What Meditation Can Do For Your Brain After Cancer

What Meditation Can Do For Your Brain After Cancer

We’ve talked about the awesomeness of mindfulness on this blog many times. But it’s true that meditation is trendy in the wellness space right now - have you noticed? I’m fine with trends when they are rooted in science and can really help people. You know me - I want to know the why behind everything, like exactly how meditation changes the brain and if those changes can really help people after cancer feel better - less fatigued, more calm, and able to live their lives in the healthiest way possible.

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Self Compassion for Cancer Survivors

Self Compassion for Cancer Survivors

Cancer survivors can certainly benefit from applying the components of self compassion. I think of the cancer survivors I work with who punish themselves for “feeling lazy” due to their fatigue. Or who are ashamed of physical changes they’ve experienced due to cancer treatment. Or blame themselves for having cancer in the first place. They sit in judgement of themselves when they really deserve to pat themselves on the back, acknowledge their mistakes as part of being human, and just feel proud of doing their best.

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5 Wellness Myths That Are Hazardous To A Cancer Survivor’s Wallet

5 Wellness Myths That Are Hazardous To A Cancer Survivor’s Wallet

I talk to cancer survivors every day who are pumped on getting well.  And every day they ask me questions about the latest wellness trends they’ve heard about in a corner of the internet.  Some of these trends are totally off base and I’ll be honest - there are times I’m dismayed at the money survivors spend on snake oil, gimmicks with no basis in scientific fact. The peddlers of medical lies are making a vast karmic mistake at the expense of a vulnerable group of people.

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Healthy Holiday Treats for Cancer Survivors

Healthy Holiday Treats for Cancer Survivors

Healthy eating during the holidays can be challenging. There are so many goodies circulating at parties that pounds can creep on without any warning. As we’ve discussed in previous posts, obesity and high sugar foods can be detrimental to cancer survivors’ health outcomes. Because this blog is all about cancer survivor wellness, I thought I’d give you some alternative, healthy ideas for your next holiday baking session.

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