Monthly Archives: October 2021
Posted: October 25, 2021
When you’re still trying to figure out who you are and what you value, looking at pictures of unreasonably pretty people living seemingly carefree lives is bound to make you feel insecure and inadequate. That was true back in my own teenage years, when my models for style and beauty were literally models (or actors) in magazines. And I’m not surprised to learn that it’s just as true for today’s teens looking at the carefully curated images of “influencers” on Instagram.
Going through cancer treatment is rough on everyone. It’s twice as hard if you don’t have support to cope with the physical and emotional side effects. And during a global pandemic? That’s just icing on a layer cake of stress.
So, we’re delighted that the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic (CMC) in Oakland, Calif., adopted Health Journeys’ guided imagery at a tough time when it couldn’t offer services in person and when stress was at an all-time high. And we’re absolutely thrilled that they plan to keep using our audios now that they’ve reopened.
As we continue focusing on keeping ourselves and our loved ones healthy and well, this seasonal change into fall seems to have come surprisingly fast. It is amazing how quickly time seems to pass by when we are so consumed in just making our day-to-day work. For me recently, a significant part of that fleeting time has been concentrated on supporting my mom with a new medical diagnosis… breast cancer.
The news came as a complete surprise to her and to us, her family. But even so, witnessing how she has managed every aspect of the cancer label has been inspiring: the series of chemotherapy treatments, and the myriad physical and mental changes that have come with the diagnosis... not because she has made it all look easy, but because she has faced them with deep reflection, authenticity, and humor.
Intent on helping herself deal with this big life change and optimize the efforts of her medical team, my mom, a nurse of 55+ years, asked me for tools that might support her with the cancer treatments and help her feel good inside.
MD Anderson’s Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine recently evaluated the impact of 4 different integrative, mind-body therapies on the symptom distress of cancer patients and their caregivers.
They looked at guided meditation, yoga, massage therapy, & acupuncture.
These were preliminary studies that got patient and caregiver feedback - not fancy randomized, controlled studies – but the data yielded meaningful results on standard measurement instruments, and with high population sizes.