Thanks very much for all the comments, suggestions and critiques from people about their experiences with cancer treatment. There was a real consistency to them that, sadly, reflect we have a long ways to go still.  If oncology professionals have anything to add, please don’t hold back!  I’ll make good use of the feedback at the meeting I’ll be attending next week.

And speaking of oncology, do take a look at this week’s Hot Research.  It’s pretty exciting.  I don’t remember ever seeing this impressive a panel of bloodwork measures to test immune function after using relaxation and guided imagery – and the results are pretty terrific!  Pretty soon even the naysayers will be sitting up and taking notice.

The original article requesting cancer care feedback (as well as the reader comments that ensued) can be found here.

Don’t forget, we have a terrific new resource:  Dr. Lynn Joseph’s Emotional Renewal for Caregivers: Looking After Yourself While Helping a Loved One.  We get so many requests for help with the constant demands of caregiving -  from people looking after disabled kids, injured spouses, chronically ill parents and those who care for others in their work.  This is a superb, 7-track, guided imagery CD that targets caregiver stress in a wonderfully knowledgeable, compassionate and comprehensive way.  Lynn’s voice is ideally suited for guided imagery, and she encourages journaling after each experience. Segments include an Intro with Advice, and imagery segments for: Boosting Self-Love, Planning a Smooth Day; Healing Stressful Feelings; Connecting with Your Future Self; Sleeping Soundly; and much more. This woman understands caregiver stress and we’re proud to carry this fine resource.

OK, take care and be well.

All best,