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Have Faith

When going through cancer I found myself becoming more spiritual. It is almost inevitable when you face an existential crisis like cancer. I have never been a follower of any established religion, but I do have a kind of a spiritual faith that helped me through my months of cancer and still do today. A faith based on the mysterious interconnectedness of human energy. By that I mean, not just the energy each of us draws on to physically get through the day, but the much more powerful energy that draws us together, so powerful that we are often oblivious to it.

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The Power of Exercise in Breast Cancer Survivors

Getting regular exercise is important for breast cancer survivors’ continued health. Physical activity can help lessen certain side effects of treatment, such as fatigue and depression, and has been shown to reduce risk of recurrence and improve survival. The American Cancer Society, as well as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends that cancer survivors get 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity, along with at least 2 strength training sessions, each week. Few survivors, however, are getting enough exercise for it to be beneficial, according to a recent study conducted by the Yale Cancer Center and Yale School of Public Health. Barriers to exercise such as cost or not knowing how to get started...

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FAQ: Won’t exercise exhaust me and make me more vulnerable to other illnesses?

Quite the opposite. It is medical fact that the kind of exercises build your immune system, making it you stronger and less susceptible to other illnesses. Of course, since cancer treatments often lower white cell counts, patients must be careful about exposing themselves to people and places that carry disease. However, doing moderate exercises in the safety of your home does not put you at risk. In fact, it will stimulate blood flow, increase range of motion, release endorphins, all of which will enhance your physical and emotional well - being.

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FAQ: Shouldn’t I just rest to give my body the best chance to heal?

You do need to rest, especially just after each treatment cycle. But exercise improves the quality of your rest and your sleep. When you relax or sleep after exercise, your body rebuilds itself from the stimulation of deep breathing, cardiovascular exertion, and resistance training. Your body will get stronger, not weaker, and better able to recover. Exercise will help give you the physical and mental strength and endurance to counteract the weakening ordeal of chemotherapy and radiation.

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Finding faith through the mystery of energy

Going through cancer I did find a kind of spiritual faith that continues to help me 12 years later. It is a faith based on the mysterious interconnectedness of human energy. By that I mean, not just the energy each of us draws on to physically get through the day, but the much more powerful energy that draws us together, so strongly we often are oblivious to it. I’m especially curious about the forms energy can take, which sometimes can be mysterious and even magical. On special occasions, I’m convinced, we can tap into the energy of people who are no longer with us. When I’m doing my exercise routine, I try to tap into this larger field of energy....

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