Create Your Wellness Plan

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I encourage you to check out the resources under For Cancer Survivors to learn why healthy lifestyle choices are important moving forward! I believe that even one small change that you decide to start today can be the beginning of making a long term commitment to support your health. Achieving lasting lifestyle change can be challenging, therefore I recommend making one change at a time, so you don’t feel overwhelmed and don’t give up if it takes time to figure out a wellness plan that fits best for you. 5 years later, I'm still working on it! No matter where you are in your cancer journey, I hope you find something beneficial on these pages. - Cheryl Leving

 

Heal® Magazine     (Free subscription)  For cancer survivors focused on living well after cancer and “… features cancer-related research, education, and contributions from survivors who share experiences from their cancer journeys.”

Heal® Magazine (Free subscription)
For cancer survivors focused on living well after cancer and “… features cancer-related research, education, and contributions from survivors who share experiences from their cancer journeys.”

Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment -  National Cancer Institute
This extensive online booklet covers both the physical and emotional challenges faced after completing cancer treatment as well as additional sources for further help. On page 6, Changes You May Want To Think About Making covers a basic overview for lifestyle modifications to consider.
A New Normal -  Discusses the transition to life after cancer treatment is completed.

AICR’s iTHRIVE Plan - (A joint effort between the American Institute for Cancer Research and iThrive Plan)
Register with your e-mail to get access to this free personalized wellness program for cancer survivors. Fill out a survey, then choose different areas of wellness you want to work on.

Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Beyond Cancer Podcast: Episode #6: When Treatment Ends (audio file 25:45) 
Developing a wellness Plan - A brief overview on changes to consider moving forward after treatment.
5 Tips for Reducing Scanxiety - Hot to cope with your follow up scan schedule.
Information Sheets for Cancer Survivors - Downloadable information sheets covering topics including:
Chemobrain
Exercise & Cancer
Fatigue
Mindfulness Resources
Nutrition & Health Living

©iStock.com/wildpixel    Integrative Oncology: A Healthier Way to Fight Cancer    is a great overview from  Experience Life  Magazine which discusses how “… many practitioners, including medical doctors, have embraced the rapidly expanding field of integrative oncology, which fuses the best of conventional and alternative treatments.”

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Integrative Oncology: A Healthier Way to Fight Cancer is a great overview from Experience Life Magazine which discusses how “… many practitioners, including medical doctors, have embraced the rapidly expanding field of integrative oncology, which fuses the best of conventional and alternative treatments.”

Cancer survivors: Care for your body after treatment - Mayo Clinic
"Simple steps can improve your sense of well-being and your quality of life after cancer treatment. Find out what you can do."

American Cancer Society
Cancer Survivors: 6 Tips for Staying Healthy 
Survivorship Videos - This video series covers the challenges that come during cancer treatment and beyond. 

8 Ways to Stay Healthy After Cancer - Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University St. Louis

Healthy Lifestyle for Breast Cancer Survivors - Susan G. Komen®

After Cancer Care - Written by Doctors Lemole, Mehta, and McKee, this book is designed to help patients navigate life after treatment. (Paperback-$10 on Amazon)

Find an Integrative Health Practitioner specializing in Oncology- Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine
This directory lists graduates from the center’s Fellowship and IHeLp programs who have chosen to list their practice information and you can search by specialty for an oncology medical practitioner.


Online Support Networks

CancerConnect.com - This social network currently contains over 60 groups and "...provides a safe and secure environment for individuals interested in cancer to learn, support, and connect with others who have similar issues and concerns."
Cancer Survivors Network - Once you register to this free online support community, you can create your own page, access discussion boards & chatrooms, utilize their member resource library, and contact other cancer survivors. This virtual tour let's you explore what this network has to offer before registering.
SmartPatients.com - Find a list of online cancer communities to share your story with other cancer survivors.


Resources If You Are Newly Diagnosed Or Currently In Treatment

Cancer Patient Navigation Hotline - National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR)
A free resource which connects cancer patients with NFCR team of oncology navigators who can provide an understanding of a diagnosis as well offer guidance on possible treatment options.

©iStock.com/Mikolette     Therapeutic Yoga and Cancer Care       Univ. of MD, Center for Integrative Medicine -   Director of Yoga Programs and Yoga Therapy, Kelli Bethel discusses the benefits of therapeutic yoga for those currently in and beyond treatment. Many integrative centers as well as healthcare facilities are beginning to offer this type of yoga practice, so it’s worth seeking out.

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Therapeutic Yoga and Cancer Care
Univ. of MD, Center for Integrative Medicine -
Director of Yoga Programs and Yoga Therapy, Kelli Bethel discusses the benefits of therapeutic yoga for those currently in and beyond treatment. Many integrative centers as well as healthcare facilities are beginning to offer this type of yoga practice, so it’s worth seeking out.

Cure Magazine- CureToday.com     (Free subscription available)
Offers Cancer patients and survivors a free magazine subscription as well as resource e-newsletters providing Cancer updates, research and information.
CURE Magazine Launches #MoreThanAPatient Campaign - “You’re #MoreThanAPatient. That’s why we’re kicking off a new social media campaign inviting you to share your statements, photos, videos, art, and more on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #MoreThanAPatient.”

The chemoWave app, launched in July 2017, is designed to manage cancer symptoms and conditions by keeping track of a patient’s overall well-being.

Cancer fatigue: Why it occurs and how to cope - Mayo Clinic

YOUR HEALING JOURNEY: A Patient’s Guide to Integrative Breast Cancer Care - DrWayneJonas.com

Yoga4Cancer 
Tari Prinster's book, Yoga for Cancer: A Guide to Managing Side Effects, Boosting Immunity, and Improving Recovery for Cancer Survivors. ($15 on Amazon)