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5 EFFECTIVE WAYS TO COMBAT CHEMO BRAIN

5 EFFECTIVE WAYS TO COMBAT CHEMO BRAIN

Chemo-brain is a term frequently used within the cancer community to describe the feeling of memory loss and seemingly slower cognitive function after various types of cancer treatment. Everyday things such as struggling to pay attention and multitask might be more difficult, which can sometimes be discouraging. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to help fight this feeling!

1. Meditate and focus on one thing at a time. Throughout one’s cancer journey, there are endless distractions and constant stressors that make it difficult to center yourself and really focus on what is most important to you. Meditation has been proven to have many health benefits, including the possibility of reducing one’s symptoms of anxiety, depression, and blood pressure.

Guided meditation audiobook ($4)

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Guided meditation book ($3)

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2. Write things down in one place. By keeping everything crucial, important, and dear to you in one place, it will be easier for you to keep track of everything that needs to get done, even when it feels overwhelming. A daily tracker or journal can help you remember dates and names, keep track of tasks, and track your own journey.

CanPlan Cancer Planner ($45)

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Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration ($13)

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3. Research has shown that doing brain exercises on a regular basis, ranging from anything from a puzzle to a Sudoku to a crossword puzzle, can increase brain function and leave one feeling more confident in their own abilities. Brain exercises like such promote connections between brain cells and have been shown to improve one’s memory and mood.

Adult word search book ($7)

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Adult activity book ($7)

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4. Aside from mental exercises, physical exercise is equally important to encourage blood flow to the brain and release endorphins. There are a variety of things to do for one to increase blood flow to the brain, from getting some fresh air or taking a walk, practicing yoga, or lifting light weights are just a few ways to keep your blood flowing. Activities like such help deliver oxygen to your brain, nutrients to your tissues, and helps promote cardiovascular health.

2 pound weights ($11)

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Cancer Fitness: Exercise Programs for Patients and Survivors ($21)

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Yoga Body & Mind Handbook ($12)

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5. Teach yourself something new! You’re never too young or too old to learn a new skill, no matter where you might find yourself. There is a never-ending number of things you can teach yourself, such as a new language, how to knit, garden, or even a new recipe. It’s always exciting to showcase new talents to friends and family, and what a more perfect time than to surprise everyone now!

Dinner Made Simple Cookbook ($10)

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Easy French Step by Step ($13)

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Learn to Knit Kit ($13)

5 BEST BOOKS EVERY CANCER PATIENT SHOULD HAVE ON THEIR BOOKSHELF

5 BEST BOOKS EVERY CANCER PATIENT SHOULD HAVE ON THEIR BOOKSHELF

Cancer can be extremely overwhelming with the abundance of information.  Here are the top five books that CanPlan recommends to aid you in your journey.

1. WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR

Price: $16.32
Emphasis: Soul
Review: When cancer hits, the diagnosis is usually received as a death sentence, but the reality of life is that every single person must come face to face with death, even in the most ironic of ways, as it was for Dr. Paul Kalanithi, who went from treating cancer patients to being diagnosed himself. This vulnerable, personal story will give hope in a completely different light during a time when the hopelessness tempts you to fight alone. He gives a powerful message to why it’s worth fighting for your life, as he did until his final breath on March 9, 2015.

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2. THE TRUTH ABOUT CANCER

Price: $16.30
Emphasis: Shortcomings of Conventional Medicine
Review: I think the first step in fighting any battle is to know what you’re up against. This book has gotten great reviews because you can learn about what cancer really is for yourself, not just through your doctor or appointments, especially if you have just been diagnosed or are a suddenly appointed caregiver. Both parties can ask the right questions with this resource.

Link to Purchase: http://amzn.to/2FOgDvs

3. THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES: A BIOGRAPHY OF CANCER

Price: $16.03
Emphasis: Mind
Review: This is another book to not only become more knowledgeable about what you’re fighting, but it’ll give you the bigger picture as it goes deep into cancer’s history, present, and future by telling many different cancer stories throughout time. I think it’ll help as another resource to challenge yourself to understand and to equip yourself with hope.

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4. FAT FOR FUEL

Price: $16.55
Emphasis: Body
Review: Clearly what you eat is a huge part of your health, especially as you fight cancer. This is a book that’s an easy read, but will give you the breakdown of why it’s so important to change your diet and what are the practical ways to do so.

Link to Purchase: http://amzn.to/2FOhJHA

5. RADICAL REMISSION

Price: $10.01
Emphasis: Holistic Lifestyle
Review: This is a book that will shed light on remission and pushing to overcome cancer in practical and new ways. She offers 9 new ways of living to dramatically increase survival, but these ways touch upon every aspect of life– mind, body, soul/spirit. Another message of hope!

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5 CANCER GIFTS IDEAS THAT’LL SAVE A PATIENT’S LIFE

5 CANCER GIFTS IDEAS THAT’LL SAVE A PATIENT’S LIFE

I’m going to be very blunt and straightforward with this because there’s no point in sugarcoating facts. Cancer is a business. If everyone were cured of cancer, oncologists, pharmacists, and insurance companies would all be losing massive amounts of money. Unfortunately business owners saw the market opportunity and started making cancer gifts designed to just generate profits with no promise of helping patients. You see people selling pink ribbon shirts, jackets, bumper stickers, lanyards, keychains, etc. at pretty much every cancer event. And although I understand the symbolism of the gift, if I were battling cancer, the last thing I would want is a keychain to remind me of this disease that has now somehow been imbedded into my identity.

Therefore, I wanted to create a simple guide of some USEFUL and PRACTICAL products that’ll actually help a patient through his/her cancer journey. These are some cancer gifts I wish I knew about while my mom was battling stage 4 uterine sarcoma cancer. Why? Because they all serve a greater purpose of actually helping a patient either physically, emotionally, or psychologically.

#1: REBOUNDING TRAMPOLINE ($31.89)

For your health, rebounding involves jumping on a mini-trampoline; this increases both blood and lymph circulation. The body contains 5-6 quarts of blood, which is circulated by the heart. But without the lymphatic system, the body cannot effectively eliminate toxins. The lymphatic system is a major dumping ground for toxins and waste products. Exercising on a rebounder promotes the flow of lymph, thereby flushing the toxins.

You can get all aerobic exercise you need on a rebounder, and get all the lymphatic circulation you need on a rebounder, without the shock and trauma of hitting a hard surface.
~ Albert Carter

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#2: CANPLAN CANCER PLANNER ($36.95)

As a psychology major, I strongly believe in the power of the mind and how it plays a role on our health. CanPlan is a tool I created to put the control back into the hands of patients by putting them in the driver’s seat and giving them guidelines on how to be proactive about their treatment. Imagine how beneficial it’d be if patients knew the right questions to ask, showed up to every appointment prepared, understood all of their treatment options, tracked their daily activities in a way that highlights what’s working and not working in their treatment plan and were constantly reminded that they are not lost, but rather on their way. They’ll be able to work in unison with their doctors, they’ll start believing in their own abilities to influence the outcome of their situation, they’ll be able to communicate better with their peers about what they need and they’ll essentially become the expert about their cancer. Planning is the answer to your fight against cancer.

5 out of 5 stars! This was an amazing planner. I think oncologists should give them to their patients when they are first diagnosed. It has EVERYTHING and helps document every step of the journey in an easy to read and understanding way.

~ Verified Amazon Purchaser

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#3: THE GERSON THERAPY BOOK ($11.18)

I got this book as a gift when my mom was going through treatment and it was the best thing ever. I seriously wish we had this book from the very beginning of the journey so we weren’t scrambling to really comprehend the material towards the end. It gives you all the benefits of juicing and how to activate your body to start fighting the cancer through food. Charlotte Gerson, the daughter of Max Gerson, founded the Gerson Institute in 1977. Under her father’s tutelage, Charlotte learned about the remarkable nutritional therapy that has saved the health of thousands, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Albert Schweitzer, a lifelong advocate of the Gerson Therapy®. Charlotte has supervised the training of medical staff at the Gerson Institute and at hospitals licensed to teach the Gerson Institute method. She has lectured on the benefits of nutritional therapy at several hundred health organizations worldwide, including the Cancer Control Society, the National Health Federation, and the International Association of Cancer Victors and Friends. A staunch practitioner of holistic medicine, Charlotte Gerson has devoted her life to the Gerson Therapy’s message of health and healing.

We watched the Gerson documentary on juicing for cancer one night in April 2013 when my husband was literally dying before my eyes from colon cancer and 3 1/2 rounds of chemo. He refused to do anymore chemo from that night on. I scrambled to buy a juicer and this book the very next day. We followed most of the directions in this book and my husband is now cancer free!

~ Verified Amazon Purchaser

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#4: BREVILLE JUICER ($119.95)

This cancer gift is a tad bit more pricey, but it’s SO worth it if the patient doesn’t have a juicer yet. I am a strong advocate for juicing and have seen the benefits work on many different cancer patients firsthand.  Juicing is the best way to extract massive amounts of nutrients from vegetables. You can get the nutrients you need, which in turn helps your body to fight cancer. Juicing makes this possible without having to sit down and eat several pounds of vegetables per day. If your body is overloaded with toxins, you could be absorbing as little as 1% of the nutrients in the food you eat as it passes through your body.  Toxins in your system can prevent nutrients from being absorbed from whole foods as they move along their way through your digestive tract. However, juices are rapidly absorbed in the digestive process. So I HIGHLY recommend a juicer as a gift. There are some cheaper options on Amazon, but I found this one to be the best in terms of quality and price.

I love this juicer! It is great for the juice cleanse that I am doing. I just did a week straight of just juicing. I was making about 6 juices a day and this machine worked like a champ. I juiced all kinds of things from carrots to beets and apples, kale to sweet potato. Seriously, I know it is a little pricey, but it is worth the money!

~ Verified Amazon Purchaser

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#5: FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OIL ($19.95)

There are 7 research studies published on frankincense oil and cancer, shown in the Table below. As you can see, almost all of this evidence is in vitro research, meaning that the essential oil was found to kill cancer cells in a petri dish.

Today, the most common frankincense benefitsinclude:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Contains potential cancer-fighting properties
  • Increases spiritual awareness
  • Boosts immunity
  • Fights infections
  • Improves anxiety
  • Heals skin and reduces acne and scarring

I am very satisfied with the oil and highly recommend this product. I have purchased other oils from different companies only to find out the concentration of the oil is severely diluted. Majestic Pure oils are by far the strongest concentration I have found. They really are therapeutic grade. I am definitely going to go be purchasing some other oils soon.

~ Verified Amazon Purchaser

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