Jean Di Carlo-Wagner

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Article Talk: After Active Cancer Treatment, Now What?
December 09, 2016
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Couldn't agree with you more. The long term issues aren't addressed very well. I do practice and teach yoga and. meditation....essential to my well being NCCS....great advocacy group....national coalition of cancer survivorship Blessings Jean

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The Other Shoe: The Stress of Testing
September 21, 2015
The other shoe hasn’t dropped, but it did a little tap dance on my head. I got the results of my recent colonoscopy: Benign but adenomotous changes noted. In other words, cancer may develop. The doctor’s recommendation was to scope again in a year.
 
Not really surprised, but a little bummed out. This area in my ascending colon had a sessile polyp about a year ago. The first follow-up was benign. This colonoscopy showed some changes in the lining of the colon. After reading up and consulting with a few other cancer advocates, I decided to write my doctor and ask that my CEA level be checked. It was always a good indicator for me about tumor growth during treatment ...

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Living With Stage 4 Breast Cancer: My Semi-Charmed Kind of Life
August 29, 2015
Carrie, my cancer mentor is a seventeen year, stage 4 survivor . She writes for CURE, Suzanne Lindley. Suzanne told me years ago to live each day. That's all we can do. Blessings, Jean

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Caffeinated Coffee May Reduce Risk of Colon Cancer Recurrence
August 29, 2015
Thank you for posting all this information. I'm doing 50/50% coffee - to be on the safe side! I'm a stage iiic survivor, and I do like my dark chocolate and morning coffee. I find that too much caffeine makes my heart race and I'd like to see coffee's effect on heart patients, too. Since many of us have had chemotherapy that can increase the risk of heart problems. Thanks again, Jean DI Carlo-Wagner, M.A., E-RYT500

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Every Day is a Rocking Chair Day in Spite of Stage 4 Colon Cancer
July 27, 2015
Happy Anniversary! And everyday, I hear the words you told me, when I was first diagnosed: Everyday, I will feel better. And though physical problems do crop up with age, there is an appreciation of each day, and what you said is true "I feel better". Better able to take the joys and the sorrows - better able to offer a hand to others along this rocky footpath! And better because I have known you!! Love, Jean

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Breast Reduction or Mastectomy: Yoga and Cancer
July 14, 2015
Dear Wendy, Please come back and share with us your decision. I wonder if your insurance company will pay for a reduction? There are a lot of "spinning plates". I have found out and will be writing today. Keep looking for posts! And thank you for reaching back to me through posting. . As an interesting side note, I had a complete hysterectomy at age 39, due to polycystic ovary disease. That was twenty year ago, and I requested a vaginal surgery, I had had two "bikini cuts" to remove cysts on my right ovary - both blood-filled and then dermoid. But, only when I had colon cancer surgery did I find out that my fallopian tubes were not removed! There ...

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Breast Reduction or Mastectomy: Yoga and Cancer
July 09, 2015
Hello Birdgirl, Genetic testing is becoming a lot more affordable and is revolutionizing 'personalized' cancer treatment. I did get the results, just last night, and I will write about it and my reaction. As you know, as a survivor, we have many factors to consider. The older I get, the more quality of life is a critical factor in my health decisions. I choose to be pro-active in many lifestyle choices and health screenings. I hope others chime in about their decision making process! Thank you for reading and commenting. Blessings, Jean

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Breast Reduction or Mastectomy: Yoga and Cancer
July 08, 2015
A week ago today, I had breast reduction surgery. Though not talked about as frequently as breast enhancement surgery, many friends confided that they’d love to have the procedure. They asked me how it went.

In 2001, my middle sister had stage 2b, estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. She didn’t want her tumor tested for BRCA, so in 2003 when I was diagnosed with colon cancer, my HMO tested my tumor for Lynch and FAP (genetic forms of colon cancer).

Fast forward to spring 2015. I requested a ultrasound of my dense and fibrous, oversized breasts. The HMO’s response was to send me to genetic counseling. Here I met with the same counselor who had tested my tumor over a decade ago. We ...

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Truth About Breathing: Yoga and Cancer
June 22, 2015
My Dear Friends and Sisters in yoga and cancer, I appreciate your taking the time to read and post. The Breast Cancer Authority is a wonderful network of contributors. We need a village of healers to carry hope forward! I'm honored to be a contributor , as my middle sister had breast cancer and so did our mother. Love. Sat Nam, Jean

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Focus on Yoga: Yoga and Cancer
June 22, 2015
Hi KW, Everyone can benefit from mindfulness, and especially those of us under stress. Now, who isn't under some kind of stress in the modern world? Everyone is welcomed ! This weekend, I was in Minnesota teaching yoga to a group of carcinoid and endocrine cancer patients/advocates. We did 'yoga snacks" throughout the day and then practiced a full restorative session. I hope that some people will consider the practices we did - including mindfulness breathing, body scan, witinessing thoughts. Living in today's "wellness", that' available to all of us! Thanks for commenting and reading!

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Focus on Yoga: Yoga and Cancer
June 18, 2015
Oh, my friend, I so understand! I haven't walk straight in all my years....but now...I do walk cautiously (most of the time). Sending you Love! Jean

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Focus on Yoga: Yoga and Cancer
June 18, 2015
My new shoe caught an uneven sidewalk, and in slow motion, the ground was within reach. My yoga bags scattered their contents alongside the front yard I’d just been admiring. My ego was wounded more than my hand and knee, which got bumped and scraped. I gathered strewn contents of my yoga for healing class: “Healing Mudras," organic lavender, eye pillows, chimes and my pride. Just for a moment, I had been distracted by a newly coiffed front yard. My eyes gazed to the left, as I walked forward. Walking requires my full attention these days.

Falling is the biggest danger for the fifty-plus population. And there are roughly 10,000 people turning 65 each day, for the next 15 years.

Balance ...

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Yoga Hits the Wall Street Journal: Yoga and Cancer
May 20, 2015
Even if I wasn’t looking, I couldn’t miss all the articles on yoga for cancer survivors. Even the Wall Street Journal reported on yoga’s benefits for cancer survivors. The International Journal of Yoga Therapists devoted a whole magazine on the topic and the challenges of coordinating this growing field in yoga.

The NCCS (National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship) defines a cancer survivor as a person who has been diagnosed with cancer from the day of diagnosis to the end of their life. There are 12 million of us in the U.S. alone. What got my attention were the follow-up questionnaires of survivors showing that long-term cancer patients felt they needed information about how to improve the quality of their lives.

If ...

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PBS and The Emperor of All Maladies
April 24, 2015
At the same time PBS was running "The Emperor of All Maladies", I was watching an 11 part series called "The Quest for the Cure" about integrative medicine. In my 12 years as a survivor, I have watched carefully the West meets East approaches. There were several doctors on the "Quest" who were diagnosed with cancer and chose not to do chemotherapy, but used alternative treatments which included diet, exercise and stress management. Watching both series, I am still saddened that there is a such a rift between the two approaches. I would have liked to have seen both documentaries acknowledge the work of the "other side". As a patient advocate, I believe that a combination of both approaches seems ...

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Truth About Breathing: Yoga and Cancer
April 23, 2015
Two recently diagnosed yoga students returned to my weekly class in San Diego. One excitedly told me that she used the breathing techniques she learned in class to help herself get through scanxiety.  The other student smiled during the introduction and said that she had never experienced her 'busy mind’ at rest and she didn’t even know that it was possible for her to let go.
 
These are the powerful and immediate benefits of yoga designed for cancer patients:  Their empowerment to help themselves gain some control over anxiety, a restless mind, and the whirlwind of change that comes with a cancer diagnosis.
 

I felt such a lack of control over myself during cancer treatment  that I began to control my environment ...

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Breathe Out, Then In: Yoga for Cancer Survivors
April 04, 2015
Thank you for sharing your experience and wisdom. It's a lovely prayer and beautiful reminder that 'we are not in charge'. My brother is doing better, thank you. Like everyone with a life challenging diagnosis, he has choices to make. During cancer, I used the 23 Psalm. I found it soothing. I carry a copy with me. I reach for it when I need the reminder. I find that yoga compliments all faiths. Breath, they say in yoga, is a bridge to the Divine. For a brief moment, between breaths, we are said to be in the presence of the Divine; Naomi Remen wrote about her struggle to "save" her mother from dying by keeping her on a strict regime ...

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Breathe Out, Then In: Yoga for Cancer Survivors
March 30, 2015
Breathe Out, then In:  Yoga for Cancer Survivors
 
Have you noticed that when you’re tense or upset, you hold your breath? It’s a natural response.  Our bodies are still set up to save us from lions, tigers, and bears. It requires our immune response to fuel us with adrenaline in order to make a quick getaway.  
 
Our gut responds as well, in case we have to run, our digestion is diverted and whatever is in our colon is dumped out. Hey, I’m a colon cancer survivor and I talk poop. The gut has its own “brain” and complicated nervous system called the enteric nervous system (ENS).  It’s responsible for our nutritional intake and making serotonin. When stressed, it tries to keep us alive ...

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March 24, 2015
I've gotten to do some pretty amazing things - like being part of a survivors' modeling fundrasier in NYC! Here I am with my mentor, Suzanne Lindley, and dear friend, Pam Schmidt. And even here, we practiced our breathing! Especially as we stood at the doorway, getting ready to model fashion clothing for the Plitz Awards. Do you practice breathing before scary new adventures, scanxiety scans, and in oncology offices? I do. Blessings, Jean Di Carlo-Wagner

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