Where Do I Go?

     There are many kinds of cancer affecting friends, family and us everyday.  For some reason, however, there is more emphasis in terms of information, discussion and “glory” (if I may use that word) put on breast cancer.  Additionally, in my contacts with women journeying through cancers other than breast that they feel a sort of prejudice exists favoring those women who have had breast cancer versus other cancers. 
     It is for that reason that I generally do not write just about breast cancer in my blogs, articles and website.  I feel this week  that I should focus in on, breast cancer support as it relates to natural skin care products and natural beauty in terms of breast cancer products and breast cancer awareness products.   I am a breast cancer survivor, therefore I am more versed in the needs of women with that particular cancer.  However, please know that a great deal of what I share regarding beauty during cancer addresses issues all women with any kind of cancer may face.   My e-book, Beauty During the Cancer Journey, covers special concerns that arise from procedures such as a colostomy, urostomy and skin conditions that are very common to all women during their cancer journey.
     Natural skin care products are a huge plus for women with breast cancer to purchase and use.  There are a couple of reasons for this.  The first is that, as with all kinds of cancer, our bodies are going through enough already as it relates to having toxins such as chemotherapy and radiation.  We can help our bodies heal better by not subjecting them to anymore chemicals than necessary.  Natural skin care products are a respite for our skin.  Secondly, because our cancer affects the breast area it is important to be protecting and moisturizing with products that will not irritate or cause adverse skin reactions.
      Aguacate & Co. offers such a line.  They are not only natural skin care products, but also certified organic.  Aguacate is Spanish for avocado.  Aguacate & Co. use avocado’s in their products because of their vitamin A, B, D and E content along with lots of potassium.  The oil in avocado’s penetrate the skin evenly offering great moisturize and  replenishment to dry, tired skin.  

      Check back on Thursday for information on another superior line of natural skin care products along with some information on breast cancer awareness products. 
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen
     

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Thoughts from the Heart

     I wanted to share this interesting information from bodiorganics.com  I believe you will find it in line with what I wrote in my last blog about cancer facts and organic health and organic beauty products

     “Queensland Mum Narelle C. looks set to start a revolution – not only in the natural beauty product, skin care and cosmetic industry – but in the Certified Organic industry and the Network Marketing fraternity too! Her search for truly natural non toxic skin care and cosmetic products began almost a decade ago after finding through her own extensive research, many of the so-called “natural” and “safe” synthetic chemical ingredients were actually toxic and potentially very dangerous to the long term health of anyone who had used them continuously on their skin for many years. It is very important for Women’s Health because if you are a woman you will generally use more “products” on your skin then men and therefore you will increase your exposure to these chemicals.”

     What I want to stress here is the fact that women are potentially more susceptible to breaking down their immune systems because they use more things on their skin  than men.  This variable along with the added factor of hormone-induced cancer make women whose immune systems are compromised by toxic foods and products a prime target for cancer. 
      Please consider starting a diet containing more organic foods in addition to purchasing organic beauty products.  You are the ony one who can take control of how you treat your body – so do it for you…now!

caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

Thoughts from the Heart

   This last week was a rough one for my family and I.   With all the influenza going around many people we know have been very ill.  However, our family had evaded it till now.  On Monday we received a call from our oldest son in Chicago.  He had spent about twelve hours in the hospital and was diagnosed with sinusitis, influenza and viral meningitis!  My goodness…a triple whammy!

    Thankfully he is feeling much better – but it has brought home to me once again the importance of organic health, natural products and organic products.  Most of you know that there is nothing western medicine can do with virus’.   They can treat bacteria with antibiotics, but virus’ do not respond to antibiotics.  The doctors simply suggest you rest, drink fluids and let the body heal.

    I am convinced that if you are taking antioxidants daily, eating organic food as much as possible and using organic products on your body these viral infections will be easier for the body to get rid of.  Each of these three things should make your body stronger to fight off illness and disease by allowing it to focus on the foreign antibodies instead of having to deal with both these foreign antibodies and internal toxins. 

    Cancer is known to have a direct correlation with how strong a person’s immune system is.  This cancer fact should make every person look closely at how to strengthen and/or keep their immune systems strong.   Thursday I will address this in detail. 

…till then,
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

Thoughts from the Heart

     Just three months after I was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1994 I was a model in a wonderful event for breast cancer awareness.  The organization is one I have written about before in my blogs called Day of Caring.  The event still is held annually here in Denver and is coming up the first weekend of May.  CURE Magazine is now the umbrella over Day of Caring so the breast cancer conference is called CURE Day of Caring.
     It was one of the wonderful volunteers from Day of Caring who first introduced me to Y-me National Breast Cancer Organization.  She wanted me to become a peer counselor for their 24-hour National Breast Cancer Hotline in addition to the Partner Match Program.   Although I did neither due to time constraints I stayed in contact with her and the organization until a couple of years ago when the Denver affiliate was closed down.  The headquarters in Chicago was still fully functional, but it really felt like I had lost a good friend.
     What a great surprise when, about six months ago, I was flipping through the Y-me newsletter and discovered there was a Denver affiliate again that was going “‘great guns “!  I was immediately in contact with the area director who suggested I be a part of the training to become a certified Y-me speaker
     Now that I am certified, I want to tell you how fortunate women who have breast cancer are to have such an incrdible organization.  Below is their mission statement.  I know you will understand why I said you are fortunate to have Y-me after you read the mission statement.

The mission of Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization is to ensure, through information, empowerment and peer support, that no one faces breast cancer alone.

    Please check out their website and check back often at www.y-me.org

caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

Thoughts from the Heart

     Yesterday I attended an all day training session to become a certified speaker for the Y-me National Breast Cancer Organization.  It was a day filled with learning, sharing, fun and “a tiny test” at the end.  That is what the instructor kept calling it…but it really was not very tiny.  Anyway, I passed missing only a couple of questions – so I am now a Y-me certified speaker.  I wanted to plug you into their website this week.  It is full of great information, their mission, local and national program descriptions and much more.

    Today I would encourage you to go to www.y-me.org/coping/default.php and choose an article or two to read.  Body Beauty Issues? You’re not Alone is a very good article that dovetails with my book Beauty During the Cancer Journey, however, they are all good…so choose some that fit where you are at presently.  If you are a cancer patient journeying through the disease your choices will be much different than those who are caregivers, spouses or medical practitioners. 
     Also, be certain to check out their Partner Match Program.  It is the most unique program of its type offering peer counseling 24/7 to women on a cancer journey.  I cannot recommend the program highly enough.

     Check back Thursday when I will write about my personal involvement with Y-me.
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

Thoughts From the Heart

     On Monday, I shared how a cancer journey can make you grow as a person in so many ways.  Today, I want to share the story of a women whose personal growth has touched hundreds of thousands of lives over the past nearly three decades.

Her name is Sue Miller.  She resides in Denver, Colorado; is a wife, mother, grandmother and all around extraordinary woman.  Prior to being diagnosed with breast cancer this beautiful woman was also a fashion model.  However, during the sixties and seventies breast cancer was something that could end your career as a model.  So it was with Sue. 

For almost a decade following her cancer she devoted herself to her family seeing them through to adulthood.   Then one day, she went into a prosthetic shop to be fitted for new prosthetics.  It was a visit that changed her life and the life of many others that know her.   The clerk, seeing what a beautiful woman she was and knowing her history as a fashion model, suggested Sue organize a fashion show specifically spotlighting breast cancer survivors.

Sue shares that she ran from the store absolutely horrified at the thought.  She had felt so ugly following her mastectomies and couldn’t imagine any woman who had experienced breast cancer feeling differently than she had.  However, something clicked in the back of her mind and she began to entertain these thoughts. 

Not long after, she held the first Evening of Caring at a local venue.  The only criteria for being a model was that you had to be a breast cancer survivor.  The response and support was phenomenal.   Evening of Caring became an annual event. 

The first few years it was always in the evening and each survivor modeled evening clothing.  Eventually the evening became a day event and the name was changed to Day of Caring.  Along with the change of time and name came a morning filled with seminars on everything dealing with breast cancer culminating in a wonderful lunch and signature fashion show.  The seminars covered everything from social concerns to the latest in diagnosis and treatment to insurance issues. 

The event was held annually for twenty-five years pulling over a thousand women, spouses, friends and family members in attendance for the last several years.  It was truly a wonderful day of celebration, learning, caring and sharing. 

The event grew to being held in several major cities across the US until in 2006 when Sue retired, the executive director moved away and the event was taken over by CURE magazine.  Day of Caring in Denver is now the magazine’s national annual breast cancer conference.

Never underestimate how much you can be, grow and do because of your cancer journey.  You have changed forever…for the good.  So, embrace the new you and your passion for life!

caring for you,
Carin g Hansen

Thoughts From the Heart

    This week and next I am going to share some things that I have heard, experienced myself or had shared with me from women journeying through cancer.  I trust they will be an encouragement, help and support for those of you who are currently on a cancer journey.   Today the thoughts are from my experiences during my cancer journey.

If God had asked me if I wanted breast cancer so I could grow as a person, I would have said “no”.  He didn’t ask, I had breast cancer and I am so grateful for the person it has made be become.

There are really only three responses to a crisis in life: whether personal, familial or financial.
First, you can be angry; begrudging the fact that you will never be the same again.  Although it is good to be real with the feelings you are experiencing – you do not allow yourself to heal.  You do  not grow as a person because you are too comsumed with anger and self-pity.
Second, you can deny that anything has happened.  This is not being in touch with reality.  It did happen and you cannot grow emotionally, spiritually or mentally if you deny the very thing that could cause growth ever happened.
Third, you can grab hold of what has happened.  You are not the same person and why would you want to be?  Life should make you grow, change and  be thankful that you are not the same person you were!
 

Please contact me if you need someone to talk to about your cancer journey…or you have questions you would like answered as they relate to beauty and cancer. 
caring for you,
Carin g Hansen