JourneyForward.Org Website is a Spectacular, but Hidden, Resource

Let me point you to a spectacular, but hidden, resource for all cancer survivors: The Journey Forward website:      Journey Forward is a collaboration among a “Who’s Who” of organizations that focus on survivorship. As you navigate the particulars of your diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship, the Journey Forward searchable library of documents gives you the […]

Posted by Nancy L Howe on March 13th, 2018

My Lymphedema Article Appears in December’s Conquer Magazine

Conquer Magazine’s  December 2017 issue includes my article about the disconnect between what women need to know about breast cancer related lymphedema, starting at the time of diagnosis, and the information they actually receive. Andrea Brennan, a certified lymphedema therapist, sheds light on the challenges posed by breast cancer related lymphedema and she debunks several myths about the disease. I […]

Posted by Nancy L Howe on January 20th, 2018

Need More Balance In Your Life? Stand Tall!

By “balance,” I mean the kind of balance that protects you from falls. People who aren’t part of the cancer survivor support community may think that “loss of balance” is an older person’s problem. But people of all ages who have received chemotherapy may experience neuropathy in their feet, leaving them unsteady and at risk for falls. In […]

Posted by Nancy L Howe on December 4th, 2017

For Women Facing Chemo-Induced Hair Loss

Noelle Nickerson is much younger than I, and she’s been my hairstylist for more than a decade. When Noelle was diagnosed with breast cancer, she wasn’t sure how to respond. But now she knows. Noelle’s response is  “Both Sides of the Scissors.” If you know someone who is facing the side-effects of chemotherapy, consider Both Sides of the […]

Posted by Nancy L Howe on November 16th, 2017

“The Exercise Cure” is Life-Changing, Reports Time Magazine

In the September 12 issue of Time Magazine, reporter Mandy Oaklander reminds us that if there were a drug that could do for human health everything that exercise can, it would likely be the most valuable pharmaceutical ever developed. So why is it that only 20% of Americans get the recommended 150 minutes of strength […]

Posted by Nancy L Howe on September 8th, 2016

Wall Street Journal Endorses Exercise for Cancer Survivors

Editors at the Wall Street Journal are conservative. That is why yesterday’s WSJ report that promotes exercise for people living with a cancer diagnosis deserves national attention. WSJ writer Jen Murphy endorsed the following advice and recommendations from Cancer Exercise Specialist Linda Gottlieb, a research associate at the Yale School of Public Health:      “Exercise […]

Posted by Nancy L Howe on August 31st, 2016

Register Now for “LIVESTRONG® At the Y”

     You’ll need to act fast to take advantage of the excellent LIVESTRONG® at the Y program now offered at different YMCAs around the valley.      LIVESTRONG® at the Y is a free, 12-week, small-group fitness program for adult cancer survivors. The program focuses on improving cardiovascular fitness, strength, and balance to regain overall health. […]

Posted by Nancy L Howe on August 25th, 2016

It’s Like I Said: You Don’t Need 10,000 Steps/Day

Many of you will remember our conversation about becoming more active. I always recommend using a $20, research-quality, Yamax pedometer to track your activity instead of a $100+ FitBit or a similar wrist-worn device. I try to interest you in the little book written by my thesis advisor, Dr. Catrine Tudor-Locke, “Manpo-Kei, The Art and […]

Posted by Nancy L Howe on August 15th, 2016

LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA Comes to the Valley!

Bravo! to the Valley of the Sun YMCAs that are bringing “LIVESTRONG® at the Y” to cancer survivors in Phoenix and our surrounding communities. If you live in Ahwatukee, you can be participating in this free, 12-week exercise program next week; similar programs at the YMCAs in Chandler/Gilbert and in North Scottsdale (Desert Foothills) are […]

Posted by Nancy L Howe on August 9th, 2016

Stand-Up Desks Combat Sedentary Habits

The research is clear-cut: Spending too many hours in a chair is killing us. Sedentary habits like prolonged computer-usage and television-watching correlates with shorter life spans, metabolic diseases (such as diabetes), and cardiovascular disease. What can we do about it? Get Up and Move! Desk-based jobs = Societal Weight Gain The solution sounds simple: repeated, […]

Posted by Nancy L Howe on March 7th, 2016