Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Making Treatment Decisions

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Making Treatment Decisions | Cancer Support Community Montana

Are you or a loved one wondering about what topics to consider when weighing treatment options and how to prepare for appointments? Join board certified Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner at Bozeman Health Cancer Center, Clarissa Drill, as she shares ways to partner with your healthcare team in making treatment decisions.

4 Wellness Tips for Transitioning into Fall

By: PickyDiet -lifestyle / wellness

Seasonal changes can leave us feeling unbalanced and in need of some extra self-care. We want to incorporate practices that help us balance the qualities of the season to stay healthy and feeling our best.

In Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of life and medicine, each season has a certain quality about it.

Fall and early winter is characterized as being cold, dry, light, rough, irregular, moving and quickly changing. The weather turns cold, winds blow, and the earth becomes dry, hard and rough. You might notice drier skin, irregular digestion, and the frantic, unpredictable energy of the holidays, which can easily leave you depleted, overwhelmed, and distracted.

We want to balance these characteristics out with opposite qualities of warmth, moisture, nourishment, slowness, regularity and focus.

Here’s what you can do to stay balanced and well this season…

HYDRATE

We are typically focused on hydrating when it’s hot outside, however it is equally (if not more) important when the temps cool down to help balance the dry air. Start your day with warm water and lemon to balance the cool temperatures and hydrate your organs after sleeping. Throughout the day sip on water or warm, clear herbal tea to stay hydrated, energized and keep your skin looking beautiful.

GET GROUNDED

Fall is the perfect time to cultivate some stillness in your daily life. Take time to connect with yourself and try to reduce the amount of rushing, traveling, and running around that you do. This will help balance out the windiness and quickly moving characteristics of fall. Begin to focus your energy inward. Write, meditate, read, practice yoga, take a bath, cozy up with a tea by the fire, breathe!

EAT WARMING, NOURISHING FOODS

Fall calls for nutritious, warm, cooked foods and drinks like stews, teas, soups, and roasted root veggies. Save the salads and cold, light foods for summer. The seasons affect us in how we react to the outside climate and by the foods that are naturally available to us during these times. Fall foods include winter squash, pumpkins, apples, sweet potatoes and root vegetables – incorporate them into your meals to feel balanced. Grounding foods (food that is literally grown in the ground like carrots and sweet potatoes) also give us their grounding energy to help with tip number two. Enjoying a hot mug of turmeric milk or tea is the perfect evening drink to warm and nourish you.

CREATE A RHYTHM IN YOUR LIFE

Sticking to regular meal and bed times create balance and help you feel grounded. Our bodies feel best when we are in rhythm with nature. Aim to go to bed early and wake up early (and at the same time) every day. You will feel better and it will help maintain a healthy immune system. We all need extra rest during times of transition.

Mindful Mandalas Workshop

Mindful Mandalas Workshop Sep-2020 for screens

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About your teacher:

Laura is a self-taught artist, multi-passionate creative, surface pattern designer, and dog momma living in Dallas, TX. She creates art across all mediums (traditional and digital), and you’ll often find her with more paint on herself than on the canvas. She believes deep in her heart that we’re all creative beings, and loves teaching others what she’s learned. Over the past 10 years, Laura has taught more than 120 workshops on everything from Copic markers to watercolor and sewing/fiber arts. When not creating art, you can find her singing and playing piano in her home recording studio (where her dog, Gus, likes to sing along). Laura also lead a workshop at CSCMT’s virtual Mending in the Mountains retreat in September 2020. 

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Healthy Dole Whips!

Taste the last days of summer with this delicious Pineapple Whip Recipe!

Throughout the changes of COVID, we are trying to reach more people in our community and make our educational programming more accessible, so we have created this recorded video. Enjoy and stay tuned for future recipes!

Follow this link to find the recipe! https://wellnessmama.com/124273/pineapple-whip-recipe/

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Anxiety in the Cancer Experience

By: Grace Van Cleef

My mom has always had a stereotypical “Type A” personality: hardworking, meticulous, and high achieving. Of course, this has been a benefit throughout her life. She holds two and a half jobs, but she loves her work and she tackles each day with spirit. As the choir director/organist of a local church and conductor of a local community choir, she has never had a dull moment.

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