Teal is the awareness color of ovarian cancer. Women of Teal is a play on the words "Man of Steel" used to describe Superman. I have found my fellow ovarian cancer survivors to be the strongest, most helpful women in the world. They are truly Women of Teal!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Six Years and Counting
Friday, July 22, 2011
LiveSTRONG at the Y is now at the Princeton Family YMCA
Our goal is to help participants build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve functional ability. Additional goals include reducing the severity of therapy side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes and improving energy levels and self esteem. A final goal of the program is to assist participants in developing their own physical fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle, not only as part of their recovery, but as a way of life. In addition to the physical benefits, the program provides participants a supportive environment and a feeling of community with their fellow survivors, YMCA staff and members.
YMCA fitness instructors work with each participant to fit the program to their individual needs. The instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise and supportive cancer care. Our first program will begin on Monday, August 1st and will run every Monday and Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm for twelve weeks.
The program is free for cancer survivors and the participants will have access to the YMCA facility for the full twelve weeks, not just on program days. We hope to add an additional class in the evenings sometime soon but at this time, we can only offer it during the day. I noticed that you are the Coordinator for MCCC so I hope that you will pass this message along to your local survivors. We welcome everyone at any stage in their cancer journey and they can contact me directly if they are interested in participating or learning more.
Development and Communications Director
Princeton Family YMCA
59 Paul Robeson Place
Princeton, NJ 08540
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
"The Road less traveled by"
Thursday, July 14, 2011
To See HeLa Cells and Read about Them
Last month when I attended Survivors Day at CINJ, I visited Dr Scotto's lab. At the end of the tour, Dr. Scotto told our group that she had set up a microscope so that we could view HeLa cells. HeLa cells are the cancer cells from Henrietta Lacks. I was thrilled to actually see these cells that in the right growth medium will continue to grow and replicate... and grow and replicate ... and grow and replicate . I remembered reading news articles about these cells and how they have been used for years in medical research from HIV to polio to cancer. Alongside the microscope was a copy of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Lean On Me
Lean On Me Lyrics
Songwriter: Bill Withers
Sometimes in our lives
We all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there's always tommorow
Lean on me, when you're not strong
And I'll be your friend
I'll help you carry on
For it won't be long
'Til I'm gonna need
Somebody to lean on ...
You just call on me brother, when you need a hand (Chorus)
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you'd understand
We all need somebody to lean on...
If there is a load you need to bear
That you can't carry
I'm right up the road
I'll share your load
If you just call me...
Call me (if you need a friend)
Call me (Call me)
Lean On Me Lyrics © Interior Music Corp
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Baby on the Way
It has been a fun past few days. My daughter,Theresa, came east for her baby shower on Saturday. We missed Andy but knew his battalion needed him keeping things running smoothly in Kansas while they are in Iraq. Baby G was showered with so many gifts- some homemade, some store-bought but all were given with love.