Beware extreme diets

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An article in today’s Guardian newspaper warns those who adopt “extreme diets” to try to stop the disease returning are wasting their time and may even be harming their health. Dietary regimes which urge… Continue reading

Letting the sacred grow

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I came across an article recently in the Irish Times on the Shekina Sculpture Garden, in Co Wicklow. Described as a modern sacred space, it is a peaceful garden with  a pond, shrubs and trees and… Continue reading

Tips for daily mindfulness

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The following are some tips for practising mindfulness in our daily lives. As I have written here many times (and research bears it out),  I believe that the practice of mindfulness can be of… Continue reading

Exercise can relieve depression post-breast cancer

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Back again to the theme of exercise and breast cancer. This time the research focuses on exercise as a tool to battle the symptoms of depression and anxiety which may be attendant to… Continue reading

Sheryl Crow speaks of her breast cancer experience

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Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. In this video clip from 2007, she talks about her fight against the disease, her involvment with the National Breast Cancer Coalition, her… Continue reading

BreastCheck delayed in three counties

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Again and again, I made aware of how lucky I was to be living in the catchment area of a specialist breast cancer unit, when I received my treatment for breast cancer. Isn’t… Continue reading

Blessing

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For all those who asked me to reprint the John O’Donoghue poem, Blessing, read by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the spiritual care conference: Beannacht (“Blessing”)   On the day when the weight deadens on… Continue reading

Finding the blessing

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I often check the WordPress dashboard of this blog to see what search terms people are using when they stumble upon Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer. I am interested to note a number of… Continue reading

Mindfulness helps to deal with post treatment phase

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Returning again to the theme of mindfulness, I came across the following study of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) for survivors of breast cancer. Research has shown that in the post treatment phase of recovery, breast… Continue reading

Inflammatory breast cancer

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The drug lapatinib could be used to treat aggressive inflammatory breast cancer suggest the findings of a recent study. For patients resistant to conventional anthracycline or taxane and trastuzumab, treatment options are limited. Lapatinib inhibits… Continue reading