April 21, 2011 - 9:58am
I was chosen to be a participant in the very first Stanford Healthy Lifestyle Program (SHLP) to be held at the Virginia Piper Cancer Center, Scottsdale, AZ.. First, class was Monday and will continue for 14 weeks. Dr. Phillips who conducts the class of 12 female Cancer Survivors told us right off-the-bat that exercise alone will not lead to weight loss; it takes eating properly, combined with exercise and stress management!
I am so glad to have the opportunity to learn how to change my life! I am 71 and want to be healthy. It has been 6 years since my Mastectomy; I have asthma, and last year I developed secondary Lymphedema ( which I can control with massage, medical grade essential oils, swimming and elastic garment). I chose not to have chemo or any treatment after my mastectomy, and it worked, this is why when I developed the lymphedema last year I was so shocked, but my husband has had dementia for many years, I lost my job and the stress was building. Then Sept. 2010, my husband fell breaking his wrist in several places requiring surgery, and this lead to him more confusion and the medical team said he needed more care than I was able to provide so he went into an adult foster home where he was not happy, and Feb. 2 he fell breaking his hip this too required surgery and compounded the dementia to alzeheimers and he has been placed in a long term nursing facility with Hospice care! So my stress level elevated to a new level. But good news, he is happy and I am now able to return to the workforce!
I need to learn the proper diet, exercise and mental programs to be able to live the rest of my life to the fullest! I know what to do, but now I will have the proper tools and a SUPPORT group of like-minded women!
I will report here weekly what I learn, so I can maybe help one of you!!!!