Utah Cancer Connections Magazine Winter 2014

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Stop Beating Yourself Up




Too many people are trapped in a vicious cycle of self abuse called criticism. It seems that we all fall prey to this masked form of shame from the time we are young. The false beliefs of others are thrust upon us, from generation to generation, until someone is able to recognize the pattern and break the chain of fault finding, finally freeing themselves from the false belief system. ‘I am’ are two of the most powerful words that your subconscious mind registers as truth. Whatever comes after those two words becomes your reality of existence. For example, those who say ‘I am a failure’, whether aloud or in their head, eventually begin to prove themselves right.


The famous author and shame researcher, Brene Brown, has studied the effects of this negativity in our society and found that there is a huge difference between shame and guilt. According to Brown, guilt is ‘I made a mistake’, while shame is ‘I am a mistake’. There is a powerful difference. I recently spoke at a Women in Business conference about this topic and asked the audience a question that I now pose to you: If I spoke to you the way you speak to yourself when you look at yourself in the mirror, would we be friends?

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Words are powerful and they shape every action we take in life. “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” (Lao Tzu) Take an honest inventory of your thoughts today. Catch yourself saying words that limit your potential. Change your sentences to reflect what you want out of life. “I am now full of life, energy and healing. I am receiving strength from my Creator to overcome. I am healthy and full of vitality. I am freeing myself of false beliefs that hold me back from achieving my full potential. I am aware of my awesomeness and acting accordingly.” Awesomeness is your birthright. Choose to accept it.

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• OCT. 9, 6-8 P.M. Create your own “hope, strength, courage” bracelet while learning about the foods that fight cancer. Alta View Hospital, large classroom, 9660 South 1300 East, Sandy. • OCT. 23, 6-8 P.M. Join Riverton Hospital and Stampin’ Up for a special crafting/yummy food/women’s health education combo at Stampin’ Up headquarters, across the street from the hospital, 12907 South 3600 West, Riverton, UT. • OCT. 25, 9-11 A.M. Attend a special yoga class conducted by a breast cancer survivor, followed by a healthy brunch and comments by breast cancer surgeon Teresa Reading, MD, about the steps women can take to protect themselves from cancer. LDS Hospital, Education Center, 8th Ave. & C Street, Salt Lake City. • OCT. 31. “A Thousand Points of Pink” Grand Prize Drawing

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Join Intermountain Healthcare for a month-long celebration of women, strength and the fight against breast cancer Breast cancer specialists have long known about Utah’s dismal mammography statistics: Women in the Beehive State have the second worst record in the nation for getting the only exam proven to save lives from breast cancer. That’s why Alta View Hospital, Intermountain Medical Center, LDS Hospital, and Riverton Hospital are joining forces for an event called “A Thousand Points of Pink.” It’s a monthlong series of fun events designed to educate women about breast cancer.

The goal is to have 1,000 women who may have never had a mammogram, or who have not had them yearly, to get the test. “A Thousand Points” kicked off on September 25 at Intermountain Medical Center with an evening that included delicious food prepared by Jen Gilroy, chef at Meditrina in Salt Lake City; live music by the Red Rock Hot Club; short, inspirational videos; a portrait session with a professional photographer; and — back by popular demand from last year’s event — bra decorating.

“We invited back any woman who had been diagnosed or treated for breast cancer here at the Breast Care Center,” said Dianne Kane, Oncology Services Director at Intermountain Medical Center. “But we wanted to broaden our efforts this year with events across the Salt Lake Valley and welcome anyone whose life has been touched by breast cancer.”

For more details, call 801-408-1285 or visit www.pink1000.com

Upcoming activities: • OCT. 9, 6-8 P.M. Create your own

“hope, strength, and courage” bracelet while learning about the foods that fight cancer. Alta View Hospital, large classroom, 9660 South 1300 East, Sandy. • OCT. 23, 6-8 P.M. Join Riverton Hospital and Stampin’ Up for a special crafting/yummy food/ women’s health education combo at Stampin’ Up headquarters, across the street from the hospital, 12907 South 3600 West, Riverton.

In addition, any woman who mentions “A Thousand Points” when she has a mammogram at an Intermountain hospital in the Salt Lake Valley in the month of October will receive a special bracelet to remind her

• OCT. 25, 9-11A.M. Attend a special yoga class conducted by a breast cancer survivor, followed by a healthy brunch and comments by breast cancer surgeon Teresa Reading, MD, about the steps women can take to protect themselves from cancer. LDS Hospital, Education Center, 8th Ave. & C Street, Salt Lake City. • OCT. 31. “A Thousand Points of Pink” Grand Prize Drawing

to make breast care a regular part of her life. Watch the hospitals’ Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts all month for #pink1000 messages and share them with your friends for a chance to win a prize.

Everyone is welcome. Bring your sisters, mom, and friends to one or all of these fun and healthy events. For more details, call 801-408-1285 or go to www.pink1000.com.

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Shifting from Fear By Kathy Truman

The test results are back and you hear the doctor’s words, “You have cancer.” Chances are this news will immediately cause the emotion of fear to course through your body, mind and spirit. Fear causes the body to undergo dramatic physiological changes, flooding the brain with a chemical cocktail that activates the sympathetic nervous system’s “fight or flight” response, which in turn stimulates the production of adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline increases the heart rate and respiratory rate/volume and allows the muscles to contract more than they can when the body is calm. Some of the adverse effects are palpitations, tachycardia, arrhythmia, anxiety, headache, tremor, hypertension and acute pulmonary edema. Cortisol decreases bone formation and the breakdown of fat, increases the risk of osteoporosis and weakens the immune system. Fear also causes the rise of CO2 in the system, creating blood gasses that are toxic. The importance to one’s health in shifting out of “fight or flight” cannot be overstated. ‘Rest, restore, and heal’ are functions of the parasympathetic nervous system. Transposing from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic nervous systems would be comparable to shifting a car from a racing engine into neutral. Sharik Peck, rehabilitation counselor and licensed physical therapist, has developed a simple technique that facilitates an interruption of the harmful brain chemical cocktail to shift the body from fear to peace. There are three components which include tensing, turning the head to the dominant side and emptying the lungs. The first component is tensing all of the muscles. It has been found that autistic children intuitively use this technique to calm their bodies. They tense their 8 UTCancerConnections.com

to Peace

muscles until they quiver and when they release the muscle tightness their bodies are in a more relaxed state. Peck notes that ‘spinal extension (bending backwards) activates the fight or flight chemicals while spinal flexion (curling up or bending forward) promotes the calming of the parasympathetic system.’

Part two is turning ones head to the dominant side. Right handed people turn their heads to the right and visa-versa for those who are left handed. Just as twisting a hose effectively interrupts the flow of water, twisting the head to the side serves to interrupt the flow of brain chemicals to the “fight or flight” area of the brain. The third method is emptying the lungs. When startled, a person typically gasps and holds their breath. The lungs hold fear just as the stomach holds worry (ulcers) and the heart holds stress (heart attacks). By exhaling all the air from your lungs, it is symbolically exhaling your fear. This is most effective if one blows out the air in three bursts without inhaling in-between. When the lungs are completely empty, the body reaches a point of stillness called ‘Zero Point’. This is the most critical piece as the body moves from the sympathetic (fight or flight) to the parasympathetic (rest, restore, heal) nervous system. When the body reaches ‘Zero Point’ it is important to stay there as long as possible (don’t worry, you won’t pass out) in order to reprogram the sub-conscious with the positive. Peck instructs, “In your mind express gratitude, love and forgiveness. Then take a deep breath and release the air quickly. Let it go.” Combining these three steps is an effective way of releasing fear from the body, thus enhancing the body’s defenses. There are several exercises that can promote this calming effect: Option 1: Using an exercise ball, kneel on the ground and pull it in into your abdominal region. Push your knees into the ball and wrap your arms completely

around it, giving a huge hug. Lay your head on the ball, turning it firmly to your dominant side. Squeeze the ball tightly, tensing your muscles and exhale in three bursts without inhaling. You can also hug an armful of pillows. Repeat as needed until feeling peace and calm. Option 2: In a sitting position, press the heels of your hands against your knees. While tensing your muscles, turn your head firmly to your dominant side and blow all the air out of your lungs. Option 3: With a strap over a sturdy beam, step your dominant leg back, turn your head firmly to the same side and pull with all your strength while exhaling completely. After training your nervous system to ‘shift down’ with these exercises, you will then be able to simply turn your head to the side to trigger your muscle memory and your body will shift from a state of fear to a state of peace and calm. In my upcoming articles I will share techniques which will assist you in shifting from fear to peace in your mind, emotions, and spirit, and finally, how to remain peaceful in a fearful world. “Gird up your loins, fresh courage take. Our God will never us forsake…” (“Come, Come Ye Saints” by William Clayton) Kathy Truman is an energy worker, life coach, and an emotional & spiritual counselor. As the founder of Warriors at the Gate (an addiction support group), Kathy has empowered hundreds of individuals to regain strength and triumph over adversity. Kathy is the author of inspirational CD’s and is a highly requested speaker at healing conferences and retreats. Kathy resides in Hyde Park, Utah with her husband.

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Need more sleep? Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of tryptophan, an amino acid that the body then converts to serotonin and ultimately melatonin which is the hormone that helps with sleep. According to Dr. Mercola, an advisory board member of the American Nutrition Society, ‘one-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half of the recommended daily amount of magnesium, which participates in a wide range of vitally important physiological functions, including the creation

of ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the energy molecules of your body), the synthesis of RNA and DNA, the pumping of your heart, proper bone and tooth formation, relaxation of your blood vessels, and proper bowel function.’ Pumpkin seeds are also a rich source of zinc, which is important for immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, mood, your senses of taste and smell, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, and male sexual function.

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THE SALT LAKE HOPE LODGE WILL BE THE FIRST TO SERVE THE INTERMOUNTAIN WEST. In May of 2014, the American Cancer Society broke ground to begin the construction phase of building a Hope Lodge in Utah, the first lodge of its kind to serve the Intermountain West. The project kicked off in 2011 with a land donation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has since been in a capital campaign to raise funds to bring the facility to Utah. The fundraising campaign raised nearly $17 million, demonstrating the recognition of urgent need and deep support from the community. The Hope Lodge, which will be located at 100 S. and 400 E. in downtown Salt Lake City, plans to serve residents from the Intermountain West and all others who may be traveling to Salt Lake for premiere cancer treatment.

“Battling cancer is hard enough, patients and caregivers shouldn’t have to worry about travel and lodging arrangement or their associated costs,” said Katie Eccles, Hope Lodge Campaign Chair. “Today we are yet another step closer in bringing hope to our neighbors and friends in need. With Hope Lodge, no one will ever need to forgo treatment because of the cost of travel and lodging away from home—this is paramount in creating a world with no cancer.” The Hope Lodge will provide a homeaway-from-home experience for cancer patients who travel from across the state and region to receive care at any of the premier treatment centers Salt Lake has to offer. It will provide a comfortable, supportive environment for both patient and caregiver to stay for free, a service

currently unavailable anywhere in the region. With construction now underway by R&O Construction, the project is expected to open to cancer patients in the summer of 2015. Building plans for the 63,000 sq. ft. lodge include 41 private suites, common living and cooking/dining areas, a healing garden and a study. The average stay of patients utilizing the Society’s other 31 operating lodges around the country is around 21 nights. The Hope Lodge in Utah is expected to serve nearly 800 patients per year. Along with providing lodging to cancer patients, the Hope Lodge will also house the regional American Cancer Society offices and serve as a complete cancer resource center, bringing with it the many quality of life programs and events offered by the American Cancer Society such as Relay for Life®, Reach to Recovery®, Road to Recovery® and the Look Good…Feel Better® program. To learn more about the Hope Lodge, please visit www.hopelodgeutah.org.

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We understand what’s most important That’s why Jordan Valley Medical Center and Jordan Valley Medical Center West Valley Campus offer quality healthcare, close to home, for women of all ages. Comprehensive breast care and women’s health services include: • • • • • • •

Genetic testing High-risk assessment counseling Digital mammography Stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsy MammoPad® technology Certified cancer patient navigators know error® system • Free pregnancy testing

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Breast Cancer — The Importance of Early Detection By Anne Kieryn, MD Jordan Valley Medical Center

Becoming familiar with the function and anatomy of your body in order to recognize what feels normal for you is one of the best ways to support your health. For women, it should be a priority to keep track of our breast health, which includes performing breast self-exams and scheduling annual mammograms. Regular breast exams are crucial for early detection of breast cancer; however, Utah ranks third lowest in the nation for mammography rates. It’s time to make your health number one and prove those statistics wrong. EARLY DETECTION PLAN What is the first step? Get to know your own breasts! If you aren’t doing so already, it’s time to start monthly breast self-exams. Pay close attention to anything that feels or looks abnormal for you—this includes changes in breast size, shape, texture of the skin, and sensitivity. Breast self-exams are vital in the early detection of breast cancer. These self-exams help you be proactive about your health and initiate the clinical process, if abnormalities

are detected. Along with self-exams, scheduling regular clinical exams and mammograms greatly improve a woman’s chances for successful treatment and recovery.

answers questions, and becomes part of a patient’s support system during treatment.


Mammographers at the Breast Care Center use the MammoPad® during mammogram screenings to help minimize discomfort. The MammoPad® is a cushion that is placed on the imaging receptor during a mammogram to create a softer, warmer surface between the woman and the mammogram machine without compromising imaging quality. Clinical studies show that the MammoPad® reduces discomfort by 50 percent for three out of four women. The Breast Care Center staff hopes to ensure the highest level of comfort possible for all patients.

Conveniently located on the southwest side of the valley, the Breast Care Center at Jordan Valley Medical Center features a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, technicians, counselors, and educators dedicated to the prevention, care, and followup of breast conditions. The Breast Care Center staff understands the concerns and, at times, anxiety many women experience when scheduling mammograms and clinical exams. To create a feeling of comfort and relaxation, the Breast Care Center provides a calming, spa-like atmosphere in a private location. Additionally, the center offers comprehensive breast care services, allowing women to receive quality treatment and personalized services in one place. If supplementary screenings are needed, the Breast Care Center provides a patient navigator to guide patients through the entire process. A patient navigator coordinates care,


Now it’s your turn to take the first steps necessary to support your health. Remember to set monthly breast selfexam reminders and schedule annual clinical exams with your doctor. For more information about the Breast Care Center at Jordan Valley Medical Center, call 801-562-3171 or visit jordanvalleymc.com. UTCancerConnections.com 13


What is Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)? By Dr. Todd Cameron

Nearly 40 percent of Americans use health care approaches that are considered outside mainstream/conventional medicine for long-term chronic illness or cancer. The philosophy and practice of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) can work very well along with conventional medicine. Complementary vs Alternative, What is the difference? Misconceptions about CAM are rampant. Hopefully, this article will shed some light on the subject. In general, CAM approaches are noninvasive, nontoxic, and very effective for treating chronic illness and cancer. The methods used by CAM practitioners have been shown to create positive results, leading patients towards a better quality of life. Patients can find relief from pain, nausea, weakness/fatigue, inflammation, depression and anxiety as well as the side-effects of the “standard-of-care” treatments such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Complementary medicine refers to using non-mainstream treatments along with conventional medicine. Alternative medicine refers to using non-mainstream treatments in place of conventional medicine.

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Types of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Whole Medical Systems Alternative medical systems, in most cases, evolved from the original healthcare systems that were historically in place around the world. For example: Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), east Indian Ayurvedic Medicine and, originating in Europe, Naturopathic Medicine, which was one of the first medical philosophies to emerge in the US during the 1800’s. Osteopathic and Chiropractic medicine were also evolving in the US at that time. Currently within these systems, CAM practitioners use one or more of the different types of healing modalities listed below: Mind-Body Medicines These techniques enhance the mind’s direct effect on the body’s ability to heal. Some of these techniques include meditation, yoga, hypnosis or creative therapies such as art, music or dance. Biologically Based Medicine This form of medicine uses substances found in nature such as botanicals, minerals, vitamins, fatty acids, and proteins. Special diets and nutrition are also a big part of this modality and can be monumentally important in recovery.

Manipulative & Body-Based Practices These practices include therapies that either manually manipulate the body to balance the structural or systemic imbalances of the joints, bones, soft tissues and lymphatic system. These practices can include Chiropractic and Osteopathic manipulation, Naturopathic mobilization, Massage and other bodywork modalities. Energy Medicine By activating the body’s natural healing energies, the body can be restored and maintained by using non-invasive methods. Flow, balance and harmony can be recovered by using modalities such as, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Reiki and Biofeedback techniques. Are the techniques safe? Can I use them along with my other conventional treatments? The majority of CAM modalities can be utilized safely along with conventional approaches. Consulting an experienced CAM practitioner is essential to having a positive experience. We want to leave you with a sense of excitement and hope. By utilizing a combination of the modalities that are available, you can expect a much more positive and healthy outcome.

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Find Out: • What Is Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)? • Different Types Of CAM • Reasons People Choose CAM • Is It Safe To Use With My Conventional Treatments? • Answers To Commonly Asked Questions From A Doctor With 17 Years of Experience!

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straight talk with Dov (telling it like it is)

So here I sit, in front of the computer at 3am in the morning, looking at 7 pages of “almost” article. I have written and rewritten over the past week, but I am not finding that line, that beautiful moment when your ideas fall away and the writing moves forward on its own, your hands merely the voice of your subconscious. So today, instead of telling a story of my own, I’m going to talk about some of the other people that fill the infusion room, people who have journeyed along the same path as I have, people I care about: “Cancer Wonder-Twins” - Suzanne Harsha-Arevalo Suzanne and I have been in treatment for almost 7 years together. We met early on, and due to the fact we shared the same cancer diagnosis, the same high-school, almost the same age, and had chemo on the same days, we soon became the “Cancer wonder-twins.” We still hang out in chemo together, we run races, go out and drink coffee and talk about our screwed up lives. 6 years ago, shortly after I realized that my treatment was going to be a hell of a lot longer than I thought, Suzanne and I put together a group of ‘cancery’ people to run the Wasatch Back relay: a run from Logan to Park City roughly 200 miles long. Each member of the 12 person team runs 3 legs during the roughly day and a half it takes to run the race. On the second leg of her section of the run, Suzanne tweaked her knee in what seemed to be a race-ending injury. Although she was in constant pain and rain was pouring down, Suzanne refused to let anyone run for her, and she stubbornly stepped out of the van into the rain, grimacing, and began to run, limping at first and slowly warming up into a confident stride. We drove along, alternately cheering and trying to convince her from the van to stop, watching her fight her way on, refusing to give up. It was there, watching her run, despite the pain, despite the lack of sleep, 16 UTCancerConnections.com

despite the rain, despite everything (and everyone) that was telling her to stop, I saw in her eyes that fierce determination of so many cancer patients. She later limped toward the finish line and the rest of ‘Team Tumor’ joined together on either side of her, shoulder to shoulder, supporting her in those last steps. In that beautiful moment I saw the indomitable spirit of the cancer community, of friends, of fellow runners. “Why Not Me?” - Linda Hill Linda is an amazing woman who has had cancer for 30+ years. Since the time she was 19 she has been through surgery after surgery having multiple organs removed. The first time I heard her speak, she told the crowd that we were all carrying around a lot of extra weight due to all those organs and that she was simply “streamlined.” With that one line, I knew I had to meet this woman. In the years since, we have done cancer comedy shows together, celebrated birthdays we never thought we would live to see and have cheered each other on as we jumped off a mountaintop to take flight on wings of cloth. Linda once spoke to a group at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and was asked: “Do you ever ask ‘Why me?’” Her response, quick as a whip: “Why not me? What makes me so special that I should be exempt?” In this simple, direct answer: ‘Why not me?’ she glides gracefully past the philosophical hand-wringing that can come with a diagnosis, past the things that she cannot change, and she focuses on living, which is what she does best. This same Linda once snuck out of her hospital room in the Huntsman hospital (with her IV pole still attached) to take part in a cancer comedy show. She created a shirt when she had breast cancer that read: “Yes they’re fake, the real ones tried to kill me.” She got a group together to do a flash mob dance at a local mall. She truly is a whirlwind of life, of joy, and spreads it to everyone she meets.

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“No Surrender” - Steve Vizna I met Steve on his first treatment in chemo. Steve is a high school teacher and a football coach from a small town in Montana, and he is one determined son of a...gun (I may have originally had a different word than “gun,” but this is a family friendly magazine…). He always comes to treatment with a smile on his face, even when he is telling me about the horrible pain he is in. Every time his team plays I get a text from him: “Gameday!” it says. Attached to the text is a song of the week. This time, a parody of “It’s all about the Booty” called “It’s all about the Dogs.” And who is singing? Steve of course. He approaches treatment the same way he approaches football - head on and with an indomitable spirit. Though I have never seen him on the field, I can see the coach the moment he enters the room: “It’s good to see you!” “How are you doing?” “You are looking good!” His laugh rings throughout the infusion room. When Steve talks, it’s always about his team, about his students, and you can tell in his voice, in his eyes, how much he loves them. And they love him in return: a quick Google search reveals a viral video that his students made for him to cheer him on as he goes through treatment, articles from local papers, and a ton of pictures, pictures of him and his wife (an amazing woman, who deserves her own column), of him and his team, and in picture after picture, his smile big, strong, and always shining.. “Dead End” - Debbie Debbie I met less than a week ago. She is a middle-aged woman, and another terminal patient, who has had her cervix taken out as well as a complete hysterectomy. As she puts it, laughing “everything is gone down there... EVERYTHING!” As you can tell, she has a fire burning bright in her. We spoke for a few minutes only - a little about our cancers, a little about our lives,

when she decided to tell me about a tattoo she is thinking of getting on her thighs. “It’ll be two words,” she says “one on the inside of each thigh.” She pauses for a minute, smiling, “It’ll say ‘DEAD END.” I could barely breathe for laughing. How human is this? How beautiful? How amazing to find humor in the darkness that she faces? And for each of these stories there are a million others, some sad, some funny, some heart-wrenching, some beautiful: There is the man who is on his first day, whose wife won’t come to treatment, because perhaps, if she doesn’t come then it is not really happening.


There is the woman who is a recovering meth addict, who pinched my butt as she walked by me, and her daughter, who was sitting with her, whose only remark in response was “Maaaahhhm, that’s sexual harassment.” There was a Buddhist who would support the patients around them according to their belief system: “Heavenly father is looking after you.” “Jesus walks with you always.” “May the blessing of Allah be upon you.” There is a gentlemen who has lost his tongue to cancer, who will never be able to taste or chew his food again. There is another terminal patient, an older gentleman who burns bright with more energy and fire than a pack of teenagers. He runs a radio station, works 18 hour days often, has traveled across the country by train with his wife, and is currently planning to go to Israel with her. These are the people you see in chemo: young, old, sad, strong, determined, funny, angry. They are good and bad, they are wise sometimes and stupid sometimes. They are ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. They rise above the pain they are in and teach us what it is to be strong in the face of pain, to have hope in the face of hopelessness, to be determined, to live even while dying, to laugh and to teach and to turn pain into laughter. They are your neighbors, your friends, your family, you. We make our way through these times with beauty and grace, stumbling sometimes, but always getting back up again and continuing on our way. May the season treat you well. May you find strength when you need it, and may you find yourself surrounded by people who care about you.


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Somehow, when the sun rises and the day begins anew, “We” seems much easier than “I”. “We” means that together the burdens can be shared, the day can be conquered, the sad understood and beauty is confirmed. “We” is peaceful, loved and cherished. “We” gives hope that one doesn’t stand alone on this globe. At times the feeling of being alone can exist in a house-full, even a world full, of other beings. It is sometimes hard to connect, but if that connection isn’t made, feeling alone can be heavy and burdensome. Look for those who have shared experiences and can help you with connecting. Many times someone outside the norm can be more beneficial than those who may have an emotional relationship with you. Do you ever seek to be carried away to a place where the world isn’t so encumbered by worry, doubt, fear and pain – a place where hope exists to create peace and joy? Hope is a positive expectation or outcome based on an optimistic state of mind. It may take a change in how one views the world at large in order to find hope. 18


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When I was a child I would take a blanket outside and roll up in it. The warm, cozy feeling relaxed me and I would drift off to sleep. That peace, so hard to find as an adult with health issues, financial burdens and the daily stresses, makes me long to crawl into that blanket of warmth and security. And yet, drawing on that memory, I recognize it is up to me to create that feeling of assurance and safety. I am hopeful I can find answers to my woes and reaching a positive outlook so I don’t get lost in the mundane, melancholy weight of it all. I compartmentalize when I’m overwhelmed, setting aside troubled thoughts to focus on the happy thoughts. For instance, when you have a fixed course for treatments, put the appointment on “auto pilot” and detach emotion from the action. Make it a priority to think about what brings you joy, peace and ultimately hope. It can be an adventure to gain control over the difficulties of life, allowing them to build and reassure us that hard things don’t have to break us.

It is said the simplest solutions are often the best remedies. It may be a blue sky, stars at night, rain in its chorus, or a drive to escape to out-of-reach places where you feel free to let down and let go. A comedy that causes laughter, or rejuvenation to the soul can bring clarity and hope to the mind. In a brief moment a renewed perspective can change a day, a day can change the week, which in turn can create better physical and mental health for a lifetime. Lastly, look beyond yourself and find somebody who needs you. When you reach out to help a person on the other side of pain and fear, you create a bond by becoming “we”, and things begin to change. Our own troubles and doubts don’t seem as heavy and you can feel joy in lifting another, who would be lost without you. There is amazing peace found in lightening someone else’s load, and making a friend in the understanding of a shared experience. We, not I, will bring hope to life.

Walking The Path That Leads To Happiness Judi Bishop is no stranger to suffering. Her journey down the cancer road began at the tender age of nine when a tumor the size of an orange was found on her head. “As a third grader, I thought I was going to die,” shared Judi. “But even more frightening was the thought of going back to school with half of my hair missing. I knew that the kids were going to tease me. Thankfully my sweet mother found a way to use the remaining hair I had to cover the bald spots and hold it with a bow. I still have that bow to this day.” Judi’s personal experience with cancer peaked her interest of the disease and by the age of twelve, she began reading books about the various types of cancers and finding ways to serve in the community. “My mother worked at the Price hospital and when I was in the seventh grade, I would visit her every night for dinner. One night when I arrived I saw a young girl in a wheelchair who was crying. I comforted her the best I could then later found out from my mom that her name was Kathy and that she had leukemia.” Judi began extending her nightly visit to spend time with Kathy. ‘“We’d play paper dolls, color or I would read to her. I made it a mission to go every night and spend time with her. It meant a lot to me to just be there for her and when she passed away, I made up my mind to learn as much as I

could, and do as much as I could, to help others liker her.” At age 19, Judi’s personal cancer journey continued as she had an encapsulated tumor removed from her tail bone. Additional surgeries continued at age 33 when suspicious cells required the removed of her cervix and uterine. Later in life, most of her upper lip was removed due to cancer and extensive reconstruction was required. In addition to battling cancer herself, she’s lost several family members to the disease and a daughter to the Hantavirus. “My life hasn’t been easy but whose is? I have seen the needs of those with cancer and have felt a strong desire to support them. It hasn’t always been easy, but I’ve found a lot of happiness as I’ve seen people open up and begin letting go.” Those is Carbon, Emery and surrounding counties can verify that Judi’s passion has been felt in her local community. For the past 16 years, Judi has been heavily involved in creating and executing a variety of cancer related events including the annual Relay for Life© supporting the American Cancer Society. “Serving those with cancer is a passion for me and it all started with reading with Kathy. Honoring her has been my focus and still is to this day. We may never have a cure for cancer or have the answers for

‘why’, but we have to keep trying. We can’t give up hope. We never know what can happen if we work together and continue fighting.” As a self declared ‘professional volunteer’, Judi has found that although there have been dark days in her life, happiness has come from choosing to be involved in her local community and by serving others. “Seeing the smile and laughter and getting people to open up is where healing begins. It’s important to bring a family type dynamic when support is given. Be open, be hones and let feelings out. Open communication is the key to any situation in life and life is so much easier when we are able to say what we feel.” Seven years ago a unique twist of fate brought a message to Judi that solidified her desire to continue serving others. “My father had passed away and mother had remarried. A local newspaper featured an article about my cancer journey and in it I mentioned my first experience serving Kathy. I later received a call from my step father’s sister-in-law, Georgia, who told me that Kathy was her daughter. From the time I was in 7th grade to the time I was 60, they knew it was someone but didn’t know it was me. To end up having them be my relatives through marriage was a blessing. Serving Kathy came back full circle into my life.” UTCancerConnections.com 19

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Test Your Home For Radon You can’t see radon. And you can’t smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home. Radon is a radioactive gas. It comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That’s because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels and while radon problems may be more common in some areas, any home may have a problem. 30% of the homes in Utah have radon levels in excess of the EPA recommended action level of 4 picoCuries of radon per liter of air (pCi/L). The only way to know if radon is in your home is to test. According to the EPA the best time to test for radon is during the winter months when the gas gathers in higher concentrations in basements due to the lower amount of air circulation. January is the official month of radon awareness for that very reason. A simple radon home test can be purchased for under $10 at most hardware stores and online at www.radon.utah.gov. Information about how radon enters a home (and the venting process if radon levels are high) can be found at www.epa.gov/radon/.

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Winter Wonder-tan? Many people believe that tanning beds are safer than direct sun, but that is a myth. In 2004, the National Cancer Institute reported that women who use tanning beds more than once a month are 55% more likely to develop malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer concluded that any use of tanning beds was positively associated with melanoma and those with first exposure before the age of 35 significantly increased the risk of developing melanoma.

While tanning beds may be a significant cause of skin cancer, Utah’s high evelation also provides some challenges for outdoor enthusiasts as well. Higher altitude means increased risk of sun-induced skin damage, since UV radiation exposure increases 4 to 5 percent with every 1,000 feet above sea level. At Utah’s high altitude, UV radiation may be 35 to 45 percent more intense than at sea level. In addition, snow reflects up to 80 percent of the UV light from the sun, meaning that you are often hit by the same rays twice.

UV light from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling. In addition, the World Health Organization has stated that tanning beds emit both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays cause tanning and wrinkling while UVB rays cause sunburns, aging, wrinkling and skin cancer. Because tanning beds produce higher levels of radiation to speed up the effects of each tanning session, skin is exposed to a higher level of cancer causing UVB rays.

This only increases the risk for damage and Utah’s rate of melanoma skin cancer proves it. Utah ranks fourth highest in the nation for skin cancer cases. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a broadspectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher whenever you spend extended time outdoors. Be aware that the sun’s reflection off the snow is strong even on cloudy days so reapply sunscreen often. UTCancerConnections.com 21


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