Stress is unfortunately all too common when one is living with cancer. It manifests both emotionally and physically with anxiety, fatigue, and depression to name a few of the symptoms. Quality of life certainly takes a major hit as one endures treatment. What can one do to lessen the burden – begin a yoga class.
The ancient practice is not new. It has long been studied with cancer patients, resulting in enormous benefits. The practice of yoga can improve one’s mental, emotional and physical well-being. The following is a study from the University of Rochester where it reported an improved quality of life, reduced fatigue and improved sleep.
In between the times of working with breast cancer survivors, I spent a few years working as a clinical coordinator of a palliative care program in a community hospital. It was during this time, I made contact with Amy Berman, a registered nurse and senior program officer at the John A Hartford Foundation in New York City. In a her blog she wrote an article “Living Life In My Own Way – And Dying That Way As Well.” (April 12, 2012) Her article inspired me to write an editorial response and thus my communication with Amy. Recently, I came across another article of Amy’s where she articulates how important end-of-life planning is and how such conversations have been the vehicle of her survivorship.
Here is the article from the Washinton Post – a story of perseverance and encouragement, that I hope gives hope to those living with breast cancer. Washington Post Article