When it comes to cancer prevention, one of the most important lifestyle habits is to maintain a healthy weight, but during the holidays this can be a challenge. All the holiday gatherings with decadent meals and desserts can challenge even the most regimented healthy eater. Adding to that the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating and holiday events leave little time for regular physical activity or preparation of healthy meals when you are home. But you can indulge without the holiday weight gain, as long as you follow some simple suggestions: Continue reading
Name: Clark Charnetski
Birthdate: Jan. 17, 1942
Diagnosis: Bladder Cancer
U-M Doctor: James Montie, M.D.
Age at diagnosis: 54
In the spring of 1996, Clark Charnetski had a backache. Initially suspecting a urinary problem, an X-ray with dyes found a tumor. Within a few hours, he had an appointment with James Montie, M.D., who diagnosed bladder cancer. That summer, Charnetski underwent chemotherapy and radiation to shrink the tumor before surgery.
“Chemo at the time was very difficult,” he says. “I was really sick, especially Continue reading
Managing expectations during the holiday season can often lead to stress and fatigue. For those with cancer, or their caregiver, the holiday scramble can seem especially tough. Here are some tips from the American Cancer Society, and our own caregivers and patients on how to avoid feeling overloaded and make time for the little thinks that are special to you. We hope these tips on managing holiday obligations can help you through this busy time of the year:
• Give yourself permission to feel your feelings, whether of joy, fear, sadness or pain.
• Accept yourself as you experience your emotions.
• Respect your own timetable.
• Give yourself a break from cancer. You don’t need to Continue reading
It is common for a family to be spread out across the country – even in other countries. Whether it is a parent, sibling or relative diagnosed with cancer, caring for a person with cancer who lives far away has unique challenges. Even if you cannot be physically present, there are ways to help, regardless of your location. The term “long-distance caregiver” is often used for anyone who provides some form of physical, emotional, spiritual, financial or logistical support to a person with a serious illness, though they live at a distance from the person needing care.
- Prioritize your time and budget. Determine when it’s most important to be physically present or when you can provide help from a distance. Continue reading
If you grew up thinking that the Thanksgiving menu is all about adding butter to nearly everything, you probably are right, at least about the past. That does describe much of what we were cooking and eating on Turkey Day years ago. But times have changed, and so have our tastes. Along with a few of those traditionally rich side dishes and gravies, people are now serving up lighter but equally delicious sides that offer health benefits.
Consider brown rice, which is a whole grain. This means that only the outer layer, the hull, was removed in processing, Continue reading
Caregivers may be spouses, partners, family members, or close friends who give the person with cancer physical and emotional care. Giving care can mean helping with daily needs. This can include making meals, arranging and transporting to doctor visits, and helping with bathing and dressing. It can also mean helping your loved one to cope with feelings.
Often, caregivers are happy to put the well-being of the person with cancer above their own well-being. It is normal to put your own feelings and needs aside while caregiving, but you need to take care of yourself, too. If you don’t, you may not be able to care for others.
There are many causes of stress among cancer caregivers. Everyone has emotional ups and downs, but early attention to symptoms of depression can make a big difference in how the Continue reading