Physical Activity Can Make a Difference

We are told over and over again about the benefits of physical activity, but many of us find lots of excuses not to do it, or not to do it consistently anyhow. Kudos to the many rockstars that embrace it and engage in some sort of activity on a consistent basis – please motivate us! Physical activity impacts many aspects of our lives and can help improve your mood, your sense of well-being and improve endurance while helping with depression and fatigue. Studies suggest that physical activity may help to prevent/reduce the risk of a secondary cancer later in life and/or lower the risks of other cancers. So, go enjoy the cooler temps of fall and get moving. (If you are in Tucson join Bag It for our annual Take a Hike at Catalina State Park on October 27th) Physical activity includes walking, swimming, cycling, gardening and other activities that keep you from sitting or remaining sedentary for long periods of time – even dancing! It is always important to consult with your healthcare team, especially if making major changes to your activity or if you are in or recently completed (cancer) treatment. This doesn’t mean you can’t move and research shows that physical activity during and after treatment can actually help. Talk with your doctor and other healthcare team members about your physical activity. They can provide guidance and help you find exercise resources.

How will physical activity improve my health?

What type of activity should I do? How often and for how long?

Is it safe to exercise during cancer treatment?  

Should I avoid certain exercises?

What resources are available to me?

Making the Most of Appointments

Making the Most of Appointments

None of us have as much time as we’d like when we see the oncologist, primary care physician, or any member of our healthcare team. Maximize those precious few minutes and make the most of your visits with these hacks:

Before you go: 

    • Prepare for the appointment at least a few days in advance. Complete any online research you want to do (Our Resource Center has reliable cancer websites).
    • Use My Appointment Summary Log (found in My Companion Guidebook)
    •  to organize what you need to bring and discuss, where and when you are going.
    • Write down your questions (use the small journal or sheets provided). 
    • Leave room to write down the answers you are given.
    • Prioritize your top 3 questions to ask the doctor. (Other members of the healthcare team can answer or obtain answers for the other questions for you).

” I still use the bag…it is a Godsend, I am always using it. It has taught me to always take notes, whenever I have a question for ANY doctor I write the question and answer down. I use it as a reference for dates and other information regarding any of my medical history.”

At the visit: 

  • Bring someone with you. Let them know how they can help you: extra set of ears, take notes, give info you may have forgotten.
  • Good communication with your healthcare team is key! Click here for tips
  • Consider recording the visit (ask permission first) to replay it at a later time.
  • Bring your Bag It My Companion Guidebook or appropriate pieces within to refer to questions, forms and logs you prepared. Write down the answers and other info given to you so you don’t have to try to remember it.
  • Ask for copies of your reports, labs, information from the visit. Add them to your notebook.

Click below for questions to ask your healthcare team from Paths to Survivorship booklet.

THE SPANISH BAG IT BAG IS HERE! ¡EL BOLSO BAG IT EN ESPAÑOL YA ESTÁ AQUÍ!

THE SPANISH BAG IT BAG IS HERE! ¡EL BOLSO BAG IT EN ESPAÑOL YA ESTÁ AQUÍ!

THE SPANISH BAG IT BAG IS HERE!  

We’re excited to announce that the Spanish version of the new Bag It bag is now available. Each printed booklet and the entire contents of My Companion Guidebook (Mi guía acompañante), including the forms, instructions, and glossary, have been professionally translated into neutral Spanish to be easily understood by all Spanish speakers. This is especially important as Bag It expands distribution across the country this year.
See it here

Wait – there’s more!

Check out the Resource Center on our website for a list of Spanish resources covering many cancer-related topics such as information about cancer types and treatment, coping with side effects of cancer treatment, emotional support for families, communicating with children, nutrition and eating tips, complementary and integrative medicine, legal rights, financial assistance, cancer survivorship, and more.

Order a bag today

¡EL BOLSO BAG IT EN ESPAÑOL YA ESTÁ AQUÍ!

Estamos muy contentos de anunciar que la versión del bolso Bag It en español ya está disponible. Cada carpeta publicada y el contenido completo de My Companion Guidebook (Mi Guía Acompañante), incluso los formularios, las instrucciones, y el glosario, han sido traducidos profesionalmente al español neutral para que cualquier hispanohablante pueda enterderlos fácilmente. Esto es especialmente importante debido a que este año, Bag It expandirá su distribución por todo el país. Véase aquí

 

Pero espere… ¡Hay más!

 

Revise el Centro de Recursos en nuestra página web para obtener una lista de recursos en español que cubren una variedad de temas relacionados con el cáncer, tales como información sobre los tipos de cáncer y sus tratamientos, cómo enfrentar los efectos secundarios del tratamiento contra el cáncer, cómo obtener apoyo emocional para familias, cómo hablar con los niños sobre estos temas, sugerencias sobre la nutrición y la alimentación, la medicina natural e integral, los derechos legales, asistencia económica, la sobrevivencia del cáncer, y mucho más.

 

Ordene su bolso de Bag It

Breathe in deep…breathe out peace

Breathe in deep…breathe out peace

This mantra was one of many gifts received during my stay at the Miraval Arizona resort.

I sponsored a Bag it bag to help an individual impacted by cancer feel informed, empowered, and supported throughout their treatment journey. I never imagined this donation would also result in my own wellness journey and lasting benefits.

I was fortunate to be the winner of Bag It’s 2018 drawing and booked my stay at Miraval Arizona in December, looking forward to a relaxing weekend to reflect on the year. The experience at Miraval was so much more that I expected, and the people and activities left a positive impact that I appreciate daily.

  • Relaxation: Exploring the beauty of the resort property and visits to the labyrinth provided the ideal mental space to decompress.
  • Expansion: Encouraged to step out of my comfort zone, I participated in my first Zumba class which was the most fun, accepting, and laughter-filled fitness experience I’ve ever had.
  • Reflection: Through meditation activities, I explored emotions and strengths, vowing to reprioritize
    neglected passions.
  • Connection: I enjoyed truly meaningful conversations with staff and guests, reinvigorated by the kindness and compassion shared in these interactions.

We have all been impacted by cancer. Some have experienced it personally, others through a family member or friend, or a hero or celebrity we admire. Last month I sent a Bag It bag to a colleague recently diagnosed with cancer. While she thanked me, she indicated she had received information from her doctors. A few days later, she reached out to share how comprehensive the Bag It resources are, expressing how they have been a helpful addition to the information she previously received. The resources developed by Bag It are invaluable. I appreciate Miraval Arizona’s support of Bag It’s important work to inform, empower, and support individuals impacted by cancer.

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