Keep A Healthy Weight To Avoid Breast Cancer!

There has been many studies that share your risk of breast cancer can be lowered by regular exercise. American Cancer Society and doctors are now recommending that women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and those who haven’t, exercise on a daily basis! Also, being overweight can increase your risk of breast cancer and many other cancers, and it can even increase your risk of it coming back.

We’ve seen exercising regularly and keeping a healthy weight are extremely important factors to those suffering from breast cancer. It’s very important to incorporate these factors to keep your recurrence low:

  • exercise
  • weight
  • diet
  • smoking
  • alcohol

The results showed being active decreased the potential risk of breast cancer coming back by 40%! However, we know finding time to exercise from treatments, family, work, chores, and more, can be really hard.

We suggest for you to break up your routine into 20-45 sessions and we believe is a great way to start. Walking is still a great form of exercise. There are so many ways to do this!

  1. Walk before work
  2. Walk during your lunch break
  3. Park further away from your building
  4. Walk with a buddy

It’s all about keeping a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and  doing things that keep stress levels at a minimum. Exercise will keep your mental health in great shape as well. Age never defines when you can start becoming active. Get moving now.

 

Tips For Exercising When You Have Breast Cancer!

Happy New Year! This is the month where it’s time to start those resolutions and try to make healthier choices! There are so many benefits of exercise. However, surgery to the breasts can affect how you can move or exercise. It can affect how you can move your arms and shoulders, or even daily activities. The surgery can limit your ability to move, but certain exercises can help you become more mobile! 

  1. Improve your stamina! Stamina is what gives you energy throughout the day and it’s affected by exercise. Your body will begin to adapt with the more exercise you do! The more you hit the gym the more you will be able to do!
  2. Focus on your shoulders and chest! This is to help address any scarring and tightness you will potentially feel after the surgery.
  3. Core exercises! These exercises are great for your upper body and stamina, which is major for recovery!
  4. Movement and balance! Side effects of chemotherapy can alter your balance. If you feel off balance then try doing yoga. It will slowly improve your balance and improve your coordination.
  5. Group Personal training! Grab a buddy who’s going through what you are going through! It will not only motivate you to stay in shape, but you can motivate each other.

Give A Chemo Care Package This Holiday Season!

It’s always extremely hard to hear when a loved one is diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s even harder to see someone handle this type of news during the holidays. Today, we want to share a way you can help any cancer patient going through chemotherapy with a care package.

Here are some items that are perfect for anyone who’s getting chemotherapy treatment.

  1. Scarfs-It’s common for those getting chemo to feel chilly so this is a great way to stay warm.
  2. Wool Socks-Wool socks are extremely effective and keep your feet very toasty.
  3. Pashmina- It’s a great way to keep your loved one looking stylish and warm.
  4. iTunes Gift Card- This is a great way to pass times with some of their favorite tunes.
  5. Chapstick-Dry lips are a very common side effect from chemo so this is a great way to keep them hydrated.
  6. BKR Water Bottle-This is a great way to keep your loved one hydrated during treatments without ingesting toxins that plastic bottles can give.
  7. Hard Candies- It’s a great way to keep the taste of chemo at bay.
  8. Bath Salts- We always encourage baths so provide them bath salts to give them a better bath experience. It will help them relax!
  9. Biotene Mouthwash–combats dry mouth and keeps things clean, but doesn’t irritate sensitive mucous membranes.
  10. Anti-Nausea Acupressure Wrist Bands–this helps to manage chemotherapy-induced nausea.

Healthy Eating During the Holidays!

breakfast-1822190_960_720It’s the week of Thanksgiving everyone and it’s important to watch what you eat! This topic is huge for most people, especially during the holidays. During this time of the year, all of the holiday parties begin and its may feel almost impossible to not watch you are eating.  We all live in this food environment and we need to be intentional about what we eat.

Here are some of our tips on how to stay on track:

1. Don’t go hungry to a party. Try to have something before you go there so you don’t eat everything in sight.

2. The people are the most important thing about the party. Try to socialize and not hang around the table of food. Don’t feel obligated to sample everything and be selective. Don’t just dive in and fill up your plate!

3. There’s nothing off limits but remember portion control. Be sure to try to savor your food.

4. We all know alcoholic beverages can increase your risk of breast cancer. We encourage many of you who are at a high risk or are suffering from breast cancer to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages. However, we know during the holidays it can be harder but there are lots of options! (This tip is mainly for the hosts!) Try to keep sparkling water on hand and put it in a glass that makes it feel like they are drinking something! The presentation is everything. Finally, if you are worried about there not being any beverages for you then bring your own! Our favorite combination is sparkling water with raspberries.

5. Everyone responds differently to chemotherapy.  If you are not tolerating the chemo well then try avoiding your favorite foods. Chemo may not let you tolerate your favorite foods well. For example, if you eat something you typically love; and the chemo’s side effects make you vomit then there’s a good chance you will not be able to eat that food again. Try to eat what you can tolerate and save your favorite foods once the chemo is done.

The Dallas Maverick’s Breast Health Awareness Night!

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The Dallas Maverick’s Breast Health Awareness Night is Tuesday, October 11 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder. Come out and support your favorite team while supporting The Bridge Breast Network. This year, the Mavs are creating a special fundraising opportunity for the breast cancer nonprofit partners that night. They will be offering $10 upper-level tickets where $5 would go back to the Bridge Breast Network and a $40 lower-level ticket where $10 would go back to the Bridge Breast Network.

To purchase tickets for the special night and help support The Bridge Breast Network, visit www.Mavs.com/BHA or click here and use promo code: BRIDGE

The Mavs are encouraging everyone to wear pink with their Mavs blue for the opportunity to be on the “Pink Cam.” And be sure to stay after the game for a special Shooting Shirt Auction to auction off the shooting shirts worn during the game and signed by the players. There will also be a Heads or Tails game that will be free to play to win other special prizes. Be sure to join us and make sure to stay after the game for more fun!

Cancer During the Holidays!

nails-1420329_960_720There is no great time to be diagnosed with cancer, but the holidays can make it even harder! These are the times that should feel the jolliest and they can lose their luster when you are worried about your own health. If you know someone or currently handling your new diagnosis, then here are some do’s and don’ts that will help you stay lifted during the holidays.

Do

  • Time: Allow yourself to have the time to feel and express what you are going through. It can be full of joy, sadness, or pain. Just let yourself acknowledge what your body is going through.
  • Diet: Be sure to take care of yourself since the holidays can be the easiest time to eat unhealthy.
  • Exercise: Be sure to make time to stay as active as you can. It’s a great way to release any anxiety, tension, and some endorphins.
  • Treat Yourself: It’s the holidays! It’s important to treat yourself with naps, hot baths, and eat those favorite holiday snacks within reason.
  • Prepare: This holiday season will feel unique because your energy levels will be different. Be sure to acknowledge when you are tired and limit your time at family functions. Rest is so important.
  • Family Gatherings: This will be a busy time full of family gatherings so learn to say no. We encourage you to really follow this one because we know how hard it is say no.

Don’t

  • Don’t try to do everything. It’s important to pace yourself.
  • We highly encourage you to not drink alcohol, but if you do be sure to limit it to a glass!
  • Don’t try to do too much in one day. Plan ahead!
  • Try not to develop unhealthy habits. Eat and drink in responsibly. Get plenty of sleep.

The most important antioxidant: Glutathione by K Young Nutrition!

We love when Kimberly shares some wonderful information about nutrition. She is our lovely nutritionist at Bridge Breast Network! Today, she is sharing why September is her favorite month of the year. We are talking about antioxidants and why it’s important to incorporate them in your diet. Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.41.59 AM

By now you have heard a whole lot about the benefits of antioxidants right?  A lot of buzz lately is about glutathione.  Glutathione is the most important antioxidantnaturally produced by the body. It prevents cellular damage caused by free radicals and peroxides. Increasing cellular glutathione can raise energy levels, strengthen the immune system, fight inflammation, detoxify the body, aid in cellular repair and slow down the aging process.  Poor diet, consistent extreme exercise and stress deplete glutathione in the body.

Eating a diet rich and balanced in the full spectrum of nutrients provides vitamins and minerals that are important in boosting glutathione levels. Good to know:  Glutathione helps the body to neutralize alcohol from the body so there is less cellular inflammation.

Bitter vegetables like artichoke, kale, arugula, broccoli rabe, dandelion greens, endive and radicchio contain glucosinolates which increases glutathione.   Remember, it isn’t wise to take supplemental glutathione without the testing in advance.    Typically, if testing indicates that you are low in glutathione levels, other vitamin and mineral deficiencies are also happening and should be addressed at the same time.

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Risk Factors of Breast Cancer!

We always like to inform all of you about the risk of getting breast cancer in specifically females:

  1. Genetics: When your family members have a history of cancer like your mother, aunt, and/or grandmothedoris-metastatic-breast-cancer-1280r especially when it’s detected at a younger age. The chances of you getting cancer is higher. It’s important to be active to help reduce your risk.
  2. History: If you’ve had cancer in the past then your chances are higher of getting it again. If you’ve had cancer in one breast then your chances of getting it in the other breast is increased. We highly encourage for you to get screening and regular mammograms to stay ahead of the game.
  3. Inherited Genes: There are gene mutations that can make your risk higher and it can be passed on from mothers to children. The genes are commonly known as BRCA2 and BRCA1. This genes can increase your chances of getting cancer tremendously so be sure to get tested.
  4. Radiation Exposure: Women who have been exposed to radiation like x-rays as a young child will increase your chances as well. We always suggest to avoid any type of radiation unless its purely necessary.
  5. Obesity: Women who have excess weight will have an increased risk of getting breast cancer. We always recommend for you to stay active, eat healthy, and for you to check your weight to make sure you are staying on track. It’s been said 5% of cancer cases can be avoided by keeping a healthy weight.

Finally here are some facts about the cancer:

  • Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women.
  • About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with this type of cancer in their life.
  • It is also the second leading cause of death in American women.
  • Each  year an estimated 2,150 men in the US will be diagnosed with the disease.

Bridge Breast Network Testimonial!

doris-metastatic-breast-cancer-1280I met you and was inspired by you when you came to my Wylie Rotary Club last year.  I have shared information about The Bridge to several people.

And……I  was diagnosed with Stage 0 breast cancer in April.  My annual mammogram caught it and I have to say the radiologist at the Baylor Garland Breast Center went above and beyond anything I have seen to get an accurate diagnosis for me.  My films went to seven different specialists around the country.  I had my surgery on May 27th and today I ring the bell at my cancer center signifying that today is my last radiation treatment!

I am blessed to have awesome insurance and this whole event cost me $2000, which I had the funds for on my Flexible Spending Account.  Your organization blesses so many women with your services.  I want to encourage you and your staff as I cannot imagine going through cancer without resources.  Keep up the good work and know that you are adding jewels to your heavenly crowns each and every day!

Lynn in Wylie

Mammograms and Breast Cancer

mammogramThe American Cancer Society issued new guidelines for breast cancer screenings. It suggest’s that women should have mammograms starting at the age of 45. While others believe you should start at the age of 40, and even possibly earlier for those at high risk.

Mammograms have helped reduced deaths caused from breast cancer in the United States tremendously since the 1990s, according to the American College of Radiology. It’s been said these screenings can find tumors up to two years before you can!

We always suggest for you to talk with your doctor to see when the right time is to get your mammogram. All women should know the benefits, limitations, and potential harms that come with breast cancer screening. It’s always good to know what your breasts look and feel like. It’s the easiest way to know when something is wrong and you detect it immediately.

Women who are at high risk should be screened with MRI’s and annual mammograms. Here are some of those factors:

  1. Have a first-degree relative like a parent, brother, sister, or child with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, and you haven’t had any genetic testing.
  2. If you know you have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation.
  3. Have a lifetime risk of breast cancer of 20 to 25 percent or greater, according to the risk assessment tools mainly based on family history.
  4. If you’ve had radiation therapy to the chest between the ages from 10-30.
  5. Have Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Cowden syndrome, or Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, or have first-degree relatives with one of these syndromes.

Be sure to schedule your mammogram the week after your menstrual cycle. Limit your intake of caffeine, smoking, and alcohol before your screening. Be sure to not wear deodorant because they can lead to false positives.