Yesterday I was talking to a friend of mine about her Type 2 diabetes and the struggles and successes she has had in the last five years. She lost her health insurance about a year ago and couldn’t afford the number of medicines and testing supplies she needed to manage her disease. At that point, she made a decision to continue taking the oral medications, but not the shots. This story is so very familiar to many people.
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The Livestrong program offered by the local YMCA is more than just an exercise program. Designed to help cancer survivors who have found that returning to physical activity is a new burden after a tough battle, it is a life line. That’s it—a Life Line to begin to Live Strong!
My breast cancer journey began March 4, 2013. By April 2016, I had been through six months of chemo, seven weeks of daily radiation treatment, a mastectomy and five additional surgical procedures, including breast reconstruction. I found that my life revolved around cancer and getting over cancer. Gaining strength to do more than push a grocery cart and unload the groceries after a full day of work seemed like all I could handle.
Health is more than physical activity and nutrition. I know when you turn on the TV or open up a health magazine, it is usually something about healthy eating or great workouts you can fit into your day. The reality is, health is so much more than these two things. Don’t get me wrong, they are important, but our health is really complex with alot of information thrown at us that isn’t always accurate.
Have you downloaded the Pokémon Go app yet? I got it the night it was released and have played almost every day since. The app is a game which allows you to catch Pokémon by physically tracking them in your area. It has shown people of all ages just how easy and fun exercise can be. Although the app itself has received both good and bad criticism in recent months, it still demonstrates the power that apps can have on us.
We tend to run ourselves full speed ahead with no rest or downtime. That makes us unproductive, disengaged and overwhelmed with work and life, where the demands exceed our capacity. Most U.S. families are facing this each and every day and are running on an empty tank of energy.