by Jack Firneno
At its 10th anniversary celebration in March, the Healing Consciousness Foundation (HCF) honored Connie Cifelli, a two-time breast cancer survivor (or, rather, “Thriver”, as they are known within HCF) with the 2017 Geri Thompson Award. The award honors women that have promoted the mission and values of HCF for the betterment of others affected by breast cancer.
Cifelli began receiving services from HCF during her first bout with the disease, and worked as a volunteer after the cancer resolved. When she had a recurrence, Cifelli returned to start the Wellness Warriors Program, and to offer holistic nutrition counseling for other HCF women.
“I never lost faith, but you can become consumed with fear,” Cifelli says. “Because of the foundation’s programs, I was able to get back in the right frame of mind. I became really passionate about empowering other people.”
Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of BeatCancer.org, is offering Holistic Cancer Educator certification training for health professionals and caregivers through an online, self-directed course. Participants will learn proven holistic, complementary and alternative approaches for cancer, in order to expand their client base, enhance the quality of service and learn practical information that can directly impact patient health.
by Susan Silberstein, Ph.D.
There are coaches for basketball, football, business, career and life. Of all the areas addressed by coaches, the cancer experience can be the most challenging. People’s worlds are turned upside down when they discover they have cancer. They need physical, mental and spiritual support, as well as help connecting to resources, making informed decisions and finding ways to hope and cope.
Among the Immune Compromised
Cleaning and disinfecting are important during flu season, especially for people with cancer. Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, may weaken the immune system, and people with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of getting the flu, which can lead to serious illness.
Pazeto Cleaning Service provides free professional cleaning services for women that are undergoing chemotherapy treatment and live in Philadelphia or Montgomery counties.
Patients treated for cancer often suffer from long-term compromised immune function, low blood cell counts, lack of appetite, poor energy, weight loss, digestive disturbances, pain, anxiety and depression. Besides these side effects, cancer patients often develop recurrence or another cancer. Perhaps the most pressing issue they face is quality of life, or lack thereof. According to a 2012 study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (Oct. 30, 2012), millions of U.S. cancer survivors experience lower-than-normal physical and/or Continue reading