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Saturday, April 5, 2014 | Starting at 7:00pm
Join Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia for their annual spring fundraiser. A social evening of music, hor d’oeuvres, mingling, and hundreds of auction items. We’ll be drawing for grand prizes: Airfare for two ANYWHERE WestJet flies ($20/raffle ticket) and ViaRail tickets for two from Halifax to Montreal (cabin included) ($20/raffle ticket).
Event tickets: $60. To purchase event tickets and/or raffle tickets call BCANS at 465-2685 or purchase online at www.bcans.ca ( Make your selection under Donate Now). Visit our event website at www.pinkspring.ca
Far too often people experience memory loss after chemotherapy or adjuvant therapy. Let’s face it, not being able to remember words, or things you had to do, or where you put something is downright inconvenient, and at times embarrassing. It makes us feel anxious and less confident. Recently at Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia we held an afternoon workshop about how to keep your brain alive. We followed the advice from Dr. Lawrence C. Katz and Manning Rubin, which I’ll share with you. And I’ve included helpful tips from HelpGuide.org at the end of this article.
According to the scientists there is good news, you can improve your memory! In the book “Keep Your Brain Alive” by Lawrence C. Katz, Ph.D. & Manning Rubin they share the concept of neurobics, the new science of brain exercise.
Katz & Rubin explain that , “in 1998, a team of American and Swedish scientists demonstrted for the first time that new brain cells are generated in adult humans. Mental decline results from the thinning out of the number and complexity of dendrites, the branches on nerve cells that directly receive and process information from other nerve cells that forms the basis of memory. Dendrites receive information across connections called synapses. If connections aren’t regularly switched on, the dendrites can atrophy. This reduces the brain’s ability to put new information into memory as well as retrieve old information.”
It was an early Friday morning. Those of us staying at The Lodge That Gives during the week were anxious to get our daily zapping over with, so we could proceed along home. Some of my fellow residents had been experiencing serious side effects from their treatments and were not feeling so well. We were worried about them. It had been a long week away from family, friends, pets and familiar surroundings.
The staff at the radiation treatment centre was more than accommodating and would book us early Friday mornings and late Monday afternoons which would give us extra precious time with our families at home.
Phil, one of our lodge residents had been staying there for several weeks and seemed to have the routine down to a fine science. He was our “team leader” looking after everyone, plus our comic relief. We all shuffled over to the treatment centre from the Lodge early that morning. I’m sure we must have resembled a herd of stray cattle, in all stages of existence, making our way over to the zapping centre.
We each took our jaundice coloured hospital gowns and house-coats from the shelf and proceeded to the dressing rooms to change. Phil has a big booming voice and as usual was the first one in the waiting room. You could hear him throughout the hallway.
As we entered the radiation waiting room he started to present us as, “Here she is Miss Canada, dressed in a lovely hospital gown of putrid green!” We all started to laugh a little. Then the next person who walked in was Faye, a small woman we all loved, who was in her seventies. Phil proceeded with, “Here she is, Miss World, looking very ravenous in her lengthy cotton gown!” Faye was short and part of her housecoat was dragging on the floor. By then we were all laughing hysterically with tears rolling down our cheeks, including the other people and families in the waiting room. He then proceeded to introduce the lot of us, even the men, with various terms such as, “hunky,” and “sex symbol” to name a few.
After a trying week it was a wonderful way to feel relief and part of the human race. It was a moment I will soon not forget. Thank-you Phil.
The Lodge That Gives, Halifax
Join Jennifer King, R.H.N., Registered Holistic Nutrition practitioner with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition on March 28th from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the BCANS Resource Centre to learn about Natural and Holistic Nutrition practices as well as an introduction to detox and cleansing. Jennifer will have handouts as well as everyday tips you can use to assist the body in cleansing and working efficiently ever day.
About Jennifer: Jennifer introduced herself to the world of complementary health care in 2002 by becoming a foot Reflexologist with the Reflexology Association of Canada. While working with Cancer patients in the Sunshine room – the V.G.’s complimentary health care space, and the first of it’s kind in Atlantic Canada. She realized there was more to healing and wanted to expand her knowledge, and began her journey in Natural Nutrition.
After graduating from the Halifax branch of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2007, Jennifer practiced in complimentary health care clinic alongside other practitioners. In 2009, she was provided the opportunity to manage the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, where she has happily been sharing her knowledge with students and helping them along their journey.
Jennifer loves sharing her knowledge of the healing benefits of whole natural foods through written articles in the Source, appearing on Eastlink’s Au Natural, and in community lectures presenting to local schools and adult groups on Natural foods and their benefits.