I just found out I am diagnosed with Breast or Ovarian Cancer…Where do I begin?

Breast Cancer Resources found on blog.uniformadvantage.comBeing diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming and emotional! Oh my Gosh…I am going to lose one or both of my breasts or some part of my body! Where do I go from here?? According to the World Health Organization’s Media Centre updated February 2014, cancers in general is among the leading causes of deaths worldwide and Breast, Lung, Liver, Stomach and Colorectal cancers cause the most deaths yearly.

We found and reviewed two innovative sites that offer so much love in what they have to offer. They embrace you as part of their family and provide a wealth of information, resources, cancer gear and opportunities for connecting.

CureDiva.com

Website: http://www.curediva.com/CureDiva.com, helping women facing breast cancer better their lives with style found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

CureDiva.com was formed because 2 breast cancer survivors, Efrat Roman and Tori Riegler came together to fulfill a need that was not met anywhere, an online shopping mall that is a 1-stop shop offering a wide variety of products at every stage of breast cancer treatment and a community to engage and embrace cancer patients that do not have to go through this alone. CureDiva’s mission is to help women facing breast cancer better their lives with style. Their business model boasts style and flair and gives women that boost of confidence – something that they need especially in this time.

The site is simple and easy to navigate through where customers can shop by Product Type or every stage of breast cancer Treatment including Just Diagnosed, Surgery, Chemo, Radiotherapy, Hormone Therapy and Ever After. When customers buy products, they have the opportunity to recommend products, share their experiences and tips and connect with a Guardian Diva, a fellow female who is also affected by breast cancer. In creating their community environment, they have built a transparent platform where the hard and soft topics are discussed and everything imaginable that a woman goes through is discussed. There are also forums that provide helpful tips, do’s and don’ts and if you have been affected by breast cancer and can provide a useful service to their community of visitors, they provide avenues for vendors, Guardian Divas, Social Media experts, Panel Bloggers and Style Experts to be a part of their savvy and supportive community.

 

SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer

Website: http://www.sharecancersupport.org/share-new/

SHARE: Self-Help for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer found on blog.uniformadvantage.comSHARE was formed when a group of 12 women showed up to its first support group at the invitation of Dr. Eugene Thiessen, a doctor specializing in breast cancer in 1976. The group became a non-profit in 1978 and has expanded to provide an avenue of support to women and men who needed help with this disease. Their programs include outreach efforts, hotlines for support and educational programs and through this journey has even become an advocate for legislation and greater funding to be allocated to fight breast cancer. It has expanded its ethnic boundaries and LatinaSHARE was formed in the late 1980s providing support and information in Spanish to the Hispanic community. In 1995, they expanded to include support for women dealing with ovarian cancer.

SHARE members are very involved in the communities they touch and have even reached out to Corporations hosting Pink and Teal seminars to spread awareness about these two types of cancers and help encourage employees to be proactive about their health. They also offer an educational program called “Side by Side” that improves communication between patients and their healthcare providers. Survivor Patient Navigators act immediately once you have shared that you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and immediate attention and support are given in breast cancer clinics.

These two organizations offer a lot of love, support and trust to a vulnerable and emotional community of women and men that need daily doses of care. We love their missions and what they are about and with an active social media presence, they are changing lives one at a time!

 

Have you found any great sites of your own? We would love to hear about them.

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Uniform Advantage partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to continue raising awareness for early detection

Uniform Advantage partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation   to continue raising awareness for early detection

 

National Cancer Institute’s definition of Breast Cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues of the breast. The most common type of breast cancer is ductal carcinoma, which begins in the lining of the milk ducts (thin tubes that carry milk from the lobules of the breast to the nipple). Another type of breast cancer is lobular carcinoma, which begins in the lobules (milk glands) of the breast. Invasive breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread from where it began in the breast ducts or lobules to surrounding normal tissue. Breast cancer occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare.

Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2014:

  • New cases: 232,670 (female); 2,360 (male)
  • Deaths: 40,000 (female); 430 (male)
  • Every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
  • 1 in 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in US women, exceeded only by lung cancer.

There are scary facts for this type of cancer prevalent in women! But, when it is found early, according to the National Cancer Institute….

  •  In the localized stage, the five year survival rate is 98%.
  • Over 2.9 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the US today.

How awesome are these statistics! The key is EARLY DETECTION.

How do you do that? Start today by creating an Early Detection Plan at earlydetectionplan.org. You will receive reminders to do breast self-exams, and schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms based on your age and health history.

Steps to Preventative Care:

  1. Educate yourself about Breast Cancer – the symptoms and signs. Click here to learn more.
  2. Perform Breast Self-Exams every month. You will discover patterns and will be able to determine changes if any occur and need to be checked by your doctor right away.
  3. Get a Pap Smear every year. Breast exams are performed by your doctor and they will check for lumps or any other physical changes as part of their routine check.
  4. Get a Mammogram once you turn 40 and/or older than 40 every 1-2 years. A Mammogram is an x-ray of your breast tissue that is examined by a qualified specialist. The breast is exposed to a small dose of radiation and produces an image of the tissue. According to NBCF, a mammogram can often show a breast lump before it can be felt. They also can show tiny clusters of calcium called microcalcifications. Lumps or specks can be caused by cancer, fatty cells, or other conditions like cysts. Further tests are needed to find out if abnormal cells are present.
  5. Review your diet and choose healthier choices that will keep your body more alkaline. Cancers are formed in acidic body environments. All vegetables, fruits with the exception of cranberries, protein and beverages like tea (green tea, dandelion tea, ginseng tea), fresh squeezed juices except cranberry and freshly made vegetable juices all contribute al an alkaline environment. Check out Jillian Michael’s site for more details.

This Fall 2014, Uniform Advantage contributed over $5,000.00 by donating $1 from the sale of 2 of our prints: Pink Spin Black and Pink is Perfect Black prints to help join the war against breast cancer!!

Uniform Advantage partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation   to continue raising awareness for early detection for Fall 2014

About the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®

Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NBCF) mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services.  A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for ten years, NBCF provides women Help for Today…Hope for Tomorrow® through its National Mammography Program, Beyond The Shock®, Early Detection Plan, MyNBCF online support community, and breast cancer research programs. For more information, please visit www.nbcf.org.

Check out this video resource on BeyondTheShock.com®. Beyond The Shock is a collaborative breast cancer guide created by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF) with the support of the finest medical experts, doctors, and researchers in the world. NBCF utilized ground-breaking technology and the resources of the global medical community to create an accessible platform for understanding a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Hear Bonnie’s inspirational story and learn more about how she overcame breast cancer.

We welcome your support! Let’s educate ourselves more, get constant checkups and squash the war against Breast Cancer for good!

 

Core Sculpting at Home Exercises: No Equipment Required!

As if standing on your feet for hours a day and saving lives wasn’t enough exercise! However, according to a study conducted by the University of Maryland, an overwhelming 55% of nurses are overweight or obese. How can this statistic be explained given that nursing is an active job and that nurses are conscientious of health issues? Maybe it’s the compulsive, quick-fix eating that the night shift causes? Perhaps it’s the unhealthy options in the hospital cafeteria or lack of time in the mornings to prepare a meal to bring into work. Or what about the fact that nurses are dead tired after their 12 hour shift and the gym is the LAST thing on their mind? Well, for whatever reason, this phenomenon exists, and we want to help you avoid becoming a statistic.

These exercises are perfect for building a strong core, which improves overall body strength and promotes more controlled movements. Nurses will love these simple at home minute exercises that requires no equipment other than your body (and maybe a nearby towel)!

  • First: loosen up. Stand up with your feet hip-width apart and knees slightly bent. From there, lean forward, grabbing opposite elbows. As you let your head hang, visualize moving your ribs closer to your thighs with each exhale. After stretching in the center for one minute, move your upper-body to the right for 15 seconds, come back to the center for 15 seconds, and then move your upper-body to the left for 15 seconds. Once you have returned to the center, slowly scoop your belly inward and peel up from your spine while visualizing yourself coming up one vertebrae at a time.
  • Plie squat with different torso exercises: To start, spread your legs about 2.5-3 feet apart and do a plie squat. This is important: do NOT let your legs move, wobble, or come out of this position. Staying stationary in your lower body is imperative while you move your upper-body to build core.Core Sculpting at Home Exercises: No Equipment Required! Found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
    1. Extend your arms all the way out to the side and bring them forward until they are fully extended in front of you. Avoid muscle strain by remembering to keep your shoulders out of your ear, as well melting your shoulder blades back and down. Do this motion for one minute. Add cardio by increasing the frequency of your movements.
    2. Continue to hold the stance in your lower body wile interlacing your fingers at chest level. Move from side to side using your obliques for 1 minute.
    3. Now, remove your hands from that grip and punch directly in front of you using your obliques (as if you were hitting a punching bag).
  • Drop from the plie squat to a full arm plank. You can either:Core Sculpting at Home Exercises: No Equipment Required! Found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
    1. Hold the plank for a minute.
    2. Sprint using your legs by bending your knee to your chest. Keep your hips down and engage your thighs and butt to stabilize your body.
    3. Push up into downward dog for 30 seconds, or just stand up and take a breather.
  • Sit down into what is called a “C” frame.Core Sculpting at Home Exercises: No Equipment Required! Found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
    1. Grab underneath your knees after sitting upright. Your legs should be partially extended and have a 90 degree bend in them. Once your hands are underneath your knees, lean back until your arms are fully extended. Now, release your arms while keeping your legs in place by squeezing your inner thighs. At this point, you should feel a slight burn in your lower abdomen. Grab a 5 pound weight and do Russian twists with your torso while your lower body continues to stay still. This will help tone your obliques.
    2. To really work your core, maintain this seated position in the C-frame. Now, put your arms out in front of you, facing forward, with your palms on the ground. Lift one leg up at a time approximately an inch or two off the ground. Keep the leg straight and extended with your foot flexed. Raise your leg and then lower it. Now, with the same leg, you will bend your knee (which engages your hip flexor) and bring your knee towards your chest. After, put your leg back on the floor so you are in the neutral C-frame, and repeat this exercise 10 times, alternating legs.

Try this work out and see what you think! Once it becomes less of a challenge, repeat each set! We hope you’ll notice the benefits of a strengthened core and looser hamstrings! It will make a world of a difference in your health.

10 Ways to Relieve Stress

It’s no surprise that being a medical professional can be an incredibly stressful job. However, practicing stress-relieving relaxation techniques can help alleviate that whole “I go to work and hold others’ very livelihood in the palm of my hands” stress thing. Medical professionals can certainly appreciate stress relieving techniques since they know all the negative effects that over-stressing has on the body. Those who regularly practice relaxation and stress relief experience many positive health benefits, such as a slowed heart rate, lowered blood pressure, reduced activity of stress hormones. 10 Ways to Relieve Stress found on blog.uniformadvantage.comHere are 10 helpful ways to reduce negative stress in your life:

  1. Meditate: This classic relaxation technique promotes feelings of well-being and self-awareness. Simply take 10 minutes for yourself upon arriving home from work to lie on your floor, splay your legs and arms out, clear your mind, and simply enjoy the silence and solitude.
  2. Keep a journal: Remember your diary that you used to keep as a child? Time to start up another one! Journaling is a great emotional release. By writing down your feelings and events of the day, you become more in tune with your emotions and more aware of how you respond to life’s challenges. It’s also a great way to track your progress in building relationships, advancing in your job, or developing a new hobby!
  3. Attend Yoga Classes: A relaxing yet challenging exercise, yoga and its focus on breathing, body awareness, and mental acuity result in better overall health for mind and body. Those who participate regularly in yoga experience lower blood pressure, a reduced heart rate, lower cholesterol, and improved memory. Plus, yoga will help you with your other physical activities! By stretching your muscles and developing greater core strength, you will enjoy an improved range of motion in your exercise.Attend Yoga classes found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
  4. Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR): This relaxation technique, which can be done lying down or sitting up, is characterized by a conscious, controlled process of tensing and then relaxing muscle groups of the body. Most people typically start at the hands or feet and work their way up or down the body, concentrating on areas such as abdomen, back muscles, eyes, jaw, chest, shoulders, and thighs.
  5. Laugh more often: Other than giving you a wicked set of abs, laughter is great for improving your mood and giving you a more positive outlook. Researchers have found that the very act of smiling (even if it is fake or forced) releases dopamine and serotonin in the brain, resulting in feelings of happiness! Watch your favorite comedy tonight!
  6. Take a Walk: Daily 30 minute walks are a great form of light exercise that boost immunity and cardiovascular health. Switch up your local route for a change in scenery! Regular exercise is shown to improve brain function and muscle strength in the long-run. Whether you prefer to walk alone and enjoy the quiet, or walk with friends and enjoy the laughter, you will surely notice the many health benefits of walking.
  7. Drink Green Tea: Rich in antioxidants that prevent cell damage, green tea is certainly the healthiest drink (other than water) that you can put into your body. Since it is neither processed nor artificial, green tea has been shown to improve cholesterol, blood flow, and memory. So take a tea break and sip slowly to enjoy the benefits of this amazing drink!Drink green tea found on blog.uniformadvantage.com
  8. Prioritize Sleep: Here’s a no brainer – make sure you set aside some time to sleep! Going through the REM cycles allows your body, mind, and immune system to rejuvenate. Those who consistently get less than 7 hours of sleep suffer from poor memory, concentration, and health problems.
  9. Stay hydrated: Remembering to consistently drink water throughout your day will keep you hydrated, which is essential for job performance, focus, and stamina. Drinking water regularly can also result in muscle mass increase, loss of fat, and shinier skin! The intake of this vital fluid allows your body to recuperate from the many stresses you experience on the job and helps you bounce back with an extra boost!
  10. Practice Good Posture: Those who are mindful of their posture, whether standing or sitting, experience many health benefits in comparison to those who slouch around! For example, good posture facilitates breathing, which in turn increases the oxygen flow that our brain needs (20%) to function properly. By rolling the shoulders back and down, keeping your chin level with the ground, and standing tall, you will be seen as a confident individual, which will make you feel better about yourself in turn.Practice good posture found on blog.uniformadvantage.com

What techniques do you find helpful to reduce your stress?