Cancer Exercise

One of the most exciting advances in improving the outcomes and patients living with cancer has nothing to do with new medications or treatments – it is good old-fashioned exercise. Recent research is showing that exercise can benefit some patients in many specific ways, including: secondary prevention, symptom management, improved treatment compliance, improved emotional well-being, improved quality of life and improved overall fitness, stamina and flexibility.

Open to all patients diagnosed with cancer both on treatment or recently post treatment and features the following:

  • Leadership by a team of qualified and trained cancer exercise specialists
  • Personalized physical fitness assessment, and personalized exercise plan
  • Consent from oncologist to ensure safety
  • Twice weekly exercise sessions for 10 weeks
  • Updated personal exercise plan at completion of the program
  • Opportunity for reassessment six months later
  • A special exercise session for patients with prostate cancer

How To Get The Best Auto Insurance Company In Cornwall or Everywhere in Ontario?

You probably have a nice vehicle. It could be a car, bus, lorry, truck e.t.c. Even though nobody wishes to have an accident, the truth of the matter is that an accident can occur anytime. This may cause serious damage to the vehicle and injury on your body. But you will be on the safe side when your vehicle is insured. Some people find it challenging to choose the right Cornwall Auto Insurance company. They simply do not know the criteria for selecting the best, given the fact that many options are available. We shall guide you accordingly.

The most important thing when it comes to choosing Cornwall Auto Insurance company is to ensure that you select the insurance policy that fits your budget and matches your lifestyle. If you own an expensive car, you will pay high premium fee. But if your car has less value, you will pay less. Know your budget so that you can choose company with rates that you can afford.

Lifestyle has a big influence over auto insurance. Heavy drinkers are more likely to cause accidents when compared to non alcoholics. In order to reduce risks of accidents, it is recommended to choose insurance company that provides advice to its customers on dangers of drinking while driving. The company should put in place measures to prevent overspeeding. This can be done by installing a wireless device to monitor and control speed. It helps to reduce the possibilities of accidents.

Some auto insurance companies in Cornwall offer discounts. These are the best companies to choose. With discounts, you will be able to save a lot of money.

The best companies have put in place claims representatives to help you get covered. A claim representative should have excellent communication skills. He should be quick and responsive to the needs of customers.

You are advised to insure your vehicle with auto insurance company that processes claims quickly. This will ensure that you are covered within the shortest time possible. Reputation of a company matters a lot. Those with good reputation have served customers well. You can be sure that you will be satisfied with their service.

You may want to use auto insurance brokers. They know the best companies that provide excellent auto insurance service. They will help you choose the best. This is the biggest advantage of working with Cornwall Auto Insurance brokers.

Parting Shot

To wind up, the above information will help you to choose the best auto insurance company in Cornwall. Make sure that the insurance policy you select matches your budget and lifestyle.

Writing for the Health of It– A Member’s Perspective

There we were at the first of eight sessions of Writing for the Health of It. Since it was the program’s debut at Wellspring Chinguacousy, none of the seven of us knew exactly what to expect, but we were game.

Our facilitator‘s gentle manner created a safe environment in which we could share our deepest feelings and experiences, if we so desired.  She made it clear that this wasn’t about our writing ability or technique.   Instead, the purpose was to get memories onto paper, to consider things we wanted to change in our lives, and to write about our hopes and fears for the future.  Rather than solving problems, through writing we would work through them, along with any challenges that lay ahead.

This was my first experience attending a Wellspring program. What I found to be most fascinating was each person’s response to the writing assignment. With absolute freedom to write what surfaced within us, some responded to the exact question or statement, while others elected to either tell a story aloud or they wrote on a different aspect altogether. We learned that none was incorrect. For what was important was reflecting on the topic, being introspective and seeking our respective responses and then getting out what emerged from inside each one of us in a presentable format.

It was through the interest from other women writers in the group that our confidence grew both in writing and in sharing. We evolved into more confident women, who weren’t embarrassed about participating in a “show and tell” exercise or to laugh at ourselves or shed a few tears as we dug deep and cheered each other on.  By the last session, we had a better understanding of ourselves and a deepened respect for the road each of us is travelling through our respective cancer journeys.

Anthony’s Wish

In appreciation of the support and encouragement he and his family received at Wellspring Chinguacousy, Anthony, who just turned 18, and his mother, Shanita, are organizing “Anthony’s Wish” to raise awareness and funds for the Centre.  “Wellspring’s an amazing place. Volunteers know exactly where you are coming from,” he offers as one of his reasons for undertaking this benefit.

Cancer Journey

Anthony was 15 in 2008 when he was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a type of bone cancer in his left shoulder.  Doctors wanted to amputate his arm and shoulder to prevent the cancer from spreading, but neither he nor his family wanted this drastic action taken. This made Anthony determined to strengthen his arm and shoulder muscles.

His mom recalled seeing an advertisement for Wellspring Chinguacousy in The Brampton Guardian and made contact. When he and his Mom visited the Centre and learned that Anthony was too young to participate in the exercise program. The Centre Manager obtained special permission to get him enrolled and this allowed Anthony to “build muscle and strengthen my arm and shoulder before my surgery.”

As a result of his determination and persistence his arm was saved.  The tumor, along with some muscle and bone were removed. He was told that he could expect to be out of his hospital bed and walking in about a week’s time.   Not Anthony. The day following surgery he was walking the hall. Both he and his mother attribute this result to Wellspring’s Cancer Exercise Program. “He was so strong after surgery. The surgical staff couldn’t believe he was walking,” recalls Shanita.

Program Benefits

This program meant a lot to Anthony and he wants to see others benefit.  By far the majority of members who trained with him were women who had undergone surgery for breast cancer. “I felt stronger and more confident after speaking with the members. They’d been through the chemo and radiation and gave me advice. I took their advice and it really helped me.” However, he believes that, “It’s about time more guys enroll.”

Shanita shares her son’s sentiments.  “Members and volunteers encouraged him and bolstered his self-esteem and they even contacted him during his recovery.”

Qi –Gong

Qi-Gong is one of 25 cancer support programs offered free of charge at Wellspring Chinguacousy thanks to the generous support of individuals and organizations in our community. 

What is Qi-Gong?
Qi-Gong is a popular form of complimentary mind-body medicine.  It involves breathing techniques, gentle body movement, and focused intention to cleanse, strengthen and enhance the natural flow of vital energy in the body called Qi. The word Qi in Qi-Gong means energy or life force and Gong means work.  People have been practicing Qi-Gong for over 5,000 years to improve mental and physical health, ease pain, improve quality of sleep and achieve a greater sense of well being.

Hae Kwang Robert who trained in Thailand and South Korea and has over twenty years of program experience conducts this class – the “ultimate stress reducer” – at Wellspring.    He is a Certified Herbalist, Thai Yoga Massage Therapist and president of the Thai Holistic Practitioners Alliance (T.H.P.A).

Health Benefits
Hae Kwang Robert, states that Qi-Gong, “works in exactly the opposite way that stress does. It deeply rests the nervous system and restores the body to a calm state. It helps the body to repair itself and it improves the flow of Qi (energy) while reducing the physical effects of stress.”  As a result, “heart rate and breathing slows down, blood pressure improves, circulation and flexibility is enhanced and oxygen is used more efficiently. The body let’s go and immune function improves.”  Similar to Reiki and Therapeutic Touch, Qi-Gong teaches practitioners to “project into and balance the energy in their body. It restores the yin-yang balance and helps the body build reserve”.

Embracing the New You

Thursday October 14th, 1:30 – 3:30pm
Facilitator: Rachel Kampf, M. Ed., Psycho-therapist

A cancer diagnosis may cause one to feel isolated from friends and community. Many patients become self-conscious and may perceive that they are being stared at when out in public. This may lead to a retreat from their regular social activities. This workshop will explore strategies for coming to terms with physical and emotional change as well as providing tips for confidently embracing the new you.

Advanced Cancer: What Do I Need To Know?

Monday, November 8, 1pm – 2:30pm
Facilitator: Amanda McClelland, RN

A diagnosis of advanced cancer can bring with it many questions and concerns. Please join us for an informative discussion with Amanda McLelland (Need credentials) on what you need to know when living with advanced cancer. Amanda will share ways to maximize the benefits of treatment, improve quality of life and where to find community resources. This session is open to both patients and caregivers.

Maintaining Hope

Thursday, November 25, 1:30pm – 3pm
Facilitator: Rachel Kampf, M.S.W.

This session will look at the personal meaning of hope and how patients and family members may be resilient in the midst of change and challenge.

The Healing Drum

Monday, December 6, 1:30pm – 3pm
Facilitator: Jeff Salem

This workshop will be based on a drum circle setting that will take you on a relaxed global percussive and musical journey. You will get a chance to interact with others on several percussion instruments from around the world such as Djembes, Ashikos, Djun’s Djun’s and much more will be provided. You will learn many different rhythms in a relaxed and therapeutic manner and style.

Cleansing Your Pantry

Thursday, December 2, 12pm – 1:30pm
Facilitator: Lisa Bridgman, Holistic Nutritionist, CNP, RCNP

Let Lisa Bridgman, show you why the processed foods and other items in your pantry are inferior, and even harmful to your health. Lisa will go through the typical household pantry items and inform you why they need to be eliminated. You will then learn what to replace these items with and why they can help you on the road to better health!