Silver Cross Hospital hosts a program on breast cancer and the risk factors. More than 50 have registered so far.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Resources for women fighting breast cancer that your doctor doesn't offer.
By the nature of its side effects, cancer treatment can make a private battle a very public affair. For a woman with cancer, having a bald head, pale skin or a missing breast can make her feel like she's being targeted by a bright spotlight and a banner that says, "Cancer patient." But now more than ever, there are resources that will put the spotlight back on their work, their accomplishments and their life—and change that banner to simply read, "Woman." The Cancer Support Center has wig boutiques at its offices at 2028 Elm Road in Homewood and 19250 Everett Lane in Mokena. "Patients involved with any of our programs can come in to the Wendy Lark wig boutique in Homewood or the Hometown Hoedown wig boutique in Mokena and be fitted with a …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Dr. Wendy Marshall, a breast expert for Provena Healing Arts Pavilion in New Lenox, gave women the low down on breast cancer detection.
How do you talk about breast health and keep the topic light? Dr. Wendy Marshall, a breast expert at Provena Healing Arts Pavilion, made a serious topic seem more like a conversation between friends. At an Oct. 16 presentation at the Provena Healing Arts Pavilion in New Lenox, a crowded room full of women laughed and learned among other things the importance of self-breast examinations and what to look for. The primary message of the two-hour long presentation, which included testimonies from breast cancer survivors, was early detection by way of self-examination, annual checkups and mammograms for women over 40 years old. Good breast health means regular self-examinations to determine your own body's unique features. "Do it enough to …
You see a lot of pink on the football field for Breast Cancer Awareness month. But not on the boys who play youth football in Mokena. A clueless call? Or overreaction?
The boys who play tackle football for the Mokena Burros can no longer garb themselves in shades of pink if they want to remain on the gridiron. So says Burros Athletic Director Sal Della Fave. In an e-mail at the onset of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to his players and coaches, Della Fave laid down the law: Only small, pink stickers can be affixed to helmets. "This is the only approved addition to our uniform," he wrote. "No other pink item is to be added to the uniform ie. socks, laces, duct tape etc. I am holding each of you accountable to ensure compliance." Patch's story about the decision and the ensuing displeasure felt by moms prompted much conversation among Patch's south suburban Facebook fans and followers of Patch sites. Here'…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
What you need to know and where you can go.
By Elaine Gavalas | Author; Natural Health Expert, Huffington Post Blogger Standard breast cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation can have severe side effects. During and after cancer treatments patients often experience persistent fatigue and sleep problems that affect quality of life. Many women may also suffer from depression, anxiety and weight loss. There are few treatments available to truly relieve these problems. Traditional care usually includes antidepressants and sleep medications that can have adverse side effects. Studies show that supportive therapies such as stress reduction and exercise classes can benefit cancer patients. Current research reports that yoga practice can improve quality of life in …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Special programs this month: Provena Healing Arts Pavilion from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Silver Cross Hospital from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23.
Monday, May 9, 2011
A Mother's Day marathon. Supporters in the fight against breast cancer started early yesterday morning, in what turned out to be a day of festivities and awareness.
Shortly after my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995, she stood along the edge of our back porch and combed her hair in the afternoon sun. Reddish-brown strands from a woman who'd married, taught most of her life and raised two boys, now in their 20s, fell into her hands. “I loved my hair,” said my mother Eileen Klinkert. “It was one of the things I really loved about myself.” It was a sacrifice she had to make, however, so she let each strand go. Eventually, her thick head of hair disappeared completely from chemotherapy, drugs used to reduce her cancer so she could have her breast removed then treated with radiation. “As time went on,” she said, “I'd look up into the trees [in our backyard], and I could see my hair mixed into…