A Conversation with
Fashion Icon Betsey Johnson
on Beating Breast Cancer
For five decades, Betsey Johnson has emblazoned the fashion world with her unique and bold designs. The quirky fashion maven, who performs a cartwheel into the splits at the end of each runway show, began her career as a designer in the 1960s. She founded her own label only a decade later and quickly grew in popularity. Betsey’s contribution to the fashion industry has garnered various lifetime achievement awards and an induction into the Fashion Walk of Fame. But when she discovered an insidious lump in her breast, Betsey merited a different kind of achievement – cancer survivor.
"Keep your sunny side up!"
Cancer Survivors to Celebrate Life on National Cancer Survivors Day – Sunday, June 2, 2013
From family members to close friends, everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. On Sunday, June 2, 2013, thousands of people around the world will gather to observe the 26th annual National Cancer Survivors Day. Hundreds of communities across the U.S. and abroad will hold celebrations on this day to honor cancer survivors and show that there is life after a cancer diagnosis – and it’s worth celebrating.
Keep Your Body Moving through Cancer
Regular physical activity is routinely recommended – if not prescribed – as a means to promote a healthy lifestyle as well as to prevent and manage such chronic diseases as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and cancer. Not only has regular physical activity been found to help prevent and manage disease, it is also known to improve mood, increase energy, and promote more restful sleep. Thus, incorporating regular physical activity into daily life provides many potential benefits.
High Places of the Heart
Finding Perspective through Laughter
I’ve done many crazy things in my life, but there are two that stick out: performing stand-up and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Both were intimidating. And both made me throw up. But there’s a third similarity (and this is the reason I attempted either of these crazy things): both comedy and Kilimanjaro provide high places – places that bring an entirely new sense of perspective.
Preventing Weight Loss during Cancer Treatment
Three common problems lead to the rapid weight loss associated with many cancers and cancer treatments. Without hunger, it’s easy to forget to eat. When food no longer tastes right, there’s little incentive to finish. Filling up on half the food you could previously eat thwarts anyone’s best intentions.
New 'Re-Mission 2' Games Help Fight Cancer
Re-Mission 2, a collection of free online games launched by HopeLab, harnesses the power and appeal of casual games to help young people with cancer fight their disease. Combining research on the neuroscience of interactive video game play with the fun and accessibility of casual games. The new games apply insights from a brain-imaging study published in 2012 by HopeLab and Stanford University researchers showing that Re-Mission, a video game about killing cancer in the body, strongly activates brain circuits involved in positive motivation.
A Poem by Vallory Jones
Pink is not cotton candy at the circus.
It is not nail polish on my toes.
It is my destiny.