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Sex Matters: Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

By on October 1st, 2014 Categories: Sex Matters

In our previous columns, we’ve discussed several issues related to the vaginal and vulvar changes that can occur as a result of cancer treatment, including vaginal dryness and irritation. Some simple solutions include using vaginal moisturizers and lubricants. In addition, some women may need vaginal dilators to help stretch the tissues that have become less elastic and hardened over time as a result …

Crows or Eagles: Which Will You Choose?

By on September 24th, 2014 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I submitted this essay years ago to the book Chicken Soup for the Survivor’s Soul. It was not chosen for inclusion (I never heard back), but as I recently re-read what I wrote, I could still see everything about that moment, along with remembering my subsequent thoughts and feelings. I also remember the enjoyment of writing the article. I enjoyed reading it again, and …

The Healing Breath

By on September 10th, 2014 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, The Breast Cancer Journey

Spend a minute or so becoming aware of your breath coming into your body and going back out.

Is it slow and calm? Or is it fast and frantic? Is it in-between? The breath is with you all of the time; it’s easy to take it for granted. Maybe you only notice it when you are out of breath, when it is hard to catch …

Sex Matters: Vaginal Dilators

By on September 3rd, 2014 Categories: Sex Matters

Let’s continue to build on what we’ve already discussed in previous columns with vaginal dryness, moisturizers, and lubricants. As we discussed, vaginal atrophy (thinning and dryness of the vaginal tissues) happens when estrogen levels drop during and after menopause, or as a result of cancer treatment that interferes with estrogen levels.

For some women, vaginal dryness and pain go hand in hand. Some women experience …

Dispatches From the Fifth Year: The Labyrinth

By on August 27th, 2014 Categories: News, The Breast Cancer Journey

The picture on the website of the walking labyrinth is what convinced me to actually book a weekend at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, an idea I’d toyed with, to pause and process the fifth anniversary of my cancer diagnosis. I started noticing these labyrinths the year I was going through treatment — at a fancy hotel at a Florida beach; in the financial …

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