Happy 5th on the 4th!!
Here's to many, many more!!
Thank you, dear Jody (we miss you), Alicia and Deanna. And thank you to ALL. My life is a Zillion times better thanks to #BCSM.
Update, Wednesday, May 18, 2016: I woke up to the news that Jody died this morning. Please read this beautiful tribute to her by #BCSM's co-founder, Alicia Staley: "Good Night, Jody."
"If you don’t tackle metastatic breast cancer… if you do nothing to prolong longevity, enhance quality of life and render metastatic cells dormant for those diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer … then you are doing nothing to make a real difference in the breast cancer world."...and here:
"So my input for 2016 is this: Focus on making a difference for the stage IV community. Without such a focus you fail not just the metastatic breast cancer community, you fail everyone."I agree with them!
Can feel awkward as survivor of earlystage ca trying 2 relate w/othrs w mets. Don kno if sometmes I put foot in mouth w/out realizing #bcsm— Liza Bernstein (@itsthebunk) August 30, 2011
I am *only* in my onc's waiting rm 4 bone density scan but as soon as I walked in tears started rolling. Argh. #ptsd #SceneOfTheCancerCrime— Liza Bernstein (@itsthebunk) December 11, 2015
Still shaking from the most benign visit to my oncologist's office. Monday is the actual follow-up appointment. :( #CancerPTSD #bcsm #ptsd— Liza Bernstein (@itsthebunk) December 11, 2015
Ok, if, God-Forbid, I have Mets (Metastases, aka, Metastatic Disease, aka, Stage IV Breast Cancer), what do I do? Who do I tell? I can't tell anyone this time. I can't tell my mother. It will crush her. Where will I go? How will I support myself? I am not ready to die. I have so much left to do and I am really only just getting started, only just beginning to get some good momentum. Gaaaaaaaah!It's exhausting to then have to sit with myself and remind myself over and over and over again that:
This. Is. Just. Stuff. In. The. Ether.
These. Are. Just. Thoughts.
This. Is. Not. Reality.
I. DO. NOT. HAVE. METS. (Fingers crossed. As far as I know. I don't want to jinx this. Gaaaaaaaaaaaah again!).
@itsthebunk Sending you love, a soft voice, a listening ear, and someone to lean on.— Charlie Blotner (@CBlotner_) December 11, 2015
@itsthebunk man have we all been there--I wish I could hug you right now!— CultofPerfectMomhood (@CultPerfectMoms) December 11, 2015
**MedX Live is a live Google Hangout and simultaneous tweetchat from Stanford Medicine X. Join us this Tuesday, 1/21/2014 from 5:30-6:30 pm. Watch the broadcast here and make sure to use and follow the #MedX hashtag on Twitter where Nick Dawson will be fielding your questions.
The #medx wellness room: http://t.co/ewqfRyzOHB
— Stanford Medicine X (@StanfordMedX) December 11, 2013
The next morning, after opening remarks, I spent the first session in the Wellness Room. I didn’t want to. So far I had only used the Wellness Room during breaks. But I was really hurting, and knew that continuing to push myself would lead to even more pain, and keep me from really benefiting from the sessions I did attend. So, I planted myself on a lounger in the Wellness Room, turned on the MedX live feed on my laptop, plugged in my headphones and heating pad, and closed my eyes. That was a tough decision to make, but I probably got more out of that session via the live feed than I could have if I’d stayed in the room and watched it live, and it meant I was in better shape for the rest of the day. (emphasis mine)
We're not designed to live on adrenaline
Psychologists have documented variability in alertness and mental acuity across the day. Our personal experience confirms this. We dash for that extra espresso drink or diet soda so as to keep going, or settle our nerves down with a beer or cocktail at the end of the day. Aside from using these exogenous chemicals to regulate our state of mind, when stressed we release endogenous brain neurotransmitters, such as norepinephrine and dopamine, to help keep us sharp.
But these chemical systems have developed through the course of evolution for short-term crises and challenges, not as part of an ongoing lifestyle. We are not geared to "live on adrenaline." In fact, the biggest cause of long-term sick leave, work stress, has been called the "The Black Death of the 21st Century." (emphasis mine)Article reference:
"We're not designed to live on adrenaline" Gr8 point re stress via @HuffPostImpact post on Meditation & Productivity http://t.co/HGM9KAhQ31
— Liza Bernstein (@itsthebunk) January 19, 2014
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