Author Archives: Polly Lysen-Halpern

A New Way of Living for 2012

A cancer survivor friend of mine said something the other day that really stuck with me. She said: “It’s time to put as much work and stamina into enjoying life now as I did defending it!” Some might say that while … Continue reading

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Rachel was Ahead of Her Time

I think Rachel Carson would have been pleased with the most recent report and recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (IOM)  that was released last week.   This report reviewed the evidence on the environmental causes of breast cancer.   It emphasized … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry – Be Happy!

Does Stress feed cancer?    Can we affect our ability to fight cancer by how we manage stress? We can’t avoid stress; its a natural part of life.  But can’t some stress be good?   The right amounts of it can motivate … Continue reading

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Moving Beyond Awareness to Breast Cancer Prevention

It’s that time of year when the world looks a little more pink.  Retailers decorate their stores with pink ribbons and the promise to donate a portion of their sales to the fight. There are the pink M&M’s. There are pink … Continue reading

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The Realities of the “Big C”

It wasn’t that many years ago that cancer was the elephant in the room and rarely discussed openly.  With over 12 million Americans diagnosed with cancer in this country, it is forcing it’s way into many living rooms, kitchen tables … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Gratitude

Remembering Emily It’s been 4 years this week since the world lost an incredible light, Thankful Emily Jane Dade. This week, I am remembering Emily by posting some of her writings (with her family’s permission) from the last few weeks of … Continue reading

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Information is Key to Understanding Fertility Options

I had an adult survivor of a childhood cancer tell me recently that she was very thankful to be alive but felt she paid a very high price for  that survival, as she had recently discovered that she was infertile … Continue reading

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From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor

This short film illustrates the importance of survivorship care after treatment ends. It’s not just about living but living well after cancer!

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Yoga Improves Life – During Breast Cancer Treatment and Beyond

I have fallen in and out of regular yoga practice for many years, but every time I get back into a yoga routine, I find that my stress level decreases. I recently picked up “Poser; My life in 23 Yoga … Continue reading

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Enjoy your Java, Ladies and Gentlemen!

A positive link between coffee and lowered cancer risk?  This is a vice that is actually good for you. I no longer feel guilty about drinking my cup of joe each morning.  Recently I’ve started using my French Press because … Continue reading

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