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5 days ago · LIVESTRONG Program, returning to physical activity after treatment in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

Colleen asked me for additional info about Livestrong:

What do you recommend specifically about the Livestrong program for cancer survivors?
With the Livestrong program you are with a group that understand when cancer treatments are done, you are still recovering and your body has it's limitation. The staff and volunteers at Rochester Y were great. Our group consisted of variety of ages and ability. Some used a cane or had other limitations. The staff will work with you to modify workouts within your limitations.

During the free 12 week Livestrong program, your have access to all the Y has to offer. In addition to Livestrong classes, I also attended water aerobics and chair yoga class. You can use pool, gym, weight room, etc….

If you have a caretaker or spouse, they can also sign up for a 12 week free membership.

How does it differ from regular exercise programs for you?
I think the most difference is this class was much more personalized. Staff knew your name and before class starts meet with you one on one.
Most of people in group are working out for first time since treatments.
If I would of went to regular exercise class, I might of got embarrassed or frustrated with my inability to keep up and probably would of quit. With this class your were encouraged to do what you can. Doing anything is better then doing nothing.
The group met at beginning and end of workouts to discuss any problems you were having.
It is a combination of cardio, strength and balance. We also had other Y instructors join us to do mini-classes like Yoga and balance class.


5 days ago · LIVESTRONG Program, returning to physical activity after treatment in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

In fall 2019 I participated in the YMCA Rochester MN Livestrong program. Great way to start exercising after treatment. There were people in program who were actually still in treatment, it depends on your dr. giving the OK to participate. There is no charge to participate.

If live in Rochester MN area, they have two new sessions scheduled for winter 2020, Feb 4- April 23rd 1:30-2:45 and March 2-May 20 5:30-7.
If interested, see https://www.ymcamn.org/health__fitness/condition_specific_programs/livestrong

If in interested in Livestrong at other Y locations, see


Dec 31, 2019 · Depression and cancer diagnosis in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

I am glad you reached out on connect, I feel the same way some days. I could not stop crying one day at oncologist and she referred me to the psychology dept. Just talking to someone (a professional) helped a lot.

For eighteen months I felt like I could not leave town due to appointments and how I was feeling. I understand being afraid of making plans in case you have to change them. When I finally went on vacation for a week last spring, it was great. I could not do everything I did in past, but nice to have change of scenery.

In 2020 I plan on making more travel plans. I will purchase travel insurance in case I have to change plans.

Do not ignore the symptoms. I suggest you make an appointment to talk to someone about depression.


Dec 22, 2019 · Holiday Management and Meals for Cancer Patients in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

I am going to add one more thing to previous comment, do not be afraid to ask for help !


Dec 22, 2019 · Holiday Management and Meals for Cancer Patients in Cancer: Managing Symptoms

Last year I was just finishing up chemo treatments at xmas. I avoided stores, crowds and travel. And when could not avoid, I wore a mask. I did attend two small family get togethers. Stayed for short time and luckily no one was sick at either get together.

Best advice, do not try to do everything you have done in past. Have priorities and save your energy for those high priority items.

Give yourself permission to be lazy! . If you have a busy day, it is OK to spend a few days on coach recovering.

Have a safe holiday.


Dec 20, 2019 · Does BMI matter in Healthy Living

I like the definition for BMI that CDC uses because it states it is not diagnostic of health or fatness. With that being said, we all know that excess weight MAY impact your health.

CDC definition:
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness. BMI can be used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems but it is not diagnostic of the body fatness or health of an individual.

reference: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/index.html


Dec 13, 2019 · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

I hope you see a difference. I was on Leterzole and had same problem. I even had a cognitive test, I though maybe I had start of dementia. Been off for 2 weeks and huge improvement. I start this weekend on exemestane, hoping do not have same problem.

Everyone reacts differently to AI, I have had no joint pain, but the fatigue and cognitive issues caused me problems. See discussion topic on Chemo Brain for more info: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/cancer-related-brain-fog/