Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Special Discounts and Stories of Survivors

Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment Saves Lives! 

Here are Stories from Survivors and More Information on Breast Cancer –

Talk to your doctor about screening for breast cancer.

Discounted Sessions (hypnosis, meditation, reiki) Offered During the Month of October and November, for anyone in treatment for Breast Cancer. Take part in this special savings through tomorrow!

Discounted Sessions Offered during the Month of November, for any Veteran or Member of the Armed Services in treatment for any cancer diagnosis.

Gift Certificates can also be purchased at discounted prices. 

Contact Us for Information and to Register – info@dreamtimewellness.com. 978-283-4258

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

Karen Pischke BSN, RN, Alumnus CCRN, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Photographer. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate and provide evidence-based services and self-care tools that are safe as well as effective at improving health, happiness and wellbeing. www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Instagram and Facebook.

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Special Offer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. In the United States, 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer can occur in men too. Thanks to early detection services such as screening mammograms, breast cancer has one of the highest survival rates. Different types of mammogram screening include digital mammograms and 3D Mammography or tomosynthesis.

Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment Saves Lives. Talk to your doctor about breast cancer screening. Healthy, active lifestyles aid in prevention. Tips on Prevention from Mayo Clinic.

Stress and Cancer. While there is conflicting data in a review of the literature whether or not stress causes breast cancer, people facing a diagnosis of cancer may find the physical, emotional, and social effects of the disease to be stressful. Being able to use effective coping strategies to deal with stress, such as relaxation and stress management techniques, can been lower the incidence of depression and anxiety. According to research, relaxation training during chemotherapy can reduce anxiety and other adverse events in postoperative breast cancer patients.

Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines from the Society of Integrative Oncology for the Use of Integrative Therapies and Breast Cancer. These include relaxation, mind-body therapies (meditation, hypnosis, yoga), massage, music therapy and acupuncture, with some specific recommendations for symptom management mentioned in the guidelines. While more research is needed, reiki (ray-key) and Qi Gong are offered at a number of cancer centers due to their ease of use, gentle nature and relaxation benefits.

Talk to Your Doctor before using over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements, herbal products and integrative therapies. Some may not be indicated or even contraindicated for your situation. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has on-line information about herbal products. The National Institutes of Health also has information on herb-drug interactions.

Special Offer from Dreamtime Wellness ™ During the Month of October: Anyone receiving treatment for breast cancer may enjoy a session for relaxation and stress management at discounted prices. Call or email to schedule your appointment: info@dreamtimewellness.com or 978-283-4258.

Enjoy today in a healthy way,

Karen

 

Karen Pischke BSN, RN, Alumnus CCRN, Author, Speaker, Nurse Researcher, Photographer. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit. Karen is a registered nurse with a background in critical care nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac risk factor reduction, wellness and integrative healthcare. Incorporating a collaborative, integrative approach, Karen strives to educate and provide evidence-based services and self-care tools that are safe as well as effective at improving health, happiness and wellbeingwww.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Instagram and Facebook

Disclaimer: This blog pro­vides gen­eral infor­ma­tion and dis­cus­sion about health and related sub­jects. The words and other con­tent pro­vided in this blog, and in any linked mate­ri­als, are not intended and should not be con­strued as med­ical advice. If the reader or any other per­son has a med­ical con­cern, he or she should con­sult with an appropriately licensed physi­cian or other health care worker. Never dis­re­gard pro­fes­sional med­ical advice or delay in seek­ing it because of some­thing you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. If you think you may have a med­ical emer­gency, call your doc­tor or 911 immediately. The views expressed on this blog and web­site have no rela­tion to those of any academic, hospital, practice or other insti­tu­tion with which the authors are affiliated.

Sources and More Information:

Breast Cancer in Men

American Cancer Society Facts and Figures

Jama Network

Mammogram Screening 

Naval Hospital of Pensacola 

NIH Relaxation During Chemotherapy Breast Cancer

NIH National Cancer Institute Stress Fact Sheet

Psychological Stress and Breast Cancer

Representing GMG and Usui Reiki Ryoho, in Sedona Arizona

Sedona’s Connection to the Sea. Visiting Sedona Arizona in 2004, I was completely taken by its natural beauty. Hiking there was phenomenal and the sense of peace, amazing. I had hoped to return. Finally, this past April I had that chance. While there I was reminded that millions of years ago Sedona was under the sea. As the water receded, it left lines of color and draw-dropping scenery of iron-rich red spires and other unique rock formations. Fossilized marine animalssea shells and sharks teeth can be found here.

This area was discovered centuries ago by Native Americans who made Sedona their home. Ancient ruins, pictographs and petroglyphs can be viewed at two protected Native American heritage sites. While visiting the Palatki Native American Heritage site, I was greeted by two gopher snakes that crossed my path. One crossed on the left, the other to the right. It felt like a choreographed welcoming dance of the snakes. 

Wildlife of Sedona. Yes, there are some poisonous snakes and insects in the area, but gopher snakes are not poisonous and are really quite beautiful. Luckily, no rattlesnakes were heard or seen while there. Still, one does need to take care and be aware when hiking in Sedona. Each time I visit I have interesting wildlife experiences. On my first trip there in 2004, as we turned onto the highway leading to Sedona an owl flew across the windshield. Then in April 2017, a similar experience occurred with a hawk. This year, it was a yellow warbler flying past my windshield as I turned onto to the highway Sedona. Driving late at night, I saw a pack of boar-like javelina going through trash dumpsters.While hiking in Oak Creek Canyon, Raven soared majestically through canyon, riding the air currents. On my first visit, while offering someone Reiki Reiju (Japanese for attunement, an important part of learning Reiki Ryōho face-to-face, a coyote stood outside the natural circle of rocks I had chosen for this purpose, and a hawk circled above.

Beautiful dessert flowers, stunning sunrise and sunsets, and the occasional rainbow adds to the wonder of Sedona. Spring monsoons can suddenly appear. One night I drove to a plateau, hoping to see sunset from a lesser known vantage point than the frequented ‘airport vortex.‘ (Vortexes are said to be an area of concentrated energy. I tend to avoid the commercialized and touristy vortex sites, preferring out-of-the-way quiet spots of natural beauty which can be found throughout the area.) Even the locals thought that afternoon clouds and a predicted rain storm made seeing sunset doubtful. Still, I was optimistic. Soon, a monsoon moved through the canyon, the winds shook and rattled my car to the point I thought it might tip over. My thought was, ‘if the storm stops and the sun does come out, it will be a beautiful sunset.’ Sure enough; the sun came out .. followed by this beautiful end-to-end, double rainbow. Well worth the wait!

Connections to Gloucester MA Found in Sedona. At the Palatki Native American Heritage site, I met Park Rangers Jake and wife Kathy. They live part of the year in New Hampshire and were in Sedona for winter. Jake was in Gloucester in the 1970’s while sailing to Russia on the Te Vega. Te Vega, a two-masted, gaff-rigged auxiliary schooner was once owned by the Landmark School in Beverly Farms, MA. A book about Te Vega can be found on Amazon.

Art, Crafts, Pottery and Jewelry. Sedona was settled in the early 1900’s by farmers, followed by ranchers. Now, tourism fuels the economy and the city is populated by an eclectic group of people, residents and tourists alike. Local residents related that they “miss the cowboy days, before the influx of ‘hippies, psychics and healers.'”

Weekend Art Shows. ‘Pop-up’ art shows are a great place to find handcrafted art, like the wooden cross inlaid with turquoise seen above.

 

Handcrafted turquoise jewelry and pottery. Native American artists can be found along the highway on the left-hand side as you head north on Route 89A towards Flagstaff. Here, money from your purchases goes directly to support Native Americans artisans and their heritage. I bought beautiful pieces from Cheryl and her mother, members of the Diné (named Navajo by the Spaniards).

Seemingly out-of-place, a Buddhist stupa rises from the desert at the base of a mountain just about one mile from a cowboy church. Here, prayers (and reiki) are offered, thought to be ‘carried by the wind’ to those in need. Meditate to the sound of birds and wind chimes and enjoy a wonderful sense of peace.  Or, stop by the Chapel of the Holy Cross, built into the side of the red cliffs in 1956; another special place for introspection, reflection, meditation, and prayer.

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Reiki Training: Beginning Teaching/First Degree Shoden

First Degree/Shoden (Beginning Teaching)2 Day Training **Plus Additional requirements for ‘Certificate of Completion.’

When: Sunday, September 16 and Monday September 17

Where: Peabody MA.

No pre-requisite necessary. Come with an open-mind and an open-heart!

The focus of this training is ‘Self-Reiki for Self-Care’ – Self-reiki offers a quick and easy way to relax, improve comfort and increase calm. Self-reiki also can help those wanting to make positive lifestyle changes and or enhance their meditation practice.

Contact Us for Details and to Register – 978-283-4258 or Email: info@dreamtimewellness.com

Coming in November! ~ Reiki Training and Retreat in Sedona Arizona ~

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“Anything is Possible” …. Join Us in Supporting Reid’s Ride and the Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance.

Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer AllianceAltering the course of Cancer in Adolescents and Young Adults. 

AYA Cancer Alliance Mission –bring better care and treatments to each and every adolescent and young adult battling cancer so that each is given the chance to survive and thrive. Changing the way adolescents and young adults with cancer are treated, one patient at a time if need be. 

You can participate in and support Reid’s Ride by cycling, volunteering, donate, cheering on cyclists along the route, or Come to Stage Fort Park, Gloucester MA Sunday, July 15th and meet ‘the force’ behind Reid’s Ride –    

Join Reid’s Family, Lorraine, Gene, Weston, Deb, Frank Sacco, and Reid’s many cousins, friends and volunteers. A wonderful group of organizers and participants for this 28-Mile fundraising Bicycle Ride from Lynnfield MA high school to Gloucester MA, Stage Fort Park.

So much positivity behind this group, you can’t help but get caught up in their wave of progress against cancer in adolescents and young adults.

Stage Fort Park overlooking beautiful Gloucester Harbor – 8:3O a.m. – 12 noon.

  • Greet and cheer on the cyclists as they arrive at the end of their 28 mile ride to Stage Fort Park.
  • Stop by the Raffle Table at the finish, Stage Fort Park for Dinners, Red Sox tickets, Sonos products, a ‘Gift of Wellness’ Basket and much more!
  • Stop by the Dream Team ‘Wellness Tent.’ A ‘DreamTeam’ of Professional Wellness Providers and volunteers will be offering Massage, Reflexology and Reiki. FREE to Reid’s Ride cyclists and volunteers; ‘By Donation’ to all others with 100% of the donations going to Reid’s Ride and the Reid R. Sacco AYA Cancer Alliance, supporting AYA Programs at Tufts Medical Center, Connecticut Children’s Hospital, and More!

The ‘Dream Team’What began as one Reiki Provider in 2O11 at the request of Tina Ketchopulos, has grown to include more Volunteers, Wellness Providers and Cyclists!

This Year’s ‘Dream Team’ includesCyclists (Jo-Ann Gibely, John Leonard, Melinda Vaturro, Patrick Canonica, and Sandy Skinner), Integrative Therapy/Wellness Providers Massage Therapists (Grace Conway from Saltwater Massage Studio, Karen Lohnes from HarmonySquared, Christine Misiano from Sport Massage Pro and Bodyworks,) Reiki Providers ( Ethel Haddix, Nikki Fleenor, Karen Pischke, Suzanne Sweeney), Donors (Pole’s Hill and Anonymous) and Volunteers (Bob Haddix, Arlene Hill and Kathy Hitchcock). Thank you to all the participants of this year’s ‘Dream Team!’

To Support Reid’s Ride – sign up to ride or you may also make contributions on-line, by going to Donations” .

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  ~ Margaret Mead

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Reiki Training: Beginning Teaching/First Degree Shoden

First Degree/Shoden (Beginning Teaching)2 Day Training **Plus Additional requirements for ‘Certificate of Completion.’

When: Saturdays, July 14th and July 21

Where: Peabody MA.

No pre-requisite necessary. Come with an open-mind and an open-heart!

The focus of this training is ‘Self-Reiki for Self-Care’ – Self-reiki offers a quick and easy way to relax, improve comfort and increase calm. Self-reiki also can help those wanting to make positive lifestyle changes and or enhance their meditation practice.

Contact Us for Details and to Register – 978-283-4258 or Email: info@dreamtimewellness.com

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NOW Available – Dreamtime Wellness™ Photography and PhotoArt Cards

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

Photography and PhotoArt Cards NOW Available for Purchase from Dreamtime Wellness™ – for Inspiration, Meditation and Optimal Well-being. 

Research shows the importance of visual and expressive arts to promote healing, and is the reason behind our new line of Photography and PhotoArt Cards. Some of our photos will be on display at Mass General Boston Illuminations Summer Art Rotation. Stop by the ‘Opening Night’ Tomorrow! Tuesday. June 19th.

Join Us Tomorrow Night for the Opening Night of IlluminationsMass General Hospital (MGH), Boston, MA. 55 Fruit Street. 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Yawkey Mezzanine 2. Parking is free with validation. Light snacks will be served.

Cape Ann ‘represents’ at MGH Illuminations – Gloucester’s Skip Montello also has his photography featured in Illuminations at MGH North in Danvers, MA. Then some of Skip’s photography will be at MGH Boston in January. GMG blogger Donna Ardizzoni’s photography was featured recently. David Piemonte and other artist from Cape Ann have been featured in the past. Hope to see you there! 

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