Finding the Right Cancer Center

Effective cancer care is more than just a series of medical procedures. It is a comprehensive approach in which many different factors need to be taken into account. Choosing a cancer center is a major part of the process, so it is essential to find one that addresses all of your needs. What are some of the things you should look for when deciding on the right hospital?

Location

One of the first and foremost considerations for many is the location of a facility. It may seem obvious, but centers closer to your home do hold many advantages. Travelling long distances for treatment can be exhausting and expensive, especially if you are required to make frequent trips. Your support network of family and friends is also a valuable resource in your recovery, and being away from them frequently and at vulnerable times can take its toll.

Many regions have a major cancer center or branches of one, but they may be inconveniently located for some individuals. Often times, specialists will work with area doctors to provide as much local care as possible. Continue reading

Being A Play Therapist – A Career Choice

I have been thinking a lot of being a counseling therapist. I came across on Facebook a test that determines if you are in the right career for you if you answer 10 questions. I found I could answer many of these questions two ways. I also found that many of the answers, if you tried you could pick your own career by choice. If you answered honestly, there was a smidge of validity. I believe, if I took the test over, I would answer differently and it would say that I was a writer. I should do it for the fun of it.

From the time I was 16, I knew I wanted to be a therapist. I almost went that route, but did not have the self-confidence to do it. I changed instead to School Psychology. I am not sorry I did that because it built my self-confidence. I had to learn to be a therapist. When I went back to school, I was not sure what I wanted to do. I went into Social Work and needed to decide what I would like to do. It meant a totally new career path. I wanted to do the Clinical track, which I did. My internships exposed me to therapy. To say I did not know what I was doing is an understatement, but I learned. Continue reading

Sugar Cravings – Decode Them to Beat Them

Perhaps you want to lose weight. Or have more energy. Or improve your overall nutritional state. Or avoid getting diabetes, or heart disease. No matter which of these health improvement goals you’re working on – or even all of them – all point to reducing your consumption of sweets and even eliminating them from your diet.

Those goals are great as far as they go. You may have charted your health improvement course and even started down the path. And then you’re overcome by a huge – often sudden and unexpected- urge to eat sweets and do it now!

What’s going on? Is sheer will power enough to win and keep true to your goals? Here are some strategies for dealing with these cravings.

1. Greet them as messages rather than temptations. Consider them as friendly messages from your body. When you do that, you will turn and face them rather than trying to overpower them. And you will be in a listening, receptive attitude toward them. Now you’re in a position to find out what they’re telling you.

2. It’s a simple fact of life that your brain will have enough blood sugar to keep you alive. So if it’s in need of some energy, it will make you want to get it immediately, hence the craving. That’s really a life-promoting attribute. If that’s what’s going on, try getting up and moving. That will bring fresh blood supply with its glucose molecules coursing through your arteries and into your brain. Exercise is not just a distraction, it’s a way of getting that much-needed energy into your brain so it can keep you alive. Continue reading