Share Your Wellness Weekend Experience on Social Media

Wellness Weekend is in two days! Before we begin three days of connection, information and inspiration just for you, we want to remind you about ways to share your experience on social media with our hashtags and an Instagram scavenger hunt contest.

For Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, use

  • LBBCWellnessWknd to connect with others and get updates about the Annual Fall Conference and Yoga on the Steps.
  • #LBBCConf2015 to share breast cancer information you’ve learned from our keynote presentations, plenary sessions and conference workshops.
  • #YogaontheSteps to share cool and inspiring photos and reactions to the signature fundraising event taking place in Cheesman Park Pavilion.

If you’re an Instagram user, we also have our LBBC in Denver Scavenger Hunt hashtag, #LBBCinDenver. Participate for the chance to get a $100 Visa Gift Card! Scavenger hunt rules and item descriptions are below.

#LBBCinDenverScavenger Hunt

Rules

  • You must have an Instagram account. All scavenger hunt photos must be posted on Instagram using #LBBCinDenver and the scavenger hunt item number.
  • The Instagram account must be public. LBBC must be able to see the photographs for you to be considered for the gift card.
  • All photos must be posted by 3 p.m. MT on Sunday, September 20. The first person to have all photos posted at that time is the winner.

Post contest photos matching the following description on Instagram:

  • ITEM 1: Take a photo with a stranger at the Friday night reception or during the conference on Saturday
  • ITEM 2: Take a photo of someone wearing an “Ask Me About the Young Women’s Initiative” button
  • ITEM 3: Photograph a Denver landmark
  • ITEM 4: Take a picture of a speaker at a session
  • ITEM 5: Photograph your Friday or Saturday night dinner (who doesn’t pictures of good food?)
  • ITEM 6: Snap a selfie with Hollye Jacobs’ or Dr. Mehta’s book
  • ITEM 7: Take a photo of yourself or a friend doing a yoga pose

We look forward to seeing everyone very soon!

Live in or near, Denver, Colorado? It’s not too late to join us! Walk-ins are welcomed register on-site on this Friday from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. MT, or Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m.

We will also live Web stream our keynote presentations and track plenary sessions. Learn more on our Web streaming page.

The Whole You: Getting Off the Couch for Wellness

In this installment of The Whole You, Sarita Joy Jordan writes about finding a passion for exercise and maintaining healthy living practices after diagnosis. Read other posts from this Wellness Weekend blog series and join us for this three day event that’s just for you!

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I was diagnosed with stage I breast cancer in 2005.  It was a very difficult road, but I made it through.  I had to figure out my new normal.  Since 2007, I have participated in many conferences, forums and workshops involving wellness after my initial breast cancer diagnosis.

In 2012, I fell off the healthy living wagon and shifted in daily practices that I knew to be normal.  Like starting my mornings off with coffee that was way too sweet.  Eating fried foods and take-out for lunch and dessert for snacks. And then, to top it off, having a high-calorie filled dinner and plenty of Pepsi.  The more I ate, the more pounds I packed on.  The more I sat, the more difficult it became to get up and move something. I suffered from depression and was saddened about my inabilities.

I joined a Biggest Loser program at my neighborhood Y.  I was assigned a personal trainer and began to learn how to be accountable for what I ate. I also was introduced to a nutritionist, who showed me how to make adjustments to my diet.  Although, I didn’t win the contest, I completed the weight loss challenge with a renewed zest to live healthy. I joined a running group and began to excel in running; 5k’s, 10k’s and even completing several half marathons. I didn’t know that this wellness choice would ultimately save my life. You see, in 2013, my cancer returned.  I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer with metastasis to the liver, bones, skull base, left ovary and right axilla.

I truly believe that if I had not been running and made these pivotal changes to my diet, I would have been in a dire situation at this second diagnosis. I had no pre-existing comorbidities. I finally understand the importance of wellness.

Facing a diagnosis like this, it was now more important than ever to maintain my overall wellness. Building onto what I already learned from the Biggest Loser program, I participated in Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Eating Well After Breast Cancer program, held in partnership with MANNA. This program increased my knowledge about nutrition after breast cancer, and showed me simple and satisfying recipes I could make in my own kitchen.

I just completed 26 rounds of chemotherapy, and I exercised and participated in classes at the gym during treatment. I was able to utilize the Livestrong program (www.livestrong.org), which is a 12 -week program at the gym, specifically designed for cancer patients.  I participated in yoga, rowing class, ran on the treadmill, walked the trails, water therapy and exercise, Zumba, etc.  I recently spent a week kayaking with a program called First Descents (www.firstdescents.org). in Mt. Hood, OR. This was an adventure of a lifetime.  I recently completed a 5k walk/run and a 4.5mile walk/run with my local church, which was a goal that I set for myself. Although I will be in treatment for the rest of my life, movement will also be my medicine.

My interest in exercise and healthy living is why I am so excited for the upcoming Wellness Weekend in Denver, CO, with LBBC.  I am especially looking forward to Yoga on the Steps: Denver. I participated in Yoga on the Steps: Philadelphia for the first time this year and I joined Jewel Ajibade’s and Amy Lessack’s team, Thrivin’ and Survivin’. Participating on this team with them was life-changing, uplifting and inspiring., I started to understand that mind, body and soul need to be in-sync at all times – Namaste!  You know, had I not made the connection between the importance of diet and exercise, I might not be alive today and able to share my experiences with you via this blog.

I am looking forward to being reacquainted with my fellow Hear My Voice: Metastatic Breast Cancer Outreach volunteers, at the annual fall conference participants, women LIVING with metastatic disease and being able to connect and encourage other women who may be living with an early-stage diagnosis.  We are all on this breast cancer journey together and may just need a little motivation to get off the couch. This September 18-20 weekend can offer the motivation we need. Any movement is beneficial and there are so many options to incorporate wellness while dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis and beyond.

Join us for a weekend of connection, information and inspiration.


Sarita Joy Jordan is a retired supervisor from the Department of Public Welfare and most recently, Temple University Hospital as a patient navigator. She is more than 9 years past her initial breast cancer diagnosis and was diagnosed with metastatic disease in 2013. Though she is in active treatment, Sarita continues her role as a patient advocate and volunteer, most recently as a Living Beyond Breast Cancer Hear My Voice Outreach Volunteer. Her life purpose is to educate, motivate and encourage women to live beyond a breast cancer diagnosis.

The Whole You: Lessons Learned After Moving from Nurse to Patient

Best-selling author Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW, blogs about three lessons she learned after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Join us for our Annual Fall Conference, part of Wellness Weekend in Denver, CO this September 18-20 to meet Ms. Jacobs, to hear her speak and get a free copy of The Silver Lining Companion Guide in your conference goodie bag at registration for the event. 

As a healthy, happy, vegan-eating, marathon-running, 39-year-old young mother with absolutely no family history of breast cancer, being diagnosed with the disease in 2010 literally shattered my world. As a health care professional, I very quickly moved from the side of the hospital bed into the hospital bed.  This transition from nurse to patient taught me profound life lessons.

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Lesson #1: Honor the feelings and let them out.

Prior to my experience with breast cancer, I was a grin-and-bear it kind of girl who was reluctant to share any feeling other than joy. However, once ‘Roid Rage (the intense feelings of anger brought on by pre-chemotherapy steroids) and Chemo-Sobby (tears at the drop of a hat brought on by the chemotherapy flowing through my veins), and the Freight Train of Fatigue (courtesy of the rads of radiation beamed into my body) entered my life, I had no choice but to let all of my feelings out. I was too exhausted to muster the energy to make them look “pretty.” And you know what? Expressing feelings, all feelings, happens to feel good. Really good. Though I no longer have ‘Roid Rage, Chemo-Sobby or the Freight Train of Fatigue (thank goodness!), I continue to openly express my feelings. And it still feels good! No, actually, it feels great! Continue reading

The Whole You: Is it Hot in Here?

Flashback Friday: Randi Rentz’s summer 2015 post from our blogging series, The Whole You, which focuses on a side effect that impacts a number of women in treatment for breast cancer– menopause. Get tips for coping with menopausal symptoms during our Twitter Chat on February 24, 2016, Heated Topic: Menopausal Symptoms and You.

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Ah, summertime. Long, sunny days. Outdoor cookouts. Lounging by the pool.

Say what??? Make that: Long, sweaty days. Internal cook-offs. Lunging for the pool.

Summer can be difficult if you’re in the midst of perimenopause or menopause. Geez! I first experienced menopausal experiences while receiving chemo. It got worse once I went on  tamoxifen. I also had to have a hysterectomy, which totally threw me for a loop. That procedure, of course, put me in permanent SCREAMING and KICKING menopause.

For those of you who have experienced menopause – naturally occurring or induced by cancer treatment – you know exactly what I mean when I say that hot flashes absolutely STINK!! Not only do they rock your world in a moment’s notice with absolutely no warning, but they (at least mine) are all consuming and utterly UNCOMFORTABLE! Well, let me be more specific: the truth of the matter is that my mind is a wasteland of emptiness during which I am at a complete and total loss of words when a hot flash comes on. They so overwhelm me.

Irritability, mood swings, sudden burst of crying. They’re all part of this new phase in my life. I am now menopause symptomatic (a.k.a. Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Sleepy, Bloated, Forgetful and Psycho).

The number one symptom for me: hot flashes, cold flashes and night sweats. Now, these aren’t the sweats of relaxation you’d feel in a sauna, or the rewarding ones indicating you’ve just exercised This is more like: OMG, I’m on F%$#ing fire.  Call 9-1-1….Nooow! Continue reading