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.

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  • 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 (, 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 ( 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.


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?

Getting good breast cancer care means caring for yourself as a whole person—understanding how cancer impacts you physically, emotionally and spiritually. This is why we’re hosting Wellness Weekend, a three-day event that combines our annual fall conference, Breast Cancer Today: Individual Treatments, Shared Experiences, and Yoga on the Steps: Denver. In anticipation of the Denver, Colorado weekend, Randi Rentz kicks off our blogging series, The Whole You, with a post about a side effect that impacts a number women of who undergo hormonal therapy for hormone-positive breast cancer – menopause.

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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

A Refreshing, Calm Morning with a Community of Support

Marcia Pinkstaff blogs about her experience with breast cancer, Yoga on the Steps and the importance of community.


Almost 3 years ago, my life changed forever when I heard those awful words, “You have stage III invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer.” Breast cancer? Stage III? How is that even possible? Those are the immediate thoughts that raced through my mind. Will I survive? What will life be like after?

I’m excited to tell you that in addition to advances in research and care, which have made early-stage breast cancer, mostly curable, there are also many exceptional programs to help you get your life back after diagnosis. Living Beyond Breast Cancer offers many of these programs including webinars, seminars, a conference, and my personal favorite Yoga on the Steps. LBBC has an amazing team that wants to help you navigate life after diagnosis.

Many organizations raise money for treatments and to deal with the health aspect, but there are so many additional challenges that a survivor must face including financial and mental health issues. The stress of having cancer and what’s to come can overtake you if you let it. LBBC is here to help you face these outlying issues and treat the whole person, mind and body.

I attended my first Yoga on the Steps in Denver, about a year after my diagnosis. At that time, I had finished chemo, a double mastectomy and radiation. I also had the opportunity to share my story, which can also be therapeutic, or at least it was for me. At that point, I still looked like a survivor and didn’t feel like myself, but participating in an event with such a wonderful group of people as the sun comes up is not only refreshing and calming, but a fun way to start your day.

I hope that you will join us for Yoga on the Steps in Kansas City and/or Denver. I would love to meet you and hear your story. And if you’re new to yoga or LBBC, I’d love for you to join us for this inspiring outdoor event. Yoga is a great way to not just help you physically deal with some of the new obstacles through stretching and even just getting some exercise, but also helps to relax you…something that is just as important.

Someone asked me the other day if cancer defines me. I thought it was an odd question. I responded “no.” Cancer doesn’t define me. It’s a part of who I am now and has changed me, but I get to decide what defines me. Cancer is just one of the many things that have shaped my life. You never know if and when you might here those words, “you have cancer”, and I hope you don’t. If you ever do, you will be appreciative of organizations like LBBC and the sense of community that they bring.

Cancer is a lonely disease. Surrounding yourself with others who have been there gives you something that you can’t get from your friends and family who haven’t been there. No matter how much someone loves you and thinks they know what you’re going through, they cannot possibly understand. I love all of those who tried, but I know even with family members who had cancer, I never fully comprehended what the journey was like until I lived it. Please join me in supporting this wonderful organization that gives so much back to the community.

Marcia Pinkstaff is an independent representative and star leader at Silpada Designs Jewelry and a stage III breast cancer survivor.

“If I Can Make a Difference In ONE Person’s Life, Then I Know This Journey Was All Worth It”

imageToday we introduce Jessica, LBBC friend and guest blogger, who is sharing her breast cancer journey and how she came to discover LBBC’s Yoga on the Steps: Denver.

My journey started at the early age of 40 in late September of 2013 when I was sitting in what I call, ironically, my “happy place”. My happy place is a small chair in my bedroom next to  a large window where I look out at the mountains, decompress and think of my day, my family, what I am doing the next day or maybe what I am making for dinner. I remember standing up to go downstairs and feeling that something felt strange and cold. I checked under my shirt and saw that I had a small amount of discharge from one breast that had stained my shirt, and when I say small, I mean tiny – it was hardly visible. I changed my shirt and didn’t think twice about it and went on with my day which was having lunch with one of my best friends. We usually talk about our kids, school or maybe something our husbands did wrong the night before. That day, however, was different, for some reason we discussed what its like to get older, our aches and our pains. We laughed, and I remember the words I said to her exactly “at least you don’t have liquid coming out of your breast! A few more laughs and as always, I left, picked up my kiddos from school and went on with my daily routine.


A few hours later, I was sitting at home and got a call from this same friend. “Jess”, she said “I just talked to my Mom and I mentioned our discussion to her, the one where you told me about “liquid and breasts, her words to me were “My mom thinks you need to get it checked out, my Mom is a mammographer and she thinks it’s no joke”. Honestly, that is when my life changed, in an ironic twist of fate, a comment I made as a joke, saved my life.

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I loved everything about Yoga on the Steps: Kansas City

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Wendy Hazlett, LBBC friend and long-term Silpada Field Development Director of the Northeast Region shares her breast cancer story and why she’s looking forward to LBBC’s Yoga on the Steps: Kansas City for the 2nd year in a row! 


I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2011.  It was through a routine mammogram and I still thank God each day for the expertise of my radiologist!  I never thought “why me?”, but instead jumped right in to “beat this”.  We had been thoughtfully watching a lump on my left breast throughout the years, so when the mammogram came back saying that I had cancer in my right breast and my surgeon recommended double mastectomies, I followed the recommendation and had a successful surgery in August 2011.


I had my first reconstruction surgery that December – which my body rejected.  This caused me to undergo 3 additional surgeries before being able to close this chapter in my life in December 2012.

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