Showing posts from March, 2016

Reduce Stress and Improve Well Being with Awe and Amazement

Should You Add Awe and Amazement to Your Mindfulness Practice?by Kathleen Lisson

I hd the opportunity to go skydiving for the first time last weekend. I felt very scared two days prior to the jump. What was I thinking! I am running a half marathon with Team in Training San Diego, I am starting work as an onology massage therapist, why would I risk all that and potentially sprain my ankle landing wrong in a skydiving accident? It seemed like a good idea at the time when I bought the package as a Christmas present for a friend. 
It was a beautiful, clear day and we drove out to the facility, went through the check in process and were fitted for our harnesses. When I met my instructor I still didn't know what to expect. I was feeling a little nervous energy, which I let out by chattering and making funny jokes. When I felt the relaxed, confident energy of my instructor, I realized that I was going to be safe and taken care of. I could enjoy the experience instead of become overhwelme…

How to Reduce Pain with Cancer Treatments?

Managing Cancer Pain: Oncology Massage can Reduce Pain 
by Kathleen Lisson

The 'Patient Resource' publication 'Managing Cancer Pain' states that "about 90 percent of all cancer-related pain can be successfully managed, yet only half of people with pain seek relief." The publication offers those with a cancer diagnosis tips for managing their cancer treatment symptoms and states that massage has "reduced pain in people with cancer when used as one part of a pain management plan."  

Find out more ways to control the painful effects of cancer treatment by reading the publication here:

Breast Cancer Education Class at Sharp in San Diego

Breast Cancer Education Class at Sharp in San Diego by Kathleen Lisson

I attended a free breast cancer education class at Sharp Outpatient Pavilion in San Diego this week. Surgeon Dr. Christina Casteel, medical oncologist Dr. Jennifer Fisher, radiation oncologist Dr. Geoffrey Weinstein and pathologist Dr. Christopher Wixom explained the treatment process for breast cancer, including diagnosis, chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and hormone therapy. I left the event with a better understanding of the terminology used in a medical record and the reasons for the order of treatments for breast cancer. I would recommend this class for anyone wanting to learn more about a diagnosis of breast cancer and the current treatment options. 

To view a list of Cancer classes and cancer support groups at Sharp in San Diego, visit here:

Tips on managing distress and fatigue from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

How to cope with distress and fatigue - for oncology patients with a cancer diagnosis

by Kathleen Lisson

After my morning run with Team in Training San Diego, I attended the recent Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Blood Cancer Conference in Anaheim. According to the LLS website, the Blood Cancer Conference was "a free educational event for blood cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, family members and healthcare professionals to learn more about treatment options, emerging therapies, management of survivorship issues and LLS resources."

I enjoyed listening to the wisdom of Oncology Nurse Gail Goodell Munzing, Oncology Social Worker Rose Marie Danieri and Center for Cancer Counseling co-founder Frances Wollman Baumgarten. Many of the experiences and perspectives they shared reminded me of what I saw growing up as a child whose mother was fighting metastatic breast cancer. Crying, fear and anxiety ARE normal. Feeling vulnerable, scared, unable to hide your cancer and experiencing …

Passing on the Love of Running to the Next Generation

Why I am a Girls on the Run Coach in San Diego
Kathleen Lisson

I have been a running coach for Girls on the Run for two years and is has been a privilege to use my skills as a RRCA certified running coach to help develop my San Diego team's lifelong love of running. I shared three reasons why I love coaching with the Rancho Bernardo Toastmasters recently. Watch the video here:

How to Combat Negative Stress - advice from a running coach

How Runners Reduce Stress
by Kathleen Lisson

Running coach Jason Fitzgerald wrote an excellent article detailing the two kinds of stress that endurance athletes face - the "eustress" positive stress of a rigorous training schedule and the "distress" negative stress of tension, anger, conflict, illness, grief and anxiety we can experience in our daily lives.  I liked that Coach Fitzgerald mentioned that runners will often just look to reduce stress from running with sport-specific items like foam rollers and compression socks instead of taking a big picture look at reducing the overall stress level of their lives. Two activities he recommended for long distance runners looking to reduce their negative stress included meditation and volunteering.

I agree! Both meditation and volunteering for Girls on the Run San Diego have reduced the stress I feel in my body and helped me to keep to an endurance runner's training schedule.

How do you reduce the distress in your…