Gina: When the patient heals the Doctor

I was surprised to see Gina standing up, beaming at me as I walked into the examination room. My resident doctor had just given me an overview of Gina’s case. Ten years ago I had treated Gina, then age 60, with radiotherapy when she had early breast cancer. Gina had… Read More

Does Practicing a Relaxation Technique Improve Cancer Survival?

"Anyone with a cancer diagnosis should decrease their stress levels so as to decrease the inflammation in their body." _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Cancer cells arise when the normal cells accumulate enough damage in their chromosomes to begin to grow in an uncontrolled way. Slow growing cancers turn into faster-growing cancers in the same way. I believe people who have a cancer diagnosis can improve their chances of being alive and well many years later by decreasing the ongoing damage to cancer cells (which may or may not be left in the body after potentially curative treatment). Read More

Dear Loved Ones #3 – Honouring Your ‘Yes’ and ‘No’

She comes in many forms. She’s older and lives alone. She volunteers her time to many causes, always taking care of others. Perhaps she’s part of a religious community; perhaps she takes care of stray cats. Sadly, she’s in the midst of cancer treatment and getting really tired. Her many friends have offered to take her to the appointments, but she has stubbornly refused. Today she is so weak she can hardly stand up, and needs to get to the hospital for a transfusion. In a flash of frustration and resentment, she thinks to herself “Where are my friends now?!! No one cares about me. I’ll handle this myself!!” Read More

“Dear Loved Ones” #1 – Setting the Expectations

This is the first blog addressing the issues that arise between people who have a cancer diagnosis and their loved ones (family and friends, work colleagues and acquaintances). My hope is the advice and stories you’ll read here will help you have more harmonious and fulfilling relationships with the most important people in your lives. Watch the video: Ask for What You Want https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdnutVzHzNk Read More

The very first #BeccaToldMeTo Random Act of Kindness By Dr. Rob Rutledge

Long before her brain tumour had recurred and was dubbed ‘terminal’ Becca was already inspiring Random Acts of Kindness. In the midst of a massive snowstorm in 2015, Becca was receiving daily radiation treatments. She was admitted to the Children’s Hospital in Halifax, suffering from uncontrolled nausea and vomiting. The… Read More

What we can learn from Remarkable Cancer Survivors

Dr. Kelly Turner, PhD, has written an excellent book entitled ‘Radical Remissions’ about the attitudes and actions of people who have had undergone a spontaneous remission after being told they had ‘incurable’ cancer. The Harvard undergrad got her PhD at UC Berkley interviewing nearly 100 of these remarkableRead More

Wellness Challenge Overview, FAQs, and the Meet-up

What is the Wellness Challenge?

The Wellness Challenge is a comprehensive program meant to change your mindset about self-care so you’ll be happier and healthier in the long term. We provide nine weekly ‘Skills for Wellness’ podcasts which teach the brain science of behavioural change, mindfulness-based stress reduction, self-compassion and… Read More

Three Easy Steps to Wellness (Challenge)

Imagine six months from now you’re feeling fitter and happier than you’ve felt in years. You exercise regularly – not because you have to – but because it’s fun and feels good.  You’ve put the unhealthy snack foods out of sight in a high cupboard, and dinner starts with salad.… Read More