Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Shift: A Woman’s Guide to Transformation

Shift: A Woman’s Guide
to Transformation
I want to share this book, Shift: A Woman’s Guide to Transformation, with you because it seems like we finally have a manual for ridding ourselves of nagging issues that never go away...those issues that creep into our quiet minds and trouble us endlessly and wreak havoc on our health. This book offers easy solutions, and, if you go to the website, you can get a sample chapter and view a video on EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), a healing technique you can do yourself by tapping acupuncture points.

Shift: A Woman’s Guide to Transformation (for men, too) was created by Tracy Latz, M.D., and Marion Ross, Ph.D., following repeated requests to share in written form the information they had been teaching for six years. Prior to using these tools on anyone else, they used them to shift their own lives. Tracy transformed anxiety, stress, and an acute physical issue, while Marion used the techniques to transform chronic physical pain and an inner restlessness.

Their system is a discussion of the 12 self-sabotaging obstacles that we all unwittingly place in our paths, followed by a menu of easy-to-use techniques for removal of each issue blocking your path. Tracy and Marion do not want you to struggle as they did to find the 12 keys that they discovered! They share their solutions with the sincere intent of assisting you so that you too can shift your life--only more quickly than they did!

Bernie Siegel, M.D., a retired general/pediatric surgeon (and the author of Love, Medicine & Miracles) heard about Shift: A Woman’s Guide to Transformation and offered to write the foreword for the book. He says: “The lessons to be learned from this book are age old but reframed in ways that are easy to incorporate and appropriate to our lifestyle today…cancer patients who display a survivor personality, exceed expectations and more often survive when no one gives them any hope… It is easier to have coaches and guides to help you on the path to transformation and this book can do that for you.”

Shift is a melding of Chinese medicine, cognitive behavioral therapy, guided meditation, and energy psychology. This book can be used as an intensive personal healing journey and a reference guide to be consulted whenever a specific issue arises.

Drs. Latz and Ross give bullet points at the end of each chapter to show you how to most rapidly dissolve the obstacle in your life, along with examples of how others have shifted their lives using these tools. If you're truly serious about changing any long-established habits of emotional patterns/thoughts that have kept you STUCK then you are ready for Shift: A Woman’s Guide to Transformation.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Free Teleconference on Living Well with Advanced Breast Cancer


Advanced Breast Cancer: Living Well Through Information and Support – New Evening Time! Understand the latest research and treatment advances and learn how to improve your quality of life during our this teleconference series.

Speakers: William J. Gradishar, MD, FACP; Patricia S. Steeg, PhD and Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS

Register for part or all of the advanced breast cancer teleconference series.

Teleconference series, Advanced Breast Cancer: Living Well Through Information and Support, on Wednesday, October 14, Wednesday, October 21, and Thursday, November 5. All teleconferences will be held from 8:00pm to 9:15pm (Atlantic)/8:30pm to 9:45pm (Newfoundland).

Part 1, Treatment Update: Medical and Quality-of-Life News, will provide you with information on recent clinical trial findings and the latest research. Speaker William J. Gradishar, MD, FACP, will also give you practical advice on how to manage symptoms and side effects.

During Part 2, speaker Patricia S. Steeg, PhD, will talk about Research and You: Understanding Clinical Trials. She will discuss topics such as:

How to access clinical trials
What trials are available for women living with metastatic disease
The benefits and risks of participating in clinical trials
The latest research on breast cancer metastasis

During Part 3, Living Fully: Making Treatment Decisions, speaker Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, will discuss how to have the best quality of life while living with advanced breast cancer, including:

How to make the right treatment decisions for you
How to communicate your short-term and long-term goals with your loved ones
How to adapt to a changing treatment plan

About Our Speakers

Dr. Gradishar is professor of medicine in the division of hematology and medical oncology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He is also a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and serves as director of breast medical oncology, associate director of the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Program and program director of Northwestern University’s hematology/oncology fellowship training program. His research focuses on the development of new therapies for breast cancer treatment. He is a reviewer for numerous journals and has published many articles on breast cancer therapies.

Dr. Steeg is chief of the women’s cancers section of the laboratory of molecular pharmacology in the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She leads treatment development efforts by focusing on the molecular aspects of tumor metastasis. Dr. Steeg serves as president of the Metastasis Research Society and deputy editor of Clinical Cancer Research. She has won many awards, including NCI’s Outstanding Mentor Award in 2005 and Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s 2008 Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction in Basic Science.

Lillie D. Shockney is University Distinguished Service Assistant Professor of Breast Cancer and assistant professor in the departments of surgery and gynecology at John Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is also an assistant professor at John Hopkins School of Nursing and co-founder and vice president of the national nonprofit organization Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer. Ms. Shockney is a published author and nationally recognized public speaker on breast cancer and serves on the medical advisory board of several national breast cancer organizations. She is the recipient of numerous leadership and community service awards and was selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Maryland for her leadership and community service efforts. Dr. Shockney’s research interests include quality of life issues for survivors.

About the Program

Both teleconferences will feature a presentation by the speaker, followed by a 45-minute question-and-answer session. To participate, you need only a telephone or computer (listen-only) with Real Network Player or Windows Media Player. Social workers may be eligible to receive continuing education credits; see our registration form for more details.

The teleconferences are free, but pre-registration by October 7 is required.


Source: Atlantic Breast Cancer Net

Friday, September 18, 2009

Halifax Community Learning Network needs Volunteer Literacy Tutors

One of my long time "babies" is the literacy group Halifax Community Learning Network. I've been a board member for several years.
Every year, we face the challenge of recruiting new tutors to the program, and this year is no different.
We're always interested in hearing from potential board members, as well.
If you're interested in getting involved or just in knowing more, call 422-7648 or email hcln(at)sympatico(dot)ca

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Women's Healthy Living Fair

The following is provided courtesy of Atlantic Breast Cancer Net


Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia is hosting a Women's Healthy Living Fair to provide an opportunity for women in Dartmouth to enhance their knowledge about health and community resources. The Fair, generously funded with a grant from the Dartmouth Community Health Board, will feature a series of educational booths that will highlight women's cancers, nutrition, exercise, financial planning, self-esteem, breast feeding, skin care, parenting, safety, employment, stress reduction, and much more. Educational talks will feature: Boost Your Self-Esteem, 5 Secrets to Healthy Eating, 5 Values for Life, Stress Reduction, and Defend Yourself.

To help women attend the Fair, a bus service will be offered at Scotia Court Community Centre, Farrell Hall, East Dartmouth Community Centre, Dartmouth North Community Centre, Holly House, Dartmouth Seniors Service Centre, Findlay Centre, and 7 Parker Street. Childcare services will be provided.

The Fair takes place from 10am to 3pm at the North Woodside Community Centre, 230 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth, on Saturday, September 26, 2009.

For more information or to have a poster emailed to you, contact the Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia office at 465-2685.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Marvel Comics is looking for a Supervising Proofreader

Oh, to live in New York! If only it was a telecommute, this would be my dream job.

Found this job opportunity in this week's Writer Gazette Update (www.writergazette.com).

* Supervising ProofreaderMarvel Entertainment, Inc.

Summary: In addition to proofreading documents, the position is responsible for managing a small staff of part-time and contract proofreaders and prioritizing the department's workload. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

* Read comics and covers and mark grammatical or typographical errors

* Copy edit text for magazines and ongoing character encyclopedia

* Proofread work from licensing, marketing, advertising, creative services and other departments as needed

* Help usher in a digital workflow for Proofreading

* Supervise any freelance proofreading

Education and/or Experience: Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or one to two years of related experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Please direct all resumes to Mary Sprowls, VP Human Resources, at msprowls(at)marvel.com.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

International Literacy Day Media Release

Truro – September 8th is International Literacy Day and The Power of Literacy is the theme for 2009. Literacy empowers many Nova Scotians as we participate in our home life, communities and workplaces. Literacy also means empowerment for the Nova Scotians who are participating in programs and classes that help them improve their literacy skills, earn a high school diploma or work toward a better career.

The International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (2003) reported that about four in ten adult Nova Scotians do not have sufficient literacy skills to fully participate in their family life, communities or workplaces. Many Nova Scotians are working to improve their literacy and other essential skills. So many learners tell us that their return to learning has made a difference in their lives.

I have gained ten years worth of confidence in a matter of months… I am doing something worthwhile, and working towards a career that will add richness and texture to my life. A sense of purpose that will shape my future into one I can be proud of…. because I knew enough to know I needed more. ~ Marcia recently graduated with a high school diploma.

As I began my journey on the road of lifelong learning…education (through my workplace) gave me a reason to believe that I can make a difference not only in my life, but also in the lives of others. I have acquired skills that have proven to be invaluable not only in the rapidly changing workplace of today, but have become essential on a daily basis in my personal life. ~ Earl participated in a program offered through his workplace in Halifax.

Something that has always bothered me was the fact that I didn’t complete high school when I was young. When you’re young, you don’t realize how leaving school could affect you in so many ways later in your life. A wonderful opportunity presented itself to me during my last layoff, a program where I could obtain my high school diploma, as well as a certificate to become a Continuing Care Assistant. I applied and was accepted. ~ Sharon graduated in June in Truro.

Learning is key to adaptation in today’s world, and will become even more so in the future. To build the future we want, we need a long-term commitment to lifelong learning for all Nova Scotians. We all have a role to play.

On September 8th, join millions of Canadians in reaching their full potential by celebrating literacy. Practice lifelong learning with literacy activities.

  • Read a book, newspaper, magazine or on-line article
  • Read a story to your children or listen to them read you a story
  • Find a new recipe
  • Use social media, like Twitter, Facebook or a blog
  • Sign up for a course
  • Write a letter or email to a friend
  • Update your resume
  • Visit your local library and explore the many offerings. Renew your library card.

For more information on International Literacy Day, visit UNESCO’s website at http://www.unesco.org/en/literacy/advocacy/international-literacy-day/

For information about an upgrading or literacy program, call Literacy Nova Scotia at 800-255-5203 and for more information about literacy in Nova Scotia visit LNS’s website at www.ns.literacy.ca.


For more information:

Ann Marie Downie
Literacy Nova Scotia