In the second part of this podcast episode series Jeanette Marin shares her story about a thyroid cancer diagnosis and how it changed her life. Jeanette is married with 4 children and a stand-up comic.

To see Jeanette perform, follow her on social media: Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

How does a diagnosis of cancer and treatment change a person? In this 3-part series you’ll hear different stories on how a woman – diagnosed with cancer (breast, thyroid, and ovarian) – experienced the changes.

In part 1 Shannon Lee Knorr, a Pilates and yoga instructor, shares how her own yoga practice and teaching style changed.

So, what is fatigue? It’s not a fancy word. Most of us probably think it’s synonymous with being tired. But, is it?

Wikipedia’s entry for fatigue includes:

Fatigue is a subjective feeling of tiredness that has a gradual onset. Unlike weakness, fatigue can be alleviated by periods of rest. Fatigue can have physical or mental causes. Physical fatigue is the transient inability of a muscle to maintain optimal physical performance, and is made more severe by intense physical exercise. Mental fatigue is a transient decrease in maximal cognitive performance resulting from prolonged periods of cognitive activity. It can manifest as somnolence, lethargy, or directed attention fatigue.

There were frequent times when I felt like I had a good night’s sleep but I would experience sudden fatigue during the day. It didn’t make sense until I started paying attention to when the fatigue would appear. It took awhile before I fully understood a pattern and started to have more control over the bouts of fatigue.

Aside from doing my best nightly sleep hygiene, I changed my diet to smaller, more frequent meals. My body can’t handle larger meals nor certain types of food. Once I made these dietary changes, my bouts of fatigue became less frequent.

If you’re using the Health Storylines app, you might want to explore the Fatigue Manager tool to help you track and identify the cause of your fatigue.

Fatigue Manager Tool in Health StoryLines app

February 28 is International Rare Disease Day. There are over 6,000 rare diseases or disorders with 80% having genetic origins. Global events are planned to draw attention to the need for medical research.

This brief, light-hearted podcast episode shares a few less critical aspects to having a rare disease. For a deeper dive, check out last year’s Rare Disease podcast episode.

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An echocardiogram technician told me I have a beautiful heart and that got me going. What makes for good heart health? What role do genetics, lifestyle, and environment play?

Dr. Erica Pitsch talks about the Framingham Heart Study, John talks about congestive heart failure and Mended Hearts, and Saurabh shares how yoga and meditation help his stress level and coping with myotonic muscular dystrophy. For additional tips on heart health, check out the Harvard Heart Letter.

Earlier podcast episodes you may find of interest:

Hopefully you have already downloaded the Health Storylines app and are using it to record and monitor your self-care goals. If you’re new to our monthly Self-Care Challenge, check out this earlier post.

My recent podcast episode, Yoga & Walking: Ease Pain, Reduce Stress, focuses on Katrina, a yoga instructor’s health journey. Katrina discovered the healing benefits of yoga after experiencing prolonged back pain after an injury.

In the last few years Katrina became involved with Girl Trek, a national movement with the sole mission to get African-American women and girls walking. Walking together with friends or walking with a large group of women and making new friends.

Group of GirlTrekkers on a coastal hike

What do we know about the power of Walking?

According to the Mayo Clinic, the practice of walking has both physical and emotional health benefits such as:

  • Preventing or managing various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthening bones and muscles
  • Improving mood
  • Improving balance and coordination
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

When I began this monthly Self-Care Challenge, back in July of 2018, I bought a FitBit watch. This has been a very satisfying health investment. Unlike other electronics or gym accessory purchases, I still use the FitBit every day. How many stationery bikes or stair masters have you seen sitting on a neighbor’s front lawn at a garage sale or inside serving as a temporary wardrobe rack?

My FitBit has made me more aware of my daily movement — everything from intentional walks to doing house chores. They all add up as steps. Each hour my FitBit reminds me to get up off my butt and move. I glance at my steps throughout the day and half the time, an hour or so before bedtime, if I’ve hit 10,000 daily steps I am rewarded with a little noise and digital fireworks on the FitBit display.

My groovy FitBit watch

And Yes, that does motivate me.

You know what else motivates me? Seeing my progress in Health Storylines. It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to synch the FitBit.

Health Storylines Menu

First you want to select Sync a Device. Follow the steps to synch your FitBit or other supported devices (Nokia, iHealth, MapMyFitness, Runkeeper, Strava, Movable, Misfit, FatSecret, or VitaDock).

At any time you can visit My Storylines to see your daily progress with walking and other Self-Care activities you’ve chosen to monitor.

Only two days of hitting 10,000+ steps. I better get moving!

One yoga teacher’s health journey. Katrina LaShea was able to ease her back injury and subsequent ankle injury pain through a yoga practice. What once worked as a treatment, later became her passion. Today Katrina teaches yoga to African-American women and girls at GirlTrek retreats as well as at her Oakland yoga studio.

Beginning this February, the GirlTrek founders will be visiting 50 cities across the country bringing the message of radical self-care and healing at teach-ins and wellness festivals. The Road to Selma culminates this summer in Selma, Alabama.

Need help with sleep? David — resident DIY expert — explains how to decarb, squish, and infuse cannabis. Unfamiliar with these terms? No worries. These terms, and more, are explained for the novice. Podcast episode, and complementary YouTube video, demonstrate the processes involved with creating cannabis tinctures and infusions for making edibles.

An earlier podcast episode features six people sharing how cannabis helps with their physical and/or emotional challenges including cancer, depression, muscular dystrophy, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, bone fracture, and bipolar disorder.

Once you’re familiar with the process known as decarbing, you may want to check out this podcast episode featuring a fine dining chef who prepares meals infused with cannabis.

Happy New Year! I think it’s safe to greet someone with this salutation for the duration of January. Somewhere, sometime, someone said…”you’ve got the entire month of January to focus on the new year…”

…and make those ubiquitous new year resolutions.

How’s that process going for you? Have you made any new year resolutions? Have you resolved not to make resolutions? If you’d like to know my advice — and I hope you do — focus on small, baby steps for new year resolutions. I explain this in a blog post for Brain & Life magazine.

A great starting point is assessing your current Self-Care routines. Have they been working for you? Have you maintained your exercise goals? Have you been eating the healthy, well-balanced diet you envisioned? Are you still feeling harried like a bundle of nerves?

If you’re not currently using the Health Storylines Tool to assist your Self-Care, then this month is a great time to start. Just download the free app. I use it on both my desktop computer and smart phone. And I have my FitBit uploading daily data as well.

Once you have the app installed, check out the Tools Library.

Browse through all of the Tools; consider how best to use them to assist with your Self-Care plans.

You’ll notice there are many Tools available for specific conditions such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, COPD, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and hepatitis C.

Whether or not your condition is listed, I suggest adding the Health Routine Builder Tool. Here you create your baby steps leading a path of success toward reaching your larger Self-Care goals.

Join us on the monthly Self-Care Challenge. To review past blog posts, check out this page. For additional coaching with achieving your Self-Care baby steps and goals, become a part of the Glass Half Full Facebook group.

Holidays can be tough; that’s why we’re focusing on our favorite things. Peni, Laurel, and Kristl share their voices and 22 previous podcast guests tell us how they beat the funk when dogs bite or bees sting.

Since this is the shortest podcast episode ever…check out these previous episodes all about optimism: