Posts Tagged ‘guided imagery’

Nancy Novack, 15 Year Stage IV Ovarian Cancer Survivor, Helps Others Through Nancy’s List Foundation.

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

My guest, Nancy Novack, was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer in 2004. It had metastasized into her liver. She was too happily innocent about the cancer world and said two now-remarkable things: “Thank goodness, it is not appendicitis,” and “What is stage V?”

Nancy says she is oftentimes asked what she did that was so unique, so mysterious that she survived a lethal dose of cancer, the silent killer as ovarian cancer is often called. She says she was extraordinarily fortunate to have an excellent psychologist who worked closely with her to define and refine her personal relationship to her own cancer. She was blessed with a magnificent A-team of friends and family and so many angels that embraced her. She says the opening of my heart to new loves and old brought forth an attitude of blessed gratitude that I had never known before. When I read and re-read the stories written by cancer survivors, I see the universality of the attitude of gratitude in the process of healing.”

Nancy’s mission since her “cancer journey” is all about determining the unmet needs of cancer patients, especially the emotional aspects, and doing her best to find a way to fill them. She is a psychologist and has significant concerns that the medical community does not address the levels of anxiety and stress and existential chaos that come with a cancer diagnosis … all of which get in the way of healing. Her Foundation Nancy’s List supports the emotional well-being of all those who are living with cancer … the patients and those who love and care for them.

Her path started with finding ways to assist cancer patients with a national listing of financial assistance programs available to the cancer community.  She was profoundly troubled that these kindred souls were experiencing so much fear and anxiety about their finances. How would that reality affect the possibility of their recovery? She vowed to make a difference and knew that financial assistance was out there somewhere and she was determined to make it accessible. She received a 501 ©(3) non-profit status in 2006 and launched her first website. Nancy’s List was intended to be simply a list of financial resources and her intention was to educate cancer patients and their loved ones and the healing professionals who serve them about the accessibility of these programs.

At the same time, she created a community call-to-action in the San Francisco Bay Area to reach out and support the courage, bravery, and resilience of our neighbors.  Through the Nancy’s List programs, cancer patients and their loved ones found community, strength, courage, pleasure, and healing relationships. There is healing power when one is connected to the larger community, especially when you are experiencing fear, loneliness, isolation, and uncertainty. It means everything to know your neighbors are looking out for you. And it is a very good thing to meet kindred souls along the path.

I Am With You: Love Letters to Cancer Patients is a powerful book for the newly diagnosed patient, for those who are going through treatment or have entered remission, for loved ones, and for everyone else in the world.  She created the anthology with 42 authors who truly share her vision, passion, and mission. It brings hope and courage to patients when they need inspiration, when they are feeling the loneliness and fear and anger and loss that go hand in hand with a cancer diagnosis, when they need comfort and a warm heart and a hand to hold. The book offers connection to kindred spirits who ‘know’.

Nancy is now developing a comprehensive national directory of integrative healing practitioners who offer their services (and their souls) to deepen the healing process.  The goal is for all cancer patients to have the opportunity to experience healing other than their dreadful visits to the infusion rooms, radiation offices, and more. She wants to educate patients and healing professionals about the enormous benefits of integrative healing services AND the accessibility of these therapies. The process is very simple. They write a blurb, add a jpg and contact info, email Nancy at Nancy@NancysList.org, and she post it on the comprehensive directory.

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Interviews with Cancer Survivors, Susan Gonzalez (breast) and Sam Corti (cervical) Now Available for Listening

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Guests for the Holistic Health Show on Saturday were Susan Gonzalez (left) and Sam Corti (right).

Susan is a registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree and is in partnership with one of the top preventive cardiologists in the country where she counsels hundreds of patients on creating and meeting their lifestyle needs. Her upcoming book,. 100 Perks of Having Cancer Plus 100 Tips for Surviving It is due on the market Spring 2013. More information was presented earlier on this website.

Sam Corti, from  England, survived cervical cancer using a combination opf traditional and natural intervention and now has a tea business called tea4life at http://www.tea4life.co.uk

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Dr Dean Shrock and Michelle Renee Interviewed on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

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Did you know love heals? And do you know how to deal with Post Traumatic Stress? Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, Holistic Health Show, finds out from the guests on this show.

Dr Dean Shrock served as Director of Mind-Body Medicine for a physician management group of 40 cancer patients and wrote two books: Doctors Orders: Go Fishing; and Why Love Heals . He will talk about how love heals. More information was presented earlier on this blog and can also be found at www.HeartFeltIntent.com and www.DeanShrock.com

Michelle Renee and her daughter were kidnapped, held hostage, tied to explosives and then forced to rob the bank where she worked. Shje has overcome Post Traumatic Stress and will tell us about this. She has appeared on many radio and tv programs, received awards, and had her debut book Held Hostage: The True Story of a Mother and Daughter’s Kidnapping premiered on Lifetime last year. More information was presented earlier on this blog and can also be found at www.michelle-renee.com

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Dr Bernie Siegel and Leslie Davenport to Be Interviewed on the Holistic Health Show

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

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Spirituality, Faith and Healing are the subjects of the next series on the Holistic Health Show. Dr Bernie Siegel and Dr Harold Koenig were selected for the opening of this series but because of the length of the interviews they will be scheduled separately for this and the next show. On this show, Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, will interview Dr Siegel and Leslie Davenport.

Dr Bernie Siegel who prefers to be called Bernie is known internationally and consequently needs no introduction to many throughout the world and has touched the lives of many of those. In 1979, he began to talk about patient empowerment and the choice to live fully and die in peace. As a physician, who has cared for and counseled innumerable people who’s mortality has been threatened by an illness, Bernie embraces a philosophy of living and dying that stands at the forefront of the medical ethics and spiritual issues our society grapples with today. He continues to assist in the breaking of new ground in the field of healing and personality struggling to live the message of kindness and love.

Bernie attended Colgate University and Cornell University Medical College and holds membership in two scholastic honor societies, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha and graduated with honors. His surgical training took place at Yale New Haven Hospital, West Haven Veteran’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He retired from practice as an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Yale of general and pediatric surgery in 1989 to speak with patients and their caregivers.

In 1979 he originated Exceptional Cancer Patients, a specific form of individual and group therapy utilizing patients; drawings, dreams, images and feelings. The physical, spiritual and psychological benefits that followed led to his desire to make everyone aware of his or her healing potential.

In 1986 his first book, Love Medicine & Miracles was published and this redirected his life. In 1989, Peace, Love & Healing and in 1993 How to Live Between Office Visits followed. In 1998, Prescriptions for Living, was published and in 2003, Help Me to Heal and 365 Prescriptions for the Soul followed. In 2004, Smudge Bunny and in 2005, 101 Exercises for the Soul and 2006, Love, Magic & Mud Pies followed. His latest book, Love, Hope & Healing was published in 2009. More information is available at: www.BernieSiegelMD.com

My second guest, Leslie Davenport has unique qualifications in the Body-Mind-Spirit field. San Francisco chronicle’s dance critic, Allan Ulrich reviewed Leslie as a professional dancer endowed with “a superior sense of balance….and powers of communication that set her apart from the heard.” As a psychotherapist in practice for 20 years, she understands the impact of thoughts and emotions. And a passion for the mystery of the human spirit drew her to become an ordained interfaith minister in 1984. Leslie has braided her expertise with body-mind-spirit into her book, Healing and Transformation Through Self Guided Imagery released by Celestial Arts/Random House.

She is a founding member of the Institute for Health and Healing at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, which brings holistic care into the heart of conventional medicine. Leslie teaches in their Integrative Medicine Program. Here book and expert advice have appeared in a number of magazines including Family Circle, Natural Health, Great Health, Body + Soul, Shift, and San Francisco Medicine. A sought after speaker, she lectures in a broad range of settings that include KRON Television, the National Wellness Conference, the Commonwealth Club, to name a few. More information is available at: www.LeslieDavenport.com

Holistic Health Show Opens Series on Chronic Back Pain

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

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Dr Carl O Helvie interviewed two back pain experts and two CEO’s of companies providing natural products for back pain and arthritis pain. These are pictured from left to right: Dr Andrew Fleschner, Dr Andrew Block, Mr Daniel Chapman, and Mr Tamer Elsafy.

Dr Andrew Fleschner is a board certified physician who is in private practice in Bala Cynwdy, Pennsylvania and has a consultancy in Miami, Florida. He is author of Back Together: Hands-On Healing for Couples Other aspects of his background were discussed earlier on this site and can be found at Http://stretchzone.com/Fleschner.htm

Dr Andrew Block is on the staff of the Texas Back Institute and has multiple national and international presentations on the spine and spine surgery. He has also contributed chapters to many of the major books on spine surgery, chronic pain, and other back problems and has authored or co-authored 5 books. The latest of these is The Psychology of Spine Surgery More information is available on an earlier blog here or at: Http:www.texasback.com

Mr Daniel Chapman is the Founder and CEO of Redd Remedies, a leading natural health supplements provider and advocate ffor a holistic health approach to wellness. His company dates back to 1961 when his family opened their first Sunrise Health Food Store in Reseland, Illinois. More information on Daniel and his company was presented earlier and can be found at: www.reddremedies.com

Mr Tamer Elsafy is President and CEO of Flexicon International a producer and supplier of natural products for joint pain and arthritis that incorporate CM8. his products have been formulated under the direction of physicians and nutritionists. More information was presented earlier and can be found at www.flexicon.com

The interviews follow. I hope you enjoy and learn from them.

Interview on BBS Radio with Dr Bernie Siegel and Padma

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Dr Bernie Siegel and Padma were interviewed on BBS Radio (www.bbsradio.com) Station 3 on the Holistic Health Show on Saturday, December 6 at 5 p.m. PST or 8 p.m. EST. Bernie discussed his holistic approach with cancer patients and Padma discussed meditation. Listen to these interesting interviews.