2014 In the News

This year I’ve been fortunate enough to be asked to attend lobbying efforts with the DDNC in March.  In August I attended the 2nd Annual International Women’s Cancer Survivors’ Convention in Nashville, TN.  COLONTOWN chose to do a story about the virtual YOGA DEN and my work supporting cancer patients online and in social media venues.  The Patient Resource, a well-respected magazine for patients, caregivers and healthcare providers, ran two articles on my work since recovering from colorectal(anal) cancer.  I now say anal because it’s important that we help with awareness of this growing cancer, especially among young people.

Here’s the video submitted to Oncologytube.com

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July 10th, Yoga Phone Class

Yoga Phone Class, July 10th at 5pm  Pacific Standard Time. You call in and we chat for about 15 minutes. Call in 15 minutes early if you want to make new friends!  We start with relaxed breathing and body scan. We breath together and learn techniques to reduce blood pressure, heart rate and stress levels.  We do gentle yoga movements with our breathing.  We never do anything that doesn’t feel good.  After exploring our joints, stretching and enjoying what we can do;  we use meditation to relax deeply.  Some students have told me they finish yoga and feel that they can ‘take on the world!”.  When we feel empowered to help ourselves, we gain confidence.

 

There are 96 openings on the Yoga Phone Class provided by freeconferencecall.com.  You call in and can listen without even saying your name.  It’s fine to want to be quiet, but in community.  Each of us is in a different emotional place and we honor where you are.  The power of yoga to add to your healing is tremendous.  This month we will be doing Guided Imagery as part of our healing practices.  It is a well documented way to gain relaxation, boost your immune system and just plain feel better. No yoga experience necessary!

July 10th, 5pm PST, 6 MTN, 7CST, 8EST.

Get on 15 minutes early if you want to chat with others

Call: 605 475 4000 and enter 970445# and announce yourself.

Love,

Jean Di Carlo-Wagner, M.A., E-RYT500, Yoga Therapist, Certified Yoga for Cancer Survivors Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Survivor

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Yoga Phone Class: Cancer patients, survivors and caregivers

June 15th, we’re doing another Yoga Phone Class. You need no experience, no equipment and this gentle class can be done in bed. The focus is healing yoga. Going deep into relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing and meditation. Studies confirm that even at the mitochondrial level, genes are changed with mindfulness based yoga practices. Give yourself a treat. It’s free. It’s easy. It my joy to lead these classes.

June 15th, Saturday, at 5pm PST, 6 MTN, 7CST, 8EST. Relaxation and meditation combined with gentle movements are powerful antidotes to stress and support our bodies, minds and spirits!

Get on 15 minutes early if you want to chat with others

Call: 605 475 4000 and enter 970445# and announce yourself.
Use your name when speaking.

Free Conference Call is free, but if you use your cell, you use your minutes.

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FREE Yoga Phone Class

A monthly free offering - YOGA PHONE CLASS   SATURDAY, APRIL 20th - mindfulness meditation

Mark your Yoga Calendars for YOGA PHONE CLASS:  Saturday, April 20th 10:45am PST, which is 12:45pm CST, and 1:45pm EST. 

  • Call:605 475 4000 and enter 970445# and announce yourself.   
  • We will chat first and start class within 20 minutes.
  • Pressing *6 mutes you (so you can pee, get a drink, pet the cat…) and pressing *6 again unmutes you. If you fall asleep, you are with us!!
  • Use your name when speaking.
  • Head phones or ear phones helpful, as well as a water bottle and blanket.
  • You can be in bed, on the couch, recliner or on a yoga mat.
  • Wear comfortable loose clothing. Create a quiet space just for you!!!
  • The conference call is free, but if you use your cell, you use your minutes.

Given by Jean Di Carlo-Wagner, M.A.,  colon cancer survivor & advocate, yoga activist

Yoga Therapist,  E-RTY200, E-RYT500, certified Yoga for Cancer Survivors,  Senior Yoga

 

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NYC Fashion Week 2013

Fashion Week 2013 in NYC doesn’t usually bring images of cancer patients and survivors. But this week, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing. Yep, I’m headed for the Big Apple to meet my designer, Samina Mughal, who has put together some outfits for me to walk the runway. Did I say walk the runway?  It seems odd that due to cancer, I’ve been given the opportunities of a lifetime!  My whole 15 minutes of fame is being used in this one event, and I couldn’t be happier. The fashion show and dinner will benefit BeatLiverTumors, my cancer mentor’s non-profit. Suzanne Lindley has single-handedly brought awareness to advanced treatments for liver cancer and on the stage will be patients, caregivers and supporters who have watched Suzanne, a force of nature, over the last 8 years. Suzanne continues to do battle with cancer.  She was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer at age 31 and given six months to live. Suzanne didn’t take that prognosis. She sought treatment, one after the other, each one giving her more time with her three girls and husband, and more time to advocate. If you want to know the secret to living well, no matter the circumstances, you won’t want to miss Suzanne’s address to the audience.  When I was diagnosed, I wanted to speak with a woman, any woman, who had gone through colon cancer. I was given Suzanne’s name and number. Since that day, my life has grown larger from cancer, been more purposeful and fulfilling and has a bit of dazzle to it, too.

fashion week 2013

Raising money for BeatLiverTumors

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Coming back from cancer

Nine years ago, this October 28th, I finished treatment for iiic colon cancer. I was 47, and had been a Resource Specialist for over 25 years, mostly in San Diego. But my chances of recurrence were high, so I retired early, thinking that I had about five years to live (if I was lucky).

Chemotherapy was devastating to me and not having a job was depressing and scary. I worked at home to rebuild my strength and my life’s purpose. Always a yoga enthusiast, I found I couldn’t do what I was used to doing. Others must be having the same issue – trying to find a way back to a ‘new normal’?

I became a yoga teacher and yoga activist. I am a listserv consultant on many cancer sites and made a yoga cd, gave away over 3,000. The YCS cd is now available for free download, and in Spanish, too. Russian is the next language and I hope to have it translated into as many languages as possible.

I speak at cancer symposiums and teach YCS yoga in San Diego. I am putting a 45 hour teacher training on line by January 2013. We hear so much about yoga to rebuild and regain strength, but for me, it was about dealing with the emotional, physical and psychological effects of cancer where yoga has done its greatest healing. I specialize in teaching patients in therapy and long-term treatment.

You can download hours of meditations for survivors and the 80 minute yoga class in English and Spanish for cancer survivors by going to my audio page on this website.

yoga for cancer survivors

Blessings and Love,
Jean

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Our Trip to Washington DC for Liver Cancer Funding and Research

Our Amazing Trip to Washington, DC for Liver Cancer Funding and Research

My personal heroine and mentor, Suzanne Lindley, organized a trip to Washington, D.C., where a group of patient advocates met with their congressional leaders to talk about liver cancer funding and research (February 2011).

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