Survivor Times Newsletter

A newsletter for cancer survivors, by cancer survivors.

Happy New Year! This issue is dedicated to you: the Warriors, the Ninjas… those with true grit… those cancer survivors who are fighting or have fought a cancer diagnosis with breathtaking grace and dignity. Bask in your own resilience and legacy of hope.

They say people come into our lives for a reason. Some, if you’re lucky, for an entire lifetime, and some like a bright burst of color and light blow through with the intensity, purpose, and determination of a shooting star. They leave deep and meaningful footprints on our hearts and to the greater good, to some piece of humanity. I encourage you as we enter a new decade in 2020 to take a minute as you read this and think of those who fit this description for you: people who we will continue to “carry with us in our hearts” for a lifetime.

One such unforgettable person was my friend and mentor; Dr. Diane Barton. It becomes clearer with each passing year that she was a true visionary. Her honorable legacy lives on each day through the vast number of cancer survivors who experience and benefit from the Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. If you are reading this newsletter or have attended even one of the unique programs offered over the past 16 years, then you have benefited from her noble gift.

The Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program offers unique and diverse programs that are designed to help cancer survivors cope with the stress and anxiety of their diagnosis and alleviate some of the side effects of treatment. Our use of evidence-based integrative and complementary therapies supports mainstream medical care by targeting the three pillars of a healthy lifestyle — nutrition, physical activity, and emotional health — and focusing in on the mind, body, and spirit connection to overall well-being. These programs offer patients access to social, educational, and support opportunities, and they allow survivors to connect, share experiences, and draw encouragement from one another. Reaching out and interacting with your care team and other cancer survivors can help make a positive difference in your cancer journey. All programs are free for cancer survivors.

If you would like to make a donation to The Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program or would like to suggest a topic for an upcoming issue of Survivor Times, please contact me at mehr-bonnie@cooperhealth.edu.

Bonnie Mehr
Editor, Survivor Times
Director, Integrative Oncology Services
Director, The Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program
MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

CURRENT ISSUE

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FALL 2020 CLASSES

  • Patient Education
  • Emotional Health
  • Physical Wellness
     

Click here to view the September-December 2020 Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program and Patient Education Call-In Class Schedule

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SPRING 2020

  • Survivor Story: Ron Grabowski
  • Beyond BRCA: A Mother/Daughter Story
  • Calendar of Events

Click here to view the Spring 2020 issue of Survivor Times.

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FALL 2019

  • A Cancer Journey Through Quilting
  • Lung Cancer Research Update
  • Managing Fear of Recurrence
  • Pancreatic Cancer Screening
  • Rainbow Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Click here to view the Fall 2019 issue of Survivor Times.

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WINTER/SPRING 2019

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FALL 2018

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WINTER 2017/2018

  • Kathy in Real Life
  • Top Five Advances in Cancer Treatment
  • Cancer Genetics Q&A
  • Finding Your Balance
  • And more!

Click here to view the Winter 2017/2018 issue of Survivor Times.

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FALL 2017

  • Straight Outta Chemo
  • Benefiting From Oncology Advanced Practice Providers
  • Understanding Genetic Testing
  • Should You Be on a Plant-Based Diet?
  • And more!

Click here to view the Fall 2017 issue of Survivor Times.

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WINTER 2016/2017

  • An Attitude of Gratitude
  • Caregivers Count
  • Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer
  • Healthy Eating for a Busy Lifestyle
  • And more!

Click here to view the Winter 2016/2017 issue of Survivor Times.

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SUMMER 2016

  • Shooting for the Moon to Make Cancer History
  • Precision Medicine, Personalized Medicine, Genomic Profiling: What Does it Mean?
  • The Benefits of Eating Seasonal and Local Produce
  • Ridding Your Life of Toxins
  • And more!

Click here to view the Summer 2016 issue of Survivor Times.

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Winter 2015

  • Integrative Oncology Program Focuses on Optimizing Cancer Treatment and a Return to Wellness
  • Seeds of Hope
  • MD Anderson Cooper Nurse Practitioners: Advanced Practice Professionals 
  • Take Charge of Your Diet After Cancer
  • And more!

Click here to view the Winter 2015 issue of Survivor Times.

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Fall 2015

  • Surround Yourself With Things You Love
  • Research Drives Advances in Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Research
  • Behavioral Medicine Program Launces New Research Study Using the Apple Watch 
  • The Gift of Time
  • And more!

Click here to view the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of Survivor Times.

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Winter 2015

  • "Personalized" Breast Cancer Care
  • Working During and After Cancer Treatment
  • Sole to Soul 
  • Genetic Evaluation And Testing For Hereditary Cancer Risk: Is It Right For You?
  • And more!

Click here to view the Winter 2015 issue of Survivor Times.

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Fall 2014

  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Scarves
  • Understanding Cancer Research Trials
  • Vitamin Do's and Don'ts During Radiation and Chemotherapy Treatments
  • Laughing Your Way to Health
  • And more!

Click here to view the Fall 2014 issue of Survivor Times.

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Spring 2014

  • Generations of Survivors
  • Who Would Have Thought?
  • Through My Looking Glass
  • Celebrate and Live Your Life!
  • And more!

Click here to view the Spring 2014 issue of Survivor Times.

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Fall 2013

  • New Cancer Center Opens
  • Oh What a Ride it Was
  • My Angel 
  • Cancer Saved My Life
  • Hollywood Cancer Story 
  • And more!

Click here to view the Fall 2013 issue of Survivor Times.

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Summer 2013

  • Supermodel for Hope
  • I Have Cancer, Cancer Doesn't Have Me
  • About the Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program
  • A Glass Half Full
  • Living Life to Its Fullest
  • Breast Cancer and Sexuality
  • And more!

Click here to view the Summer 2013 issue of Survivor Times.

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Winter 2013

  • Share Your Smile, Spread the Warmth 
  • My Angel: Angela Frantz
  • About the Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program
  • Sponsor the Tea Cart
  • A Celebration of Life
  • Lemon Chicken Recipe 
  • And more!

Click here to view the Winter 2013 issue of Survivor Times.

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Fall 2012

  • Why me? Why not me?
  • Gurl About Town
  • My Other Job 
  • Susan's Story 
  • Our Empty Nest
  • A Different Kind of Love Letter
  • Women Just Want to Have Fun
  • I'm a Survivor
  • And more!

Click here to view the Fall 2012 issue of Survivor Times.

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Summer 2012

  • Life After Cancer
  • Pink Ribbons and Blue Genes
  • Never Too Young
  • Gurl About Town
  • Valuable Lessons
  • Jumping for Joy with My New Pup
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • My Story...
  • And more!

Click here to view the Summer 2012 issue of Survivor Times.

PAST ISSUES

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Winter 2012

  • Put Cancer In The Corner
  • Family Matters
  • For Better Or Worse
  • Gurl About Town
  • The "Hair" Pioneer
  • Vitamins and Cancer
  • Expect The Best, Prepare for the Worst
  • Journaling
  • And more!

Click here to view the Winter 2012 issue of Survivor Times.

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Fall 2011

  • When Not to Say
  • Signature Class Series 
  • Art of Survivorship Series 
  • Always Remember to Laugh
  • Gurl About Town
  • One Courageous Soldier 
  • Physician Profile: Sucha Asbell
  • About the Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program
  • A Personal Story 
  • Juicing 
  • And more!

Click here to view the Fall 2011 issue of Survivor Times.

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SPRING 2011

  • When Do You Tell?
  • Surviving My Storm 
  • What I Know For Sure
  • Gurl About Town
  • My Joy 
  • Will It Matter a Year From Now?
  • Three Generations 
  • Being Positive 
  • Physician Spotlight
  • My Journey 
  • How Do I Love Life
  • And more!

Click here to view the Spring 2011 issue of Survivor Times.

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WINTER 2011

  • The Art of Survivorship
  • Advice for the Newly Diagnosed Person
  • 2011 Art of Survivorship Series
  • Supermarket Savvy
  • What is a Cancer Survivor?
  • Ode to My Hair
  • Physician Spotlight: Alexandre Hageboutros, MD, Gaining Insight from Adversity
  • Exercise Increases Energy and Decreases Rate of Recurrence
  • Put on a Happy Face
  • The Hurricane
  • Chicken and Dumplings
  • And more!

Click here to view the Winter 2011 issue of Survivor Times.

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FALL 2010

  • Who Am I?
  • 525,600 Minutes
  • What I Know for Sure
  • Be a Monthly Sponsor of the Tea Cart
  • Newly Diagnosed? To Google or Not to Google (That is the question!)
  • Gurl About Town
  • Survivor Island Cancer
  • River Sisters
  • The Affirmation Project
  • Celebrating Autumn
  • And more!

Click here to view the Fall 2010 issue of Survivor Times.