Here's your monthly batch of Pink House news and inspiration. This is our Thanksgiving Edition, and we have lots for which to be thankful. Check out news, upcoming programs, and a pointer to another of our staff-written wellness tips.
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Gratitude is good for you. Research shows a direct link between gratitude and happiness, good health and even financial stability. Specific to cancer survivors, two recent studies have shown positive effects from exercises in focusing on gratitude. In fact, in a 2016 study of breast cancer Survivors, a cultivated practice of "gratitude intervention" reduced fear of recurrence and, beyond that, increased the overall wellbeing of the study participants.
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In this season of thanks, Carolina Breast Friends has so many things for which we're grateful. We are thankful for every person who walks through our door newly diagnosed and looking for a soft place to land. We are thankful for all the longtime Survivors who continue to use our programs to connect, and who are always willing to mentor others who are facing what they have already faced.
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On Saturday October 27, the 9th Annual Pink Boots Ball took place at the Ritz-Carlton, drawing more than 300 people for an elegant night of fun and philanthropy to benefit the mission and work of Carolina Breast Friends. We also used the occasion to celebrate our 15th anniversary as an organization.
It's called the Pink Boots Ball because when our founder, Kristy Adams-Ebel was rediagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, her husband ... [..] Read more
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and here at Carolina Breast Friends' Pink House, we kicked it off in a fun, visible way on September 30, when Charlotte's Pink Lady Fire Truck delivered hundreds of knitted breast prostheses created with yarn donated from independently owned yarn shops in town.
This amazing donation was a result of the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and whose collaborative power ... [..] Read more
Here's your monthly batch of news and inspiration from the Pink House, incluing program and event info, ispirational stories and videos, and pointers to breast cancer news. Click here to see the October 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Month Edition ... [..] Read more
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, aka Pinktober, and we are grateful to be celebrating with the help of many community supporters and partners who are sharing our information, honoring breast cancer Survivors and raising money to support our mission and work! With so many special events and opportunities happening all over town this month to benefit Carolina Breast Friends, you can easily make plans to shop, use fitness or beauty services, and socialize ... [..] Read more
Here's your monthly batch of news from Carolina Breast Friends' Pink House including program and event info and pointers to breast cancer news.
Click here to see the September 2018 Edition.
(Note: This issue contains references to the Pink Boots Ball which has now been rescheduled to October 27 due to the weather advisories related to Hurricane Florence. Addionally, the Lymph System session listed for September 17 will be held on September 20.) ... [..] Read more
Because of the weather predictions for Charlotte related to Hurricane Florence, we have decided to reschedule the Pink Boots Ball.
Caring for people is at the very heart of our culture, so we believe it's better to err on the side of caution and care. We hope everyone stays safe and dry on Saturday.
Something else that is at the core of our culture is resilience. If we can draw anything from the experience ... [..] Read more
Here's your monthly batch of news and inspiration from the Pink House, incluing program and event info, ispirational stories and videos, pointers to breast cancer news, and wellness tips. Click here to see the August 2018 Edition ... [..] Read more
News is out about a large study showing that many women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer (hormone receptor-positive, HER-2 negative, with no spread) may be able to safely skip chemotherapy. Here's a link to the story as reported on PBS News Hour:
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Our bodies generally do a good job of ridding us of toxins, but when our health is compromised, a buildup can occur. If you add the toxic impact of chemotherapy and/or radiation, helping your body detox can become even more important.
Toxic buildup can cause bloating, fatigue, brain fog, headaches, muscle aches and a suppressed immune system. Because our lymphatic system plays a big role in removing toxins from the body, an overload of ... [..] Read more
Sleep gives our brains a chance to refresh, boosts our immune function, and influences the release of hormones we need to regulate our systems. It's so important to our health that we literally can't survive without it. This is why fostering good sleep is an important part of nurturing our physical health.
If you have breast cancer, there may be a number of obstacles to getting sound sleep. In addition to the potential ... [..] Read more
May 13 - 19 is National Women's Health Week. Carolina Breast Friends is marking the week by publishing simple tips that can help you and your loved ones improve wellness. Check our social media pages and the news section of this site for pointers to wellness tips all week.
Stress. We all have it. And research shows that the phrase "can't handle the pressure" is more accurately applied to our bodies than our minds. ... [..] Read more
April is National Volunteer Month, a meaningful time for Carolina Breast Friends because volunteers are what keep our programs and services going strong! Our Board of Directors puts in countless hours of volunteer effort to govern the organization. Our program instructors, guest speakers and mentors are also volunteers, as well as the many groups who come to the Pink House to assemble the comfort bags and inspiration jars we distribute to Survivors nearly every day. ... [..] Read more
Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte to Benefit the Pink House--which took place April 6 at Knight Theater to a sold-out house--has a lot going for it: excitement, glitz, fancy footwork AND an important cause.
When one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and more than 900 women are expected to be diagnosed in Mecklenburg County over the next year, the need for supportive care of ... [..] Read more
We are pleased to announce the hiring of Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN, as Carolina Breast Friends' new Executive Director.
With more than 25 years in the hospital setting and 10 years in the healthcare and nonprofit sectors, Lynn is a highly skilled national healthcare leader and nurse who has held key senior, national leadership positions with four global health organizations: the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, the American College of Surgeons, and the ... [..] Read more
March is Women's History Month. What a fitting time to stop and remember Carolina Breast Friends' own history and the woman whose dream began everything we have become: our founder Kristy Adams-Ebel.
Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32, Kristy quickly recognized that part of her ability to cope with the struggle she faced depended on communing with fellow Survivors. She understood the importance of being in a positive setting where ... [..] Read more
Carolina breast Friends is committed to supporting the wellness of our Survivors and their loved ones. Many people use the new year as a time for resolving to improve health and wellness, but sometimes striving to meet those resolutions can become its own source of stress.
If you dissect the term "resolution," it literally means to repeat a solution. It's no wonder so many of us end up making (and breaking) the same resolutions ... [..] Read more