I’m a Cancer Survivor. Six years as a matter of fact. I survived Breast Cancer. My mom also survived Cancer, FOUR times. Three Breast and one Uterine Cancer. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about my cancer. Whether it’s physically how my body changes or mentally, what I went through. I don’t always talk about it but yah, it’s just always kinda there. I’m gonna guess most Cancer Survivors feel the same way! I tried to look at my diagnosis though as a second chance at life. Another chance to do better, be better and live life better. That’s why I was kind of excited to find out about a new plan for me…a new online program called the iTHRIVEplan. Cancer Survivors (that’s me!) can receive individualized, daily guidance on our journey to holistic wellness via this new online program.
Let me be honest and tell you why I need the iThriveplan. I’ve been kind of stressed out and not sleeping so great lately. Nothing bad really, just lots of good changes and fun stuff going on with our family but it has me much busier than normal. I guess that it’s made me feel a little stressed out and overwhelmed. I’m a decently healthy person too and wellness is a big deal to me, my husband and our family. We eat right mooooost of the time, use essential oils, try and stay away from yucky products in our home and we TRY to stay active. Noone is perfect! 😉
I usually like to walk for exercise because I am sooooo NOT a “gym person,” but I haven’t walked in MONNNNTHS! When I broke my foot back in August, I was kind of trapped. I wasn’t motivated to do anything because I couldn’t drive and since I couldn’t walk for exercise, much less walk period, I just sort of retreated. Since I work from home, it was a perfect excuse to stay in hiding while recovering from my broken foot. As soon as I got the boot off though, I felt FREE, but my Doctor told me I still couldn’t exercise-walk for a few more months and man, that super bummed me out. I realized I needed to do something. The lack of movement was starting to make me feel like a blob and was definitely not helping with my stress.
So when I heard about the ITHRIVEplan, it was perfect timing because I needed to do SOMETHING!! The iThriveplan is the first and only physician-developed and -endorsed online program of its kind to provide cancer survivors with dynamic, interactive wellness plans tailored to their unique health needs. So Survivors receive online health guidance in five key areas – diet, movement, environment, rejuvenation and spirit – to help them heal from treatment, reduce the risk of recurrence and achieve optimal health. I am alllll about this. In fact, this is what we talk about in our family, constantly trying to better ourselves and our health!
To receive your personalized wellness plans, cancer survivors first complete a survey answering questions in six categories (health, diet, movement, environment, rejuvenation and spirit). Based on each person’s responses, iTHRIVEPlan presents users with a simple, easy-to-follow wellness roadmap that is broken down one action step at a time. The online resource is co-created by respected integrative health publisher Karolyn A. Gazella and Dr. Lise Alschuler, a naturopathic doctor with board certification in naturopathic oncology. Both Karolyn and Lise are Cancer Survivors too. Woot! Woot! See, it’s like a club. We’re all connected by our Survivorship!
I received my personalized wellness plan from my iTHRIVEplan and yahhhh, I definitely need some help in the movement and rejuvenation department, so each day so I committed to doing two action steps to help with both of my wellness issues. It’s been such a great reminder to walk away from my laptop and take a break every few hours. Ya know…MOVE! I’ve also committed to taking the dog for a short walk every morning until I’m cleared to go back to Forrest Gump exercise walking again. Ha! I also feel like since I get worked up quickly about stressful things having this daily reminder makes me pay more attention to my breathing and to take slower and deeper breaths. Being on the iTHRIVEplan holds me accountable daily to my commitment to wellness and I love it!
Some of the other online tools that are out there are limited by generic, one-size-fits-all wellness strategies and that doesn’t always work because what might work for me, may not work for say my mom or for you…and vice versa. The creators of iTHRIVEplan sought to offer a solution that offers fresh, fun, and personalized daily action steps designed to keep users actively engaged. The iTHRIVEplan is available to Survivors for $8.99/month and more information can be found at www.iTHRIVEplan.com.
I’m secretly happy during this Holiday season to be doing a little sumpin’ sumpin’ for me. What a welcomed changed with how crazy and overwhelming this time can be. I actually get kind of excited to log in to my iTHRIVEplan everyday and see what my daily action step is gonna be. It’s a good reminder that in order to keep being the Survivor that I am, I’m gonna need to take better care of myself and what a nice Christmas gift that is to me…and my family! Healthy wife = happy life! Or as my husband says, happy wife = happy life! 😉
XO Surviving Mommy