Opinion Piece on Cancer Care Today and Into the Future
On the eve of CSCNT’s 20th anniversary in Dallas-Ft. Worth, CSCNT CEO Mirchelle Louis, Oncologist Dr. Lalan Wilfong (U.S. Oncology Network) and Nurse Oncologist Elaine DeMeyer (beyond Oncology) tackled cancer achievements in the past 20 years and the pressing need for less siloed care in the years to come. Take a read of this important piece as featured in the Dallas Morning News on Oct. 29, 2022.
Find out “Who’s Who” and meet the notable names of the Red Tie Gala, learn more about their accomplishments, their service to the DFW community, and their role in our 20-year history. Learn more about the Red Tie Gala and buy your tickets here.
Red Tie Gala Co-Chairs
Susan Salka is the Chief Executive Officer of AMN Healthcare, (NYSE:AMN) and a Director on the Board of McKesson.
Scott Salka is a retired biotech entrepreneurs and executive
Together, they share a passion of philanthropy and service to their communities and global health and equity issues. Scott and Susan have been financial supporters and/or fundraising chairs for several organizations, including Ronald McDonald House Charities, North Texas Food Bank, Hopes Door New Beginning, International Esperanza Project, Campanile Foundation, and Cancer Support Community North Texas.
Laura Wheat has served as Mayor of the Town of Westlake since 2008. As Mayor, she has helped manage significant commercial and residential growth, attract top companies to Westlake, and oversee the development of several new neighborhoods in one of the country’s most affluent towns.
Since 2008, she has also served as President of the Board of Trustees of Westlake Academy, the only municipally owned charter school in Texas. The K-12 International Baccalaureate World School is committed to providing students with the highest quality education so that they can become lifelong learners with a worldview.
For more than three decades, Laura has served in leadership roles on the boards of more than a dozen charitable organizations, supporting strategic efforts and leading significant initiatives for causes that have personal meaning, including cancer, education, healthcare, and adoption. In 2002, she and her husband, Doug, were driving forces behind bringing Cancer Support Community North Texas to life in Dallas. She currently chairs the Board of Directors for the International Esperanza Project; is Chairman-Elect for The Gladney Center for Adoption; and serves on the board of the JPS Hospital Foundation.
Together, Laura and Doug have raised four children and currently enjoy two grandchildren. Through thick and thin, Laura works to remain focused on her guiding principles of choosing happiness on a daily basis and helping others find it for themselves.
Douglas D. Wheat is President and founder of Wheat Investments, a Dallas-Fort Worth based investment firm. Prior to founding Wheat Investments, Mr. Wheat was founder of Southlake Equity Group in 2006 and Haas Wheat and Partners in 1992. Before joining Haas Wheat, Mr. Wheat was a member of the merchant banking group of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp. (“DLJ”) where he specialized in leveraged buyout financings. As a Senior Vice President and subsequently a principal at DLJ, Mr. Wheat played a key role in the development of the firm’s merchant banking and leveraged buyout business. Mr. Wheat is one of a few select number of individuals inducted into the DLJ Hall of Fame of Super Achievers.
Mr. Wheat currently chairs the boards of AMN Healthcare, International Seaways, and Overseas Shipholding Group. Prior board affiliations include Playtex Products, Inc. (Chairman from 2004 to 2006), ALC Communications Corporation, Alliance Imaging, Inc., Grand Slam Acquisition, Inc., Specialty Foods Corporations, Smarte Carte Corporation, Walls Holding Company, Inc., and Nebraska Book Company.
Mr. Wheat received both his J.D. and B.S. degrees from the University of Kansas where he was subsequently named a distinguished alumnus. His prior civic affiliations include Chairman of the KU First Capital Campaign for the University of Kansas Law School, director of The Gladney Fund (Fort Worth, Texas), and trustee of St. Mark’s School of Texas.
Douglas D. Hawthorne, LFACHE, retired from Texas Health Resources as the Founding Chief Executive Officer Emeritus on December 31, 2019, after fifty years of service with the same healthcare organization.
Guided by the mission of improving the health of the people in the communities served by Texas Health, Mr. Hawthorne successfully implemented a unique vision while conquering several challenges. Perhaps the largest was overseeing the joining of several highly successful healthcare brands — Presbyterian Healthcare Resources, Harris Methodist Hospitals, and Arlington Memorial Hospital — in creating Texas Health Resources. Under Mr. Hawthorne’s leadership, Texas Health and its member organizations received numerous awards. Several Texas Health hospitals have been recognized nationally for clinical excellence.
In addition to helping lead the formation of Texas Health, Mr. Hawthorne’s other notable career achievements include nine mentions in Modern Healthcare magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in Health Care” and being named among the “HealthLeaders 20” in 2013 for making a difference in health care. In 2014 he was inducted as a Legend into the Texas Business Hall of Fame and was honored with lifetime achievement awards in both the Fort Worth Business Press Healthcare Heroes and D CEO Excellence in Healthcare programs. He also received Cancer Support Community North Texas’ Thrive Award for Community in Action.
A leader and contributor, Mr. Hawthorne currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Trinity University, the American Hospital Association’s President’s Forum, Ardent Health Services, Caron Treatment Centers, and the Bank of Oklahoma Corporate Board (BOKF). He serves on the Dallas Advisory Board for The Nature Conservancy, Communities Foundation of Texas, The State Fair of Texas, and the National Board of the March of Dimes. He is a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, a Reserve Elder at the Highland Park Presbyterian Church, and a Lifetime Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Known as a philanthropist and volunteer, Mr. Hawthorne and his wife Martha helped establish and fund a primary health clinic in Tanzania. Working with a team of health professionals and family members, the Hawthornes helped prepare the Open Arms clinic for its opening in June 2011. The Hawthornes who have made multiple mission trips were honored by Empower African Children and Grace for Impact for their labor of love in establishing the much-needed clinic.
The Hawthorne family includes Doug and Martha’s five children, their spouses, and eight grandchildren.
Hannah Davis is the host of Good Morning Texas at WFAA in Dallas. You’ll have to wake up early to catch Hannah, where she shares stories about inspiring people, small businesses making it work, and non-profits that make the world a better place every day.
On Daybreak, her previous role, Hannah created and hosts the series, “Rise and Shiners” where her team goes undercover to profile everyday heroes and surprise them with a story that details their positive impact in the community.
Hannah believes stories can bring people together, offer solace for those who feel alone, and teach us to see the humanity in our neighbors.
Like almost every person on this planet, Hannah has been impacted by cancer. She lost three grandparents to the disease and her family was forever marked by the passing of Hannah’s uncle Billy when he was only 8 years old.
Hannah knows that every day there are men and women bravely navigating life with a cancer diagnosis as well as the people who love them. She believes that telling their stories can help us all to show empathy and support in our daily lives.
Besides talking for a living, Hannah loves animals, hiking, and good food. If you have any recommendations on where to find cute puppies, beautiful trails, or tasty meals send her a message on social media.
Hannah is honored to be here and can’t wait to hear your stories.
Red Tie Gala 2022 Honoree
This year, we’re proud to recognize the Mary Kay Ash Foundation with our Thrive Award for Community in Action for their continued support of Cancer Support Community North Texas and their decades-long commitment to finding cure for cancers affecting women through funding cancer research, awareness initiatives, community outreach programs, and advocacy for legislation to ensure women are healthy and safe.
As the COVID-19 crisis wears on, individuals and families already burdened by the high cost of cancer treatment, inability or decreased ability to work, and the physical and emotional tolls of their cancer and its treatment may be experiencing increased challenges in meeting their expenses for a variety of reasons: furlough or layoff of themselves or their caregiver, decreased availability of financial assistance, or loss of health insurance. Below are programs which currently have available funds to assist with medical care and/or living expenses. This list is up-to-date as of February 4, 2022.If you are looking for more information on financial assistance for cancer patience or other resources, please reach out to our Cancer Resource Specialist at 214-345-8428!
The Leukemia Texas Patient Aid program awards assistance up to $1,000 per year to help patients with expenses associated with their leukemia treatment not covered by insurance or other third-party providers. Applications to the program are accepted on a quarterly basis, at the end of March, June, September, and December, and grants are awarded at the end of each application cycle.
*The Q3 application cycle will run until Friday, March 12, at 5:00 p.m. Patients should know about their award by Friday, April 16
Contact the LRF Helpline at 800-500-9976 or email@example.com to apply for the
Patient Aid Grant.
LRF’s Patient Aid Grants provides limited financial assistance to lymphoma patients who are uninsured or have adequate medical insurance but struggle to pay for expenses related to their lymphoma treatment, such as medical bills, transportation costs to get to and from treatment, lodging expenses during treatment and childcare costs while they are at treatment.
Nationwide Children, with the help of a parent or guardian, whose parent(s) have been affected by colorectal cancer, to fill out this brief application. Applications are reviewed quarterly (March, June, Sept. Dec.).We review applications once a quarter (March, June, September, and December) We will email you if you have been chosen to receive a grant. Currently the grant recipient will be awarded $2,000. Typically 2 grants are awarded each quarter.
Financial Grants are subject to availability of funding and can range between $250-500.00
Breast cancer patients undergoing active treatments (Must include documentation showing appointment to care for patient) Treatments are defined but not limited to: immunotherapy, radiation, surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or clinical trials. (Please send treatment schedule from physician).
Breast cancer survivors and meet the following criteria: In active treatment for a breast cancer diagnosis (i.e. chemotherapy, radiation, or pending breast surgery) In remission or on long-term hormonal therapy (such as Tamoxifen for breast cancer survivors) or long-term targeted therapy (such as Gleevec or Herceptin) If you meet these criteria at the time when the application is submitted, you are eligible to apply.
Non-medical short term financial assistance. Must be able to show that you were working before the diagnosis and had to reduce the hours as a result of the cancer. Must be in active treatment and cannot be receiving a pension or SSDI.
Anyone living in Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Kent, Knox, Mitchell, Nolan, Runnels, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor or Throckmorton counties who has been diagnosed with any type of cancer may use our programs and services. Assistance could include prescription, medications, health insurance premiums, transportation stipend, medical equipment and supplies, and household assistance funds
The Alliance’s Financial Assistance programs currently include the following components:
Blue Hope Treatment Awards: Patients may be eligible to receive a one-time $200 check to help with daily expenses that add to the burden during treatment, such as household bills, childcare, transportation costs, or food. Screening Support Program: If you are interested in low- or no-cost screenings, such as colonoscopy or fecal immunochemical test (FIT), you can call the Helpline at (877) 422-2030 to be referred to a service.
Critical Funding Request: The critical funding request financial assistance program is a one-time use program for assistance with an unforeseen expense that creates a financial hardship for a pancreatic cancer patient. E.g. vehicle repairs, broken water heater, funeral expenses, etc.
ESSENTIAL LIVING EXPENSE FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM: NPCF may assist with paying bills that come due for the pancreatic cancer patient to include rent/mortgage and basic utilities, for a time period of up to 3 consecutive months.
Assists with limited financial assistance (usually up to around $2,000) for help with rent, utility, mortgage and possibly other bills including medical. Better if CSCNT Cancer Resource Specialist completes the application.
Asistencia financiera para pacientes con cáncer
A medida que avanza la crisis de la COVID-19, es posible que las personas y las familias que ya están agobiadas por el alto costo del tratamiento del cáncer, la incapacidad o la disminución de la capacidad para trabajar y las pérdidas físicas y emocionales de su cáncer y su tratamiento experimenten mayores desafíos para cubrir sus gastos. por una variedad de razones: licencia o despido de ellos mismos o de su cuidador, menor disponibilidad de asistencia financiera o pérdida de seguro médico. A continuación, se encuentran los programas que actualmente tienen fondos disponibles para ayudar con la atención médica y/o los gastos de manutención.
Fondos Abiertos para Gastos Relacionados con el Tratamiento:
El programa Leukemia Texas Patient Aid otorga asistencia de hasta $1,000 por año para ayudar a los pacientes con los gastos asociados con el tratamiento de la leucemia que no cubre el seguro u otros proveedores externos. Las solicitudes para el programa se aceptan trimestralmente, a fines de marzo, junio, septiembre y diciembre, y las subvenciones se otorgan al final de cada ciclo de solicitud.
*El ciclo de solicitud del tercer trimestre se extenderá hasta el viernes 12 de marzo a las 5:00 p.m. Los pacientes deben saber acerca de su premio antes del viernes 16 de abril.
Comuníquese con la línea de ayuda de LRF al 800-500-9976 o firstname.lastname@example.org para solicitar el Beca de Ayuda al Paciente.
Las Subvenciones de ayuda para pacientes de LRF brindan asistencia financiera limitada a pacientes con linfoma que no tienen seguro o tienen un seguro médico adecuado pero que tienen dificultades para pagar los gastos relacionados con el tratamiento del linfoma, como facturas médicas, costos de transporte para ir y venir del tratamiento, gastos de alojamiento durante el tratamiento y costos de cuidado de niños mientras están en tratamiento.
El monto del premio se basa en la etapa actual del cáncer. Los pacientes con cáncer de mama metastásico (Etapa IV) recibirán $750; los pacientes con cáncer de mama en etapa anterior (Etapa 0 a III) recibirán $500.
Los premios se pueden usar para gastos relacionados con el tratamiento del cáncer de mama, como:
Medicamentos para el control de efectos secundarios (p. ej., analgésicos, antináuseas, etc.)
Cuidado de niños/cuidado de ancianos
Medicamentos de tratamiento oral (por ejemplo, quimioterapia, terapia hormonal, etc.)
Transporte hacia y desde el tratamiento
Equipo médico duradero (por ejemplo, tanque de oxígeno, andador, etc.)
Niños, con la ayuda de un padre o tutor, cuyos padres hayan sido afectados por cáncer colorrectal, para completar esta breve solicitud. Las solicitudes se revisan trimestralmente (marzo, junio, septiembre, diciembre). Revisamos las solicitudes una vez por trimestre (marzo, junio, septiembre y diciembre). Le enviaremos un correo electrónico si ha sido elegido para recibir una subvención. Actualmente, el beneficiario de la subvención recibirá $2,000. Por lo general, se otorgan 2 subvenciones cada trimestre.
Mama, Cervical, Endometrial, Ovárico, Uterino, Estómago, Esofágico, Pancreático y Pulmonar
A escala nacional
Las mujeres deben estar en tratamiento activo. El trabajador social debe presentar la solicitud junto con la documentación requerida. Los plazos abiertos de presentación de solicitudes mensuales se extienden del 1 al 15 de cada mes. Proporcione hasta $250 para el alquiler o los servicios públicos.
Sobrevivientes de cáncer de seno y cumplen con los siguientes criterios: En tratamiento activo para un diagnóstico de cáncer de seno (es decir, quimioterapia, radiación o cirugía de seno pendiente) En remisión o en terapia hormonal a largo plazo (como tamoxifeno para sobrevivientes de cáncer de seno) o a largo plazo terapia dirigida (como Gleevec o Herceptin) Si cumple con estos criterios en el momento en que se envía la solicitud, es elegible para presentar la solicitud.
Asistencia financiera no médica a corto plazo. Debe poder demostrar que estaba trabajando antes del diagnóstico y tuvo que reducir las horas como resultado del cáncer. Debe estar en tratamiento activo y no puede estar recibiendo una pensión o SSDI.
Debe tener 45 años o menos y estar dentro de los tres meses posteriores al tratamiento o reconstrucción. Si alguien califica, puede obtener tarjetas de regalo para comestibles, restaurantes o gasolina. El proceso puede demorar hasta tres semanas.
Los programas de asistencia financiera de Alliance actualmente incluyen los siguientes componentes:
Premios de tratamiento de Blue Hope: los pacientes pueden ser elegibles para recibir un cheque único de $200 para ayudar con los gastos diarios que se suman a la carga durante el tratamiento, como las facturas del hogar, el cuidado de los niños, los costos de transporte o la comida. Programa de apoyo para exámenes de detección: si está interesado en exámenes de detección a bajo costo o sin costo, como una colonoscopia o una prueba inmunoquímica fecal (FIT), puede llamar a la línea de ayuda al (877) 422-2030 para que lo remitan a un servicio.
Ofrece subvenciones a pacientes con cáncer de colon para ayudar a pagar las necesidades básicas. Debe tener 40 años o menos, estar activamente en tratamiento y en circunstancias financieras desesperadas. Debe ser completado por un trabajador social
Solicitud de Financiación Crítica: el programa de asistencia financiera de solicitud de financiación crítica es un programa de uso único para asistencia con un gasto imprevisto que crea una dificultad financiera para un paciente con cáncer de páncreas. P.ej. reparaciones de vehículos, calentador de agua averiado, gastos funerarios, etc.
PROGRAMA DE AYUDA FINANCIERA PARA GASTOS ESENCIALES DE VIVIENDA: NPCF puede ayudar a pagar las facturas vencidas del paciente con cáncer de páncreas para incluir el alquiler/hipoteca y los servicios básicos, por un período de hasta 3 meses consecutivos.
Ayuda con asistencia financiera limitada (generalmente hasta alrededor de $2,000) para ayudar con el alquiler, los servicios públicos, la hipoteca y posiblemente otras facturas, incluidas las médicas. Mejor si Patricia completa la solicitud.
With the passage of the CARES Act, the federal government has incentivized charitable giving to organizations like Cancer Support Community North Texas. The following changes may be important for you to consider as you think about your charitable giving this year.
Significant charitable giving incentives in the CARES Act have been extended through 2021.
Taxpayers taking the standard deduction can claim a deduction of up to $300 (new for 2021, couples who are married, filing jointly can claim a deduction of up to $600) for cash contributions to charitable organizations like Cancer Support Community North Texas.
Typically, individuals can take a charitable deduction of up to 60% of their adjusted gross income (AGI) for cash gifts to charities. In 2021, the CARES Act allows individuals to deduct cash gifts up to 100% of their 2020 AGI. Deduction amounts above this limit may be carried over for up to five tax years.
For each donation made to Cancer Support Community North Texas through December 31st, we will add a special ornament to our community holiday tree in front of the Dallas Clubhouse! You can customize a message to go in your ornament with words of encouragement or the name of a loved one you would like to honor, celebrate, or remember this season. At the end of the season, our decorated tree will demonstrate the strength, warmth, and support of our generous community.
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Studies reveal over 22 million people missed cancer screening appointments due to pandemic
As National Cancer Prevention Month draws to a close, we want to highlight important topics and information surrounding cancer prevention. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic led to millions of missed annual cancer screenings – read on to learn more about what you can do to care and advocate for yourself. At the end of the post, watch our educational presentations published in February that focus on topics related to cancer prevention.
According to the studies – all revealing similar data – cancer screenings of the breast, colon, and cervix were down between 86-94% in March 2020 and screenings still remained 29-35% lower than pre-COVID levels by June 2020. Another more recent study (Oct. 2020) found that an estimated 22 million people had missed or cancelled their cancer screening appointments due to COVID-19 concerns.
Additionally, results of national CSC’s recent COVID-19 impact study of more than 500 cancer patients revealed that:
52% indicated that COVID-19 has very or somewhat negatively affected their ability to get needed health care
40% experienced a disruption to their cancer-related health care because of COVID-19
46% are somewhat, very, or extremely concerned about diagnostic tests being delayed or cancelled
“These numbers are staggering – and yet not surprising,” said CEO Mirchelle Louis of Cancer Support Community North Texas. “We’ve supported thousands of people along their cancer journey with significant fear of COVID-19 this year and expect that number to only increase in 2021 as people begin venturing back out and getting their screenings and treatments. Our message to cancer patients and their families: Please lean on us and take care of yourselves!”
5 Things You Can Do
Louis says there are 5 things every cancer patient – newly diagnosed or in treatment – can immediately do to take stock and ensure their mental and physical health is Priority #1:
Don’t miss your appointments and follow-ups – staying on top of these is crucially important and will also decrease anxiety and help preserve mental health
Seek out emotional and mental health support to accompany medical treatment – let CSCNT and others help
Dig deep into your nutrition – certain foods, like mushrooms and green leafy vegetables, have shown to greatly reduce cancer risk and boost immunity
Contact the Cancer Support Hotline with questions – anxiety and “the unknown” is affecting everyone right now, and cancer patients even more, this free hotline connects callers with support all week long
Take small health and wellness steps – meditation, yoga, gentle exercise are all proven to help the mind and body during a cancer journey
“I love CSCNT and owe it so much. I don’t think I would’ve made it through cancer or COVID-19 without it. When I’m with others facing the same situation, I’m not alone. If I didn’t have art and [emotional support] during my cancer, I would’ve had more anxiety and lacked the feeling of accomplishing something each day. Art is restful and healing – and it gives you something to look forward to,” said Fay Caldwell, a three-time cancer survivor and long-time member of CSCNT.
According to Louis, after suspending in-person services at the organization’s three clubhouses in Dallas, Collin and Tarrant counties on March 13, 2020, CSCNT accelerated its plan to move everything virtual not knowing how comfortable cancer patients and their families would be. “The more than 70,000 visits and views since the beginning of the pandemic say everything,” she said.
Louis says the organization will continue to expand and evolve programming to meet the need of its more than 5,000 members (membership is free to anyone who simply signs up indicating they need support.) “Our mission is to ensure cancer patients and their families get all of the support they need.”
Learn more about becoming a member of Cancer Support Community North Texas here!
Cancer Prevention Presentations
Throughout February, Cancer Support Community North Texas hosted several educational presentations focused on topics related to cancer prevention. Learn more about the steps you can take to prevent cancer in the following videos.
Nutrition & Cancer Prevention
Brush up on facts and myths about cancer prevention including sugar, soy, and alkaline diets from Tuesday Brooks, MBA, RDN, LD, and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and online cancer dietitian.
Disparities in African American Women with Breast Cancer
Learn about the disparities in breast cancer that exist among African American women as compared to other groups. Lucy B. Wallace, M.D., Breast Surgical Oncologist and Co-medical Director of the Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Center at Baylor’s Sammons Cancer Center, discusses current screening recommendations for African American women in high-risk categories as well as risk reduction strategies.
Hard for me to believe, but we are now well into the third year of T’ai Chi and Qigong classes with the Cancer Support Community, having started in April 2018. When we were actually in the Tarrant Clubhouse, students asked me a lot of questions like: how did you start doing this stuff, what is T’ai Chi (or Taiji) and what is Qigong? Now that we have been doing video/remote classes for a while, I miss the dialogue and the Q & A. So, I jumped right on the offer to provide some material to inform and perhaps prompt discussion.
How and why did you start doing this?
In 1998, my family and I were living in Brussels, Belgium and I had just retired from the US Air Force to take a demanding and stressful position with NATO. My wife and daughter had started taking T’ai Chi lessons on the advice of one of my daughter’s teachers. They (who had been enduring my stress on a daily basis) suggested that I attend a class with them. So, I went and was introduced to Master Li Changduo and Madame Hu Yang.
Master Li and Madam Hu had come to Belgium to do research at the University of Leuven. Jesuit missionaries had gone to China in the 16th century and brought back with them a trove of documents in Chinese. Many of these documents were rare, as most other copies had been destroyed over the centuries, in various conflicts and suppression of certain types of knowledge. Master Li studied Wushu (martial arts) for many years and he won national championships in Beijing in both 1980 and 1981 along with a well-known contemporary martial artist and movie star – Jet Li (no relation).
Madam Hu Yang told me she did not study martial arts as a child (in the 1960s), because if you learned family martial arts secrets and married outside your family those secrets might be revealed to outsiders. She learned her skills later at university and from Master Li.
Their classes appealed to me immediately.
We learned how to warm up and loosen the body with exercises like the Ba Duan Jin, or 8 Pieces of Brocade that I still teach today in my classes. We learned some fundamental Qigong techniques.
What is Qigong?
Qi is your vital life energy and gong means the cultivation or development of something; thus, practicing Qigong is the cultivation of your vital energy. Qigong practices date back thousands of years. In the US, Qigong (pronounced “chee gong”) is considered alternative medicine, but in China Qigong is an integral part of their health system.
How do we get Qi?
Well, some Qi is in our bodies from birth. More Qi enters our bodies through breath, food and drink, and through our skin; especially at certain gateways associated with acupuncture. We will cover some of those special gateways in class this year.
According to a book I recently read, there are over 10,000 different Qigong forms/sets of exercises. I teach a few of the forms that I feel are the most useful and interesting: especially Soaring Crane Qigong and the Five Animal Frolics along with the 8 Pieces of Brocade.
Other effective Qigong exercises are Clearing the Small Universe, the Microcosmic Orbit, Organ Strengthening Exercises, The Secret Smile, Boosting Your Wei Qi (protective Qi), Shaolin Finger Bending, Eight Sublime Channels meditation and Zhan Zhuang, which can be translated as Standing Like a Tree. Qigong is the great-great-great-great-great grandmother of Taiji.
What is T’ai Chi?
The full name of this art is T’ai Chi Quan (pronounced “tie-jhee-chwan”). The more current way of spelling it is Taijiquan, but I also use T’ai Chi because this spelling is more popular in the USA. Literally translated it means something like: Supreme Ultimate Fighting or Boundless Fist. Taijiquan is a Chinese martial art that has a documented 400-year history and some Chinese authors say Taijiquan was practiced over one thousand years ago. So, it has old roots. We use the shorter term T’ai Chi/Taiji to refer to practice with emphasis on movement and little or no emphasis on combat.
There are five major family styles: Chen, Yang, Wu, Hao and Sun. I teach mainly Yang family style, which is the second oldest Taiji style.
Taiji is characteristically slow, flowing and graceful. It combines Nature, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Martial Arts. What do we mean by that? Well, briefly, a lot of the movements used in Taiji, and Qigong for that matter, have animal names and come from observing the behavior of animals. Traditional Chinese Medicine comes into play with the flow of Qi and breathing. These first two parts are employed to enhance defensive and offensive moves that we call applications.
In my classes, we focus on the aspects of gentle movement, physical and mental exercise and Qi (energy) flow. There isn’t really that much difference between Taiji and Qigong, except your intent.
Join Ron live Tuesdays at 10am, either on Zoom or Facebook, to try out one of his T’ai Chi and Qigong classes! You can find our full calendar of events, here, and you can learn more about Cancer Support Community North Texas, here.
This year, the circumstances we’re in have changed the way we celebrate holidays and special occasions. The CDC has cautioned against holiday travel and large gatherings, and these restrictions have changed the way many families and friend groups will be celebrating (see the CDC holiday guidelines here). If your celebration looks different this year, try leaning in to the change and creating a new tradition! If you’re not serving your usual Thanksgiving feast, have some extra time, and want to try something new, try making a recipe from our Holiday Sides & Sweets series running on our Facebook Page this week.
Three of our presenters have provided recipes that are either healthy versions of classic Thanksgiving and holiday favorites or new recipes that you can add to your holiday table! We hope you will give them a try and that you have a very Happy Thanksgiving! You can download a pdf with the full recipes here:
Our first recipe comes from Dana Gerard with diginwithdana.com (learn more about each of our recipe contributors in the Holiday Sides & Sweets pdf). Dana has created a delicious walnut, date, and arugula salad with a basic lemon vinaigrette. This salad is an easy and light addition to any holiday meal. Feel free to customize this salad with your favorite combination of herbs. You won’t regret adding this colorful salad to your traditional favorites!
Our next recipe comes from Tuesday Brooks, MBA, RDN, LD. Tuesday is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and online cancer dietitian. Tuesday has put a healthy twist on a traditional holiday favorite: green bean casserole!
Our first dessert recipe in the series! Dana Gerard has created a crustless pumpkin pie for a lighter take on a traditional favorite! This pie can be served with whipped cream and cookies like gingersnaps or Nilla wafers or enjoyed on its own!
Dana shares a fast and easy yeast roll recipe that yields delicious rolls in about an hour! This recipe can be easily converted into a vegan side that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
If you’re looking for a delicious and colorful side, this recipe is for you! Tuesday Brooks provides a recipe for roasted brussels sprouts, cinnamon butternut squash, pecans, and cranberries that will make for a great Thanksgiving side!
Next up is a dessert that will give your oven a break! Tuesday provides the recipe for a crustless apple pie that you can prepare in a slow cooker. You can serve this with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or enjoy it by itself!
Dana is back with an incredibly easy dessert that will be the perfect addition to your holiday meal! These almond crackle cookies are only three ingredients and take 30 minutes total! These cookies are great for beginning bakers or to make with children.
Our final recipe comes from Rafia Heerji with honeylemonginger.com. In this video, Rafia makes an Indian dessert called Quinoa Laapsi. Laapsi is a Rajasthani sweet dish a very popular Indian dessert that is delicious and healthy. It is very common in the northern parts of India especially Gujrat. If you’re looking for a new dessert to add to your holiday meal, this quinoa laapsi is the recipe for you!
Happy Thanksgiving! However you are planning to celebrate this year, we hope these Thanksgiving crafts are a fun addition to your holiday. Check back each week for a new craft from the staff at Cancer Support Community North Texas.
Pinecone Turkey Decoration
This turkey craft is cute by itself or as an added decoration to your Thanksgiving table! You can watch a tutorial on our Facebook Page.
Supplies Needed: 1. Pinecones (rounder are better) 2. Feathers (or felt cut into feather shapes) 3. Felt (yellow and red) 4. Pom-poms (yellow) 5. Googly eyes or buttons 6. Scissors 7. Glue gun 8. Glue sticks
Step 1: Lay the pinecone on its side so it sits steadily on a flat surface and doesn’t roll around. Start prepping the feathers to go in the back of the pinecone by making a little cut through the shaft of the feather, about halfway up.
Step 2: Arrange the feathers in between the pinecone scales, varying the colors as you go. Make sure the feathers are cut to a good length so they’re not too tall for the pinecone. If the feathers are a little long, just trim them down to the size that you want.
Step 3: Keep going, row by row, until you are happy with how the feathers are placed. Once you’re happy with how they look, take them out and use a glue gun to place a small dab of hot glue at the bottom of each feather. Quickly and carefully place the feather back in its place on the pinecone. Use a toothpick to help you get the feather into place before the glue dries without burning your fingers! When you’re finished gluing the larger feathers to the back of the pinecone, start trimming the feathers that you will glue towards the front of the pinecone. The feathers should gradually taper in length, getting shorter towards the face of the turkey.
Step 4: Once you have the pinecone filled in with feathers, start making the turkey face! Grab a pom-pom and glue on some googly. Next, cut a small triangle out of a piece of scrap orange felt for the beak, then cut a wattle out of red felt. The wattle is skewed teardrop shape – rounded at the bottom with a thinner point at the top. Your beak and wattle don’t have to be perfect – this will make each turkey unique! Glue the wattle to the pom-pom, then glue the beak on top of the wattle to finish the face
Step 5: Glue your turkey face to your pinecone and decorate your house with some fun Thanksgiving decorations!
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By: Patricia Callahan, LMSW, Cancer Resource Specialist at Cancer Support Community North Texas
Open Enrollment is here. Now is a great time to compare plans to determine your potential medical expenses for the coming year. Below are some tips and suggestions when looking at the new plans for 2021.
1. How to understand the basics of an insurance plan.
a. Insurance can be very complex. Understanding how your insurance plan works is incredibly important. Triage Cancer is a great site to view animated short videos on how insurance works. b. Triage Cancer-Animated Videos
2. Will you still be in treatment for cancer in 2021?
a. Look at the out of pocket expenses of all plans to see what your potential expenses might be. The longer you are in treatment the more likely you will reach your out of pocket max.
3. HSA/FSA Accounts? Yes, this money does come out of your check but it can be a great way to access money pretax to pay your medical bills.
4. Affordable Health Care Plans
a. Open Enrollment datesNovember 1, 2020 to December 15, 2020. b. Make sure that once you have selected your plan you call the clinics to ensure that the plan is IN NETWORK for ALL of the doctors you want to maintain.
a. Open Enrollment: October 15- December 7. b. Switch from Medicare Advantage to Original Medicare or vice versa. c. Switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another. d. Switch from one Part D prescription plan to another. It is highly recommended that all beneficiaries use Medicare’s plan finder tool each year to compare the available Part D plans, as opposed to simply letting an existing drug plan auto-renew. e. Join a Medicare Part D plan (late-enrollment penalty might apply). f. Drop your Part D coverage altogether (re-enrolling in a later year will include a late-enrollment penalty if you’re not maintaining other creditable drug coverage). g. If you want to shop around with plans or have questions a good place to start is with your local Area Agency on Aging. They have certified navigators that can help you understand the health insurance plans. They can also help you determine if you qualify for any extra help programs. – Tarrant County Area Agency on Aging: (817) 258-8125 – Dallas County Area Agency on Aging: (214) 871-5065 – North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging: (800) 272-3921
6. For more information on Open Enrollment, please see:
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La inscripción abierta está aquí. Ahora es un buen momento para comparar los planes para determinar sus posibles gastos médicos para el próximo año. A continuación se presentan algunos consejos y sugerencias al examinar los nuevos planes para 2021.
1. Cómo entender los conceptos básicos de un plan de seguro.
a. El seguro puede ser muy complejo. Comprender cómo funciona su plan de seguro es increíblemente importante. Triage Cancer es un gran sitio para ver videos cortos animados sobre cómo funciona el seguro b. Videos Animados de Triage Cancer (para ver los subtítulos en español, haga clic en el botón “cc” en el video)
2. ¿Todavía estarás en tratamiento para el cáncer en 2021?
a. Mire a los máximo de gastos de su propio bolsillo de todos los planes para ver cuáles podrían ser sus posibles gastos. Si usted va a estar en tratamiento por un tiempo, es probable que alcance su máximo de gastos de su propio bolsillo
3. Cuentas de HSA / FSA? Sí, este dinero sale de su cheque, pero puede ser una gran manera de acceder al dinero antes de impuestos para pagar sus facturas médicas.
4. Planes de Affordable HealthCare
a. Fechas de inscripción abierta son el1 de noviembre de 2020 al 15 de diciembre de 2020 b. Asegúrese de que una vez que haya seleccionado su plan de llamar a las clínicas para asegurarse que el plan está EN LA RED para TODOS los médicos que desea mantener.
a. Fechas de inscripción abierta: del 15 de octubre al 7 de diciembre. b. Cambie de Medicare Advantage a Medicare Original o viceversa. c. Cambie de un plan Medicare Advantage a otro. d. Cambie de un plan de medicamentos recetados de la Parte D a otro. Se recomienda encarecidamente que todos los beneficiarios utilicen la herramienta de búsqueda de planes de Medicare cada año para comparar los planes de la Parte D disponibles, en lugar de simplemente permitir que un plan de medicamentos existente se renueve automáticamente. e. Inscríbase en un plan de la Parte D de Medicare. (Es posible que se aplique una multa por inscripción tardía). f. Elimine su cobertura de la Parte D por completo. (La reinscripción en un año posterior incluirá una multa por inscripción tardía si no mantiene otra cobertura de medicamentos acreditable). g. Si tiene preguntas, un buen lugar para comenzar es con su Agencia de Área local sobre el Envejecimiento. Ellos tienen navegadores certificados que pueden ayudarle a entender los planes de seguro de salud. También pueden ayudarle a determinar si califica para cualquier programa de ayuda adicional – Tarrant County Area Agency on Aging: (817) 258-8125 – Dallas County Area Agency on Aging: (214) 871-5065 – North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging: (800) 272-3921
6. Para obtener más información sobre la inscripción abierta, consulte: