If you’re like us, keeping up on the news of the day while staying at home is stressful and causing anxiety. The current reality is scary and uncertain. You are still in our daily thoughts, and we can get through this together.
In week two of our Safer-at-Home series get your body moving, escape to brave new places, eat some good food, and take time for yourself.
And from everyone at the Colon Cancer Coalition, please take care.
Music | Free Online Concerts
Each week National Public Radio (NPR) updates a list of live concerts in all musical genres that you can watch and enjoy for the comfort of home!
Relaxation | Wind River Relaxation CDs for download
Reduce stress, quiet your mind and help you drift off sleep.
Disc One includes an hour of easy to follow Guided Imagery tracks which are like mini-vacations! A Day at the Beach, Visit a Healing Waterfall, Walk in the woods with an Apple Orchard, and more!
Disc Two has 60 magical minutes of our creek sounds with seven heart soothing instrumental pieces that ‘float’ on top of the babbling water.
Virtual Tour | Good Housekeeping’s Top 30 Virtual Tours
Includes museums, zoos, aquariums, and theme parks!
Social Media | #ASonnetADay
Famed British actor Sir Patrick Strewart is working his way through Shakespear’s 154 sonnets by reading #ASonnetADay to viewers. Head to Twitter and search for @SirPatStew or #ASonnetADay.
YouTube | Life as a Cancer Survivor
In this YouTube Series, stage III colorectal cancer survivor Jelena Tompkins reflects back on her time as a patient, and covers topics like symptoms and diagnosis, to the side effects of treatments and surgeries, and how completing treatment doesn’t mean you’ll ever get your “normal life” back. She keeps it real and offers other patients honest insight into life with cancer.
Family Time | Virtual Disneyland Parade
Disney Parks may be closed, but Disneyland has made their parade virtual for all the watch and enjoy!
Podcast | Crime Junkie
Recommended by: Sarah DeBord, Communications and Program Manager
Recommended to me by a slew of friends who know my love of crime shows, I finally subscribed before a solo road trip and loved it. The 4 hours passed faster than ever, and I looked forward to my return trip and any chance I had to get in the car and listen after that. The host, Ashley Flowers, revisits cold cases and old cases, many from small towns you’ve never heard of and stories that never made national news. She also dissects some of the bigger cases that played out on national media, but strips them of speculation and inflammatory assumptions. Every show is diverse and the cadence of her storytelling keeps me coming back for more!
GRYT Health connects patients and caregivers to others with shared experience and to information relevant to their journey. Programs include the GRYT Health app where patients, survivors, and caregivers can connect to others with similar experiences, and to tailored information that helps users become more aware of options specific to needs or diagnosis.
All are welcome for the upcoming virtual Mental Health Summit on April 25. 100% free and 100% online. Registration required.
Cancer Wellness for Life | Summer Strength Challenge Week 2
Last summer we partnered with Get Your Rear in Gear – Kansas City grant recipient Cancer Wellness for Life to create a workout program focused just on cancer patients and survivors working to build strength and stamina. Each week some simple yet effective exercises are introduced by trainer Sami and Jerry Mansfield that can be done in your home with stuff you already have on hand.
The Cancer Support Center | Chair Yoga with Kelly and Cecily
Cancer Dietician | Energy Bites
Julie Lanford MPH, RD, CSO, LDN with Get Your Rear in Gear – Winston-Salem grant recipient Cancer Services offers nutrition help to cancer patients and survivors on how to eat well during and after treatment. Here is one of her latest recipes.
1 cup oats
1/3 cup coconut
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup chocolate chips or raisins (optional)
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Stir together ingredients. Use mini cookie scoop to scoop cookies onto cookie tray or ice cube tray. Place in freezer for 30 minutes to set, then put in container and store in fridge or freezer.
You can read more about nutrition and find more recipes from Julie at cancerdietician.com.