November 18, 2008

Physical Activity and Quality of Life


Caitlin Love’s best friend was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when they were fourteen. For the last ten years, Caitlin watched her friend struggle with the emotional effects of this traumatic experience. She now has the hunch that with better follow up treatment, her friend’s negative effects could have been minimized, greatly improving her quality of life.

Talk about BFF: Now working on an M.A. in Exercise and Health Psychology at McGill, Caitlin, 24, is studying how exercise and physical activity can be used to improve the physical and emotional health of young adults with cancer.

We are always kvetching that researchers never give a damn about young adults with cancer: well now somebody does. Help Caitlin by answering an online survey. She is seeking those of you who have completed treatment for cancer within the last five years and are between 18-39 years of age. The survey can be accessed at: http://hbe.mcgill.ca/research.htm

I’ve declared this Everybody Wants You Week on my Everything Changes blog. Throughout the week I will post opportunities that show just how many researchers are barking up your tree for your cancer stories and experiences. If you know of other calls for survivors to participate in surveys and research, send them my way and I’ll post them here.

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  1. Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer Says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 9:18 AM

    Hi Kairol
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I am in awe of your projects to improve young cancer patients lives. I am an ‘older’ patient though I still think I am too young for cancer. Not fair, not fair.
    I am also a great believer in exercise to improve health, mood, etc. Of course it is easy for me to exercise now as I didn’t start chemo yet (currently recovering from 2 surgeries). We’ll see what I can do.
    I still haven’t developed an appreciation for opera even though I appreciate alot of Italian culture. I do hope to visit Italy again when I am finished with treatment.

    Keep up the good fight.
    Sue


  2. AngiDe- Nana's Box Says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    That is great! Thank you for letting us know about the survey. I’ll be sure to spread the news!

    Angie
    “Nana’s Box”


  3. AngiDe- Nana's Box Says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    That is great! Thank you for letting us know about the survey. I’ll be sure to spread the news!

    Angie
    “Nana’s Box”


  4. AngiDe- Nana's Box Says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    That is great! Thank you for letting us know about the survey. I’ll be sure to spread the news!

    Angie
    “Nana’s Box”


  5. Anonymous Says:
    November 18th, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Just dropping by to say that the Jane Fonda photo is classic.

    Also to say that you are encouraging me to exercise today.

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