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HEALTHY INSIGHTS

Being Present
Discover the benefits of practicing mindfulness

M

indfulness can be a
powerful tool for overcoming physical and
mental obstacles. Sarah
Sample is the regional professional
practice leader in Patient and Family
Counselling Services at BC Cancer.
She walks DISCOVERY through the
practice of mindfulness and the benefits involved.
DISCOVERY: Can you explain
what practicing "mindfulness" means?
SARAH: Mindfulness-Based
Stress Reduction, developed
by Jon Kabat-Zinn, is a systematic approach to being
in the present moment. It's
a way of being in a wise
and intentional relationship with oneself and with
others, and to connect with
what is most vital in our lives
with compassion, wisdom and
insight. Since its beginning in the
late 1970s, it's been applied in the

mainstream of
healthcare, education, business
and psychology.
Sarah Sample
Mindfulness
continues to be
extensively studied through clinical
research and neuroscience.
DISCOVERY: What are some of the
benefits of practicing mindfulness?
SARAH: People living with cancer
often experience intense emotional
upheaval, pain, uncertainty and loss
of sleep. Research demonstrates that
mindfulness practice can help to calm
the body and mind, increase awareness of our emotions and decrease
levels of stress, anxiety and pain.
DISCOVERY: Where can people find
more information?
SARAH: There are various relaxation
and mindfulness programs offered
through Patient and Family Counselling
Services at BC Cancer centres across
the province.

TAKE A MOMENT FOR YOURSELF
For information, visit bccancer.bc.ca/
health-info/coping-with-cancer.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BC Cancer - Fall 2017

BC Cancer - Fall 2017
Opening Thoughts
Contents
Healthy Insights
Why I Give
Researcher Profi le
Dr. Marco Marra says “now is the time”
Testing to prevent cancer in families
Counselling program helps families affected by cancer to cope
Legacy Giving
Regional Roundup
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BC Cancer - Fall 2017 - Contents
BC Cancer - Fall 2017 - Healthy Insights
BC Cancer - Fall 2017 - 5
BC Cancer - Fall 2017 - Why I Give
BC Cancer - Fall 2017 - Researcher Profi le
BC Cancer - Fall 2017 - Dr. Marco Marra says “now is the time”
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BC Cancer - Fall 2017 - 10
BC Cancer - Fall 2017 - Testing to prevent cancer in families
BC Cancer - Fall 2017 - Counselling program helps families affected by cancer to cope
BC Cancer - Fall 2017 - 13
BC Cancer - Fall 2017 - Legacy Giving
BC Cancer - Fall 2017 - Regional Roundup
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