Session 2

  2019-20

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Audio interview with Mackenzi Pergolotti, Ph.D., OTR/L, director of research at ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation

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Mackenzi Pergolotti, Ph.D., OTR/L is the director of research at ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation and an adjunct professor at Colorado State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

As an occupational therapist, Dr. Pergolotti worked at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) developing programs aimed to better address the needs of multiple populations after a cancer diagnosis.

 

Learn more about ReVital and Dr. Pergolotti’s work at the website.

David Dashinger and his wife Tamara Green describe how they decided to engage in an epic journey after his Stage 4 cancer diagnosis. Their Loving Meditations app and waiting room TV streaming are available ( free and purchase options)

David's Book: Live Calm with Cancer is at his website aswell

TRAM Flap breast reconstruction is big surgery and may require rehab to manage pain and movement issues.

Denise Stewart, private OT, uses a single case to demonstrate how good assessments can guide treatment and outcomes.

Breast cancer survivor services and training are available

Massage after mastectomy

Maria Natera, a massage therapist, shows the location of muscles that can get tight after mastectomy.

Tight muscles can cause pain at the back of the shoulder and neck; it is worth understanding that the front muscles and scar may need attention. The sensation of pain and tightness may be less in the chest area but needs to be addressed.

Maria's muscle drawings on the skin are fascinating: Youtube channel

Do you have 30 mins today to try Alison Potts new free meditation: 

When You Can't Get It Out of Your Head: Strategies For Ruminators

This link will take you to Soundcloud with free access

Alison was a guest speaker at the 2019-19 Summit, she speaks of her meditation method here

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