7 Make-up Tips For Valentine’s Day During Breast Cancer Treatments

Valentine's Day Make-Up For Breast CancerBy: Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos, author and cancer survivor.

So, you have a hot date for St. Valentine’s Day. Great! Now, how do you face the overwhelming challenge of applying your old makeup techniques to your new treatment-face while in therapy? The beauty strategies you previously used went down the drain with your hair.

Now what?
How do you play up eyes that lack eyelashes for mascara, accentuate the arches of eyebrows which no longer exist, or find that dewy glow your skin lost during your last therapy?  How can you accept a date looking like “death warmed over?” Well, if you are reading this Death did not land, so keep going. Can you look beautiful during treatment? Yes you can!

Here are 7 tried-and-true make-up tips.
They will help you enjoy an unforgettable Valentine’s Day by rising above the challenge of beauty during treatment and looking down on the big picture of life despite treatment.  These tips are easy and quick enough to use for your date after a long day of therapy, every day during treatment, and beyond. You may never look exactly the same because you will look better.

Make-up can be a challenge during many therapies, but especially cancer treatment. 
No eyelashes or eyebrows to hold beauty products in place can make you want to give up before you start.  But as a three time breast cancer survivor, I learned a trick or two about beauty during treatment. These beauty tips will help you glow while you heal.

These techniques can be used with any products including organic ones available in most natural and health food stores and marketplaces.

  1. Your face is already dry from medications, long hours in over air-conditioned hospitals, and dehydrating treatment so you may choose to avoid face powder. It has a tendency to settle into cracks and, yes, crevices; the result of skin cell moisture loss.
  2. Use brown eyeliner to define your eyes and a lighter taupe eye shadow, applied with a small brush, to create eye brows. Large crayon eyeliner pencils are more moisturizing than powder, and easier to handle if your fingers are swollen, numb or tingling from neuropathy, a temporary condition of some chemotherapies. If power is still your tool of choice, wet the brush with water, dip it into the powder and then apply it to the eye area. It will keep less powder from irritating your eye’s dehydrate mucus membranes, and “set it”—   hold your make-up in place.
  3. Keep your cosmetics to a bare minimum and use tons of moisturizer. A drop of liquid make-up mixed with moisturizer creates a healthy glow. A drop of moisturizer mixed with cream blush, and applied to the apples of your cheeks will make you the apple of his eye. It will give you just the right amount of color to make you look naturally healthy. A fail-safe way to apply blush is to smile and your “apples” will stand out.
  4. Pink stick or gel blush on your cheeks, forehead and chin can give you a sun-kissed glow no matter what skin tone you have. Use colors that are close to your own natural skin tones.
  5. Sprayed your face with an atomizer of water to set your make-up. Small cans of Evian spray are available in department stores, or make your own “spritzer” by filling a spray bottle with purified water. Use it throughout the day to feel refreshed and to maintain that youthful dewy-glow.
  6. Lipstick or clear gloss finishes a healthy look, and moisturizes your lips.  There are many long lasting lipsticks on the market from which to choose.  Once applied, you won’t need a touch-up, even after eating. That little bit of color on your face can make such a difference.
  7. There is no make-up that can brighten your face like a smile. Beauty is only skin deep but your smile comes from the soul.  Practiced smiling in the mirror for ‘muscle memory’ and used it whenever you feel like a wet noodle. It will change more than your looks. It will change the vibration around you by pulling it into a higher healing frequency.

Don’t be surprised if your laughter attracts attention. A nurse may bring someone just starting their journey of healing over to you with the words, “Look at her, she’s glowing. See, it’s not so bad.”  Your glow is a beacon of light to others still searching in the darkness of crisis. Share your tips with them. Increase your healing light by giving it away.  This will make you even more beautiful—from the inside out. It is also a great way to do two powerful things at once; pay it forward to those still in need, and give back to the universe.

Sharing joy is universally empowering.  

Laughter and smiles go together like peanut and butter, and both are contagious. They are something you want to catch and give to patients who have a lowered resistance during treatment.  Laughter raises all vibrational levels within ear-shot, and gives you an inner-glow that shines through to the world with the message, “I’m still here. I’m more than a survivor. I’m a Thriver!” So give someone a smile, & laugh ‘till it heals with confidence, while you are on your Valentine’s Day date. And remember, Cupid is watching.

This information is from Kathleen’s book SURVIVING CANERLAND: Intuitive Aspects of Healing.  Watch for part two of this article series, A Valentine Date During Treatment: How to Make Sussessful Dinner Plans During Uncertain Times.

Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos Breast Cancer Authority ContributorKathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos- Intuitive Life Coach, survived three breast cancers missed by doctors but diagnosed by dreams & penned SURVIVING CANCERLAND: Intuitive Aspects of Healing. Kat is represented by Steve Allen Media. She’s a contributing author to many books including Kelly Sullivan Walden’s It’s All in Your Dreams. She’s a phone counselor for the R.A. BLOCH Cancer Foundation, Q&A Cancer Columnist for CapeWomenOnlineMagazine, “Dream Queen” for Wellness Woman 40 and Beyond, and Breast Cancer Authority, Radio Show Host, Inspirational Keynote Speaker, PATHEOS & BreastCancerYoga Blogger & OM Times Magazine Contributor.  Follow her on her social media sites from her websites@   www.SurvivingCancerland.com & www.AccessYourInnerGuide.com

2015 Predictions: Counting Green Sheep in Dreams, Health, Wealth and Your Love Life

 

2015 Prediictions From Breast Cancer Authority Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos

Quote: “In order to effectively battle crisis, you must get in touch with your inner-selves and work together toward the goal of survival.” ~Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos/author

By Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos, TV Producer/Host and Author/Lecturer of the International bestselling book, Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing .

Life is full of obstacles, but we are never given a challenge that is too difficult to overcome. During hard times do you ever pray for help? The answers to your prayers may be in your dreams.

Dreams can be daydreams; moments when your mind wanders to a beach beyond time and space and wades in the waters of Universal Wisdom from the Ocean of Gnosis. There, we receive answers from our Higher Power.

As a three-time breast cancer survivor whose dreams diagnosed illness missed by the medical community and the tests on which they relied, I understand the importance of dreams, female intuition and Inner-guidance, which diagnosed my stage-four breast cancer recurrence. That is as lucky as winning the lottery three times in a row. Luck had little to do with it. Divine intervention did. I learned that the power of science goes so far, and then comes our Higher Power. Science is a gift from our higher power. And each new year is another gift.

Out with the old Chinese 2014 Horse and in with the new 2015 symbol; Green Wooden Sheep. The first day of Green Wooden Sheep is February 4, 2015. Chinese New Year Day is on February 19, China Standard Time. The Year 2015 is the 4712th Chinese Year.

2015 will be an Inner-guidance turning point for many people. If you were lucky in the past two years, then you will maintain your achievements. If you were unlucky the last two years, 2015 brings the opportunity to create your future. This is because Sheep contains the Female Earth, which grows plants, and helps to create something from nothing. 2015 is all about teamwork. Sheep were born 1931-02-17—1932-02-05.

Numerology: 2015 is an 8-Year. 8 will manifest the physical world. 8 is the infinity sign standing at attention, which makes for limitless possibilities concerning answers to dreams, prayers and meditations.

What does the 2015 Inner Guidance Horoscope hold for you and your loved ones? What dreams of health, wealth and love do you share? During challenging times that question your resolve, Your Power Word may hold the key to an answer. Stand in your power.

Aries- (3/21-4/19) Your Power Word: Creativity

Negative: Health; Positive: Destiny
Beware: Negativity
Lucky Numbers: 5; Season: Spring; Element: Fire;
Embrace: Color: Blue; Foods: Cauliflower; Direction: South
Inner Guidance- Playing Card: Clubs; Tarot Card: Wands
Changes are in store for Aries. Everything is going as planned, but others may interfere. Sunny days are ahead for your finances. Your career takes a downward turn but diligence saves it. Your love life gets better than you ever imagined.

Taurus- (4/20-5/20) Your Power Word: Wealth

Negative: Expenses
Positive: Family
Lucky Numbers: 6; Season: Fall; Element; Earth
Beware: Workers
Embrace: Color: Red; Direction: North; Food: Rice
Inner Guidance- Playing Card: Diamonds; Tarot Card; Pentacles:
Taurus finds a friend in technology. Maintain stability with family. Allow solitude in your life. Time alone helps you recharge. 2015 looks stable in wealth. Love interests flourish.

Gemini- (5/21-6/20) Your Power Word: Challenge

Negative: Over excitement; Positive: Decisions
Lucky Numbers: 11; Season: Winter; Element: Air
Beware: tricksters
Embrace: Color: Yellow; Direction: East; Food: Sour
Inner Guidance- Playing Card: Spades; Tarot Card: Swords
Gemini, your finances improve. Opportunity falls into your lap. Stay focused. Do not let others distract you from new ventures. Your love life presents challenges concerning an established friendship. Let go of grudges.

Cancer- (6/21-7/22) Your Power Word: Love

Positive: Think; Negative: excitement
Lucky Numbers: 12; Season: Summer; Element: Water
Beware: business
Embrace: Color: Blue; Direction: West; Food: Cold products
Inner Guidance- Playing Card: Harts; Tarot Card: Cups
Cancer, confidence strengthens as you tackle issues and attract a new love interest. Stop taking life so seriously, your health for granted and rediscover dreams. You are capable of more than you know.

Leo- (7/23/8/22) Your Power Word: Action

Positive: Logic; Negative: Arrogance
Lucky Numbers: 9; Season: Spring; Element: Fire
Beware: Older man
Embrace: Color: Green; Direction: South; Food: Bitter
Inner Guidance- Playing Card: Clubs; Tarot Card: Wands
Leo, your hard work pays off. Finances and health improves when your career gets a boost. Your fire element makes you passionate about projects. Beware of those who take advantage of your kindness. Your Inner-guidance helps a family member in crisis.

Virgo-(8/23-9/22) Your Power Word: Health

Negative: Hesitation; Positive: Confidence
Lucky Number: 10; Season: Fall; Element: Earth
Beware: Over excited
Embrace: Color: Red; Direction: East; Food: Green
Inner Guidance- Playing Card: Diamonds; Tarot Card: Pentacles
Virgo, your calm demeanor will be tested in 2015. You possess the innate ability to collect facts using Inner-guidance. Brush up on your anger management skills because you’ll need them. As finances improve Cupid favors you.

Libra- (9/23-10/22) Your Power Word: Thought

Positive: Health; Negative: Decisions
Lucky Numbers: 3; Season: Winter; Element: Air
Beware: Close friend
Embrace: Color: Red; Direction: North; Food: Bitter
Inner Guidance- Playing Card: Spades; Tarot Card: Swords
Libra, 2015 presents both reward and challenge due to your indecisive nature. Stand in your power and speak your truth. Relax concerning finances. Find your inner-artist and set yourself free. Your dislike of confrontation causes problems in love.

Scorpio- (10/23-11/21) Your Power Word: Emotion

Negative: Anger; Positive: Win
Lucky Numbers: 4; Season: Summer; Element: Water
Beware: Driving
Embrace: Color: Blue; Direction: West; Food: spicy
Inner Guidance- Playing Card: Hearts; Tarot Card: Cups
Scorpio, you gain respect when your Inner-guidance handles a life crisis with integrity. An opportunity you’ve been carefully planning will present itself in a way you never expected. Be alert to love clues in dreams.

Sagittarius- (11/22-12/21) Your Power Word: Passion

Negative: Impatience; Positive: Sustainability
Lucky Numbers: 1; Season: Spring; Element: Fire
Beware: Family
Embrace: Color: White; Direction: South; Food: Green products
Inner Guidance- Playing Card: Hearts; Tarot Card: Cups
Sagittarius, your enthusiasm is infectious. The last few years have tested you. You proved yourself during times that seemed unfair. Pluto, the planet of transformation, has been remodeling your life and guiding you. By summer finances improve, as do chances for love.

Capricorn- (12/22-1/19) Your Power Word: Physical

Negative: Pride; Positive: Perseverance
Lucky Number: 6; Season: Fall; Element: Earth
Beware: Addictions
Embrace: Color: Red; Direction: North; Food; Leafy
Inner Guidance- Playing Card: Diamonds; Tarot Card: Pentacles
Capricorn, you will continue to amaze yourself and gain respect from colleagues. Your close relationship with family cause health issues from worry. In love, Inner-guidance urges you take chances. The outcome is a positive surprise.

Aquarius: (1/20-2/18) Your Power Word: Observation

Negative: Pride; Positive: Perseverance
Lucky Number: 6; Season: Winter; Element: Air
Beware: Love.
Embrace: Color: Yellow; Direction: East; Food: red items
Inner Guidance- Playing Card: Spades; Tarot Card: Swords
Aquarius, things will rarely be dull in 2015. Manage life’s roller-coaster ride. Your soul needs to be fed, your body needs to relax and your mind needs to unwind. Seek Inner- guidance in dreams. Make emotional connections for love to survive.

Pisces- (2/19-3/20) Your Power Word: Empathy

Negative: Emotions; Positive: Confidence
Lucky Number: 4; Season: Summer; Element: Water
Beware: contracts
Embrace: Color: Brown; Direction: South; Food: greens
Inner Guidance- Playing Card: Hearts; Tarot Card: Cups
Pisces, 2015 will be about growth. Adaptation will be a running theme. Your instincts are highly developed so trust Inner-guidance. Change is in the air with respect to love and career. You’ve earned a long-awaited get-a-way. Enjoy it!

A New Year resolution involves giving up something to improve your life. For 2015 choose to add Inner-guidance. Start with a dream journal or recording device beside your bed.

Now that you are aware of 2015’s endless possibilities, please join me for more information on accessing your Inner –guidance for a life filled with peace of mind. Discover your dream language, identify the 7 types of dreams, and experience 6 ways to remember them. Find priceless pearls of wisdom in dreams created by the sands of time. Perhaps those pearls are the answers to your prayers.

Remember, we were all born with Guardian-angels and Spirit-guides. We are their job and they take that job seriously. Dreams are doorways to Inner-guidance where your ET (Eternal Teacher) phones home for help during difficult times. Miraculously, someone always answers the call.

3 Ways to Access Your Dreams & Surviving CancerlandAbout The Author: Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos believes dreams diagnose & guide your life. Did you have adeja-vu or dream come true? Kat survived three cancers diagnosed by dreams. International Bestselling Author, Dream Expert, Keynote Speaker, TV/Radio Producer/Host of Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod, Columnist, & Cancer Counselor: she’s featured on radio, in magazines & newspapers, Every Way Women TV, & Walking Universe documentary. SURVIVING CANCERLAND: Intuitive Aspects of Healing is her first of four book series on walking up to dreams that diagnose life. Kat taught Special Education & Psychology at (USF). http://www.AccessYourInnerGuide.com http://www.SurvivingCancerLand.com

Surviving Cancer & Depression: 4 Steps to Success (Part 2)

Surviving Cancer and Depression; 4 Steps To SuccessBy: Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos, International Bestselling Author, Breast Cancer Blogger & Cancer Hotline Counselor.

In part one of this article Depression is Deadlier than CANCER?: 7 Ways to Survive Treatment, we explored depression and cancer.

The recent suicide of actor Robin Williams has brought life and death associated with depression into our hearts and homes. It has deeply touched our lives and left us with many unanswered questions.  For those of us not suffering from depression, it was a surprise. For those of us touched by depression it was a wake-up call. For the whole world, it was a cry for help and a call to action.

Here are more facts and figures that may surprise and alarm you.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental illness is very common. One in five Americans aged 16-85 experience some form of mental illness in any year. Suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for all ages. According to (WHO), every year over 800,000 people die from suicide. That is an alarming statistic.

The most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorder. These three types of mental illnesses often occur in combination. For example, a person with an anxiety disorder could also develop depression, or a person with depression might misuse alcohol or other drugs, in an effort to self-medicate. A third combination would be incompatible pharmaceuticals that exacerbate mental illness during treatment for a physical illness.

One in two people or half the population in the world will suffer from some form of mental illness in their lifetime. One in three people will come down with some form of cancer in their lifetime. More people will have mental illness than cancer.

Cancer, like depression and many other diseases that were once considered terminal, is no longer a death sentence. It may take time and a team of experts to formulate a treatment that works for all diseases that plague our minds and bodies, but that help is available.  Knowing your options is paramount to being successful in health. The internet is a great way to connect with other patients, groups and organizations and to research information and success stories.

Success is possible.

Long-term follow-up procedures during and after any health related treatments are extremely important for keeping all diseases under control or cured.

Here are 4 steps to ensure personal success over depression during health treatments.

  1. Be an active part of your treatment team.
  2. Show up.
  3. Follow through.
  4. Focus on success.

It was not that long ago that many diseases now controllable such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, diabetes, blood pressure and heart disease were considered incurable. Now, stories of treatment success far outnumber the stories of failure. Many patients live with or beyond disease.  Decide to become one of the success stories.

Since the suicide of Robin Williams, the illness of depression has been in the news and on the minds of many cancer patients. Unfortunately, cancer and depression go together like peanut and butter. The pharmaceutical cocktail of anti-depression medication and chemotherapy can become a hair-raising roller coaster ride, if you have any hair left after chemo.

As an R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation Hotline Counselor, I mentor woman newly diagnosed with cancer who seek help through the HOTLINE’s center by calling 1-800-433-0464 and I’m pleased to say that I’ve seen a rise in the number of women talking about their depression.

Yes, you read that last line correctly

Keeping depression a secret is deadly.

Talking about depression brings a dark controlling force into the light where it can be seen and conquered. Trying to overcome depression that is kept a secret is like trying to fight an enemy that is an expert at hiding. It is shooting in the dark.

Being ashamed of depression is like being ashamed of having the flue. It’s not your fault that you have it. You did not deliberately go out and try to acquire any of these diseases.

Like life, sh#t happens. Find it. Fix it!

We are also learning that certain people are genetically predisposed to certain diseases. We are often not aware of that fact until certain tests are preformed when symptoms are displayed. Once test information is shared with us our lifestyle can be adjusted accordingly and our health monitored.

Life goes on. Statistics have proved that unhealthy diets and lifestyles can exacerbate an existing illness like cancer and depression. My book, Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing addresses this in chapter 35, The Finish Line and Depression.

There is also evidence that living a healthy lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet, plenty of exercise and good sleep and work habits and can decrease the chances of acquiring certain diseases like cancer and depression, keep them under control if they do occur, or from returning once they are cured. Ways to change diet and lifestyle are discussed in my book, Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing.

We’ve come a long way, Baby. Health care is not perfect, but it is improving and we have the statistics to prove it. Focus on that during times of trouble.

Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos Breast Cancer Authority ContributorBIO: Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos believes dreams diagnose your life. Did you have a déjà- vu or did your dream come true? Kat survived three cancers diagnosed by her dreams. International bestselling author, inspirational speaker, radio-host, columnist, blogger, Cancer Hotline Counselor; she has been featured on radio and TV, in magazines and newspapers, SURVIVING CANCERLAND: Intuitive Aspects of Healing is the first in her three book series on waking up to healing dreams. Kat taught Special Education and Psychology at (USF) University of South Florida.www.AccessYourInnerGuide.com  www.SurvivingCancerLand.com

Depression is Deadlier than CANCER?: 7 Ways to Survive Treatment (Part 1)

Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos Interview

Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos – R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation Hotline Counselor

By Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos, Cancer Hotline Counselor and Author of SURVIVING CANCERLAND: Intuitive Aspects of Healing .

Today, a statement made by a woman I mentor shocked me into silence. It also made me realize how devastating and emotionally defeating depression is as a mental illness.  No wonder Robin Williams chose to take his life rather than continue in a state of illness he felt was incurable.  His lonely death left us with many unanswered questions.

However, according to The World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, Robin Williams was not alone because mental illness is very common. One in five Americans aged 16-85 experience some form of mental illness in any year. According to WHO, lifetime prevalence rates for any kind of psychological disorder are higher than previously thought. This may be because people suffering from psychological disorders tend to keep them a secret either out of shame, fear, or their inability to communicate their symptoms to practitioners. These disorders are increasing in recent cohorts and affect nearly half the population.  Suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for all ages.

Every year, over 800.000 people die from suicide. This is an alarming statistic.  

One in two people or half the population in the world will suffer from some form of mental illness in their lifetime. One in three people will come down with some form of cancer in their lifetime. More people will have mental illness than cancer.

The most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorder. These three types of mental illnesses often occur in combination. For example, a person with an anxiety disorder could also develop depression, or a person with depression might misuse alcohol or other drugs, in an effort to self-medicate.  A third combination would be incompatible pharmaceuticals that exacerbate  mental illness during treatment for a physical illness. This was brought to my attention by the following story.  As an R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation Hotline Counselor, I mentor woman newly diagnosed with cancer who seek help through the HOTLINE’s center by calling 1-800-433-0464. The conversation I had today saddened me beyond words.

A woman recently diagnosed with stage 4 triple-negative breast cancer, a formidable form of  cancer, shared her sad story:

 “I was just released from a week long stay in the hospital after trying to commit suicide. I could not help myself. I have been dealing with severe depression most of my adult life and the Adriamycin/Cytoxan chemotherapy I began taking two months ago made it worse. My husband found me unconscious in the morning after I had swallowed seventy-five pills during the night when I got up to use the bathroom. I don’t remember doing that. I always remembered trying to kill myself before. This time I had no memory of it. ”

This was chemo-brain in action. Chemo-brain is a result of the chemotherapy on brain synapses and memory. It is described in my book, Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing in chapter 31,Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll.

I asked her if she had attempted suicide because she felt she could not recover from the triple negative stage-four breast cancer.   “Oh, no. I know cancer is curable. Depression is not.  And I don’t want to live depressed anymore.”

That statement made me realize just how depressing depression truly is. When a patient facing advanced aggressive cancer is not afraid to die with cancer but afraid to live with depression, something needs to be done about how our society tackles BOTH illnesses because cancer treatment often triggers deep depression in patients who do not have a history of mental illness. Imagine what it does to those who are already battling it when the chemotherapy cocktail of pharmaceuticals mix with anti-depression medications. The result is an emotional roller-coaster-ride beyond comprehension.

This CancerLand ride is the focus of chapter 33 in my book.

If you are already prone to depression, or perhaps you are taking anti-depression medication or ever took medication for depression and are facing cancer treatment, here are 7 things you can do to survive depression while getting well.

1.Tell your oncologist about your previous experiences with depression, even if they are no longer an issue in your life.

2. Ask your oncology medical team for the name of a psychiatrist at your treatment center so that everyone can be informed about your emotional progress during treatment.

3. Journal your emotional journey during treatment to help you be aware of your progress during times of depression. This can be a light at the end of the tunnel.

4. Share your journal with your therapist or psychologist so they can monitor your emotions and watch for “red flags” or troubling behaviors before they become a dire situation. Creating an online journal will be easy to email to your therapist.

5. Most depression during treatment occurs five to seven days after chemotherapy. Do not be alone during those times. If you do not have someone to stay with, be sure to check in with your therapist often.

6. Have a family member or friend remove or hide all dangerous pharmaceuticals that you are not currently taking from your home during treatment.

7. Stay connected to your Higher-Power and belief system through dreams, prayers and meditation. This can be a guiding light in your hours of darkness.

Cancer AND depression are curable. Some medical practitioners prefer to say that cancer patients, after successfully completing treatment are in remission. They believe that with proper lifestyle adjustments that include a healthy diet and outlook on life, the cancer will remain in remission. Others prefer to say, “You’re cured!”  The same holds true for depression. The treatment regimen of finding medications that work at proper doses may not be easy, but the alternative is less so.  After surviving cancer three times, 15 and 10 years ago respectively I always say, “I’m cured.”  Join me and celebrate life.   In part 2 of this article titled Surviving Cancer & Depression: 4 Steps to Success we will discuss ways  to survive cancer and depression.

Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos Breast Cancer Authority ContributorBIO: Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos believes dreams diagnose your life. Did you have a déjà-vu or did your dream come true? Kat survived three cancers diagnosed by her dreams. International bestselling author, inspirational speaker, radio-host, columnist, blogger, Cancer Hotline Counselor; she has been featured on radio and TV, in magazines and newspapers, SURVIVING CANCERLAND: Intuitive Aspects of Healing is the first in her three book series on waking up to healing dreams. Kat taught Special Education and Psychology at (USF) University of South Florida. http://www.AccessYourInnerGuide.com   http://www.SurvivingCancerLand.com

5 Ways to Enter Your Sacred Dream Doors For Health Information

Enter Your Sacred Dream Door For Breast Cancer HealingBy: Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos- International bestselling author, SURVIVING CANCERLAND: Intuitive Aspects of Healing, 3x Breast Cancer Survivor whose dreams diagnosed cancer.

Your dreams are the doorways to a parallel universe where passed over loved ones, guardian angels and spirit guides can speak with you. These conversations can take place using words or pictures and signs from the language of Universal Symbolism, and your own dream language.

Your personal dream language can be confusing. You may feel much like Alice from Wonderland  in Lewis Carroll’s book Through the Looking-Glass’s when she encountered the frightening Jabberwocky in the forest. Alice could not see the forest for the trees and could not completely understand the Jabberwocky for the words. Alice understood enough words to know there was an important message for her in the frightening dreamscape.

Nightmares are always an important message that can lead us out of the dark.

That is often the case in your dream world-your dreamscape. The information can help you find your way out of the deep dark woods of Cancerland, but first you must understand the dream language.

That is part of the challenge of finding your way through the Sacred Doors of your Dream World filled with information and guidance for a better and more fulfilled life.

These sacred doors connect you with your innate Spirit-guides. You are born with them. You are their job and they take that job seriously.

When you are in crisis of any kind that includes but is not limited to; health, wealth or relationships, those sacred doors are always open. The only way they can close is if you choose to shut them.

If you feel your doors are not open and therefore you do not receive the information you need to live your life purpose, circumnavigate the torturous  waters of an emotional storm, receive guidance on a life threatening illness or live your life to the fullest, just ask for the sacred doors to open and you will receive.

Your request will be heard and answered. It is the Universal Law.

Connecting with your Spirit Guides is as easy as one, two, three.

Here are five strategies for doing so.

1.) Set your intention to the Universe, because it is always listening. Tell the Universe that you wish to meet your Spirit guides in your dreams tonight.
 
2.) Write your intention on a piece of paper and place it beneath your pillow. You are acting out the requested event by taking an abstract idea (meeting your guides) and making it concrete (writing)  by putting it on a piece of paper. You are taking an idea from the fourth dimension and bringing it into the third dimension of existence. You are connecting these parallel universes with your written intention.
 
3.) Now, “sleep on your intention.”  Sleeping  on it is a more than a play on words. It is the key to opening the Sacred Doors to answers within the dream world. Everyone has access to these Sacred Doors.
 
4.) In the morning, write down your dream in your dream journal. If you don’t have a dream journal, go to www.SurvivingCancerland.com and download the FREE guidebook in the right-side column. Put the dream journal pages in a note book binder beside your bed. (Replenish the pages when you need more.) Use the free dream journal pages as your own personal dream journal.
 
5.) Watch for the people, animals and plants in your dream. Underline them and write your feelings about them. What did they say to you? What colors did you see during the dream.
 
You may have just met some of your guides.  Now, watch for the validation during the day that verifies that your dream was guidance. Validation is very personal. You will know immediately when you get it. You will feel like you have just experienced an “Ah-ha” moment.
 
Meeting your Spirit guides and guardians will be a positive turning point in your life. It will be the beginning of the next phase of your life-purpose-journey toward your destiny. This is a path you will only travel once in this life time, so enjoy every step of it and remember to smell, the flowers, listen to the animals and walk with the guides in your dreams.
(this excerpt is from Kat’s free Dream Guidebook on her website @www.AcessYourInnerGuide.com )
 
Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos- International bestselling author, SURVIVING CANCERLAND: Intuitive Aspects of Healing, 3x Breast Cancer Survivor whose dreams diagnosed cancer, Syndicated Radio Host,  Intuitive Dream Life Coach,  speaker, & “go-to authority” on Survivor- to-Thriver in Health, Wealth & Relationships.  Kat presents at Medical and Life Expos, Radio Shows, Health Events, Magazines, & TV.

 

“Surviving Cancerland” Review & Giveaway

Surviving Cancerland Breast Cancer Authority BestsellerBy Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Surviving Cancerland
Intuitive Aspects of Healing
by Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos

“Surviving Cancerland” Book Review

Surviving Cancerland is Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos’ account of how she learned to stand in her power and speak her truth during a life crisis by connecting with her physician-within through dreams, meditations, and prayer. Believing in her intuition, Kathleen used it to self-advocate a course of cancer treatment in her healing process, often needing to persuade her doctors to cooperate with her. “Don’t tell your Higher Power how big your problems are,” Kathleen says. “Tell your problems how big your Higher Power is!”

Kathleen believes you should work with your doctors, financiers, coworkers, bosses, and family, but never forget that you must make the final decisions. She hopes her story can help you make better choices, live a more fulfilling life, and discover your destiny.

Book Giveaway Details

Like Kathleen’ O’Keefe-Kanavos’s book? You can have one, too!  Kathleen has generously agreed to give away a “Surviving Cancerland – Intuitive Aspects of Healing” ($14.95 value) to one lucky reader.  All you have to do is leave a comment below with your email address so we may notify the winner of our Breast Cancer Authority Bestseller Giveaway.  On Sunday June 1st. we will randomly select a commenter to receive one book, signed by the author.We will announce the winner on the Breast Cancer Authority Blog and on our Breast Cancer Yoga Facebook page.

 

An Easter Love Letter to YOU: 7 Steps to Embrace Personal Progress & Rise Above Emotional Blockage

Easter Egg Love Letter For Breast Cancer Recovery

 

BY: Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos is a published author, SURVIVING CANCERLAND: Intuitive Aspects of Healing.

Easter can be difficult to celebrate when you are in or recovering from cancer treatment.
It is hard to fake happy after the loss of a lifestyle, friend or family to this disease. But remember, if you are reading this, YOU are a WINNER. Let’s celebrate! Take the first tiny step with a Love Letter to YOU.

Easter is a time of renewal that also manifests in our lives.
A new day is a new beginning, and can often be a dream-come-true.

When was the last time you dreamed of success?
The egg is the Universal Symbol of the promise of the continuation of life. Each day is progress in this life-time. Yet, it is so easy to ignore all the positive things you have accomplished and focus on what still needs to be done to feel fulfilled.

Fulfillment is a mind-set.
Fulfillment is a state of thinking that manifests itself into a state of being—mind over matter. As human beings, we must be in the moment to see our past accomplishments.

Accomplishments are the result of challenges.
During your most trying moments, what was the “cross you had to bear”?  Take a second to remember it. Now, focus on how you have risen above it?  Next, imagine being handed an ornamental egg painted in your favorite colors.  Lift the top of the egg.  Peek inside.  See the gift left behind by the challenge.  This achievement is proof that you are a winner. That egg with it’s gift inside are a promise for a new day. Time for the next step— thanking your Inner-winner.

Focus on rising above the strife in a Love Letter to Yourself.
Writing can help you be in the moment of triumph by putting abstract emotions into concrete words. You will celebrate with your inner-selves; those incredible aspects of yourself that you may not be aware of, but are always there for you. As you write, they will be reading the love letter through the windows of your soul—your eyes.

By focusing on your accomplishments, your mind is set to create more positive results.
Your thoughts and memories can also bring to light your life-purpose and help you stay on the correct path to your Life Destiny.

Here are 5 steps to write your Easter Love Letter to Yourself:

1.) Remember—You may be holding the pen, but Inner Wisdom is guiding the words. Let them flow.

Although a hand written letter may be more therapeutic, a typed one works well, too.  The importance is not in HOW you connect with yourself but THAT you connect with yourself.

An Easter Love Letter to You is a simple letter to all the inner aspects of yourself — Inner Wisdom, Inner Knowing, Spirit, God, or the Higher Power of your choice.  Your letter can be addressed to any name that resonates with you.

2.) Start with a phrase of gratitude, Mantra, or Blessing at the top of your letter.

Write a phrase or mantra that has power for you. This is your letter heading.

It can be acknowledgment of your Inner Winner. Acknowledging gratitude is one of your most powerful healing and connecting energies. Your mantra/phrase will reflect that principle. If you do not have a personal phrase of gratitude, borrow one that most resonates with you.

3.) Today’s Date –Dating your letter helps ground you in the moment while you visit the past. The past is a great place to visit.  But, don’t live there.

4.)  Salutation – Dear, your name, or Inner Winner, etc.   Address the letter to whomever feels right to you. Imagine sending a  private message or group email to all your best friends.  This can be one, many, or all your Inner-people who are responsible for helping you succeed.

5.)  The Body of the Letter Write whatever feels right to you. Let it all out, but try to start and end on a positive note.  You may want to start with:

“Thank you for all you have done for me.”

6.)  Sign your name. Feel free to use a name you can embrace as the new you rather than your given name. The Love Letter is to you. You’ll get it.

 

If you need more guidance for your letter, use my example of what your Easter Love Letter might look like and fill in the blanks:
“I am grateful for any opportunity to connect with my Inner-winner.”

April, 9 Day, 2014

Dear Inner Winner,

Thank you for all you have done for me.

I remember when ____________________________________

Then you helped me _________________________________

We worked together by _______________________________

Now, these positive things have happened to manifest the promise of a wonderful future ______

Love,

(sign your name) Super Kat

 

7.) What to do with your Love Letter. You may either save the letter and read it whenever you need to reconnect with your Inner-winner, or you may perform a ritualistic act of sharing.

If you  save it, put it in a place that is easily accessible, like your wallet. Take it out and read it when you need it.

Send it to yourself in a personal email, or post it on a blog where your love and gratitude can be shared with many.

Burning is a ritual act of sharing. It uses fire to cleanse away any residual negativity and allows smoke to carry the message of gratitude to your Higher Power.  The ashes left behind will be fertile ground for new positive thoughts and deeds just like the mythical bird the Phoenix.

Your letter will be like the egg from mythical Phoenix.

This mythical bird exemplified in the movie Harry Potter, turns to ashes on dying and is reborn from the same ashes. This ability to rise again from ashes implies immortality, just like the love in your letter.

So, take a minute out of this busy time before the Easter Holiday to reflect on what you have done to leave a positive foot-print on someone’s heart or in the sands-of-time. Find that hidden gift in the form of an egg-of-love in your mind.  Write it in a love letter to YOU because you deserve it.

Then watch for answers and validation from your Inner-winner in your dreams.

 

Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos Breast Cancer Authority ContributorKathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos is a published author, SURVIVING CANCERLAND: Intuitive Aspects of Healing (Cypress House, Jan 2014) http://tinyurl.com/p7cjfxa, survived three breast cancers diagnosed  by her dreams, Intuitive Dream Coach, & R.A. BLOCH Cancer Foundation Hotline Counselor, Radio host, blogger and columnist for magazines. Kat presents at Expos, Radio Shows, Health Events, Magazines, & TV. She’s represented by Steve Allen Media. Learn more @http://www.SurvivingCancerLand.com/

 

 

 

Celebrating Valentine’s Day During Treatment: 7 Tried-and-True Make-up Tips

Be In Love With Your Life

“The key to beauty is learning something new and then applying it to your life.”
Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos/author and cancer survivor

So, you have a hot date for St. Valentine’s Day. Great! Now, how do you face the overwhelming challenge of applying your old makeup techniques to your new treatment-face while in therapy? The beauty strategies you previously used went down the drain with your hair.

Now what?
How do you play up eyes that lack eyelashes for mascara, accentuate the arches of eyebrows which no longer exist, or find that dewy glow your skin lost during your last therapy?  How can you accept a date looking like “death warmed over?” Well, if you are reading this Death did not land, so keep going. Can you look beautiful during treatment? Yes you can!

Here are 7 tried-and-true make-up tips.
They will help you enjoy an unforgettable Valentine’s Day by rising above the challenge of beauty during treatment and looking down on the big picture of life despite treatment.  These tips are easy and quick enough to use for your date after a long day of therapy, every day during treatment, and beyond. You may never look exactly the same because you will look better.

Make-up can be a challenge during many therapies, but especially cancer treatment. 
No eyelashes or eyebrows to hold beauty products in place can make you want to give up before you start.  But as a three time breast cancer survivor, I learned a trick or two about beauty during treatment. These beauty tips will help you glow while you heal.

These techniques can be used with any products including organic ones available in most natural and health food stores and marketplaces.

  1. Your face is already dry from medications, long hours in over air-conditioned hospitals, and dehydrating treatment so you may choose to avoid face powder. It has a tendency to settle into cracks and, yes, crevices; the result of skin cell moisture loss.
  2. Use brown eyeliner to define your eyes and a lighter taupe eye shadow, applied with a small brush, to create eye brows. Large crayon eyeliner pencils are more moisturizing than powder, and easier to handle if your fingers are swollen, numb or tingling from neuropathy, a temporary condition of some chemotherapies. If power is still your tool of choice, wet the brush with water, dip it into the powder and then apply it to the eye area. It will keep less powder from irritating your eye’s dehydrate mucus membranes, and “set it”—   hold your make-up in place.
  3. Keep your cosmetics to a bare minimum and use tons of moisturizer. A drop of liquid make-up mixed with moisturizer creates a healthy glow. A drop of moisturizer mixed with cream blush, and applied to the apples of your cheeks will make you the apple of his eye. It will give you just the right amount of color to make you look naturally healthy. A fail-safe way to apply blush is to smile and your “apples” will stand out.
  4. Pink stick or gel blush on your cheeks, forehead and chin can give you a sun-kissed glow no matter what skin tone you have. Use colors that are close to your own natural skin tones.
  5. Sprayed your face with an atomizer of water to set your make-up. Small cans of Evian spray are available in department stores, or make your own “spritzer” by filling a spray bottle with purified water. Use it throughout the day to feel refreshed and to maintain that youthful dewy-glow.
  6. Lipstick or clear gloss finishes a healthy look, and moisturizes your lips.  There are many long lasting lipsticks on the market from which to choose.  Once applied, you won’t need a touch-up, even after eating. That little bit of color on your face can make such a difference.
  7. There is no make-up that can brighten your face like a smile. Beauty is only skin deep but your smile comes from the soul.  Practiced smiling in the mirror for ‘muscle memory’ and used it whenever you feel like a wet noodle. It will change more than your looks. It will change the vibration around you by pulling it into a higher healing frequency.

Don’t be surprised if your laughter attracts attention. A nurse may bring someone just starting their journey of healing over to you with the words, “Look at her, she’s glowing. See, it’s not so bad.”  Your glow is a beacon of light to others still searching in the darkness of crisis. Share your tips with them. Increase your healing light by giving it away.  This will make you even more beautiful—from the inside out. It is also a great way to do two powerful things at once; pay it forward to those still in need, and give back to the universe.

Sharing joy is universally empowering.  

Laughter and smiles go together like peanut and butter, and both are contagious. They are something you want to catch and give to patients who have a lowered resistance during treatment.  Laughter raises all vibrational levels within ear-shot, and gives you an inner-glow that shines through to the world with the message, “I’m still here. I’m more than a survivor. I’m a Thriver!” So give someone a smile, & laugh ‘till it heals with confidence, while you are on your Valentine’s Day date. And remember, Cupid is watching.

This information is from Kathleen’s book SURVIVING CANERLAND: Intuitive Aspects of Healing.  Watch for part two of this article series, A Valentine Date During Treatment: How to Make Sussessful Dinner Plans During Uncertain Times.

Kathleen O'Keefe-Kanavos Breast Cancer Authority ContributorKathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos- Intuitive Life Coach, survived three breast cancers missed by doctors but diagnosed by dreams & penned SURVIVING CANCERLAND: Intuitive Aspects of Healing. Kat is represented by Steve Allen Media. She’s a contributing author to many books including Kelly Sullivan Walden’s It’s All in Your Dreams. She’s a phone counselor for the R.A. BLOCH Cancer Foundation, Q&A Cancer Columnist for CapeWomenOnlineMagazine, “Dream Queen” for Wellness Woman 40 and Beyond, and Breast Cancer Authority, Radio Show Host, Inspirational Keynote Speaker, PATHEOS & BreastCancerYoga Blogger & OM Times Magazine Contributor.  Follow her on her social media sites from her websites@   www.SurvivingCancerland.com & www.AccessYourInnerGuide.com

2014 New Years Resolutions – Want vs Needs

Breast Cancer Yoga Happy Bew YearShifting into 2014 Green Wood Horse
NEW YEAR RESOLUTION: Want vs Needs

By Kathleen  O’Keefe – Kanavos In part one of this blog we discussed   New Year Resolutions, the  Chinese New Year and wants vs needs tied into the shift of consciousness taking place in the world.

Now is the dawning of a new year with a shift toward consciousness and self-awareness.   I’m ready to make the shift into personal responsibility. My first New Year resolution will be to allow myself to love, embrace, and always put myself first. I give myself permission to be number one in my life. How can I possibly share with others if I am empty? I want to be embraced by others but need to love myself first.

During chemotherapy, my psychotherapist armed me with a powerful mantra to help survive the uncertainty of treatment. “You are number one. No one and nothing is more important than you.” She was right.  Years later, as a cancer hotline phone counselor and mentor, that mantra is still important.  If charity begins at home, and home is where the heart is, then an empty heart cannot give anything to anyone else.

The importance of this mantra was even more evident during my Stitch-n-Bitch (as we liked to call ourselves) radiation therapy group. It broke my heart to see the care-giver suddenly discarded when their circumstances shifted, and they needed family care.  These women felt that without family love and devotion they were useless. Their chances for recovery were challenged by their depression and feelings of emotional emptiness. Our little group spent hours discussing wants versus needs. We want a beautiful house, but we only need shelter. We want to eat in fancy restaurants, but we only need nutritious food.  We want others to love us, but we need to love ourselves. The list of wants versus needs is endless. Realizing the difference between them may be the first step in avoiding emotional and financial bankruptcy. When I see something enticing, I’ll ask myself, “Do I need that, or just want it?”

In 2014, I will focus on inner-balance by being kind, and forgiving to myself.  I will seek out and join a community “sister-hood of women” who can be my support system. Their strength will keep me from feeling alone during times of despair, and their resources will help me meet the needs of my family and friends.

When my body is fatigued, I will rest. When my soul is tired, I will meditate, and give thanks for all that I have. I will surround myself with things I love; my husband, friends, pets, plants, music, and fragrant candles while taking a warm bubble bath. While I care for my body my soul will soar.

Like the Chinese yin and yang, which are seemingly opposing forces bound together, intertwined, and interdependent in the natural world, we are complex creatures comprised of body and soul. These two diabolically different parts must be in balance as a duality for complete health of body and mind. Like yin and yang, male and female, body and soul are a dynamic equilibrium. If one disappears, the other must disappear as well, leaving emptiness.

Too many of us have lost a part of ourselves and are experiencing an emptiness of being. The two faced mythical King Janus, patron of the new year, had two faces for an important reason; one to see the past and one to see the future. Although we too can also look in both directions, we tend to focus and judge ourselves by past events that cannot be changed. It’s time to face forward into a new year of balance comprised of yin and yang, old and new, need and want.  You can learn from your past to build a positive future. The good news is that a sisterhood of women is only a phone call, blog, website, social media site, magazine or tweet away to help refill you with the love you deserve and NEED.

Balance yourself. Know you needs. Embrace the new shift taking place in the new year. Take care of your soul and it will take care of you . . . then you can take care of the wants of others.

BIO: Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos, Intuitive Life Coach, survived three breast cancers, wrote SURVIVING CANCERLAND: Intuitive Aspects of Healing (Cypress House, Jan 2014) http://tinyurl.com/p7cjfxa  websites: http://www.survivingcancerland.com  & Access Your Inner Guide, Hosts Living Well Talk Radio, Cancer Q&A columnist- CapeWomenOnlineMagazine,  Dream Queen columnist-Wellness Woman 40 & Beyond,Blogger for BreastCancerYoga.com, YourDreamIntrepretation.com, WakeUpWomen, PATHEOS; R.A. BLOCH Cancer Foundation Hotline Counselor. Represented by Steve Allen Media

5 Steps To Connect With Your Dream Guide

Steps to Connect with Your Dream Guides

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By Kathleen O’Keefe-Kavanos – Author, Inspirational Speaker, Radio Host and Three Time Breast Cancer Survivor.

Have you met your Dream Guides, yet? Here are five steps to get you started

1.) Intention! It is the first, and one of the most important, step in manifesting dream information.

A simple request is all it takes. “I wish to meet my Dream-guides in my dreams tonight.” If you are new at this experience and feel the need to truly ground this request, here is the second step

2.) Write your intention on a piece of paper.

This pulls the intention from the abstract fourth dimension of thought and manifests it in the earth plane, just as you will do with your dream when you write it in your dream journal. You are training yourself in the steps using step 2 as patterning, (repeating something to increase the chances for success by making it a habit) a.k.a. a trial run.

3.) Place the written intention under your pillow.

This is one way to “sleep on it” –a play on words with profound meaning. Our dreams often use a play on words to speak to us. “Washing your hands” of a situation, kicking something “to the curb,” are two examples of solving challenges using a play on words.  So tonight, sleep on your intention and remember not to forget your dream.

4.) Remember not to forget is a third step, “And please let me remember my dream!” can be step one repeated—another intention.

Make sure your dream journal, a pen and if necessary, a flashlight is beside your bed before you go to sleep. If your dream wakes you up during the night, it is important information!

5.) Turn on the flashlight, jot down snippets of your dream that contain the most emotion (easier to remember the whole dream in the morning) and then go back to sleep. You may fall right back into the same dream.

If you do not own a dream journal, go to http://www.SurvivingCancerland.com and download one for free in 7 Steps to Access, Awaken and Activate Your Inner Guide.

Sweet Dreams!

Kathleen O’Keefe-KanavosAbout the author- Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is an author, inspirational speaker, Radio Host, and three-time breast cancer survivor who penned SURVIVING CANCERLAND: The Intuitive Aspects of Healing http://www.survivingcancerland.com/    http://accessyourinnerguide.com/  She is represented by  Steve Allen Media and is part of WakeUpWomen www.wakeupwomen.com

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