Think You’re Tough?

Think you are tough, think you are having a bad day?

▪︎There is a less than a 1% chance of getting Breast Cancer again after undergoing double mastectomies but cancer has shown no mercy to Tracy Baker and her kids.
▪︎Tracy tackled breast cancer in 2005 at the age of 34. She endured months of chemotherapy and her breasts were removed. One battle with cancer is tragedy enough for a family but this family is faced with a SECOND cancer.

Tracy has been diagnosed with cancer, TWICE! Check out her head shaving video that went viral at https://www.medgift.com/help-tracy-baker-fight-breast-cancer  Tracy is the definition of tough.

When You Are Diagnosed with Cancer

When you are diagnosed with cancer there’s plenty of help there, you just have to find it.  Check out the following Reuter’s blog post by Debra Sherman.

http://blogs.reuters.com/cancer-in-context/2013/09/19/got-cancer-theres-help-out-there-you-just-have-to-find-it/

Another great resource is the Dragon Master Foundation (DMF) which is a not for profit organization staffed by volunteers that maintains a list of resources for those diagnosed with cancer.  Check it out at  http://www.dragonmasterfoundation.org/resources.

MedGift recognizes the needs of those undergoing a medical or health related crisis are complex.  These needs may include emotional support from friends and loved ones, ability to keep everyone in your support community apprised of your progress, you may may need financial assistance for non-covered expenses, you may need specific items such as a wheel chair, hospital bed etc and/or you may need help with routine activities such as meals, house work, transportation etc.  MedGift support pages address each of these needs in a simple, fast and easy to use manner.   MedGift, the vision of Diem Brown, is a totally free, not for profit that is refreshingly different.  Check us out MedGift at www.medgift.com.

 

Bill Reif MSPT on Self Treating Trigger Points to Relieve Muscle Tension Headaches

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Bill Reif, MSPT is a friend of MedGift who has over 30 years experience treating muscle tension induced headaches.  He is the co-author of The Back Pain Secret: The Real Cause of Women’s Back Pain and How to Treat It which is available on Amazon (just click the link to read more or order).

Bill has written the following overview exclusively for readers the MedGift Voice.  Thanks Bill and we look forward to more posts in the near future.
How to Self-treat Trigger Points -the #1 Cause of Muscle Tension Headaches
Up to 80% of all headaches are caused by muscle tension brought on by stress, poor posture or trauma.
 
We all deal with emotional and physical stress in different ways. Problems arise when we lose our ability to overcome that stress. This can happen during illness, when we undergo financial or family hardship, when we become a caregiver or lose a job, or lose a loved one.
 
The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with the knowledge and tools to reduce the stress and assist you in self treatment of the pain and headaches that tight muscles may cause.
 
Q. What is a trigger point? We all have these taut, hyperexcitable bands within our skeletal muscles. Bands, which when “turned on” or activated produce pain, headaches, numbness, tingling, and or weakness elsewhere in our body.
 
Stress in the neck may cause shoulder, elbow or hand symptoms, like headaches, pins and needles, tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome. Stress and activation of trigger points in the back or buttocks may trigger leg symptoms, like sciatica.
 
Q. What activates trigger points? Bad posture, repetitive motion, trauma, stress.
 
Q. Which muscles are usually involved?
 
Stress often activates trigger points in two primary muscles. The Sternocleidomastoid and the upper trapezius. (See illustration below)
 
The X’s show common trigger points in these two muscles. When activated by stress these points produce headaches in common patterns seen above in these illustrations.
 
Q. What de-activates trigger points? These 5 things will help the most in treating and preventing headaches.
 
1. Breathing and relaxation techniques
 
2. Meditation : learn to increase awareness of your body and you can learn to reduce the tension in those muscles which cause headaches.
 
3. Stretching: learn to stretch  the neck and shoulder muscles which are short and possess trigger points which cause your headaches.
 
4. Massage: deep tissue massage can decrease the muscle tension in those tight muscles. Massage tools can help.
 
5. Posture: adjusting your seat position in car, home and work can realign your spine which in turn reduces the muscle tension causing headaches.
 
Bill Rief, MSPT

 

PageSix Covers Diem’s Celebration at Rumble Boxing In NYC

The MedGift fundraiser and celebration of MedGift co-founder Diem Brown’s life was a rockum-sockum success.  Check out PageSix’s article on the bash:

Rumble Boxing Crew
Rumble Boxing Crew

“Diem Brown‘s birthday was celebrated just how she would have wanted it.  Diem loved working out, jumping around to music and spending time with friends, which is exactly what we did last night,” her sister Megan told Page Six of Monday night’s fundraiser at New York’s Rumble Boxing.” – Megan Brown Clarke

MedGift Co-founders Mark Edelstein (left) and Diem's sister Megan Brown Clarke join Rumble's co-owner Noah Newman
MedGift Co-founders Mark Edelstein (left) and Diem’s sister Megan Brown Clarke join Rumble’s co-owner Noah Newman

Co-founders Mark Edelstein and Megan Brown Clarke joined over 100 MedGift fans at the fundraiser.

Visit www.medgift.com to see what all the fuss is about or visit www.medgift.com/i-support-medgift to help us help others.