Planks have been called “The Perfect Exercise” to change your mind, your attitude, and your mood.

There is plenty of value to be found in so-called minimalist exercise. Planks are one variety of exercises that are both old-fashioned and highly-effective. This writing focuses on (a) the importance of core strength, (b) why planks are a useful core exercise, and (c) how to perform the “classic plank.”

Let’s get to it!

Where Is Your “Core”?

First, let’s discuss what...

Today as we count each day down to the 5 year cancer free mark I look back over some awesome memories of love and support our family received.  There is no way to mention all the support we received and for each member of our family we all talk about different incidents of love and support and how much everyone of them have affected our life's even today.  You see that's the cool think about cancer, you find out you are loved and supported through life, people...

We have an applicant right now that needs our help.  She is only 24 and engaged to be married.  Her and her husband to be have talked about how many children they wanted to have when she was diagnosed with cancer.  She has been working hard on her master's degree and they are living on one income while she is in school.  Her cancer diagnosis was devastating of itself but the thought of the treatment taking away her ability to have children was even more devast...

My name is Gemma and I am 30 years old. I live in Mattoon, IL and work for the United States Postal Service as a Letter Carrier. I love my job and I love the people I work with and meet while I walk various city routes. Last year though my customers noticed that I started to walk various city routes. Last year though my customers noticed that I started to walk with a limp. I thought that I had just pulled a muscle but In late February 2017 a tumor was discover...

In February of 2017 I was diagnosed with Acute Promgelocytic Leukemia (APL). I was 11 weeks pregnant and lost the baby as a result of my treatment. I have always felt that being diagnosed with leukemia is something I could deal with and fight and win. The thought of losing our baby that we have wanted and planned for at the same time was a whole different story. It has been the hardest card we have been dealt, harder than cancer.., its the thing that keeps me...

Cancer is a scary word and being diagnosed with cancer will immediately change your life.  Until I was diagnosed, I had no idea just how invasive cancer could be. 

Up until 3 months ago, I was healthy and active and my biggest complaints in life were about too much traffic and having an extra 10 (ok, maybe 20) pounds to lose.  My symptoms came out of nowhere and quickly increased in severity.  After suffering through a week of vomiting 2-5x/day the do...

After cancer you have to Let Go and trust in the Lord. Just like this picture of Layleigh hanging upside down with NO FEAR! Easier said then done. I was reminded talking to a friend that had testicular cancer at 32 and he said the hardest part was the depression for him after treatment.

Anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer and gone though treatment is a strong brave individual. Once treatment is over you have to find even More Strength and a New Normal.

Th...

In January 2017, I was diagnosed with Stage 2B Nodulan Sclerosis Hodgkin Lymphoma. I knew I would have to undergo chemotherapy, but I had no idea I would have to go through fertility treatment in order to preserve my eggs if I wanted a family one day. To say that the fertility process was an overwhelming situation was an understatement! It was a month long process of doctors' visits, blood work and ultrasounds, and injections before my egg freezing procedure....

In January 2017, I was diagnosed with Stage 2B Nodulan Sclerosis Hodgkin Lymphoma. I knew I would have to undergo chemotherapy, but I had no idea I would have to go through fertility treatment in order to preserve my eggs if I wanted a family one day. To say that the fertility process was an overwhelming situation was an understatement! It was a month long process of doctors' visits, blood work and ultrasounds, and injections before my egg freezing procedure....

What do you do after being diagnosed with cancer in your teens, twenty's, or thirty's? Well besides spending lots of time with doctors or treatment you want to be a normal kid. You don't want people feeling sorry for you. You want to go hang out with your friends like you always have. Team Maggie girls out bowling and enjoying life and friendships, not thinking about their next treatment. Just being kids! This is the best medicine for re...

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