Dec 08, 2020

Six Ways Music Helps with Grief

Music can connect us with memories of our loved ones, especially at this time of year as you listen to holiday songs and remember time spent with the person you’ve lost. We can use the power of music as a tool for coping with grief. It can help us process feelings and wrap our head around the idea of loss and move toward a place of acceptance. Read how you can use music to cope with grief.

Dec 02, 2020

Using Stories to Connect and Heal

As the writer-in-residence at Huntsman Cancer Institute, I have the privilege of helping patients, family members, and caregivers, as well as physicians and nurses, write their stories. Cancer compels us all to try to make sense of the disease, the role it plays in our lives personally and professionally, and to find meaning in our experiences. I am honored to witness these intimate accounts of pain and love, joy and suffering.

Oct 18, 2020

Providing Spiritual Care for HCI Patients and Staff

Two people occupy a small office in a big building. Huntsman Cancer Institute chaplains Gerson Annunciacao and John Cooper start and end their days in close quarters, often checking in on one another. But most of their time is spent across the rooms and corridors of the hospital, tending to HCI patients and staff. And the COVID-19 pandemic has been, for many—chaplains included—the most trying time of their careers.

Jul 01, 2020

Ground Yourself with Walking Meditation

You can call on mindful walking whether you’re hiking or simply walking from your home to your car. Use your walking time to let go of worry and stress and to simply enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and sensations coming from the world around you. Let walking renew and restore you—physically, mentally and emotionally.

Apr 22, 2020

Joy Infusions

I’ve heard the new coronavirus is a marathon, not a sprint. Marathon runners have moments when they push themselves, moments when they preserve energy, and moments when they shore up for a long stretch. Maybe our spirits can use an infusion of joy once in a while—even small joy, like a fun taste, silly moment, or simple connection. What can your joy infusions be? When can you have one?

Apr 16, 2020

A Series of Fortunate Events Lead to Early Cancer Diagnosis

Most nurses don’t do much sitting while they’re on the job. That’s partly why Amy Fenton, internal medicine nurse at University of Utah Hospital, was so excited to sit down one day in mid-April of 2019—for a chair massage, no less. She had no idea that chair massage would lead to an early-stage diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma, a time when cancer treatment is typically more effective.

Apr 01, 2020

Wellness Center Update to Our Patients

To those of you who are missing your regular visits to the Wellness and Integrative Health Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute, we miss you too. Physical distancing is a barrier to our services. We believe in the power of touch and connection, but we have had to avoid physical proximity as we practice the highest levels of caution around COVID-19. And we are quickly adapting. We’ve come up with a collection of tools and resources to help you practice self-care and wellness during your time at home.

Nov 12, 2019

Cancer Rehabilitation Medicine: Helping Patients Get Back Their Independence

Patients often tell me how a cancer diagnosis affects all aspects of their lives. It not only is a tumultuous, uncertain medical experience. It also disrupts life at home, work, school, and in the community. Cancer and its treatments can impair physical function and can even result in disability. I’m a physician who specializes in cancer rehabilitation medicine. The goal of this area of medicine is to restore and improve physical function.