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Dr. Chris VandenBerg heads out on six-month adventure

The Mary Free Bed family bid a fond farewell to Dr. Chris VandenBerg as he embarks on a six-month sabbatical to travel with his wife, Betsy. Dr. VandenBerg, chief of staff and medical director of the Betty Bloomer Ford Cancer Rehabilitation Program, is scheduled to return in January. Mary Free Bed’s oncology rehabilitation team surprised…
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Kabel Sheehan pushes herself ‘one step further’ in rehabilitation

Guest blog: Kabel Sheehan, 29, is married to Ryan and mother of three children: Kyla, 5, Evan, 3, and Koda, 1. Kabel’s days were spent playing with her kids, coaching and playing volleyball as well as running her own graphic design company. The Grand Haven family’s world was turned upside down on March 25, when…
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Cancer + Wellness series: Episodes 16 & 17 – Yoga for cancer patients and survivors

Need to unwind and relax? Looking for ways to holistically cope with stress and tension? Interested in learning more about yoga for cancer patients and survivors? Michele Fife, an instructor with Mary Free Bed’s Cancer + Wellness program, offers this free, 60-minute yoga practice. You also may benefit from a refresher on breathing techniques, which Michele…
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Cancer + Wellness series: Episodes 12-15 – Healthy recipes

Mick Von Doxatater (aka Surfer Mick), an instructor for Mary Free Bed’s Cancer + Wellness program, believes good food can play a key role in a person’s health. On this page, you’ll find 7 healthy recipes that are packed with nutritional powerhouse foods. Some of the recipes are written below, others are presented in video form – all…
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Cancer + Wellness series: Episodes 10 & 11 – More plants, less sugar

Clean eating is beneficial for everyone, but it may be especially vital for those who have cancer or are in recovery from cancer and its treatment. The Cancer + Wellness Program at Mary Free Bed is focused on helping people work toward a healthier life after cancer. Cancer + Wellness nutrition instructor Wendy Borden encourages individuals to consider following…
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Cancer + Wellness series: Episodes 8 & 9 – Tips for better nutrition after cancer

Maximizing patients’ health and nutrition after cancer is an integral part of the Cancer + Wellness Program at Mary Free Bed. Program instructor Mick Von Doxatater encourages people to consider the steps they take to prepare their food; from washing, to chopping, to the actual method of cooking. In episodes 8 and 9 of our ongoing video series based on the…
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Cancer + Wellness series: Episode 7 – Clean Eating Starts Here

Mick Von Doxatater offers guidance in how to support a more healthy diet after cancer. In the seventh episode of our video series, inspired by the Cancer + Wellness Program, “Surfer Mick” emphasizes the importance of (literally) eating clean. In this brief segment, he provides tips on how to properly clean fruits and vegetables before preparing them…
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Cancer + Wellness series: Episode 6 – Tips for Healthy Eating

In the sixth episode of our video series, inspired by the Cancer + Wellness Program, Wendy Borden offers tips on healthy eating after cancer and treatment. She encourages people to take a simple approach and emphasize “whole, fresh, local, seasonal” ingredients as much as possible. “(Eat) clean, organic foods that are really going to nourish…
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Cancer + Wellness series: Episode 5 – Eating by Color

In the fifth episode of our video series, inspired by the Cancer + Wellness Program, Mick Von Doxatater offers advice on how to eat a more colorful diet and why it matters: “Your immune system and your body will thank you.” Mick says “variety is the key word here. Between 5 and 10 colors is what…
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