Sharing, surviving, thriving: Community health leaders provide education, examples of hope in face of breast cancer – O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center

Nan Brown-Curtis: Minister of awareness and hope

Cancer, including breast cancer, has been a constant presence in the life of Nan Brown-Curtis.

Her sister and niece both died of breast cancer. Her mother and two aunts were diagnosed with breast cancer as well. Her first husband died of lymphoma. Her current husband is a kidney cancer survivor and is currently fighting multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. Brown-Curtis herself is also a survivor of colorectal cancer.

Nan Brown-Curtis speaks to the attendees at her 70th birthday celebration in 2018. (Photo submitted)

Brown-Curtis has built and crossed many bridges on her cancer journey, and she is now using her experiences to help others make their own successful passage.

“It’s important for people to see people who have had a cancer diagnosis who are still alive,” Brown-Curtis said.

Brown-Curtis uses her personal cancer experience to serve as a living example of

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Isometric exercises: Definition, benefits, and examples

Isometric exercises are exercises that involve the contraction of muscles without any movement in the surrounding joints. The constant tension on the muscles may help improve muscle endurance and support dynamic exercises.

Most muscle strengthening exercises involve moving the joints, using the muscles to push or pull against resistance. However, isometric exercises involve holding static positions for long periods of time.

This article will discuss what isometric exercises are and provide some examples.

Isometric exercises place tension on particular muscles without moving the surrounding joints. By applying constant tension to the muscles, isometric exercises can be useful for improving physical endurance and posture by strengthening and stabilizing the muscles.

There are two types of muscle contraction: isotonic and isometric. Isotonic contractions occur when muscles become shorter or longer against resistance, and tension remains the same. Isometric contractions occur when tension increases but the muscle remains at a constant length.


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