Urban Jungle

Just last week while crossing Massachusetts Ave, I was about to step off the curb when I almost lost my life!. A bicyclist blew by and thru a red light with no warning!. Now I did look quickly but this person came out of no where.

Don’t bicyclists follow traffic rules???? Don’t they have a bell or horn like an automobile? What has happened to Pedestrian has the right of way?

The traffic in Boston has gotten so bad over the past year I can see why there are are more cyclists on the road, but when I see two bikes side by side in a bike lane, than another passing on the right while traffic is back to back, and then, someone biking the wrong way in a bike lane shouldn’t there be “bike safety rules”.

How many of you have experienced this?????


At the age of five my Mom taught me to knit. I remember watching her knit Barbie clothing for my dolls and wanted to make them like her. My first project was a pair of basic slippers that were knitted in a square, then the edges sewn together. In those days, I remember going to Woolworths and picking out yarn a (blue acrylic) they just had the basic colors ( red, white, blue, black). Today yarn fibers are hand dyed and come in a variety of materials ( Merino Wool, Alpaca, Cashmere, Cotton, Silk, Bamboo, Vicuna, and Possum) to name a few. Yes, I said Possum! I knit a beautiful scarf out of Possum yarn from New Zealand. In addition, the needles are not the usual plastic or metal they are made of materials like wood and bamboo.

There is a lot to think about when embarking on your journey to the knitting world. Once you have finally selected your pattern, and yarn ( not in that order) we knitters sometimes find the yarn first then look for a pattern that might work after. That is a whole other Blog post!. If you are like me, I spend hours working in my craft, with all these hours of sitting your body gets, stiff and may tighten up. So it is necessary to take a break!

So I have come up with a program that might get you moving a bit to prevent injuries that will take the time away from your craft.

Note: If you experience any pain with the program below you should STOP and contact your Health Care provider.

Warm Up - Break- Stretch - Strengthen

Warm-Up - Begin with wrist circles forward and backward, flex and extend wrist, palm up and palm down. Do 5 receptions of each one.

Break- taking breaks is very important. Have a cup or tea and pee!. You should break, stand up and change position every 20 minutes. I try to work a row or two then get up. Or if you are adding a new color, new stitch before you begin take your break. Your mind and knitting you will Thank you for it.

Stretch - Get up and Reach for the Sky. “Try to make yourself Taller”. Hold each stretch for 20-25 seconds

  • Neck Stretches- rotate and look over each shoulder, ear to shoulder, chin lift

  • Prayer Stretch - Palms together

  • Elbows at Waist - Palm up/Palm down

  • Seated Chest Opener- hook hands around to back of chair, puff chest up

  • Warriors- or Lunge and hold

  • “Bat the Body” or “Empty Coat Sleeves”

It not enough to stretch but we must keep our muscles strong


1-2 lb weights

  • Wrist Flexion and Extension

  • Palm Up and Palm Down

  • Crack a walnut with your Scapular ( try not to elevate your shoulders)

This is a brief program that can be modified and expanded for your level of activities.

For more information and a personalized program for you contact me :



We all experience fatigue in our lives but Cancer Related Fatigue can be disabling. Fatigue can be “Sneaky”, it creeps in when you least expect it, especially when one is going thru cancer treatments. If you think you maybe be experiencing this always check with your health care provider to see whether this maybe related to a medical condition such as a thyroid condition, low hemoglobin or something else. Blood test studies can be done to rule out any medical condition.

Fatigue affects us in may ways and its just not Physical! It can be Emotional and Mental fatigue.

Cancer patients and survivors are balancing a lot of information on a daily basis. From dealing with a life changing diagnosis, waiting for results of biopsies and scans, juggling numerous appointments in one day, dealing every day activities, and the side effects of treatments.

Exercise is an important strategy often overlooked. One might say to them self, “ How can I exercise when I feel so tired”. But it has been proven to be the most effective non-medical treatment in dealing with the effects of fatigue. If you are interested in increasing your energy and decreasing your fatigue contact me, I will do an Occupational Therapy Evaluation and set up a individualized program that works for you.


Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy- CIPN

CIPN- (Chemotherapy - induced peripheral neuropathy) is related to some chemotherapy drugs. One may experience sensory symptoms; numbness and tingling, pain, impaired proprioception and motor symptoms; weakness, unsteady balance and difficulty performing some of your activities of daily living. Occupational Therapists can address these symptoms and make recommendations :

  1. Signs and Symptoms

  2. Fall Prevention

  3. Compensation Strategies- may include assistive devices

  4. Safety Education

  5. Exercise and Strengthening

  6. Energy Conservation & Pacing

For more information on how to manage these symptoms- check out
“ Pilates for the Breast Cancer Survivor; A Guide to Recovery Healing & Wellness”. The book covers a 3 phase program back to regaining strength, range of motion Wellness Tips and much more. Order your book today thru Amazon.or Springer Publisher

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Welcome to my Universe!

I started this blog to share some of my ideas, in health and wellness, exercise, hobbies, nutrition, holistic occupational therapy tools and tricks.  Many of which I may use on any given day that brings JOY in my life and the people whom I have helped! I hope you enjoy this blog. So let's take this journey together. 

Ann Marie


What is the 30 Day Healthy Habits Challenge?

What is the 30 Day Healthy Habits Challenge?

- doTerra has made it easy for us and put together a structured 30 day commitment to selfceare routines & supplements. 

- I know how busy you all are but these are small, simple routines that create LASTING changes & Long Term health benefits.

- You will be provided with support & guided information ( 16 page guide) . And of of course you have ME!

When will this all happen? 

- The plan is to start on Saturday May 12,2018 

What will I need?

- You will need to order your Daily Habits Kit from doTerra by Friday 5/4/2018. Cost: $220.00 + SH, once you order your kit I will send you your FREE 16 page guide. This is ordered thru me. 

- A journal or notebook to log your thoughts daily, your favorite pen or colored markers if you are creative and light to draw. 

- And a commitment to yourself. I will provide you with a commitment letter for you to sign prior to starting the program. 

What is included in the Kit?

This kit includes:

  • doTERRA On Guard® (5 mL)—Use to support immunity*
  • doTERRA Balance® (5 mL)—Use to lessen stress and anxious feelings
  • Frankincense (5 mL)—Use to promote cellular health* 
  • Lemon (5 mL)—Add to water to help release toxins*
  • Lavender (5 mL)—Use to assist with restful sleep and stress management
  • Deep Blue® Rub—Use topically where needed before and after your workout
  • doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack®: xEO Mega®, Alpha CRS®+, Microplex VMz®—Maximize your daily nutrient intake
  • DigestZen® Supplements: DigestZen TerraZyme®, PB Assist®+—Support digestion and optimize your gastrointestinal tract*

A couple of you asked if I was doing this also. And the answer is YES !!! I have ordered my kit today and will be ready. So who is going to join ME?

Ann Marie 781-622-0515


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doTerra's 30 Day Healthy Habits Challenge

We all know how difficult it is to establish "healthy habits".  Including: eating right, exercise, rest and manage stress, reduce our exposure to chemicals in our (food, environment, household cleaning products, body care products) and make time for self care (massage, meditate, read a book, or knit!). Its starts with a structured routine. doTerra has designed a simple organized 30 day program that includes a 16 page guide that will support us, along with bioavailable whole food vitamins, digestive enzymes, a cellular complex of essential oils, an omega complex, pre-and probiotics, Deep Blue rub and Lemon, Lavender, Frankincense, Balance and OnGuard essential oils. 

The Challenge begins on Saturday May 12, 2018 and ends on Sunday June 10,2018. Hopefully, it won't end on June 10 as you will continue with your "New" Healthy Habits you have established.

To participate you will need to contact me ( by phone or email) so we can order doTerra's Daily Habits Kit. Cost: $220.00 + SH (by Friday 5/4/2018) once you order your kit I will send you doTerra's 16 page Daily Habits Guide. 

So .....Who's In?

Ann Marie 781-622-0515