Tuesday, 12 May 2009
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When I was first hit by a truck I was too stunned to fall down.
Angelique quickly went to Chapters to buy me some books on cancer and one book in particular was excellent. It is ‘Cancer – 50 Essential Things to Do’ by Greg Anderson. I used it like a workbook and had a journal to write out the things that either ‘hit me’ or ‘helped me work through something.’
This book was a total God-send to me. I don’t know now whether it was because the book was that great or if it was because it totally engaged my mind and made me think about what the fuck was going on.
Quotes from the book will be in italics.
I start my workbook on February 12, 2006, six days after I am officially diagnosed. I entitled it ‘My Wellness and Recovery Journal!’ When I read that title this morning, I smirked. How naïve and trite.
Do not be intimidated by medical personnel or the process. You are the one in charge.
A fighting spirit does make a difference.
Integrate body, mind, and spirit.
The most fundamental and empowering belief is that cancer does not equate with death.
A spiritually toxic outlook after a cancer diagnosis can make a difficult situation a living hell.
Cancer does not equate with death.
Treatment is effective.
I have a significant role to play.
Survivors eat with awareness. Raise your nutritional IQ.
My mother repeated this to me every day and still does actually telling me that it is to be my mantra ‘Every day, in every way, I am feeling better.’
Discovering the divinity within; experiencing inner peace.
A road map to recovery – the eight strategies: Currently I rate medical treatment as having the highest priority for me. Next I rate creative thinking. Then diet and nutrition. The exercise. Then beliefs and attitudes. Then purpose/play. Spiritual. And social support.
For my road map to wellness and recovery I need to focus on the eight strategies and figure out how to go about them. In order of importance at the present time are:
Diet and Nutrition
Beliefs and Attitudes
*artwork by Rolando Cyril