journaling? Journaling, according to
Susan Borkin, author ofThe Healing Power
of Writing: A Therapist’s Guide to Using Journaling with Clients, is any
type of writing or related expressive process used for the purposes of
psychological healing or growth.
when you were a young girl, you may have had a diary. Your “dear diary” captured events and
emotions in your life. Now, as an adult,
things happen, circumstances change, and those things are either good, bad, or
October is Breast Cancer awareness month. One in eight women will experience breast
cancer in their lifetime. We, as women,
take much better care of our hair and face than we do our breasts. And yet, this part of our anatomy is
extremely vital to life, in nursing our children, as well as our self-image, as
dictated by cultural mores. So, what can
you do to take care of your breasts?
1) It is important to know your body. What is normal and what is not normal?
I have tried many diets
throughout my life, and all have ultimately failed. Since my breast cancer diagnosis, I have been
on the hunt for the best diet since this is definitely part of the equation to
health and healing. I have been
frustrated to receive little to no answers from physicians. They are uneducated about nutrition in
general, and seem to have no interest in learning about it. Unfortunately, their training is geared to
treating symptoms and in prescribing medications.
My husband and I recently came back from a vacation to
Colorado where the air was fresh and clean and the outdoors was
invigorating. Our location had no
television, radio, or phone. For 5 days
we were media free. I admit the first
day was a bit unsettling, but after that was quite liberating. I found myself focusing on my health,
actually paying attention to the world around me, and meeting and actually
engaging in conversations with complete strangers. My husband and I found each other again.
As I write this we are suffering with 112 degrees heat
outside. It’s been that way for more
than a week. It’s getting really
old. I have lived out here since 1972
and I can tell you that it is getting hotter earlier in the year and staying
that way into October. So, how do we
survive during this time of year?
Activities have to be done early in the morning,
between 5-8 am. Forget anything
strenuous, like hiking or outside construction projects.
Today I’d like to talk a little bit about the news. I am first going to digress a little
bit. I am of the boomer generation. When I grew up in the 50’s, television was
new. Yes, that’s true. Our family had a black and white TV first,
and then a color TV. We had only a
handful of stations to choose from. Back
to the stone age, I am afraid. Local,
state, and world news was presented to the public twice a day, one the 6
0’clock news or the 10 o’clock news.
Today I’d like to talk a little bit about attitude. I recently watched the HBO special on John
McCain’s life. I was struck by the
amazing positive attitude that he held while enduring horrific conditions and
torture in the Hanoi Hilton. Regardless
of your political views, his fortitude and strength through all the adversity
No matter who you are, life is not always a bowl of
cherries. We all have lessons to learn,
disappointments, tragedy, and hardships throughout our lives.
It has been about 6 weeks since the whirlwind of events,
cancer diagnosis, surgery, consultations with oncologists and radiation
oncologists, as well as physical therapists.
I am one that does not like to go to doctors! Enough!
But, what I am learning, is that I am going through the grieving
You may recall,
from years ago, the esteemed Swiss-born doctor Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross,
identified the five stages of grief in her famous book, “On Death and
Dying”. It was initially relating to the
awareness of one’s own pending death, but these concepts have broadened to
anyone suffering from a significant loss of something very important to
It can happen to you!
I haven’t written in a while, but I have been quite
distracted and occupied. I debated
whether to share my personal experience or not, but decided that if one person
was helped it was worth it.
I have been in the healthcare field for more than 45
years. I have always been the provider,
on the other side of the desk. Recently
I have found myself on the other side of the desk. It was an eyeopener, to say the least. A very humbling experience.
Another year is closing in on us and the New Year is around
the corner. One of the most common
resolutions for the new year is to lose weight.
Millions of people make it a priority…… year, after year. The failure rate is high. Change is difficult and habits are even
harder to break.
It is time to reflect on your “why”, the reason for your
resolution. Are you committed? On a scale of 1-10, how committed are you to
making changes? On a scale of 1-10, do
you feel you are capable of making those changes.