SO LAUGH MORE! Or at least try to. Watch a comedy, joke around and find humour in even the worst possible situations. I did that with a friend last week who was going through something horrible. It was so bad that I could have made it worse by laughing but instead we ended up laughing over how pathetic the situation was. The end result was she was still in pain…but from laughter.
Right now I’m like: “throw me to the wolves and I will return leading the pack.” That’s a great quote but really….it’s true! Don’t even stand in my way. But first I’ll laugh about it all.
Because as hard as we try to make things right and turn things around for the better there’s usually a few setbacks and challenges. I know this from living in general but especially since I’ve become a support person for someone very close to me. Someone who is fighting to overcome an illness. And it’s really difficult to see someone who is strong both physically and mentally go through a very weak phase. Even though it strikes in a physical sense it still wrecks havoc with your mental state especially if you cannot do the things you’re used to doing. Gotta stay positive because hope is what keeps everything going. But it can get discouraging and depressing nonetheless – that’s life.
A friend told me about a place called Inspire Health in Vancouver. They are a team of professionals who help provide knowledge, tools and services to support overall health during and after cancer treatment. Their doctors value standard cancer treatments, and will work with you, your family doctor and oncologist to provide the best cancer care possible.
They offer options for better health and a better recovery. What’s to lose right?
Because as their website says: Growing scientific evidence confirms that stress reduction, eating a healthy diet, exercise and a positive support network can substantially improve health and well-being for people living with cancer and their supports.
INSPIRE HEALTH CARE APPROACH IS DIFFERENT – Cancer vs. Person-Based
Cancer-Based: from the perspective of the cancer-based model, the patient rarely plays an active role in their treatment or recovery. Since the focus is on the cancer, little effort is expended to support patients in exploring the benefits of healthful diet, exercise, spirituality and emotional support or other methods to enhance the patient’s well-being. Focusing solely on the cancer can leave patients feeling disempowered and unsure about how to contribute to their own health and well-being.
Person-Based: Although surgery, radiation and chemotherapy can play a very important role in treating the cancer, it is the person and their health – mind, body and spirit – that is the focus of care at Inspire Health.
They have a lot of things to take advantage of that you can pick and choose from like: Counselling, Gentle Yoga, Practice Meditation, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, Nutritional Learning and Cooking for Health.
And for me, being so on top of things nutritionally (and otherwise) spent part of the afternoon yesterday taking a cooking class on how to make SuperSnacks. The head nutritionist demonstrated six different recipes substituting what you would normally use for something healthier but equally tasty. Now the fun part: you get to test everything.
I have to mention at this point that I had already made half the recipes before (I know but I had to say that anyway) but this was NO cooking class for dummies. It was interesting, inspiring and I did learn something new. You always do. I registered for a bunch more. I want to hear all they have to say about food and learn more about healthier baking, fermented foods, their version of bone broth and mindful eating in general. Knowledge is power.
And THAT is no laughing matter!
*An Important Sidenote: Today Jia Jia (my BFF) & I are off to Paws for a Cause – by BC SPCA to help fund cruelty prevention and education programs, and the enforcement of animal cruelty laws. Cruelty to animals needs to STOP now!