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Nov302012

Feeding the Soul

When you are a cancer survivour, you are forever embracing uncertainty and, at times, strong emotions. This is quite normal, although, when alone with yourself, you may be doubting them.  In fact, the longer you are a survivour, the more you may question these troubling thoughts. Your rational mind says you should be over thinking in that way by now.

But your heart says something different. Just because you are a five year survivour, or a ten year survivour, for that matter, doesn't mean your mind is back to its old self. I don't want to scare you, but, it never will. In most cases, it will be better.

So while going through treatment, or perhaps many years later, there are times we have many questions, and there are times we are afraid. We don't always want to burden our loved ones with this, as we sometimes think, whether with reason or being a slight bit paranoid, that they will get tired of hearing us talk about it. "Isn't it about time you started to put this behind you?", are the words we imagine they are thinking to themselves.

There are a multitude of resources available on the internet. I have come across a variety of internet sites that encourage cancer survivours to open up and express their fears. There are also a number of blogs, such as mine, where survivours can put themselves in another's shoes and feel solace there. 

Since I have had my double mastectomy, there have also been a number of community based organizations that have opened and that cater to cancer patients, survivours and their families. The resources available now compared to five years ago is astonishing. One example is the Maplesoft Centre in Ottawa. I had the opportunity to meet Linda Eagen, President, and to visit this beautiful facility prior to my operation, and while I was still in Ottawa for work. As soon as you walk in the door, you are wrapped in a blanket of peacefulness and tranquility. They are warm and welcoming, really making you feel like you are a priority to them. I met with Heather, a cancer coach, who told me about the centre and the programs available for cancer patients and their families. Everything from Meditation classes, to laughing yoga. They have state of the art studios and kitchen to offer classes on healthy eating, rooms for massage and reiki, as well as an infrared sauna. 

As cancer patients and survivours, we are very fortunate to have such dedicated people working for us in such beautiful facilities. Never before have we been able to reveal our innermost feelings to a cancer coach who listens and helps us develop the cancer care that meets our personal needs. There are more people like Linda Eagen, who work tirelessly in order to better our lives and raise the funds necessary to keep these vibrant centres afloat, and to have more information and resources to lenghten our survivourship and quality of life.

And there are more and more of these centres opening across North America. Centres that better a community and brighten the worlds of those who live with cancer. We no longer have to worry about those feelings we have. There is so much out there that can be just what we need. Reach out to them. You will be so glad that you did. 

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    Being a cancer patient is a tough and big deal. I have experienced this because one of my close relative was suffer from this. And I have seen him in so much pain. But he fought with his pain very strongly and bravely. But sometime I feel sad to see him ...

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