So You've Got Cancer. Now What?
(Conundrums of a Luddite - a follow up blog to the podcast by the same title)
Dear Readers and Listeners. You may have just received my latest podcast in your inbox. After missing in action for months, I’d say that podcast was quite a dramatic re-entry, wouldn’t you? You may have also noticed that it got cut off. Not to worry, I will pick up where I left off. As a reluctant Luddite, it is amazing I attempt these things at all. So all I can do is try my best and learn as I go and thank you for your patience along the way.
SHARING MY JOURNEY
If you’ve yet to listen to the podcast, it is there that I share my recent run in with cancer. My intention for sharing is two-fold. My foremost intention is to share my story in a way that helps others to take their power back and not feel disheartened. I want to let people know they are not alone. There are resources and ways of empowering yourself as you walk yourself back to health and vitality. My second intention, is to make absolutely sure that I do not isolate myself while moving through this.
These blogs and podcasts will be partly autobiographical and help to illustrate how biography becomes biology and what you can do about it. The Chinese word for crisis is the same word as opportunity. So I am taking this crisis I find myself in and turning it into an opportunity to share my life story, what I have learned and how that can help YOU! We rise by lifting up others. The thing in life that has always brought me the most joy, is to lift others up - so that is why I am here right now writing this.
STEP BY STEP
I will be honest. I am a full time live-in caretaker and the guardian of a cat who is living with serious kidney challenges to include the necessity of subcutaneous fluids. My life is topsy-turvy at the moment. That means you may not hear from me every week. Sometimes it may be a podcast, other times writing. It will probably be more of the former, as podcasts are much less time consuming.
In these offerings you will be guided toward resources and information and you will be encouraged to use the tools, skills and abilities which you already possess in order to take the reigns of your life.
THIS IS FOR EVERYONE
These blogs and podcasts are NOT just for people with cancer. These are for ANYONE who has experienced trauma and wishes to understand how that trauma unbeknownst to you , has affected your whole life and what you can do to heal and live the life you were born to live. I could even be so bold to say, that I was meant to live the life that I have lived, so that I could arrive at this messy, horrible , awful, scary place I find myself in and use the arc of my life to impart with you and others, not only my journey, but the means by which I empower myself and spin this story into gold.
Sound too fantastic to be true? Come along and find out. There’s only one way to go from here - and that way is UP!!! Please feel free to share this with anyone you believe will benefit. Eventually these blogs and podcasts will become a book. For now, you have a front row seat to the whole process.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You can expect links to videos and websites. You can expect a newsletter with updates on my situation and my self promoted funding campaign for myself and my cat along with our Amazon “ Well-Being Wish List”. You can expect to learn about something called ACES ( Adverse Childhood Experiences) and how it forms a template for a child’s future. You will learn about the Nervous System and how it is connected to every aspect of your life from financial, to relationships, self-sabotage and more.
Along the way, you will have a front row seat into my wacky, wonderful, traumatic, beautiful and sometimes tragic life. Through this lens you may begin to unravel some of the mysteries of your own life. Maybe you will acquire more self-compassion, or begin to understand why your parents or even yourself made certain choices. In short, I am sharing my journey with the intent of simultaneously enriching my own life as well as the reader’s life. I am doing this by being, raw, real, open, transparent and vulnerable in the spirit of gratitude, generosity and healing.
I invite you to join me on this journey and to see what gifts it may hold within. As ever, thank you for being here. I’ll be in touch. Feel free to leave comments of love, inspiration and insight below. Much love to you all.
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