Yin Yang

“When life sends me dark clouds, I dream about skimming over calm water at dusk, when the world is still and quiet, and my kayak is just gliding off to the horizon.”

Health… most of us take it for granted… but as we age, the body becomes prey to the ravages of time and environmental factors… that is our human reality.  A dear kayak friend of mine is going through a difficult time, and she wrote  the line above.  Actually, a few friends are encountering their challenges right now… and I know from experience, when you are submerged in physical stress, it also becomes mental stress because you cannot fulfill your desires for here and now.

I read the updates for breast cancer and am so saddened that so little is happening to prevent and/or ‘cure’ this, and so many other illnesses.  It is up to us to find the warrior within us and conquer as we can – and  if we allow, we are not alone.

“Namaste” is a Sanskrit word that acknowledges the inestimable value of each individual. It is often used to greet and honor others.

The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. “Namah” means bow, “as” means I, and “te” means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”

The extended meaning of the word has been expressed as: “I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you that is love, truth, light, and peace. When you are in this place in you, and I am in this place in me, we are one.”

To all my friends,  “Namaste.”

 

 

 

Ahhhhhhhhhh

This is Chanley Layton of Brevard’s Brevard RolfingShe has amazing skill and talent to ease the muscles and tendons that mis-align our bodies, causing pain.

I had my 3rd Rolfing session with Chanley the other day and just can’t wait for the next.   With all my aches, pains and mis-alignments, she is such a treasure.

On another front, I got my bone density test results back and because last year put me out of commission on lifestyle activity and exercise, my osteopina spiraled from -1.2 in the hip to -1.9…  fyi, -2.5 is Osteoporosis… not good.

SO, new plans and lifestyle choices including nutrition is under the microscope to see if I can arrest the downward spiral and maybe, just maybe, strengthen the bone density before it is too late.

Someday….

Maybe not for women who are currently going through aggressive breast cancer treatment, but perhaps for their daughters, the treatment will not need to be as terrible.  On the horizon is a study from England:

“It is hoped that in future generations the quarter of breast cancer sufferers with the least aggressive tumors could immediately be precluded from treatments like chemotherapy which have ravaging side effects.

Prof Carlos Caldas, who led the study, said: “We are over-treating a significant number of women. We are not doing that because we are evil, we over-treat them because we just cannot precisely define the ones who are going to benefit.

“If we could identify sub groups where they have such good outcomes that we could spare them treatments instead of adding more and more toxic treatments, that would have enormous value for women.”

Studying how each tumor type reacts to different therapies could also help drug companies develop new treatments which could target particular strains more accurately and effectively, he added.

Almost 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in Britain, with more than 10,000 deaths attributed to the disease annually.”

That’s good news.  Better news is that it can be prevented!

I’m doing well…. most days I forget that at this time last year, I was going through the mental an physical agony of invasive tests prior to the mastectomy.  And then I look back in awe…. and thanks.  It was a year ago the first weekend of July that DCIS appeared on my mammography (which I no longer need to have since I no longer have breast tissue).  In August, I started the attempt for the stereotactic biopsy which failed, leading to the surgical biopsy with wire localization… in October, the mastectomy itself…. sigh….. its been a long road and one I’m happy to look back on now, and then look forward to where I want to go… without breast cancer.

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