On practicing what you preach - a lesson in the promotion of brain health through becoming an example and trusting in the process. I recently got diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Please note I did not capitalize the malady because I do not want to give it any more recognition than it deserves. Besides giving me the news three months after they found it, my bearer of bad news also told me that if I was to have cancer it would be the best kind I could have. It usually is easily taken care of. Well, I cannot say that made me happy, but I did find something positive to say about "the bearer". He was the one who suggested I get those nodules aspirated. Had he not, I would have be totally unaware.
From the time I was diagnosed (well, I am not a hero, there was about an hour before I got myself together), I decided to put into practice what I suggested my patients do, including looking for the gift, mindfulness, tai chi, meditation, prayer, exercise, food as medicine, positive thought, talking back to negativity, getting my house in order, etc. It has worked so far, and the many miracles that have happened these two weeks are astounding. One is that as I viewed a video of Tana and Daniel Amen, I realized that her story was very similar to mine. Oh, dear Tana, I am so glad you are telling your story. This gave me the boost I needed to look at my diet and revise it to include what is in the Omni Diet (a book that has been calling to me from my bookcase for a few years). I read it once, got very excited and then distracted. Drat those distractions.
I do have some tips, one being, do not broadcast your illness to the world. I found that it pushes buttons that are not helpful. For instance, when I told some people, they ran down a laundry list of what I should take, whom I should see, and what I should practice. All suggestions were well meaning, but could have confused the hell out of me had I explored each and every one of them. I was a bit insulted, as they know I am The Brain Coach and follow Dr. Amen's methodologies. But, I am grateful for their caring concern, and know from my own experience that when someone you love tells you this news, you just want them to get better - AND QUICKLY. When you hurt, they hurt. And some individuals started pitying me, hey, don't cry for me Argentina. I made it very clear from the get go that this is a gift. Although well-meaning, pity can be deadly, it fosters victim thinking, and depression. You can teach some lessons here, and help others with their communication skills. You can give people the gift of telling them how well-meaning expressions can be harmful and have consequences. Be gentle with this, be gentle with all of this.
Well, I see the surgeon in two days, we will see how I can follow through on my own advice. I am aware that sitting in front of a surgeon will make it very, very real. Hmmm, dear clients, and friends, let us see whether this little experiment will yield some positive results.