This past November I noticed a push for “daily thankfuls” on Facebook and other social media. A lot of the same things have come up: health, family, food, running water, etc. Some might call these things essentials, while reminding themselves not to take them for granted. As Thanksgiving has come and gone, the spirit of thankfulness can last through the winter season, or all year if you try. There are so many little things (and big things) to be thankful for, but I challenge you to find one thing that you may take for granted that someone right now does not have. Even better, think of something that you have that someone needs.
Striving To Be Perfect: Surviving An Eating Disorder In A Perfectionistic World
By B. Imei Hsu, RN, MAC, LMHC, Artist
Recently former television news anchor Katie Couric and music and media superstar Lady Gaga were in the news about something that hits close to home for me. The experiences of these two women intersect with the presence of three banker boxes with assorted papers on the floor of my home. There is nothing special about the boxes. Unmarked, ordinary, and crunched in the corners from overuse and stacking, the only reason I would mention them is that nearly every person who has struggled with an eating disorder (commonly referred to as an E.D.) will know exactly why sharing about these benign boxes has everything to do with understanding the underpinnings (and the signs of recovery) of one the most recalcitrant but treatable psychiatric disorders:
This weekend, I walked about three miles in late winter in Seattle by the water. While cold enough to warrant a hat, gloves, and coat, the sun was shining, and there were joggers, dog walkers, and inline skaters zipping by. For fair-weather only exercise people, the first blooms of spring on the trees and the sun peaking out of our normal gloomy clouds are cause for celebration. For people with cancer, physical exercise is a necessary component of the recovery process. Read guest blogger Liz Davies post about how physical exercise can help cancer patients. Even if you don’t have cancer, Spring is a great time to renew your commitment to improve your physical and mental health, and a great way to do that is to start with exercise. [Imei Hsu, Editor]
Can Physical Activity Help After Cancer? by Liz Davies March 6, 2012
Cancer treatments and the cancer itself take a big toll on the human body. People who have overcome the deadly disease make preventing reoccurrence their number one concern. Luckily there are ways to combat reoccurrence. Studies have shown that a regular exercise routine can extend the lives of patients and help in preventing cancer from coming back.