Life can seem so unfair at times.
Why is it that some of the most beautiful, kind and big-hearted people are the ones who get cancer?
I used to think like this - in fact, I used to be quite one-dimensional in my thoughts about suffering in this world.
That is, until I met a family who flipped this notion on its head. This family taught me what it truly meant to rejoice in all circumstances, even through suffering.
And since then, I’ve had the honour of getting to know many different people whose attitude to sickness, suffering and life’s big disappointments have totally blown me away.
Including the guest on this week’s interview.
It is my absolute pleasure to share with you an interview with the lovely Talaya Dendy of On The Other Side.
Talaya was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and has spent a lot of time reflecting on how her mindset has impacted her healing journey. This year sees her celebrating her 8th cancer-free anniversary, and here she...
In recent weeks, a number of people have asked me what I think about mindset and cancer, and this has got me thinking about the impact mindset may have on a patient’s prognosis.
I’m not much of a Twitter-er, to be very honest with you. I think it’s a confusing social media platform (IMHO!) and I just find it all a bit overwhelming. But now and again, I receive a notification that someone who I may have previously interacted with has tweeted something.
Sometimes I’m drawn in to take a closer look, and on one occasion very recently this was the case.
Somebody living with terminal cancer had read an article in which the author’s turn of phrase really upset her. The author of the article had written something about having “beautifully navigated” cancer and survived.
The author of the Tweet, however, had felt that the phrase inferred that if you were terminal, you somehow hadn’t “beautifully navigated” your cancer experience....
As we officially enter the spring (aka British Summer Time) - yet ironically, my weather app is forecasting snow (!) - I find myself reflecting on new beginnings and fresh starts, rebirth and second chances.
And before we begin, I want to point out that this doesn’t always have to be a huge change like starting a new job, moving house or rebuilding yourself after a life-changing diagnosis. Fresh starts and new beginnings can happen in the everyday moments, the seemingly simple choices we make on a daily basis. The power, as you’ll see, is always in the present moment.
Ask yourself a question: when was the last time you felt stuck in a rut? Or felt like you were in a bit of a ‘funk’ - a bit ‘meh’? Can you remember how you got through it? To be clear, I’m not talking about full on clinical depression - that is a very different kettle of fish - I’m talking about the general low ebb that has a tendency to creep over us all at some point...