Posted in after the diagnosis, tagged ABC Network, ABC Nightline, Bill Weir, coaching illness, Greg Katz, health blogger, holistic health, invicible health, patient empowerment on January 20, 2012 |
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The world is constantly evolving so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the same goes for our lives. Every day we have the opportunity to create new experiences and deepen our inner lives. Until you were diagnosed with a chronic or life-altering illness you may not have been thinking about the changes that could possibly be happening within your body.
Bill Weir, co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline, was doing a story on healthcare. He had a full-body scan and the doctor found some calcification in one of his valves. The findings weren’t necessarily surprising, but his reaction was the surprising piece of the story. Until he had this scan he felt he was invincible. He hadn’t had a physical exam in at least three years; I wonder if that’s denial, arrogance, or stupidity. His reaction was common to anyone whose had unsuspecting information given by your doctor; his life flashed before his eyes. He was foreshadowing what life would be like for his daughter without her father.
He’s not the first and certainly won’t be the last person who believed they were invincible to ill-health. Weir has the fortunate opportunity to reverse the findings of his new diagnosis. What we have to wonder is how will this new translated life play itself out. We may never see a follow-up to Weir’s story, but what about the new translation in your own life? What will you be doing to allow your life to evolve?
Unfortunately, Rosetta Stone doesn’t have a language program for learning the language of medicine. The new vocabulary and life regimens can only be learned by immersion. The do say that immersion is the best way to learn a new language, so how can you become fluent? The easiest way is to live with lots of curiosity. I encourage you to ask your doctor lots of questions. I was fortunate because my doctor, after showing me my ultra-sound, figured it would be easier if he drew me a picture (good doctor, not so good artist).
How will you be living a life in translation? How will you become bi-lingual and bi-cultural with the healthcare industry?
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Posted in after the diagnosis, Anonymity, Caregiving, Community, coping with chronic illness, coping with life threatening illness, living with chronic illness, Living with Illness, Personal Conviction, tagged ABC Network, America Stand Up, Cancer, Cancer Research, coaching illness, health advocacy, patient empowerment, Stand UP to Cancer on September 8, 2008 |
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The three major networks did something unheard of Friday evening. The three networks combined forces, resources and audiences for “Stand Up To Cancer”. It was a combination infomercial, telethon, education forum and entertainment. The hope was to raise money for cancer research. The commentators kept referring to the “dream team”. The “dream team” refers to the network of cancer researchers on the brink of amazing discoveries for cancer treatment and cure.
It’s amazing that an illness takes center stage on the major networks during prime time. The idea that together we’re stronger was certainly emphasized along with the opportunity to bring together big entertainment names shared amongst the networks. It is truly a tribute to ingenuity and technology when the networks for the good of the country and those facing devastating disease can be helped.
Then last night ABC showed “America Stand Up”, all this standing could make you tired. The show was a tribue to our troops who are fighting overseas for our freedom. It’s through their commitment and bravery that change can happen in the world. Remember, this is about supporting the troops, not supporting the war…there is a big difference.
All in all what does this tell us. It punctuates that when we come together we’re stronger. It shows us that standing for something, anything is enriching and builds our immune systems. When we feel engaged and empowered to be a part of something bigger than ourselves we experience gratitude and that feeds the soul. The notion that we can alter the course of history is worth noting. We’re able to bring to the public’s attention information while asking for help to make the world a better place?
What do you stand for? How do you think it impacts your life? How do you want to use your voice? Share it with us and let’s stand together!
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