Two major components to healing during cancer treatment are rest and relaxation. A majority of this battle is a mental game, therefore it is crucial to submerse yourself into a complete state of peace, mentally and physically. With a little discipline, anything is possible. Some really brilliant techniques to consider include yoga, qi gong, meditation, massage, and/or aromatherapy. Think zen! Any of these modalities can be mixed and matched and done in the comfort of your own home. Take twenty minutes a day to sit quietly and reflect. Have the melodic sounds of soft, calming music float through your space and into your mind. Light a candle. Focus on your breathing as you inhale faith and dispel your fears. Feel yourself healing. Take comfort in knowing that you are not alone. You are not your cancer. Smile. You are beautiful. You are healthy. You are whole. Remember, nourishing your mind and spirit are equally as important as mending the physical body. These are fantastic strategies to implement in the morning as you begin your day and/or a very soothing way to destress and silence the mind before you go to sleep at night. As with anything, begin slowly. Find your level of comfort. There is no wrong way here. Most of all, have fun. Happiness is an essential and integral part of the healing process. Be well, my friends
Live your life without regrets. There is no time to waste!
The mind is a powerful force. This year, Brain Tumor Awareness Month reminded us of one man in the brain tumor community who shows just how powerful, especially in times of adversity, the mind can be.
Eric Galvez considers himself to be a ‘mAss kicker’:
1. Someone who gets an intimidating diagnosis, hears the words,
“we found a mass in your _____ (insert important body structure here),” and
refuses to let it control their life.
After being diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumor, Eric underwent surgery and radiation therapy. When it was time to begin several months of rehabilitation, Eric got into the ‘mAss kicking’ mindset and prepared himself to take on any obstacles and physical impairments he might face – and he did it with vigor.
On top of never missing a single appointment, Eric continuously asked his physical therapists to schedule extra meetings. While requiring almost total assistance in nearly everything he did post-operation and radiation, Eric assured his doctors that, one day, he would surf again.
It was during his time in rehabilitation that Eric recognized the power that his brain had over all of his physical limitations.
“A brain tumor is not necessarily a ‘death sentence’.
Part of me was reborn with a new attitude that said,
Eric’s new “Why not?” outlook on life didn’t remain his alone. His mindset and perseverance spread to everyone with whom he came into contact, impressing even doctors who said that Eric, “challenges you; he motivates you; he takes you to another level.”
Eric Galvez is proof that, “The only thing limiting yourself is yourself.” As a ‘mAss Kicking’ leader in the brain tumor community, Eric inspires us to know that we “can accomplish anything that you really want to” – all we have to do is put our minds to it.
As Brain Tumor Awareness Month comes to an end, pass this video and Eric’s message along to three people you know who are affected by brain cancer, and keep spreading hope for other mAss kickers out there…long after the month has passed.
Much like Jonny Imerman, the founder of Imerman Angels, Eric Galvez knows the immeasurable impact that results from one person sharing knowledge and inspiration with someone else who is experiencing the unknowns of cancer. Check out the website on his organization, mAss Kickers, for more info: http://masskickers.org/
On Wednesday, February 23rd Imerman Angels set a new record of 446 Hugs Against Cancer in response to a friendly competition with LIVESTRONG.
Our awesome crew dressed up in Imerman gear with our teddy bear hugger (also in IA gear) and hit the streets on Michigan Ave from 12pm-1:30pm. Everyone was energetic and excited for our street team event.
From the moment we arrived the hugs were constant, with some creative hugging in between. Most people who hugged our bear said, “You just made my day!” or “Thank you…I needed that!” We love hearing things like this here at Imerman Angels! Moreover, after getting a hug we had someone who came back with some Starbucks hot chocolate for the entire crew. He said he wanted to thank us for doing something so simple yet something that could make a difference in the cancer world through awareness.
While we participated in this event to break a record, we wanted to make a difference. Granted standing on Michigan Ave giving out hugs to strangers isn’t much but in return we created an awareness about our organization and met some cancer fighters, survivors, and caregivers along the way!
Thank you so much to everyone who came out.
Watch the video below: