I am often asked how I stay upbeat and positive in the face of a terminal cancer diagnosis. Keeping busy/distracted and trying new things are definitely key pieces of advice I would offer fellow survivors.
Recently, I started acupuncture and sound therapy with Sharon Czebotar. I was skeptical about acupuncture until being offered the service while inpatient at the NIH. I found the therapy helped with appetite, neuropathy, and more, which convinced me to search out a local expert. Sharon has been simply amazing and she also recommended a separate class on transcendental meditation, which I start next weekend.
Of course, writing has also been cathartic for me. With my memoir now published (phew!), I can focus again on updating this blog more frequently.
Whenever my wife Lorie or I start getting a little depressed or down, she redirects the conversation to “happier topics” – and quickly rattles off puppies, kittens, rainbows, and unicorns. Of the four options, I found puppies the easiest to embrace and acquire. So, next weekend we pickup an 8-week old golden retriever puppy to add to our small zoo.
Other than getting one of the 4 males out of the litter of 11 puppies, we don’t know which one will get his forever home with us as of yet. However, we’ve visited the litter on three separate occasions and to be honest – they all seem great.
Let’s face it…you would have to try REALLY hard not to smile with a puppy licking your ear.