Elida Evans wrote that cancer was growth gone wrong and was a 6. Do I engage in health related behaviors based on my own
message for the patient to take a new path in life. self defined needs instead of someone else’s prescriptions or ideas?
I understand that what she is saying is about how to turn a 7. Do I have enough play in my life?
curse into a blessing. We need to be born again. Every therapy 8. Do I find myself depressed for long periods during which
tells us this fact. In AA they say, “Fake it till you make it”. I have time I feel hopeless about ever changing the conditions that cause
been asking people to learn to act as if they were survivors be- me to be depressed?
cause we know that actors’ immune function and stress hormone 9. Am I dutifully filling a prescribed role in my life to the
levels are altered in a negative way when acting in a tragedy and detriment of my own needs?
in a positive way when in a comedy. The disease can become our
teacher by awakening us to our mortality and truly beginning to What they are asking you is about who decides how your
live our unique and authentic lives. And when you do, you will life’s time is spent. You can lose your life by pleasing others. Nurs-
exceed the expectations of physicians who are only looking at es often have a problem with question number 5. I have added
statistics instead of the individual and their experience. three more questions to the list above:
So cancer can be hell or a wake up call and a new beginning. 1. I am taking you to dinner, what do you want?
Please understand I am not talking about immortality or saying 2. What would you hold up before an audience to demon-
that death is a failure. I am talking about living your chocolate ice strate the beauty and meaning of life?
cream and its associated benefits. This includes deciding about 3. How would you introduce yourself to God?
treatment options and more. As I have said, it is about the labor
pains of rebirthing one’s self. If you answer number 1 within a few seconds it tells me you
If you have information that concerns you, make sure you are in touch with your feelings and not thinking about what I
let your doctor know and pursue appropriate tests to verify your want for dinner or how much money I want to spend. The answer
inner wisdom. Guided imagery can also stimulate your body and to number 2 is a mirror; and for number 3 that you accept your
help you to heal. You can read my books to get information about divine nature and say to God, “Your child is here” or “It’s you”
the techniques involved. and not answer with your profession or say it’s me and separate
Here is a list of questions so you can see if you have the sur- yourself from the divine.
vivor personality qualities. Here are the questions based on Dr.
George Solomon’s research.
Bernie holds a support group in Simsbury at Wisdom of the Ages the first
If you answer no to the first seven questions and yes to the
Wednesday of each month from 7-9pm. Wisdom of the Ages, a special
last two you need attention
place to nuture your spiritual side. It's filled with items to calm the mind,
1. Do I have a sense of meaning in my work, daily, activities,
heal the body & empower your spirit. They also provide massages &
family and relationships?
monthly meditation classes. Wisdom of the Ages is owned by Bernie's
2. Am I able to express anger appropriately in defense of
son & daughter- in-law, Keith & Jane Siegel. Located at 1408 Hopmead-
ow St. Simsbury. Please call for info or to register for Bernie's group.
3. Am I able to ask friends and family for support when I am (860) 651-1172, www.wisdomoftheages.biz
feeling lonely or troubled? Bernie also runs a Woodbridge Support Group which meets
4. Am I able to ask friends or family for favors when I need the Second and Fourth Tuesday evenings of each month at Coach-
them? man's Square, Bradley Road, Woodbridge, CT. Contact: Lucille
5. Am I able to say no to someone who asks for a favor if I Ranciato at 203-288-2839 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
can’t or don’t feel like doing it?
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