On Cancer and CancerRoadTrip:
I’ve always had a saying:
“When the going gets tough, the tough go traveling.”
So when my world unwound due to betrayal in my work life, combined with a cancer that had no long term cure, I decided to take a road trip.
You can read the initial story here:
There is a zen story about a farmer who finds himself experiencing events that seem to be setbacks only to have them become opportunities:
Zen Story: Maybe
There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “Maybe,” the farmer replied.
The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “How wonderful,” the neighbors exclaimed. “Maybe,” replied the old man.
The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “Maybe,” answered the farmer.
The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. “Maybe,” said the farmer.
CancerRoadTrip is my story of “Maybe”. But, I hope, with a happy ending for myself and many more.
Part of the CancerRoadTrip mission is to create wellness retreats for cancer patients. These retreats include guidance in nutrition, psychology, stress management and other relevant topics. And a bit of soulful healing that we all need.
Each quarter, twelve lucky souls will have a chance to win a trip of a lifetime, to learn about health and healing, in an amazing geographic locale. We follow the people, their stories and progress. We celebrate health and life, travel and connection, even with cancer.
Life with Cancer
I know how hard it is to deal with cancer. I live with it.
Nearly half of us will have a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime. That means that we are all touched by this disease, through our family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and classmates.
For the cancer rates to be so high, one has to ask why? There isn’t a simple answer, but one wonders: Is it something in the air or water? Something in the way we live day to day? And what can we do about it?
My own mission for anticancer health started in 2009 with an incurable cancer diagnosis that caused me to dramatically change the way I live. Using a combination of traditional medicine, radical lifestyle change and complimentary modalities, I am alive and well today. I have enjoyed a remission from a rare non-Hodgkins lymphoma since October 2013.
As a result of my experiences, I am on a mission to help others find their way through this cancer maze. My other website www.AntiCancerClub.com provides weekly tips and insights into the cancer experience and anticancer living. Sign up on that site to get our weekly newsletter and connect with a global cancer community.
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