The Brighter Side OF Health and Hope
I know that many of you, like myself, have either been touched by or have known someone who has battled with some type of cancer. If you've listened to my radio show you know that I only like to talk about the brighter side of life. I’m sure you are thinking how could there possibly be a brighter side to cancer, so let me explain to you why cancer and positive thinking is widely encouraged.
I would first just like to take a moment to recognize everyone who has fought their own battles with cancer. I also want to recognize all of the angels that have lost their battles with cancer and become a miracle in someone's life. Being a supportive family member, friend, volunteer, or even a hair donor can be the biggest gift for anyone going through cancer. There are so many different ways that you can be there to lighten their pain and give them hope during their everyday struggles. Driving someone to and from an appointment, helping with meal trains, house cleaning, or even just visiting and being that uplifting voice are some great ways to help brighten someone’s day. If you can help manage just one responsibility that the individual person or family doesn’t have to think about, it can make their lives seem so much more manageable in that moment and can even help them to maintain a somewhat normal schedule.
Over the years, I have found that it is important to be a miracle in someone's life who is in need of some brightness in their world. Instead of waiting to be asked by the individual or family during their time of need when dealing with cancer, go ahead and just jump in and lend a helping hand. I have found that most of these men and women who are diagnosed with cancer are what we would call Type A personalities. They seem to find it hard to ask for help in their time of need, so if there is anything you can do to make their life easier it will certainly not go unnoticed.
Another way to help those dealing with cancer is to get involved with organizations in your community that support different types of cancer, such as Susan G. Komen, American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and Relay for Life. Being involved with these organizations has helped me to truly learn how to be more helpful in an important time of need for others. With that, I would like to share a recent accomplishment of mine that I have made within the community that I am very proud of. I received this very thoughtful message from the American Cancer Society, "From my perspective, KIm should know that she was chosen as an honorary chair for her commitment to the community through her radio program; her commitment to looking at the positive elements of life, and her support of previous breast cancer events sponsored by the ACS." I am very grateful for my involvement with the American Cancer Society, and I will continue to share the brighter side of life with those in need in Ventura County and beyond.
I have come up with a list of some everyday helpful and hopeful tips to love yourself healthy while also helping you to reach for the brighter side of everything in your life. Those struggling with the daily hardships of cancer in their lives may really find some hope and motivation by implementing these simple tips and lessons into their lives. Please feel free to pass these along to loved ones or use them for yourself:
1. If It Doesn’t Grow, Don’t Eat It: Our bodies were designed to function by consuming food and water found in nature. Clean eating can be extremely beneficial to your health.
2. Learn to Listen to Your Body: Your body loves you and is interested in you having the best health. And when your body isn’t happy, it’s going to let you know. Learn to listen to these signals. Know that if you are listening you will know how and what you need. I always say close your eyes and look within to figure out what your body really needs.
3. Read those Labels: As more people are reading labels, food manufacturers are not being able to confuse us as much. Get to know all the names.
4. Have Fun in the Kitchen: My husband and I love to cook—if you have friends or family members who do, invite them over to cook with you. Everyone can add a different twist to a recipe and contribute ingredients, and you can make delicious food and have fun at the same time. Remember to use good ingredients!
5 Love Yourself Unconditionally: Always remember that there is one thing that heals every problem, and that is: to love yourself. When you start to love yourself more each day, it’s amazing how your life will get better. You’ll feel better. You’ll get the job you want. You’ll have the money you need. Your relationships will improve, and the negative relationships will fall by the wayside and new ones will begin. The biggest thing that I would like to say is that we are all ENOUGH!