The first time you hear those words...C A N C E R...your life comes to a halt. And, as a nurse, I know only too well. I'm coming up on 2 yrs. in remission for anal canal squamous cell carcinoma. Of course, when I was diagnosed, it went public on TV with Farrah Fawcett on her death bed. That gave me a lot of hope, NOT. I'm a survivor. Anyone who knows me, knows that.
You have to have a sense of humor to get cancer in your arse. Come on now. Thankfully, I work with the most amazing critical care nurses. I have a ton of support. The hard part is getting scopes (sigmoidoscopies)every 3 months for the last two years. And, I'm pretty tired of the biopsies along with the scopes.
On a lighter note, my staff ask me daily what Buddha has to say? Everyday I check my i-phone for my Buddha update. It's kind of a fun stress relieving note that we all look forward to. And, when things get really stressful in the unit, we chant. I have taught them all how to chant....Ohmmmmmmmmmm. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.
Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is referred to as the 'Law of life'. Although it is just six syllables, each signifies profound truths that go to the heart of the universe, the issue of life and death, and the law of cause and effect.
I learned to chant in my World Religions class in college. It works wonders in relaxing the moment. There, I bet that's something about me you didn't know!