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You can handle more than you imagine. Monday July 8, 2013

Look Good...Feel Better. This is the name of a fantastic charity that operates in 21 countries worldwide. It is a free service that helps women with cancer fight the visible and often distressing side effects of treatment.
 
I became acquainted with this charity whilst dancing to the sombre tune of cancer myself just recently. After receiving Radio-Active-Iodine treatment for thyroid cancer my doctor told me that I was entitled to a free skincare and makeup workshop. 

It was an extremely touching experience. After we had all arrived, one of the volunteers suggested that we may wish to remove our wigs or hair pieces, not just because it gets very warm in the small room we were sat in but also so that we may see the full benefit of our make-over at the end. 

Now I was fortunate, my cancer treatment did not involve hair loss and so I was quite taken a back when, one by one, every woman in the room removed her wig. I get choked whenever I remember that moment. It taught me that whatever horrendous things we face in life, often our imagining them is worse than actually going through them. These women were full of good-humour and grace. Perhaps twelve months previous, these women did not imagine the courage, tenacity and strength that they had within them.

I always remember this marvelous sentence from Professor Daniel Gilbert in Stumbling on Happiness: "When experiences make us feel sufficiently unhappy the psychological system cooks the facts and shifts the blame in order to offer us a more positive view." Great words.

Our psychological defenses can be a powerful weapon in times of adversity. We may not quite appreciate just how much of buttress they are though until we face great challenges.

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Anonymous Mon, Jul 8th 2013 @ 10:05am

Very touching.thought provoking.thankyou for sharing.

Anonymous Mon, Jul 8th 2013 @ 11:20am

it's "radioactive iodine"

Anonymous Mon, Jul 8th 2013 @ 11:22am

Thanks for sharing this nice speaking. I am working in my thesis which is related to patients with cancer.I hope I can make them more optimistic and happy by design.Thanks again

Anonymous Mon, Jul 8th 2013 @ 2:09pm

An absolutely cracking post. Reminded me of when I faced some particularly low times with my Mum and Dad, and we were able to find the humour in some dire situations. Bitter sweet, but thank you Suzy

Suzy Mon, Jul 8th 2013 @ 3:26pm

Oops! Sorry. My mistake.

Anonymous Tue, Jul 9th 2013 @ 8:51am

Having just come out the other side of treatment for breast cancer this post really resonated with me. You find strength you certainly never think you'll need and when your hair, nails and eyelashes grow back life is even rosier than before!

Suzy Tue, Jul 9th 2013 @ 11:46am

Ah, a huge well done to you! You are an inspiration. And yes, life post cancer, is surely richer, more vivid and more colourful than before.

Suzy Tue, Jul 9th 2013 @ 11:51am

No thank you! I can relate to all you say. Amazing when we can find humour in the darkest of moments. The ole psychological immune system can indeed be a powerful thing.

Suzy Tue, Jul 9th 2013 @ 11:57am

How interesting. A rewarding topic. I wish you all the best with this. To be sure, optimism is an invaluable thing when wading through ghastly health challenges.

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