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In 1978, M. Scott Peck (American psychiatrist) published his best-selling book The Road Less Traveled in which the first sentence reads: “Life is difficult.” Dr. Peck wasn’t kidding! On a daily basis we deal with problems large and small–ranging from not being able to find our car keys to dealing with a difficult co-worker. Usually, we’re able to cope with these challenges with the help of our friends, family and self-care practices.

However, what happens when we are hit with something really big? A loved one dies. A marriage ends. A job is lost. We’re not the only ones trying to keep it together. On a global scale, the problems appear to be insurmountable. We only have to hear the local, national or international news to realize that, to put it very mildly, “Life is difficult”… and many of us are able to move past the challenges. Why? The answer is resilience.


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There is a belief that once someone has been cured of cancer, they should feel ecstatically happy. Why wouldn’t they? The treatments are over! They are cancer-free! The battle has been won! However, many of the people I have met during this stage of their cancer journey don’t feel like it’s time for a party. In fact, they feel that their journey isn’t over. If the first half of having cancer is the treatment, then the second half is ‘after the cure’.

In this post, we’ll explore some of the physical, emotional, spiritual and social challenges that can be part of post-cancer life.


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People come and go in our lives for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s because we meet a new friend, or a relationship ends. Maybe we’re the one coming and going as we change jobs or move to a new city. At some point, our entrances and exits are more substantial


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Are You Laughing? Humour and Health


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The Importance of Gratitude


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“Find Your Passion”…Apparently Not a Good Idea!


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Art Therapy and Mental Health…Have you Doodled Today


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Trying Something New? Expect Some Anxiety!


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We encounter loss in all sorts of ways…the death of a loved one, the end of a friendship, the loss of a job…. One that we often experience is the loss of a pet, either through death or the end of a relationship–and the grief that comes from this. This special, and often unrecognized loss, is not easy. So, how do we cope?


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