Mindfulness Meets Transplant Survivors!
Judy and I were privileged to be able to share Mindfulness Meditation as a self-care and healing modality at the Celebrating a Second Chance at Life Survivorship Symposium in Raleigh, NC presented by BMT InfoNet (Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network). It was also our first opportunity to “roll-out” our course on this website, Mindfulness Based Cancer Survivorship (MBCS).
It was an incredible weekend with survivors of blood or marrow transplants, their caregivers, and families. So many had wonderful stories of determination and resilience against seemingly impossible odds! Whereas, we went to the symposium to be able to share our knowledge and expertise, we left humbled and wiser from the sharing among attendees who have learned to live in the moment as if it is their last, because they have faced the reality of that possibility.
Clearly, we saw powerful examples of survivors who have learned how to find the time for themselves. Many were already meditators. Many knew of relaxation and visualization or guided imagery to help them deal with feelings as well as pain and sleep. Many were very aware of the value of nutrition in health maintenance. They were aware of what did not work for them (isolating, worrying, drinking, ignoring) and were embracing what does work for them (sharing feelings, openness, meditating, family, nutrition, positive attitude). Many resumed their busy lives, but all remained aware of the importance of being fully in the PRESENT MOMENT as if their lives depend on it!
These survivors are vibrant examples of the saying, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift…that’s why they call it the present.”
We thank you, BMT survivors. You have touched us…we have grown!
Be sure to visit BMT InfoNet for their valuable information at https://www.bmtinfonet.org/ .