Posted by: 2in10 | 12/07/2010

i needed people…

“…to come close and not be afraid of me. I desperately needed their kindness. I needed to be touched – stroke my arm, hold my hand, or gently wipe my face if I’m drooling…

“…I know it can be very uncomfortable for a healthy person to try to communicate with someone who has had a stroke, but I needed my visitors to bring me their positive energy...I appreciated when people came in for just a few minutes, took my hands in theirs, and shared softly and slowly how they were doing, what they were thinking, and how they believed in my ability to recover.

“…It was very difficult for me to cope with people who came in with high anxious energy. I really needed people to take responsibility for the kind of energy they brought me. We encouraged¬† everyone to soften their brow, open their heart, and bring me their love.”

Please take these suggestions to heart if you have cancer or know someone who does. We need to be present for each other but in a respectful, helpful way. If you are dealing with cancer, be sensitive to the kinds of energy others give you. Set limits so you can get what you need from family members and friends. Spend your precious time with people who can give the energy you need and avoid those who don’t.

The quotes are from My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.

Happiness this holiday season —

Carolyn

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