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Being Present - A Family & Wellness Journey

Life can throw unexpected challenges our way, causing us to step back and reevaluate our priorities. It's during these times that we realize the true value of being present in the moment and cherishing the moments spent with our loved ones.

You may have noticed my absence lately, but it was for an important reason. After celebrating my dad's 80th birthday in October, our world was rattled when he was diagnosed with stage 4 mesothelioma. It was a shock that took us all by surprise.

Now, I find myself taking on a new role as a caregiver for my dad. I have to drain fluids from his lung a few times a week, ensuring his comfort and well-being. In this challenging journey, it has become clear to me that reducing stress and finding solace in the present moment is crucial.

During the holiday season, amidst all the chaos and uncertainty, I knew deep down that spending quality time with family was paramount. It allowed us to create lasting memories, share laughter and love, while providing much-needed support for one another.

During challenging times, it's refreshing to witness someone like my dad who embraces life with such a great attitude. His favorite saying, "it is what it is and what will be will be," reminds us all about the power of acceptance and living in the present moment.

Having this outlook on life not only benefits him physically, mentally, and spiritually but also has a beneficial impact on everyone around him. It serves as a reminder that no matter the circumstances we face, maintaining a positive mindset can make all the difference.

My dad's approach teaches us an important lesson: instead of dwelling on what we can't control, we should focus on finding peace within ourselves and appreciating each day as it comes. His resilience is an inspiration to us all, reminding us of the strength that lies within and encouraging us to face adversity head-on with unwavering optimism.

May my dad's positive spirit continues to shine brightly as he undergoes his immunotherapy treatment along with some non conventional treatments. Let his journey serve as a testament to the power of embracing life and finding joy even in the midst of challenges.

So if you've been wondering why I've been out of touch lately, know that it's because I made a conscious decision to be there for my family during this unsettling time. Life is fleeting and unpredictable; let's remember to be present in each passing moment and embrace the precious connections we have with those we hold dear.

In these moments of adversity, we discover strength we never knew existed within us. Let's cherish every second with our loved ones as we navigate through life's ups and downs together.

I also want to take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation to all of you for your unwavering support during this challenging time. Your love and encouragement have been a source of strength for me and my family as we navigate through dad's treatments.

Having my background in stress management and meditative practices has truly been a blessing during this journey. It has helped me cope with the initial shock and uncertainty, allowing me to find moments of calm amidst the storm.

As dad settles into a routine with his treatments, I am hopeful that I can also find my own rhythm again. The meditation book club that I cherish so much with many of you and the prospect of offering forest therapy once the weather warms up are activities that bring solace to my soul.

I firmly believe that incorporating these practices into our lives will not only benefit dad but all of us in the long run. Meditation, reducing stress, and immersing ourselves in nature's healing embrace can contribute immensely to our overall well-being and resilience.

Together, let us continue supporting one another on this journey, finding strength in each other's presence as we navigate through these challenging times. Your unwavering support means more than words can express, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

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