April-May 2024: Hope to the rescue

Welcome to another magical edition of Buddies For Life. Roald Dahl was absolutely correct when he said, “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” That is why hope and a positive outlook is critical when diagnosed with a cancer. As Earl Nightingale said, “A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.” 

I often ponder how hard it is to have not one but two significant health crises and Bronwen Karovsky gives us a glimpse of that in Facing Parkinson’s disease and breast cancer. `

For most of us, life is a bargaining seesaw of what we should and shouldn’t do. Read Bargaining: the endless internal conversation and keep Frank Oceans’ words in your mind, “There’s just some magic in truth and honesty and openness.” 

Sadly, we can’t bargain with our genetics (see Living with Li-Fraumeni syndrome). You know what they say you can choose your friends but not your family. But truth be told environmental (nurture) can trump basic nature. With that in mind, let’s live by the wise words of Mandy Hale, “Life isn’t meant to be lived perfectlybut merely to be lived. Boldly, wildly, beautifully, uncertainly, imperfectly, magically lived.” 

Train hard and watch what you eat (see the recipes and fitness tips) and always remember these two quotes, “Magic can be found in stolen moments” and “Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles.”

Your Buddie For Life
Prof Carol-Ann Benn

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