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Episode 73: How Talking About Adversity Inspires Positive Change

According to psychologist and author, Kelly McGonigal, listening to someone else’s story of resilience and overcoming adversity is has a powerful effect on the listener. Simply hearing someone’s “restorative narrative” can inspire strength and courage in you. In addition, if you’re the person doing the storytelling about your own traumatic event, and you both acknowledge the difficulty as well as the how it transformed you in positive ways, you are more likely to have better health outcomes. In this light, on this episode I share my breast cancer story and the four profound ways it has changed me three years later.

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The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You and How to Get Good at It by Kelly McGonigal
How I Really Feel About Pinktober
Breast Cancer Lesson #1: Ordinary Moments are Extraordinary
Women Aged 40 to 49: Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations
The Truth About the Benefits and Risks of Annual Screening Mammograms.

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How I Really Feel About Pinktober

One of the most valuable lessons I try to take from my yoga and meditation practice is to be comfortable with discomfort. This infographic pretty much sums up my day-to-day feelings about my cancer diagnosis. My mind is still constantly a big swirl of crazy. Sometimes I feel like an old transistor radio – I might be tuned into a certain feeling, like full-on happiness that I’m alive and well, but there’s still a lot of white noise—fear, sadness, shame, confusion—in the background. I don’t expect this to change anytime soon. My practice is to accept that sometimes life hands you things that you can’t tie up in pretty packages with pink ribbons.
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