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  • Kurt Brindley 2:53 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: body core temperature, breathing, breathing techniques, , cardiovascular system, extreme breathing, , health, health science, , , , , Wim Hof   

    Any Wim Hof fans out there? 

    If you’ve never heard of Hof before… prepare to have your mind blown.

    This dude, known as The Iceman, can withstand the coldest colds and endure the hottest hots for practically as long as he wants all because he can control his mind and, through that, his core temperature, all through a radical breathing technique of his.

    I’ve lost nearly half of my lung capacity due to a side effect called graft versus host disease after from my bone marrow transplant so, apart from the fact my survival rate chances were in the cellar, I never expected to be able to do much in the way of cardiovascular work ever again.

    My son turned me onto Hof last year and, while I’m still in my initial stages of learning from this guy, you should see me going for it on the exercise bike and with the weights. I cannot imagine how much more I will be able to progress the more I progress with Hof’s techniques.

    Reminder, as per clearly stated in my Terms & Disclaimers I am not a doctor so don’t go doing this stuff without consulting the experts first.

    But if you want to experience a new reality of living… watch the fascinating Vice documentary about him below and then go check out this wild man’s youtube site.
     

     

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:28 pm on February 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , health, , , inspirational books, , , , , , , , , Tibetan Bells   

    Get Mellow 


     
    If I had been given a 14% chance of living to five years after my Lung GVHD diagnosis instead of a 13% chance, I would have then had to call my little self-help book HOW NOT TO DIE: In 14 Easy Steps instead of 13.

    And as the additional step to keep one alive, I would have added “Get Mellow,” because I have learned throughout my years that life is stressful — it is even more so when your health fails you. One has to take action to keep it cool or the stress just compounds the damage.

    In addition to prayer and meditation, I listened to many different varieties of relaxing music to get and stay mellow. However, once I found this Tibetan Bells video it became The One and Only.

    It’s been a while since I’ve listened to it.

    But, seeing how the stress levels seem to be rising…

    It’s time for me to once again… Get Mellow.

    OMMMMM

     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 6:29 pm on February 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , health, , , lung gvhd, , , , , , ,   

    The Purpose of Pain 

    Kurt receiving acupuncture treatment for his many ailments

    When it comes to physical pain, it’s purpose is hardly in question: It focuses us to where our immediate attention and action is required.

    We accidentally rest our hand on a hot, stove top burner and, without our sense of pain, our hand, if it weren’t for our sense of smell, would become cooked well enough to serve up at the next meal.

    We could laugh at this, but sadly and horrifically there are some who do not experience the sense of physical pain due to a rare condition known as congenital analgesia.

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    • Jackie Oldham 9:42 pm on February 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So interesting that you wrote on this topic today. I have a life-long diagnosed depression. And in recent years, I have come to understand the truth and power of using the depressed state to withdraw, ruminate, and most importantly, allow my ruminations to guide me to solutions to the source of my despair. I was in the middle of working out a current problem when I read your post.

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      • Kurt Brindley 3:19 pm on February 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sorry to hear about your condition, Jackie. It sounds like you haven’t let it determine your fate and that you’ve become a forward thinker in regards to managing it. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us, my friend. I hope others like me will gain from it.

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    • Rajiv 12:37 am on February 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Very good post. It gives much food for thought

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    • andysmerdon 1:45 am on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Kurt – for me depression and anxiety are not terribly rewarding. Having said that I am caused by the condition to look at what it is that is pissing me off, with a good deal of scrutiny – the key though, is coming to terms with whatever you find, because sometimes its not a pretty picture. I’m thankful for the subject matter it sometimes gives me for a poem or two, but I’d happily live without it – Take it easy mate and Thanks again.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:19 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sorry you have to deal with that, brother; I’m grateful to you for sharing this for others to learn and hopefully heal from.

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        • andysmerdon 2:02 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Its a subject that needs to be spoken about by guys – we tend to think we are to tough for this. Take it easy Kurt :)

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    • avwalters 11:37 am on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Another symptom of depression is lethargy, the inability to move forward. Maybe this is the “it” for which you’re searching. That lethargy may mobilize you from taking drastic or inappropriate action. (Maybe, here the rumination occurs.)

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:22 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Very interesting concept, avwalters. I guess it would be similar to the aches and pains one feels from an infection that forces us to remain in bed to heal. Thanks for sharing this.

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    • KatieComeBack 7:20 pm on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve had some issues with not recognizing pain – while I feel it, I seem to have quite a high tolerance for it. That got me into some medical trouble a couple of times (gangrenous gallbladder and walking around for weeks on a broken foot.) I think the same can be true for recognizing my mental state….I have a high tolerance for it, so I don’t always know when I’m in trouble.

      Not sure that adds anything to the convo except I can relate.

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:26 am on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t have a necessarily high tolerance for pain; however, I do have a high resistance toward going to the docs to deal with pain, which didn’t serve me well when I resisted for 3 weeks before getting checked what turned out to be a blood clot in my leg that revealed my leukemia.

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        • KatieComeBack 5:46 pm on February 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          That’s pretty common. After my gallbladder tried to poison me I’ve done a much better job listening to the whispers of my body….

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  • Kurt Brindley 5:49 pm on December 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , cancer support, Coping with Cancer, health, , , magazines, , support groups,   

    COPING with #CANCER? 

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    Hey! How about that?!

    Our good friends over at COPING With Cancer magazine featured an excerpt from my little book HOW NOT TO DIE: In 13 Easy Steps in their recent edition.

    Pretty cool, no?

    Yes, indeed.

    You can learn more about the magazine and all the good folks there doing God’s work here.

    You can learn more about my book here.

    You can check out the post the book was inspired by here.

    And you can learn how I feel about pink as the color of cancer here.

    #cancerisjustastateofmind
    #peace

     
     

     
    • holisticlifestylecoachblog 6:15 pm on December 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats on your article and book. I am coping with cancer too and it sucks. None of the treatment they have tried has worked. Another Christmas suffering cause third type of chemo not working. Would love to hear how your book came about, want to write my own but find it hard to face it as I live it. I’ll review your book for you if you like

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:12 am on December 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sorry to hear about your condition. I actually started blogging after my diagnosis in 2009. It’s been a long road and my writing was great therapy. If you want to see my early writings you can search this site for “cancer” leukemia” “gvhd” or “health.” You can also see them in their original place at http://marrowish.wordpress.com. The book, itself, is just a self-indulgent compilation of the original post “How Not To Die” as well as relevant haiku and other writings. I wish you the best. You can email me through my contact page if you have any follow ups or just want to talk. :)

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    • Aimer Boyz 9:46 pm on December 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations, Kurt. That is indeed, cool :)
      It must give you such a warm feeling to know that your experience and words are out there helping others.

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:50 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , health, , , , , , , ,   

    BELIEVE IN LEAVE 

    So, I was thinking (yes, I understand the risks)…

    But, I was thinking, just imagine if each of the 25,109 and growing followers of this humble site were to donate just $1.00 to help me fund my film LEAVE…

    Just imagine how much that would be!

    Keep in mind that I am a product of the United States public school system, and that, by design, my higher level degrees have absolutely nothing to do with math, so my calculations may be a bit suspect…

    But I believe that if every one of the 25,109 followers were to donate $1.00 to help me fund my film, that would come to the heavenly financial figure of… [finger cipher]…

    $25,109.00!

    Now that there would be a whole lotta of cheeze and it would help me in a whole lotta ways in realizing my cinematic dream called LEAVE.

    Now, I’m a practical man (not!), and I know all 25,109 of you donating $1.00 each to support my dream is an impossible expectation…

    But, let’s consider what you get here for free 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year non-stop and in perpetuity for as long as our pretty yet petulant planet revolves around the sun that may help motivate you towards donating that $1.00…

    You get to publish your work to the RELATING TO HUMANS feature…

    You get the IABS&R…

    You get occasional “PRO-TIPS”…

    You get LITERARY ZEN…

    You get ARTWORK?…

    You get HUMOR…

    You get HEALTH advice…

    You get MOTIVATIONAL ADVICE…

    And you get so much more.

    But, even with all this free stuff created just for you forever floating around here, I understand that my hope of everyone donating even just $1.00 is an impossible expectation.

    But then again…

    SO WAS THE CAVS COMING BACK FROM BEING DOWN 3-1 IN THE FINALS!

    AND SO IS THE TRIBE WINNING THE WORLD SERIES!

    BUT IT’S THE YEAR OF “BELIEVELAND” BABY!

    THIS YEAR, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

    WHICH MEANS, WITH YOUR HELP

    LEAVE IS POSSIBLE!

    Uhm…

    Too much, right?

    Yeah.

    Sorry ’bout that…

    Anyway…

    Please donate what you can, if you can, my friends >> BELIEVE IN LEAVE.

    Thank you.
     

    BELIEVE IN LEAVE

     
     

     
    • joliesattic 12:20 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing that just two years earlier I was in Haiti, totally unaware that there was any tension between our countries. My girlfriend and I wandering alone with two Bulgarians, who didn’t speak English but were willing to share a cab with us as we toured the island.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:40 pm on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        When were you there? This happened over several years in the beginning to mid- Nineties. And tension wasn’t between the United States and Haiti, per se. The tension was between the international community, armed with a United Nations resolution, and the military dictators who overthrew the democratically elected government of Haiti.

        Of course, the government they overthrew was also allegedly, and most likely, corrupt and vicious towards much of its population so it was all a little muddy.

        Sadly, Haiti has had a very long streak of bad luck before this trouble that LEAVE is set around and which continues on to this day.

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        • joliesattic 3:34 pm on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          I was there in ’78 so I may have misread the date thinking it was that farther back. I know they stalled our trip because of some unrest in one of the areas we were visiting, but I don’t recall where.

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    • Katie Marie 8:59 am on October 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Seaman Recruit Kate signing on board.

      That was meant to be a cute way of saying you have my support lol XD

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  • Kurt Brindley 11:36 am on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Alzheimer's, , brain games, brain health, , , , health, , neuroscience,   

    More Brain Drain Stuff 

    Meningitis Brain

    Image courtesy of National Institute on Aging


     
    So… based on your very kind, honest, and funny feedback to my last post, it appears that Cards Against Humanity, while being fun and completely aligned with my temperament, may not be the game best suited for building up my brain muscle.

    I know there are several companies out there now that say they have games and apps that will improve one’s cognitive function and may hold diseases like Alzheimer’s at bay. However, those companies were pretty much debunked by a group of neuroscientists with this.

    The good news is that there may actually be one game out there that does improve brain function.

    From the LA Times:

    If you’re intent on keeping dementia at bay, new research suggests you’ll need more than crossword puzzles, aerobic exercise and an active social life. In a study released Sunday, researchers found that older adults who did exercises to shore up the speed at which they processed visual information could cut by nearly half their likelihood of cognitive decline or dementia over a 10-year period…

    The data that the LA Times is reporting from was presented at the Alzheimer’s Assn.’s International Conference.

    The study the data was drawn from was conducted by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging.

    The game used in the study found to be effective is called Double Decision.

    Of course you have to become a paid subscriber to play the game. If you pay monthly, it costs $14.00. If you pay annually, it costs $8.00.

    A monthly membership to Golds Gym costs around $25.00 a month.

    I am not yet sure if I am going to subscribe to play the game but I am sure, based upon your feedback and my research, that muscles, brains or otherwise, are expensive to build and maintain.

     
     

     
    • brandenburg 11:45 am on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Crétins!Quand on a la tête vide,inutile de la muscler,elle sera encore plus vide!

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    • Alli Farkas 12:06 pm on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Will have to brush up on my minimal French. Much more fluent in Spanish…

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      • Kurt Brindley 12:37 pm on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        My grandpa always used to say that he could speak to you in any language except Greek. However, if you asked him to say something in say, French, he would just shrug his shoulders and say that it was all Greek to him. :)

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    • insideoutconversationsblog 12:19 pm on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps we can convince every gym out there to open up a section of brain exercise equipment.

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    • vbthompson 3:03 pm on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Learning second languages is one of the best ways to exercise your brain and keep dementia at bay according to scientific research. So it seems that you might be just fine, Kurt! ;) Perhaps learn some Greek?

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    • Mellow Curmudgeon 7:35 pm on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      There is a fairly strong consensus that aerobic exercise and social engagement are helpful. I would guess that serious efforts to think outside of the box about tough problems is helpful too, whether or not anything that might actually solve the problems emerges. If unifying quantum mechanics and general relativity sounds too easy, U might want to ponder how it is that the pols who are most strident about wanting to keep Americans “safe” are also the ones who think appeasing the NRA is more important than making it harder for crazies like Adam Lanza to murder school children and their teachers.

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  • Kurt Brindley 5:44 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , board games, , , , chemo brain, , , , health, , ,   

    My Chemo Brain Counter-Offensive 

    So… yeah. I’ve been having some chemo brain issues for quite a while now and I’m in search of interesting ways to build up my brain muscle to counter these “cognitive disorder” side-effects, as my neurologist so neatly calls them.

    I’ve never been a board game – or any game for that matter – kind of guy, but I’ve read and I’ve heard anecdotal evidence that board games do help with one’s focus and clarity issues.

    With this anecdotal evidence as my impetus, of course I went to Amazon, the event horizon of the internet, and searched around for what the best board game for my particular interests would be.

    And I found this:

    Cards Against Humanity
     
    As you can see, it tags itself as “A party game for horrible people.” And while I don’t feel that I’m all that horrible, after reading a few of the many thousands of reviews, it does seem like a game that would appeal to my interests.

    Does that make me so horrible?

    That was rhetorical.

    Anyway…

    Which brings me to the point of this pointy post…

    Research, with you being my source information.

    Have you played the game? And if so, what do you think of it? Is it fun? Challenging? Stoopid? Do you feel you have a stronger brain because of your playing it?

    And don’t worry, just because you played the game doesn’t mean I will judge you as a horrible person.

    Necessarily…

    I will, however, admire your courage for admitting it.


    If you’re not familiar with the game, you can learn more about it here.

     
     

     
    • Johanna Rosberg 5:54 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve played the game once at a party. It is horrible, but mostly pretty funny, too! I definitely wouldn’t say that it gave me a stronger brain, though, haha.

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    • V. Gabow 6:10 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      One of my all-time favorite games, if you happen to have a few gutter minded friends as I most definitely do, I’d highly recommend it for some laugh therapy. As Johanna said, I don’t know about a stronger brain, but they say laughter is the best medicine, so maybe? :)

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    • little monkey 7:16 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve played it a few times. With my adult kids and their friends. It’s very very funny, and can be very, very uncomfortable as well, depending on who you are playing with. A Particularly suitable game for those that tend to fall on the snarky side of the spectrum. I think trying to make those unusual associations, and the sheer level of horror/humor at your own depravity exercise the brain. I don’t think I’m a horrible person, but I definitely needed a bath after I play.It’s a symbolic bath, but necessary.

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    • Produce Your Freedom 7:25 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I used to play this quite a bit mostly with college friends having a few adult beverages. It’s really funny and infinitely replay able since it depends more on the group you are playing with than the cards themselves. It can get really creative and the answers people choose and come up with might shock you. Great game, but I wouldn’t count on it to help with brain development. If you like strategy games you might want to check out Settler’s of Catan. A bit geeky but it can be fun.

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    • maggie0019 7:34 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Marbles the Brain store has lots of good puzzles/games to help, too. And Mom recommends taking krill oil, if you aren’t already. As an aside – now Mom wants to get this game and have some evil fun. Woof! Love, Maggie

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    • JJ_Dugger 8:18 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Played, it’s hysterical, and yes horrible, but then my friends and I have a sick sense of humor! Enjoy! Prayers for your healing going up.😀

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    • Christin 11:57 pm on July 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve played it, & own it. Its my favorite card game! And it’s totally horrible but that’s okay!

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    • Robyn Elliot 5:41 am on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think I could have invented this game. Never heard of it, but will definitely take a look – particularly as it will suit my menopausal brain which renders me with ZERO TOLERANCE over just about everything these days. Kurt, it may not clear the brain fog, but you’ll enjoy the hilarity of hate at least!

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    • kristianw84 9:38 am on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This game is is so funny! I don’t think it strengthened my brain. It is more like an adult version of apples to apples. The more people you play with, the funnier this game is. I don’t think anyone who plays it is a horrible person, it’s all in good fun! ;)

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    • Doug 11:23 am on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My favorite cards are the multiples, where you play two or even three answers to the prompt. You can get really creative with those. Also trying to match your answer to a particular person’s humor is good exercise. It good fun, but rude.

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    • Don Massenzio 10:36 pm on July 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve played it. It’s a great way to really get to know your friends and family in ways you might not have dreamed. My wife, for instance, was Googling many of the terms. That explains so much.

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      • Kurt Brindley 2:22 pm on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        As popular as this game seems to be, I’m surprised I’ve never heard of it before. I’ve lived the sheltered life, I suppose. :)

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    • KatieComeBack 9:08 pm on August 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s an equal-opportunity offender. And I play it with my teenage kids, because I am the coolest mom evah, yo.

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  • Kurt Brindley 10:07 am on April 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , health, , , , , , , , , writing therapy   

    The Power of About 

    THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON MEDIUM


    I may be mistaken, but it is my belief that we’ve all been to that dark, lonely place at least once or twice in our lives where we, and the lives we have led, seem…

    Insignificant.

    Less than.

    Pointless.

    It’s a scary place and one which I suspect, and hope, the majority of us visit only infrequently and fleetingly because our lives are fulfilling and rewarding enough to steer us clear from the depression that can lead us there.

    However, I also suspect that there is a significant minority of us who visit this dark, lonely place more often and for longer periods than most since, according to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 19% of the United States’ adult population experience some degree of mental illness throughout the year [1]. And, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States [2].

    I, myself, became a frequent visitor of this dark, lonely place not long after I began taking high doses of the steroid prednisone to combat a deadly disease that was destroying my lungs, and one which I was given little chance of surviving.

    It was a hard enough to mentally process that my life may soon be ended by an aggressively fatal disease — pretty tough for anyone to process, I would imagine — but couple that bummer news with a steroid that induces psychosis-like side-effects and, yeah… double bummer.

    Consequently, it wasn’t long before I found myself spending nearly as much time in that dark, lonely place as I was out of it.

    It’s hard to explain what I and my mind were going through whenever I visited there. I’m not sure there is a way to describe it wholly in just a few words. It is both a tangible and intangible feeling. A cold feeling sometimes. A heavy feeling other times. But it was almost always a feeling of pointlessness. A feeling of… Why bother?

    I was dying. My body had failed me and I had failed my family. The only thing I felt I was good for now were my less than adequate disability checks. Were I gone, my life insurance payout would have been much more rewarding and helpful for those whom my absence would release from the burdens my illness had placed upon them.

    Yeah… I was down there in that indelible darkness of depression pretty deep.

    Fortunately for me I had a saving grace — several of them, in fact.

    One, the primary one, was a support network of family and friends who loved me, cared for me, and prayed for me.

    Another, was that I like to write.

    The Writing Hand

    The Writing Hand

    I began blogging shortly after my leukemia diagnosis. Nothing too deep or introspective — though scared, I was completely confident I was going survive — just updates to keep my friends and family informed of my health and happenings during my treatment.

    But months later after learning my lungs were slowly dying away as a side-effect result from my bone marrow transplant, and having to begin a hefty prednisone regiment in an effort to slow the dying process down, my positive perspective on things changed significantly.

    Though the drug-induced and drastic mood swings made it difficult to focus, I began to blog more often and about more personal matters. And while I regard my blogging experience during this difficult time as a very beneficial, therapeutic activity — an activity I presume many others regard beneficial as well, for a simple Google search of the term “writing therapy” resulted in around 259,000,000 results — it wasn’t helping me to shake the persistent feeling of irrelevance; of feeling that I others would better off if I were dead.

    Fortunately for me, since I was spending more time thinking deeply about my life for my blog, I eventually began tinkering with my blog’s “About” page.

    And this tinkering proved to be yet one more saving grace; for it led me on a path to try to discover things about myself that others might find interesting enough to inspire them to read more of my writing.

    And once I began thinking in more of a self-promotional, third-person kind of way about my life, I began realizing and rediscovering things about myself that I found to be very special and unique.

    For the next week or so, I stopped blogging altogether and, like a gold digger after finding his first valuable nugget, I worked passionately on mining through my past to dig up and write down all the meaningful nuggets I could find.

    And when I was finally satisfied that my life was properly represented on the page, I began to craft the long, meaningful list of me into a voice that, when others read it, would be heard distinctly as mine.

    When I was finished*, my “About” page was more than just being about me… it was me.

    And even now when reading this long and winding written documentary of me, I am filled with a sense of gratitude and purpose so powerful that, even if I were to once again visit that dark, lonely place, I could never do so feeling as if my life were pointless and without meaning.



    1. https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers
    2. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/major-depression-among-adults.shtml


    *As I live and grow, so too does my “About” page. It will never be finished completely… until I am.

     
  • Kurt Brindley 3:44 pm on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , AML, bone marrow donors, , , , , Donors, , health, , , ,   

    On why I choose to refer to those who help fund my film as “Donors”… 

    Admittedly, with these newfangled campaign funding sites such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter, where they have their “Backers” or “FUNders” or whatever else they call those who give money to a money-raising campaign, me referring to my supporters as “Donors” seems a bit anachronistic.

    However, there is a very important reason as to why I do.

    It is, perhaps, a term the most near and dear to my heart…

    For, it wasn’t a “Backer” who was willing to sacrifice her time, effort, and self for someone she didn’t even know…

    It wasn’t a “Backer” who had to take off work, find her way to the hospital, prepare herself mentally for an operation, sign all the forms, wear the silly patient outfit…

    It wasn’t a “Backer” who had to endure the days of pain and discomfort caused by the operation…

    And it wasn’t a “Backer” who blessed me with her bone marrow.

    She was a Donor.

    A Bone Marrow Donor.

    And she saved my life.
     

    Please consider becoming such a selfless and life-giving Donor as is mine.


     

    BONE MARROW DONATION FAQS

     
     

     
    • sanseilife 4:05 pm on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Blood donors, platelet donors, and bone marrow donors. We are here for you.

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    • wscottling 5:01 pm on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I used to donate blood every year. I can’t anymore… they turned me away the last two times I tried. For the life of me, I can’t remember why. >_< I believe it has something to do with the medications I take, but I honestly don't remember.

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      • Kurt Brindley 5:04 pm on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Could be. Seems those requirements change occasionally based upon latest research. You should check to see if you’re able to donate bone marrow. It is as simple as a cheek swab.

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    • theycallmebetty 5:55 pm on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well said! As the spouse of a BMT recipient I echo your statement. Although she is still fighting to survive GvHD, without her donor she wouldn’t be here to fight.

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      • Kurt Brindley 9:11 pm on March 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sorry to hear she’s having a tough time with the cursed GVHD. If you think she’d like a copy of HOW NOT TO DIE, please email me your mailing address via my contact page and I’ll mail one out to her. Or, I could just email an electric copy if an ebook is better. If you prefer not, I understand. She’ll be in my prayers, regardless… as will you as her caregiver and biggest supporter, theycallmebetty.

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    • Alli Farkas 11:03 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Signed up 20 years ago. Haven’t been needed yet…

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:52 pm on January 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    HOW NOT TO DIE: In 13 Easy Steps 

    How Not To Die Book Cover


     

    Inspired by the reception the HOW NOT TO DIE article received, I have now made it available as an ebook edition which is now available, for the time being, exclusively at Amazon.

    While staying true to form of the original article, I have updated the content for clarity and completeness. Additionally, I have included with the edition, relevant poetry from my newly released book of poetry Short Verses & Other Curses: Haiku, Senryū, Tanka & Other Poetic, Artistic, & Photographic Miscellany, as well as a selection of similarly themed short stories from my forthcoming release LEAVE: And Other Stories Short & Shorter.

    Links to all the health-related articles that I have written and posted here can be found near the end of the book.

    Finally, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of HOW NOT TO DIE: In 13 Easy Steps will be donated monthly to my wife’s and my favorite charities and organizations committed to the curing and caring of those suffering from cancer and lung diseases.

    I hope you enjoy the book.


    Note: Even if you don’t have a Amazon Kindle or Fire, you can still read all Kindle products on your computer, tablet, or phone by downloading one of their free reading apps here.

     
     

     
    • Emma Comerford 10:00 am on January 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Is there a non-kindle format of the How Not to Die book?

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:03 am on January 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        If you send me an email through the contact page, I’ll send you a pdf version, if you like. If not, let me know in your email which format you prefer (Apple, etc.) and I’ll get it converted and send it out. — I enrolled it in Amazon’s KDP program so I could give it away upon release; however, it means I can’t publish it on Apple or other formats for three months. Apologies.

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    • Leland Olson Hoel 8:50 pm on January 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Kurt,

      Would you please send me a link to get your book, HOW NOT TO DIE: In 13 Steps PDF version so I can downloaded onto my hard drive? If the main spring don’t break! I would really like to read it and follow your tips on what to do, not to do, in our situations.

      I hope this finds you well. I’m not familiar with all of your history but from what I have read you been tested very soundly, and your armor has been found to be stronger than most, armored vehicles.

      I haven’t invested in any 20, not even 10 year treasury bonds, but I signed up for Blogging 101. I do not how long that takes, hope I’m around her graduation day. :-) :-) :-)

      So long for now, keep your happy face on. Leland

      ________________________________

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      • Kurt Brindley 11:21 am on January 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Leland, thank you , my friend, for always making me smile. Unfortunately, I do not have a link to a pdf version, but if you send me an email through the contact page I’ll happily send you a copy. :)

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    • Megi 9:11 pm on January 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on HappyNest in America and commented:
      Kurt Brindley was diagnosed with leukemia in November of 2009, received a bone marrow transplant in April of 2010, and, as a side-effect to the transplant, was diagnosed with an incurable, non-reversible, and highly fatal form of lung disease in November of that same year.

      Medical statistics did not give him much of a chance to survive.

      But he did.

      He believes he was able to survive this incredible journey he has been on this past five years because he regarded it not as a journey of despair, but as a journey of hope, and as a journey of new opportunities.

      And, while the journey has been filled with many overwhelming challenges and more than a little bit of pain, it has also been filled with many more rewarding experiences and life learning opportunities.

      And learn about life, he did:

      He learned many things, but he especially learned that love and happiness and kindness are all choices that can and must be made. And they must be made for each now for each successive moment one has left to live, however long it may be. For neither the past nor the future matter much when Death is hovering so closely by.

      This journey Kurt has been on this past five years could have been one that led him toward the ultimate end, but instead, it has taken him toward a new understanding of life and of how to live it, which ultimately means he now understands…

      How Not To Die.

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    • Tikeetha T 9:03 am on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love this. Just ordered it. I’ll read it and do a review on my blog if you like.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:34 am on January 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you very much, Tikeetha, for your kind, encouraging feedback. It would be my honor if you were to review the book.

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  • Kurt Brindley 8:00 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    THE EMPEROR WEARS NO CLOTHES!: A Guest Post by Author Avril Meyler 

    We are all familiar with the term “The Emperor Wears No Clothes.” An expression arising from a tale told of a young boy who in his innocence declared aloud during a parade by the ruling King of the Realm, where everyone had to bow down to the King’s will.

    The Emperor Wears No Clothes!” as all around him bowed low and refused to see the obvious, much less name it.

    The ruled had been indoctrinated into believing the King was dressed in full regalia and no-one dared to challenge his nakedness except this young innocent.

    When anything unseen and hidden is causing problems either within a society at large or as is often the case within the immediate family, first you have to name it. Until something is named there is no possibility of resolving it. Whilst people around the “hidden issue or situation” pretend there is nothing wrong, the hidden gets power.

    Naming a problem that everyone around is trying to cover up takes courage. Whistle Blowers often do this, as well as the family “scapegoat.” Child abusers rely on the hidden, look what has happened within many establishments in the UK over endemic child sexual abuse, torture and in a couple of cases murder; and widespread cover up from leading establishment figures, currently being revealed through a major enquiry, some of which goes back 40 years and beyond.

    How many of those in authority in the Concentration camps knew inherently what was happening was heinous yet never had the courage to speak out?

    It takes courage to name something when everyone around you is accepting something as being “normal” or “O.K.” There is tremendous psychic pressure to keep the status quo, to not upset the apple cart. More so when one’s livelihood depends on such silence or in the case of family, one’s sense of belonging is at stake.

    But we remain silent at the cost of the Soul’s Integrity. Do we want to spend our years racked with guilt or denial because we did not speak when we needed to?

    By our silence we are complicit.

    We remain silent sometimes within a bad marriage. We know things are going terribly wrong but the prospect of our whole world shattering and the pain and suffering that ensues causes many to put up with years of unhappiness.

    Fear of being alone causes many to remain in stagnating relationships with an apathetic resignation because they do not believe that no relationship is better than a bad one.

    It is the same with any involvement. Becoming a member of an organisation, whether paid or unpaid, if we start to see our own personal values and ethics being compromised and at odds with the organisations goals we may have life changing choices to make.

    I have been personally challenged with this in two mental health charities and a meditation group I am affiliated to. Those of you who have read


    A New Human by Author Avril Meyler


    or been following my work on this and other websites will know that I sustained a seven-year period of altered realities when undergoing an awakening, which is described in the book. This was followed by fifteen years of world wide travel, volunteering, learning from Buddhism, Hinduism, Quakers and some Shamanic beliefs. I was led to research Mental Health both through personal connection with someone who has and still does suffer from a range of issues and has had periodic placements in secure units for their own safety; and through my own short time need for counselling, following returning from a stressful volunteer project in India.

    As my involvement with these organisations deepened, I saw that despite their ethos to de-stigmatise mental health issues and to not label many conditions as an illness, they stopped far short of opening their minds to an Holisitc approach.



    But there is something else going on here apart from an inability to address the more Holistic aspects of the Mental Health process, and that is many of these and other organisations are reliant on funding, if the funding sources and committees of these organisations have little or no awareness of an Holisitc Approach to Mental health then would they also decide that something they cannot easily see or relate to as being “Wacky” thus undeserving? I have attended enough meetings to see clearly where these concerns influence decisions.

    Everyone is entitled to their views and free to believe what they want to believe, but when those same people become rigid in those views and categorically refuse to consider other perspectives on Mental Health, because it involves a major shift in their comfort zones then do we wonder how the Mental Health Paradigm is still stuck in the Psychiatric/Medical Model? Which causes in many cases worse side effects and long term problems than the original episodes of psychosis – read altered realities.

    It may sound as if I am being pedantic here but I am attempting to convey an overall picture of how much minds are still closed, despite the information age of one-line Internet. There is no excuse for not being informed in today’s climate.

    The question is “Do we want to be informed if it disturbs our reality?

    No one grew or evolved without touching the darkness within themselves or came to conclude that you cannot have a Universe made up of positive experiences only, it would lack substance and be completely out of balance. We need an amount of negativity in order to move and create time and space. The problem is because we collectively have not evolved to this understanding we are stuck in this Earth Reality where we allow our need for comfortable untruths to rule our minds.

    It perhaps sums it up when a Committee Member commented when I said

    “You do a lot of work for this Charity don’t you?” They responded “Well it gets me out of the house.”

    We all have different reasons for volunteering but I guess meeting and interacting with someone like me who is convinced she has a “soul’s mission” to reveal all, including her own dark journey into a trail blazing brilliance of light, and refuses to shut up about it, would invite the comment, “She’s wacky!

    I speak of Psychic Attack and I speak of Possession. I also speak of life changing 500 mile pilgrimages, of Oneness and the need for discernment in these accelerated times. Reading or hearing the words Psychic Attack or Possession can cause a reaction of repugnance, well I have been there and discovered traumatically that…


    There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
    Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

    – Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio ~


    Sadly the hidden does have power, it’s only by shedding light on the darkest of realities that we have any hope of raising it into a space where it may be seen, understood and dealt with, thus opening the gateways of higher Universal Consciousness.


    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
    ~ Edmund Burke ~


     


    Avril Meyler, author of A New Human and A Multidimensional Paradigm, is a qualified counsellor, hypnotherapist and holistic practitioner. She is now retired and a full-time writer and volunteer for a Mental Health Charity. For more about the author visit her website at

    multidimensionalreality.wordpress.com


     

     
     

     
    • butimbeautiful 8:21 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like a fascinating viewpoint. As a person who does put up with a certain amount of unhappiness in a relationship, though, I suppose I take the view that you can either go back to the shop and get a new one or try to work with what you’v got, on the basis that almost any pig’s ear can become a silk purse..eventually:)

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  • Kurt Brindley 12:59 pm on March 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    The Capital of Care 

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    Reporting live from the National Institutes of Health

     
  • Kurt Brindley 3:36 pm on February 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , fitness, , health, , , , , , weight lifting   

    No Excuses… 

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    Except excuses...

    #notetoself

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 10:23 pm on November 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Fond Farewell to a Friend, Brittany Maynard, , , death with dignity, , Elliot Smith, health, , , , , terminally ill   

    A Sad Song to Make You Smile ~ In Remembrance of Brittany 

     
  • Kurt Brindley 1:36 pm on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , health, , illness, , , relationship, resilience, ,   

    A Poem for the Pained and Brokenhearted 

     
     

    forge forever on
    tho’ dark death rewards us all
    forge forever on

     
     

     
  • Kurt Brindley 12:17 pm on October 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: breast cancer, , , , health, , , men's issues, , , , ,   

    Cancer isn’t pink…and neither is football 

    Cancer isn't pink

     
    • burlwhitman 12:49 pm on October 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Love it.

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    • peeversandpenguins 2:12 pm on October 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hang in there!

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    • wifemothersurvivor 6:36 pm on October 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Nope. The actual color for universal cancer is purple :) As a survivor, I am sick unto death of the pinkwashing that is October! Nobody even knows/wants to know that October is also liver cancer awareness month, huh?
      Good luck, and hang in there. Healing vibes your way.

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      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 10:13 pm on October 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Seriously…my pink protest has only just begun.

        And thank you for the healing vibes. Definitely hanging in there. Doing quite well actually.

        The picture in the post was from earlier in the year when my heart took a hit from the cancer drug I take as a prophylactic.

        Thanks for stopping by, wifemothersurvivor.

        Be well.
        #iamthatiam

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    • john flanagan 8:19 pm on October 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Strength and healing to you

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    • J 12:21 am on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Stay tough, Kurt.
      I too am sick of the general pinkitude of October.

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      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 9:56 am on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Seriously. For some reason, probably all the slick overbearing marketing and all drowning everything in pink, this breast cancer campaign reminds me of Catch-22’s Milo Mindbender. Why have enough when you can have more than enough…

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    • InfiniteZip 5:38 am on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Cancer sucks…sending healing thoughts that have no pink in them :) chemo sucks too but bald is beautiful :)

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    • sherinsk 1:11 am on October 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know what to say kurt.I am from south india and if you ask me can god heal everyone the answer is yes but is he doing that-No.why?I really don’t know.i will pray.
      Now i can really see why you liked my old age home haiku.Thanks and god bless :)

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      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 11:55 am on October 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, sherinsk. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving me such a nice comment. Thank you for your prayers and for your old age haiku. Great stuff. Peace.

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    • Nikolas Larum 5:50 pm on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Finally had time to check your blog out today. Thank you for following mine. I dig your attitude (thankfulness combined with defiance – a winning combination if there ever was one!). Just had my one-year check up from head-and-neck cancer treatment (chemo and radiation). All clear and all is well. But as you know, the battle is just that, a battle. Loved what you said about your kids in your About section. I feel the same about mine. What a wonder life is that from us can come such beings that are far superior in every way (must be the wives).

      I’ve been searching for a better term than “cancer survivor”. Victor seems a bit presumptuous, but “survivor” paints it as a closer call than I care to believe it actually was. Any thoughts?

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  • Kurt Brindley 3:23 pm on June 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: boston lenses, , , ecp, extracorporeal photopheresis, , , , health, , Johns Hopkins Dermatology Center, Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, , , , , , , prose lenses, scleral lenses, ,   

    If You’re Here You Must Be Sick… 

    (OR CARE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS)

    I’d like to think that one or two of my three regular visitors (one of whom is me) come to this site to gain a deeper understanding of my creative writing by exploring my short stories, and poetry, and my insightful and sometimes witty flash fiction, and, most importantly, to buy my books.

    Yeah, that’s what I’d like to think.

    However, the reality is far from it.

    The unfortunate truth is that, by far, most people who visit this site do so because they are seeking out information about my diseases, past and present.

    The most common search terms that lead these seekers, or anyone for that matter, to my site are:

    gvhd lungs
    bone marrow biopsy
    hickman line
    graft versus host disease lungs
    bone marrow needle
    (the article these terms lead to provide for some interesting pictures (viewer discretion advised))
    prednisone and caffeine
    prednisone and coffee

    The most popular article on this site, which has nearly triple the amount of views of the second most popular article, is Lung GVHD By Any Other Name, where I discuss my frustration about finding out I have the incurable disease.

    I say the truth is unfortunate not because I’m upset that people are not here to read my creative writings (although I confess my ego is a bit miffed), I say it is unfortunate because I know that if someone is here to learn about my experiences with leukemia and graft versus host disease, then he or she probably is in for some challenging times.

    And that is unfortunate.

    About a month after I was informed I had leukemia, I started blogging about it at a site I called Marrowish. And I blogged there regularly for two years. For two years I was consumed with wanting to know as much about my diseases (first leukemia and then GVHD…of the lungs…and eyes…and liver) as I could find, and I wanted to share this knowledge with as many people as possible.

    But eventually I got sick of being sick…and of having my thoughts and actions being consumed by it.

    So I stopped thinking about it (the best I could) and writing about it.

    That was over a year-and-a-half ago…

    But, seeing how “popular” all my sick-related articles are, perhaps it’s time I began providing updates on my health again from time to time.

    I’m still certainly sick of being sick, but the good news is I haven’t really gotten much sicker since my last update (which was more like a major whine-fest than a health update).

    In fact, I’ve been pretty stable and have even improved in some regards. This stability and improvement may be because I have been doing some pretty cool health-related things lately (I say “may” because during the past four years of my involvement with the medical community, one thing I’ve learned is that there are not many certitudes when it comes to healthcare).

    I’ll try to expand on these in later articles, but here is what I have been up to health-wise the past year-and-a-half:

    • April 2011, I began a five-year Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome (BOS) study at the National Institute of Health. This study’s goal is to get FDA approval to use Montelukast (commercially known as Singulair and typically prescribed for asthma) as an authorized treatment for BOS. Since I began taking the drug I have been able to stop taking the steroid called prednisone—which is a major victory—and my lung condition has remained stable, as proven by regular pulmonary function testing.
    • January 2012, I began twice weekly Extracorporeal Photopheresis (ECP) treatments at Johns Hopkins Dermatology Center. While there is no conclusive evidence as of yet, it is thought that this blood treatment may be effective in bringing calm to all those crazy outta control T-cells (affectionately called GVHD) that we post-transplant patients tend to get. I cannot say for sure that these treatments have helped; but I can most definitely say that they haven’t hurt — except for the fact that they take a big painful bite of time out of my life. Each treatment is about three-hours long; add to that the drive time coming and going plus the system prep time and it comes close to being a five-hour-per-treatment bite of time. Ouch. But, if you’re looking for options to treat your GVHD, you surely want to consider ECP as one of them.
    • May 2012, I was fitted for Prose lenses at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. These scleral-type lenses used to be referred to as Boston Lenses, since Boston is where they were invented and was the only place where one could get them. Fortunately, Johns Hopkins now also provides the service. These vision-saving lenses have drastically changed and improved my quality of life.
    • August 2012, I had cataract surgery in both eyes. Yeah, prednisone may have saved my life, but it definitely took a toll on my body. However, after I had the surgery and once my Prose lenses were readjusted for my new vision, my eyes are now bionic.

    Those are the major things that I’ve been involved with that I feel could benefit others who are dealing with similar challenges as me. Of course, there are other things I have done and continue to do (like my countertop calisthenics, for instance) that may be of use, too, and of which I will write about at a later date.

    Who knows, maybe someday I might even coral all this health stuff into an easy-to-read ebook, or something…

    We’ll see.

    Until then please remember that whatever it is you’re seeking, or regardless your reason for visiting, I hope you find at least a little bit of solace from the words that have accumulated here over the years.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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    PS… Please take the time to read my Disclaimer for this site.

     
    • Michelle Argue 9:47 am on June 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, we are sick. Really enjoyed reading your blog. love your sense of humor and thank you for sharing your experiences with leukemia,GVHD and the treatments. your writing brought a smile to my face, something I’ve needed

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    • Vicki 11:00 pm on October 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I got sick and tired (of being sick and tired and in constant pain) some 4 1/2 years ago.

      Now I’m a PHOTOGRAPHER (as you will know having just started following one of my PhotoBlogs – Living and Nature). Thank you for following my photography journey and as much as I’d like to reciprocate, I’ve just UNfollowed nearly every one whose blog I love, purely and simply because reading just tires me out these days and I was spending too much time on the computer and not enough time outdoors doing the very thing I love best – Photography and communing with Nature.

      I don’t have Cancer fortunately, but severe Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Fibromyalgia (at the beginning of the long list of Health Issues), are just as mind-numbingly ‘boring’ to the uninitiated.

      Delighted to see your wonderful writing in the published form. Hope it continues for many, many years into the future.

      You have such a wonderful sense of humour. Don’t every let it diminish into the background of Chronic Illness. It can be a lifesaver in this uncertain world of severe and often debilitating illness.

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    • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 1:17 pm on October 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry to hear about all the pain issues, Vicki; but how you are managing them is inspiring. Actually, things have progressed unexpectedly well for me since I wrote this. Probably should do an update just for the record. Thanks for stopping by, the nice comments, and the completely understandable non-follow.

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    • Sandra 4:05 am on December 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I always mean what I say. I didn’t come here for your sickness of any sort. I know a poet-short-story man in PA and so I clicked to see if I could tell you two apart. Good thing is all writers don’t read the same or look the same in text—much like real people, I can tell you apart.

      Since the L word has inserted itself into your life and also into your blog conversations, I’ll share that my grandfather was diagnosed when I was too small to know anything except, “that doesn’t look like Grampa.” That was in the mid 70s; he’s nearing 90. Some 38 yearsish have seen him in full remission. Every body is different and leukemia is different from case to case.

      To each of you who stop in because you’re hurting or you’re hurting for someone else who is hurting more, I have nothing to say but only compassion to offer. Trite isn’t something to which I aspire.

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      • Kurt Brindley 10:50 am on December 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Grandpa is quite the inspiration. I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment, Sandra.

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  • Kurt Brindley 3:27 pm on April 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , conservation, Earth Day, , health, , optimism, pessimism   

    Worry Me, Worry Earth 

    Imagine how miserable life would be if we were constantly aware of our own mortality; if each day we awoke wondering if it would be our last; if each step we took worried us that it was bringing us one step closer to our end.

    How stressful would that be?

    If that were so, if we couldn’t help but be aware of our limited time on earth, would life even be worth living?

    Hardly.

    I mean, if that were the case, if we did lead lives in constant fear of death, then why even try?

    To live a miserable life like that couldn’t possibly be healthy.

    I mean, if we were constantly in fear of death, our life expectancy would surely suffer as a result, right?

    A self-fulfilling prophecy.

    The Universal Law of Attraction.

    I mean, it only seems natural that if we think negative things then we attract negative things and if we attract negative things then negative things are bound to happen to us, right?

    Right?

    Well… maybe.

    Maybe not.

    A recent study suggests otherwise:

    Lead author Frieder R.Lang said: ‘Our findings revealed that being overly optimistic in predicting a better future was associated with a greater risk of disability and death within the following decade.

    ‘Pessimism about the future may encourage people to live more carefully, taking health and safety precautions.’

    If true, if pessimists do live longer lives than optimists, that should make even the most miserable among us a little happier, no?

    Who knows?

    Still, my gut tells me that negativity breeds negativity and, in the long run, that can’t be healthy.

    Again, who knows?

    But maybe if put within a different context, this live-longer-through-pessimism way of thinking might make a bit more sense.

    For instance, today we celebrate Earth Day.

    For one day out of the year, we are kind of forced to consider the life of our planet.

    Kind of.

    But what if we were constantly aware of it, and constantly at worry over it?

    Our planet’s health.

    And its mortality.

    Would it matter?

    Would our awareness and worry result in a healthier, longer-living planet?

    How many of us worry about the future of the Earth?

    I mean really worry.

    How many of us stop to think and to fret that each time we start our car, each time we let the faucet run while brushing our teeth, each time we toss those spent batteries into the trash, each time we crank up the A/C, that we may in fact be facilitating the death of our planet?

    I know I don’t.

    I try…sometimes.

    But it’s hard to worry about the planet.

    It’s hard to be constantly conscientious of my environmental impact.

    It really is inconvenient.

    Which is why I’m not an environmentalist, I guess.

    But maybe, if the study that says pessimists live longer than optimists is even a little bit true, then maybe, at least in regards to the life of our planet, we all should worry about our Earth just a little bit more and be a bit less optimistic about its future.

    We should be concerned.

    And a little scared.

    Activism through Pessimism.

    Sustainment through Worriment.

    Have a Happy Earth Day.

    But not too happy…

     
  • Kurt Brindley 11:52 am on February 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , diseases, , health, , , uicc, union for international cancer control, world cancer day   

    WORLD CANCER DAY: Dispelling the Myths 

    Today marks another World Cancer Day, where we, the world, attempt to focus our attention on the deadly disease. There are many misunderstandings, misconceptions, and myths about cancer that could be eradicated rather easily with only a little effort on all our parts. It is hoped that by educating ourselves about the disease, and then, educating others we can increase awareness, ease minds, and most importantly, save lives.

    Knowledge is contagious. Please spread the facts.

    http://www.worldcancerday.org

     
    • "Beware the Sleeping Dog" a mystery by k.a. libby 7:06 am on November 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Actually I am visiting your site because you were kind enough to follow my blog. Next I’ll read something about your creative aspects. But back to your health blogs, perhaps all the positive karma that come from people reading your blogs will benefit you in some way. I hope so.

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      • Kurt Brindley ✍ ✄ ✍ 8:37 am on November 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you very much for stopping by, checking things out, and leaving such a nice comment. It means so much to me. And I agree, all the positive karma is definitely benefiting me greatly. Thanks again, “Beware the Sleeping…

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  • Kurt Brindley 5:30 pm on November 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , gay marriage, , health, , legalization, legislation, , , , marijuana, marriage equality, , ,   

    Toward the Happy End of Legislating Morality 

    You may be happy or sad over the reelection of Barack Obama.

    I, for one, am happy.

    You may be happy or sad over the reelection of the Congressional Incumbents.

    I, for one, am sad.

    And, you may be happy or sad over the historic legalization of gay marriage in Maryland and other states and the legalization of the limited recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington.

    I, for one, am beyond happy; in fact, I am completely and blissfully ecstatic.

    Now, since I am happily married and have been so for over two score, and since my lung disease prevents me from inhaling any kind of smoke and my high liver counts discourage me from introducing THC into my system by any other means, I do not foresee me benefiting physically in the least because of the legalization of gay marriage and the decriminalization of marijuana use.

    But I do benefit from it.

    All Americans benefit from it because it represents a new mind set in our country.

    A new hope.

    Millions of Americans voted in this election to begin the end of legislating morality.

    Yes, there will be legal challenges and set backs to these recent advancements toward the protection of our basic human right to live a life as we choose to live it.

    Yes, we still have many states to go and many votes to cast before all Americans’s have the right to be human as each sees fit.

    But we have just made a significant advancement, an advancement which sets the momentum toward even further advancement, and which minimizes the chance for significant setback.

    And I, for one, am very happy about that.

     
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