I have a new presence in the virtual world, and it’s at a place called well, then. It’s a community of people who inspire each other with ways to be well, and the interface is so simple and seamless and easy to navigate — which makes total sense for a place promoting well-being. No stress at all. Just easy.
If you want to be inspired, check out all the ways to be well — maybe you need some eat-healthy motivation, or some tips on connecting with your family. If cancer is your topic of choice, well, then, be sure to stop by — it’s the space I’ll be primarily occupying, and when you have a free moment, you can check out my first contribution: Prescription for Living.
There are lots more categories, so take a spin through the whole site. You can share your own ideas, too. Each week, a new question is asked about a specific way to be well, and the community takes it from there — liking, commenting, sharing and writing posts, and adding pictures and video. It’s all brand new, so get in on the ground floor, and you can help build well, then into something more magnificent than it already is.
This post is sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim. I received monetary compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.
I love the idea of writing a letter to cancer, and I’m going to do it. Right after I write this post.
Here’s the deal: For every letter you write to cancer before December 31, 2010, $50 goes to the American Cancer Society. How easy is that? You get to vent, and money makes its way to the mission of conquering cancer.
Thanks go to Varian Medical Systems for forking over the funds. Varian is the world’s leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer and other medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, and brachytherapy.
So far, 3,458 letters have been written (you can read them here), and already, $89,550 has been raised. The goal: $100,000.
OK, you ready? Write your own letter to cancer now (you can remain anonymous if you wish).
Now, this is pretty cool!
NAPA AUTO PARTS and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex, Jr. are teaming up with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to honor breast cancer patients, survivors, and supporters. What does that mean for you? Well, it means you can have the name of a loved one affected by breast cancer painted on the #56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota for the November 7th NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Texas Motor Speedway.
It takes a donation of just $5.60, and you can make it happen via the NAPA Know How Facebook page. NAPA is hoping to raise at least $250,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to recognize more than 56,000 individuals affected by breast cancer with this custom paint scheme.
This initiative is taking place right now, and through October 11 — so get busy submitting your names, and guess what? You can even select the area of the car where you would like your dedications to appear.
Photo: SweetOnVeg, Flickr
Inspiration comes in strange places, and I found some recently while watching episode No. 2 of “Survivor Nicaragua.” If you’re tuning in this season, you know that former NFL football coach Jimmy Johnson was competing for a million bucks (sadly, he was voted off in episode No. 3). Now, I don’t know much about Jimmy (because I don’t know much about football), but I kinda like the guy. He’s calm, focused, and he spit out some really great motivational messages for his team. Here’s the one I like best:
Background: Survivor player Holly found herself struggling with the game. The mental challenge was too much, she was acting not like herself (she loaded a teammate’s shoes with sand and sunk them in the ocean because she heard him talking about her), and she was ready to head for the hills. Jimmy told her the team needed her and encouraged her to reconsider going home. Then, he asked a pivotal question: He asked her if she could do it for one more day.
She stayed in the game.
I think this is just perfect for those of us leaning toward giving up, quitting, or walking away from the tough stuff. Maybe it’s a grueling run with chemo, a job that seems unforgiving, or a bunch of crazy kids challenging you to the core. One more day. Surely, you can survive that. And you know what, after that 24 hours, you can probably conquer another, and then another, until before you know it, life just isn’t so bad anymore. One day at a time, baby steps, tunnel vision, call it what you want — just remember that if you don’t stress about the whole big picture, you can probably manage whatever madness faces you.