“What almost dying taught me about living” by Suleika Jaouad

This TED talk about “What almost dying taught me about living” was too good not to share with you.

This is a subject very close to my heart. I strongly believe that ANYONE diagnosed with cancer should be automatically enrolled into a counselling program. Cancer is a life-changing experience – you will never be the same person again. Once the battle is fought and won, it’s not a case of just returning to your old life; because you’ve changed exponentially. Every cough, pain or twinge will sow that little seed of doubt: “Is it back? Am I dying?” It takes time to learn who the new ‘you’ is and to learn to relax.

It may be that you’ve made friends with those on a similar cancer journey to you. Not only does losing one of those friends mean the loss of a soul mate, it can also bring guilt as to why you lived and they didn’t.

These are all thoughts and emotions that need to be processed. Asking for professional help is not a defeat or shameful. It doesn’t mean that you’re mentally ill. It just means that you need a supportive hand on your elbow at this stage in your life.

“The hardest part of my cancer experience began once the cancer was gone,” says author Suleika Jaouad. In this fierce, funny, wisdom-packed talk, she challenges us to think beyond the divide between “sick” and “well.” Asking: How do you begin again and find meaning after life is interrupted?