When my mother was dying from cancer in 2008, my dad told me that there were 22 others living on Trailwood Avenue who were positive for some type of cancer concurrently. “There’s a lawsuit,” I told my dad. We were driving and it was warm outside and the air smells like Central California does in the Fall. Fog, basically. There is no mystery that most probably embedded land subdivisions were watered by wells driven by the local growers and irrigation seepage will occur. Their water is screwed, no less. Now more than ever with the heat that will not stop and wells are drying. People are stealing their neighbor’s water in California.
My mother died in ’08 and my only sibling died from cancer at 53 years old in ’12 (also in November).
And so at my age, I have superseded the mortality for both, my biofamily and that of the <25 year early morbidity for people living with an SPMI who have received continuous US Community Public Mental Health services for at least 25 -30 years.
Which is worse? Cancer or the US Public Community Mental Health System? I’m laughing because I’m really not joking.
This writing’s intent is to at least touch upon the notion of how disease, chronic illnesses and malhealth – when not self-managed or self-cared for – will manifest physically and you will die sooner than later, probably.
Things to practice then:
- Carefully discerning that which takes your concern(s).
- Be Kind to yourself and to others.
- Be loved.
- Be adored.
- Get that energy of others that is hurtful away from you.
- Work your body out.
- Practice Releasing.
- Live gentler.
- Walk with all of your senses as often as you can.
- Get REM Sleep.
- It’s okay to let yourself dream.
- Walk in water.
- Talk with your best friend.
- The day is short. The night is shorter. Mind your time.
- Harm no others.
- Protect yourself and what’s yours.
- Run. Run. Run.
- Know that you are immortal.