October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Actual Dance tells a story of MY journey in response to Susan’s diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer in 2000.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I post a blog each with a reflection about breast cancer. The reflections will stem from something in the play.
Day 3: “All of a sudden I am watching the scene unfold from above it! The only other time in my life that I had an out-of-body experience was when I was six years old and having my tonsils out.” The Actual Dance.
The breast cancer journey is filled with stress for everyone. The Actual Dance is about the caregiver – the husband. It does not speak to Susan’s experience. It was a time of great stress and anxiety. In the show I describe an OBE – the abbreviation for an Out of Body Experience. I was asked once after a performance by a nursing student if it was real or a dream. My answer was “I don’t know.” And of course I do not. What a perfect question from a nursing student – wanting to know if OBE’s are real.
Are they? Check out this from last month!
Stat of the Day: At least 17.7 million individuals in the United States are providing care and support to an older parent, spouse, friend, or neighbor who needs help because of a limitation in their physical, mental, or cognitive functioning. Source: Here
Task of the Day: Breathe. I learned that the best source of peace for me was in my breathe. I learned this from an amazing acting teacher and mentor Carol Fox Prescott. Check out her resources, which are aimed at acting students and are prefect for real life!
Resource of the Day: Are you a male caregiver? Do you know one? Here is a resource with good tips for keeping it together.