Addiction

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Tammy Gann

“The thing that will give you your body and nervous system back is physical exercise. I can’t stress it enough. That’s how I got my body and nervous system back. You have to go to boot camp. It makes you feel better. It’s the only thing that does. Eventually, it scours the devil out of you.

James Taylor on his addiction to heroin and alcohol

The Chart

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My father is currently under hospice care as his advanced lung cancer progresses. I’m here with him and my mother. Many family members and friends have come to visit and to help. As his palliative care treatment ebbs and flows, I noticed that the emphasis has been on the med and not so much the symptom. Because my mom can get anxious and stressed when she’s sleep-deprived, alone with dad and he’s in pain, I created a chart I thought might be helpful.

His liver has been compromised, so we are trying to avoid any unnecessary drugs.

 

Opal of my Eye

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Lessons from my dog:

Find a quiet, sunny place to sit and just enjoy!

Jump and run even if you’re so sore afterward that you can hardly walk.

Eat with gusto and no regrets.

Forgive quickly and stay faithful.

Always go for walks and smell flowers along the way.

Naps = good; stress = what’s stress?