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My Mom’s Healing Inspiration

A good book for healing and guidance? Time shall tell.

Another book came to my attention recently, this time courtesy of my mom. She’s very passionate about the subject of healing and self-help, two subjects which I naturally tend to avoid. But just recently she became so excited about this book titled ‘The Healing Consciousness: A Doctor’s Journey to Healing’ by Beth Baughman DuPree. So-much-so that she insisted on purchasing the $30 book for me at full retail cost (in this current day and age, and with your government job currently on the line, THAT’S what I call excitement!) 

It reached my doorstep today, and I must say, having not even read more than a handful of pages, I am already engrossed. Mind you, I have a feeling this book may become overly preachy (“spiritual healing angels” and “chakras” are frequent topics) but I couldn’t help but mention the book here, as it has supposedly inspired my mom to finally decide to commit to the 3-Day along with me this year.

According to it’s description on Amazon.com:

“Product Description

This wonderful book is filled with stories of healing, curing and the ongoing and wonderful interaction between Dr DuPree and her family of patients. It tells the story of her journey from Western-trained medicine to being a surgeon with a new and transforming belief in the power of spirit to heal even when cure is not attainable. This new edition contains a long series of spiritual messages on healing, trust and hope.

About the Author

Dr Beth Dupree, breast cancer surgeon in Pennsylvania, has performed surgery on thousands of patients. The personal and energetic connection she shares with her patients is as important to the healing process as the surgery she performs. Her focus as a phusician has shifted from one based solely in Western medicine to one that combines the wisdom of Eastern medicine with state of the art Western medical technology. She is the founder of The Healing Consciousness Foundation which supports healing services for breast cancer patients. A portion of the proceeds of this book is donated to the Foundation. She is married and the mother of two sons.”
At it’s core, this is a book about dealing with the inevitable after being diagnosed with cancer (specifically breast cancer – see the connection?)  The author herself has even participated in the 3-Day. I hope to gain plenty of inspiration from this book. I will update as I continue to read it for myself.

Thank you, mom!

Current Status: My hooters are healthy. My heart is heavy. My mind is open.

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Good Read: ‘LEFT Neglected’ by Lisa Genova

Hemispatial neglect is most frequently associated with a lesion of the right parietal lobe (in yellow, at top)

Do you remember that book called ‘Still Alice’? It covered the topic of early onset Alzheimer’s, and definitely brought tears to this girl’s eyes. Now the author is back with her second novel, ‘LEFT Neglected’. This time she has something to say about a condition called (you guessed it) left neglect, more commonly known as ‘hemispatial neglect’.

According to Wikipedia:

Hemispatial neglect, also called hemiagnosia, hemineglect, unilateral neglect, spatial neglect or neglect syndrome is a neuropsychological condition in which, after damage to one hemisphere of the brain, a deficit in attention to and awareness of one side of space is observed. Hemispatial neglect is very commonly contralateral to the damaged hemisphere, but instances of ipsilesional neglect (on the same side as the lesion) have been reported.

Hemispatial neglect results most commonly from brain injury to the right cerebral hemisphere, causing visual neglect of the left-hand side of space. Right-sided spatial neglect is rare because there is redundant processing of the right space by both the left and right cerebral hemispheres, whereas in most left-dominant brains the left space is only processed by the right cerebral hemisphere. Although most strikingly affecting visual perception (‘visual neglect’), neglect in other forms of perception can also be found, either alone, or in combination with visual neglect.

In an extreme case, a patient with neglect might fail to eat the food on the left half of their plate, even though they complain of being hungry. If someone with neglect is asked to draw a clock, their drawing might show only the numbers 12 and 1 to 6, the other side being distorted or left blank. Neglect patients may also ignore the contralesional side of their body, shaving or adding make-up only to the non-neglected side.

Neglect may also present as a delusional form, where the patient denies ownership of a limb or an entire side of the body. Since this delusion often occurs alone without the accompaniment of other delusions, it is often labeled as a monothematic delusion.”

Wow. A pretty heavy topic to write about. But the author knows her subject well and does-so with finesse and (occasional, where appropriate) humor. It makes you suddenly think about a condition you may have never heard of before, or perhaps didn’t entirely understand. Much like her previous novel, the book involves a lead female character whose priorities must change after her condition develops. You travel with her as she gets used to life with her disability and you see how she recovers, if at all. The author knows how to keep it real, pulling our heartstrings along as if it were our own friend or family member (or perhaps even ourselves) with the condition.

Highly recommended reading.

Text Resource: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemispatial_neglect
Find ‘LEFT Neglected’ here: http://www.amazon.com/Left-Neglected-Lisa-Genova/dp/1439164630/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1297740443&sr=8-1
(I am not an affiliate of Amazon, nor do I make any money off this post.)

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