Monday, January 24, 2011

The Goodbye Cancer Garden

I stumbled across an up and coming children's book called The Goodbye Cancer Garden written by Janna Matthies in which a family plants and tends a vegetable garden because the doctor says that Mommy's cancer will be better by "pumpkin time". It looks like a beautifully illustrated book by Kristi Valiant.

I know that one way I have coped during my sessions of chemotherapy is by planning on something special in the future and then focusing on steps here and now to get me there. A garden where one is looking forward to "pumpkin time" clearly fits that bill.

I look forward to reading this book after its publication on March 1, 2011. Until then, enjoy all your winter time reading seed catalogs to get ready for spring planting!

Here is one of my favorite gardening quotes, and indeed one of my overall favorite quotes:

"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves."
~~ Mahatma Gandhi

A cancer diagnosis is a wake-up call to take the time to "un-forget ourselves". It's the time, sometimes the only time when one is given the time by family, friends, and society at large to rearrange life's many priorities during our busy busy lives, to set aside time to "heal thyself".There are many ways to approach one's healing of course. Some may work as well as gardening, but I can think of no healing therapy that is better. :-)

Cultivating health through a garden's nourishment of both body and soul,
Diana Dyer, MS, RD