The Last Lecture

Many of you may have seen this lecture before or heard of Randy Pausch in the last year.  Randy was diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer in September 2006.  As a professor at Carnegie Melon University it was tradition to ask the professors to give a hypothetical lecture on what matters to them most.  This lecture is called "The Last Lecture" and was given for real by Randy Pausch. 

Randy's lecture has since gained international attention and has been viewed by millions on the Internet.  In the lecture, Randy taught the important lesson of living life daily, fulfilling your dreams and not worrying about the future. 

This ultimately is living in the now, being present and learning how to find joy, happiness, and fulfillment in everyday life.  I often ask my clients, "what is the purpose of life if you are not having any fun?"  What I know is that the purpose is not waiting for something to go wrong, waiting for a surgery, diagnosis or death. 

As Randy Pausch puts it, "I don't know how to not have fun," he said in the lecture. "I'm dying and I'm having fun. And I'm going to keep having fun every day I have left. Because there's no other way to play it."  "We don't beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully."

Randy Pausch passed today in his home.  If you have not taken the time to watch The Last Lecture, please do.  It will be worth your time.

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo

In Health,

Alison


Gilda's Club

I had the wonderful opportunity to speak at Gilda's Club.  I was invited to speak at their beautiful clubhouse in Warminster on Tuesday evening.  The talk was very simply an introduction to Naturopathic Medicine, including the history of Naturopathic Medicine, the training of a Naturopathic Doctor,philosophy of healing, and the treatments we use to support the body to heal itself.  I talked on the benefits of Naturopathic care to support the patient who has been diagnosed with cancer.  The aim is to reduce the risk and or prevent recurrence.  Working in the area of oncology, Naturopathic Medicine recognizes the optimal use of all available and safe resources.  Some of these include diet and nutrition programs, daily movement, a healthy environment, mental and emotional support and techniques for self-care.   We also look to support the body to strengthen the immune response and decrease side effects of conventional therapies.  Naturopathic medicine works very well in conjunction with conventional medical treatments.

For more information on Gilda's Club:

Gilda's Club Delaware Valley

200 Kirk Road

P.O. Box 3187

Warminster, PA 18974

www.gildasclubdelval.org

Be Well,

Alison