Living Fully with Illness
conducted by Trudy Boyle
Nov. 8 – Dec. 7, 2019
This new program is exclusive for those impacted by a serious illness or health challenge. It is an opportunity to take a fresh look at our lives through the lens of a study group, as opposed to a support group. What does this mean?
When we are living with illness it is easy to put our lives on hold and focus on all that we can no longer do. In this program we will take the approach of attending and acting on what we can do, with things as they are. Based on Morita Therapy and the ground breaking work of Dr. Jinroh Itami, Ikigai Ryoho (Meaningful Life Therapy) we will explore five themes:
1) take an active role in the management of your illness;
2)do something every day towards your most important purposes (things we can act on now, not waiting until we are “better;”
3) help yourself by helping others;
4) practice the skill and art of co-existing with fear and anxiety;
5) accept death as a natural part of living and realistically prepare for it. (not because you are ill but because you are a human being)
The program utilizes humor; curiosity; creativity; engagement in meaningful activities and expanding our attention to include the wonder of small joys and risk-taking (not recklessness).
The program is taught by Trudy Boyle, program coordinator for the ToDo Institute’s new Living Fully with Illness project. Trudy is the former project Director of Wellspring Calgary, a cancer resource center and has been working with cancer patients for 12 years and Japanese Psychology for the past 28 years.