…and Other Stuff I Learned from Breast Cancer
March is Women’s History Month, and I’m celebrating being alive and being a woman. For the past several months, I’ve battled an aggressive type of ductal breast cancer — with good results. And the past year rolled in packing more than one unexpected challenge. Last March, my husband experienced a stroke but beat all the odds, for which I am eternally grateful. He emerged from acute rehab walking, talking, playing piano, climbing up and downstairs with no problem, which was nothing short of miraculous considering the type of stroke and the area of the brain where it occurred.
…and Other Stuff I Learned from Breast Cancer
January is the month when we promise ourselves we’re going to make positive changes in our lives. Advertisers hit us with “New Year, New You” messages. Friends tell us about their resolution plans. In response, we might either catch the wave of excitement and make resolutions, or feel overwhelmed enough to blow it all off, scoop up a big bowl of ice cream, hit the couch and binge Netflix. New Year or not, it’s possible to build healthy habits and achieve goals and dreams. Transforming new behaviors into strong habits only takes about ten weeks if you repeat the action each day, according to National Institutes of Health.
Emotionally resilient people can manage stress, stay flexible, and enjoy life better.
Start the Day with an Emotional Self-Check – Upon awakening in the morning, take a few minutes to adjust your mood. You can use a quick mental gratitude list, or a self-enhancing statement, such as, “I am energized, grounded, and grateful for this day. Good things are headed my way.” Focus on the present moment, and access the power, in the now, to create positive thoughts and feelings about yourself. As you move through your daily schedule, practice respecting, loving and appreciating yourself.
I’m so excited to have hilarious comedienne, actor, and radio host Mary Kennedy on my show! My friendship with Mary goes back to my years in professional standup, when I was based out of Los Angeles. I’ve shared the stage with Mary and am also a fan of her work.
Mary’s comedy has been seen on Comedy Central, SPIKE and USA Network. In Los Angeles, she’s a regular at the Laugh Factory and the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club.
In New York City she appeared at Caroline’s, Gotham Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club and Standup New York.
Internationally renowned research psychologist Terry Gorski’s work in the field of addiction and recovery is impressive. His research on relapse prevention is brilliant. For many years he has worked to improve the lives of those who suffer from the disease of addiction, guiding both patients and practitioners in recovery and wellness.
Mr. Gorski is a colleague, instructor and mentor to me. I am honored to have sat down with him for a very informative interview on my blog talk radio show, Kickass Personal Transformation with Marti MacGibbon.
I recently interviewed Dr. Steve Grinstead, AD, LMFT, ACRPS, CADC-II, on my radio talk show, Kickass Personal Transformation with Marti MacGibbon. Doctor Grinstead is a mentor and colleague, a renowned expert on addiction, relapse prevention, and addiction free pain management. I am honored to have him as a guest, and he has offered to return to the show on Monday, March 17th.
During his last visit to the show, Steve and I discussed addiction, pain management, cognitive behavioral therapy, (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy, (DBT), and the amazing plasticity of the brain and its power to heal.
Staying connected helps you to stay flexible and open minded.
Courage to stand alone. Yes, it’s an admirable character trait, and sometimes life requires it. But don’t slip into a mistaken belief that you have to stand alone through every trial and tribulation. You don’t have to take on life’s challenges all by yourself. Build a support network of positive people, and celebrate staying connected. Mentors, colleagues, friends, loved ones, even pets can help you maintain a positive outlook and upbeat attitude.
Marti MacGibbon’s new talk radio show, “Kickass Personal Transformation,” features fascinating guests like hilarious comedienne, ghost hunter and paranormal investigator Karen Rontowski. Karen’s interview aired live on January 13th, 2014, but you can listen on demand to her show on Marti’s YouTube channel, and to all archives on Pure Motive Radio network’s site. In 2012, Karen headlined Marti’s annual charity fundraiser, Laff-Aholics Comedy Benefit for Recovery.
When you’re presented with a setback on the way to your destination, does your brain scream out, “Game over!” ? Or are you energized and spurred on to innovation and expanded creativity? Attitude is everything, and perception is reality. When you allow yourself to perceive setbacks and challenges as opportunities in disguise, you are rocketed into the realm of new possibility. But how do you maintain an attitude that welcomes challenges and obstacles?
The key is cognitive, it’s in your thoughts. Everything you think, say and do creates a physiological and psychological reaction…at a cellular level.
Okay, you’ve booked a radio spot⎯ an opportunity to talk about your book, your business, and whatever else is important to you. And you’re feeling jumpy. You’ve got butterflies in your stomach, and they’re driving you crazy. Your mouth feels tense, or your knees feel weak, or you’ve got cotton mouth…sound familiar? If your answer is yes, read on. You can turn this completely around.
As a professional speaker and standup comic, I’ve experienced all of the above and some even more dramatic “fear” signals in the course of my work.