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Jan 14, 2018 · Geniune Listening in Health and Mindfulness

Back in the 70’s, I took a class called “Parent Effectiveness Training” (I think it may still be around) to try and help deal with raising 7 children, 5 of which were teenagers. The most effective and helpful thing I learned in this class was the art of “active listening”. It is simply a way of letting the person know that you are listening and understanding by repeating back to them what you thought you heard them say, without judgment, questioning or trying to solve the issue. It worked like a charm with kids! I still use that learning today.

Recently, I’ve also learned to not think about what my response will be, while someone is talking to me. I had a very bad habit of doing that, and finally learned that my response is just not as important as what they are trying to say to me. I’m more able to understand others by listening fully before I even think about responding. I think we are all guilty of focusing on our responses, rather than focusing about what’s being said.

Feb 19, 2017 · Adenocarcinoma lung with metastasis pelvis, back, femur bones stage IV in Lung Cancer

No, but I’m trying to line up people for a free 12 week exercise class at the Desert Foothills YMCA

Jan 28, 2017 · Adenocarcinoma lung with metastasis pelvis, back, femur bones stage IV in Lung Cancer

I have stage IV lung cancer, non-small cell. I have been so fortunate because I qualified for first line treatment with Tarceva (Erlotinib). It’s pill that I take once a day. At first, the side effects were pretty severe, but as time goes on, I am tolerating the drug very well, feeling great 90% of the time. And thanks to Mayo and their fantastic staff, I am feeling peace and calm in spite of having this damn disease.

Dec 5, 2016 · Adenocarcinoma lung with metastasis pelvis, back, femur bones stage IV in Lung Cancer

I was diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer 3 years and 3 months ago. When I hear from people like you, I am lifted right out of any temporary depression and realize that I should always expect the best, rather than the worst. Getting a second opinion and treatment at Mayo was the best decision that I’ve made. I wish you the best.

Gerry