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#17: How I Navigated the Cancer World and How You Can, with Rachel Engstrom

A loved one being diagnosed with a severe illness is one of the most horrendous experiences we may have to face. And eventually, losing someone you care about is even more devastating. These sorts of experiences turn our whole world upside down, and they sometimes decide heavily influence where we’re headed in our life. Our guest today is someone who has endured the devastating effects of a loved one going through a terminal illness and the grief of losing him. Rachel Engstrom, Certified Health Education Specialist and the author of the book “Wife, Widow, Now What?” joins us today to share her experiences that inspired her book.

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Amor Fati • Solar Energy • Memento Mori

Amor Fati is a Latin phrase that could be translated as either “love of fate” or “love of one’s fate”. A central tenet of the ancient and practial philosophy of Stoicism, it is often represented by the symbol of fire. As Marcus Aurelius, the Stoic Emperor of Rome, wrote a blazing fire makes flame and brightness out of everything that is thrown into it.

He also expressed his own version of Amor Fati when he said all that is in accord with you is in accord with me, O World! Nothing which occurs at the right time for you comes too soon or too late for me. All that your seasons produce, O Nature, is fruit for me.

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Principle 7 – Read Widely…Read Deeply…Challenge Your Beliefs

In Principle 6 – Never Stop Learning, one of the recommended ways of learning was to read voraciously.

What does that mean though?

How do I read to learn?

Read on to find out.

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Principle 6 – Never Stop Learning

You can learn anything you want.

In Principle 6 – Never Stop Learning, we highlight some of the methods you can use to learn anything you want

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Principle 5 – Cardiovascular Exercise

Principle 5 is near and dear to my heart. My whole life, cardiovascular fitness has been something that set me apart. Growing up, I played practically every major N. American sport, most of them at a reasonably high level. As I aged, I focused more on school, learning, work and family and gave up on…

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