I am ready to be done with Taking Care Cancer. It has been a good experience over the past 5 years, but we no longer have the internal infrastructure or support to keep going. I have connected with some incredible, giving, heart-centered people and want to thank all of our volunteers that have helped make our events meaningful. I’ve also worked with a few folk who brought unacceptable levels of stress into the life of this particular cancer survivor. Time for change.
My dedication to the cancer survivorship community continues in my private practice. My work is turning towards art, music, education, oncology massage, trauma release, and myofascial bodywork. My role as member and secretary of ArtMOB: The Milwaukie Arts Committee, continues to be enriching; the city of Milwaukie, Oregon has been amazingly supportive. If you’d like to check out my artwork, my photography series The Milwaukie Hidden is showing through the month of May at the Painted Lady Coffee House in downtown Milwaukie. I will also be doing a presentation on sound therapy at the 20th annual National Cancer Survivor’s Day at Veteran’s Affairs on June 7th. I presented last year and got an entire room full of veterans chanting Om! On May 19th, I’ll be with Open Heart Kirtan at Love Hive Yoga. Come sing!
Since my rare lymphoma in 1991, we have learned so much more about cancer survivorship. Nutrition and physical activity goes a long ways towards good health, as well as connection with our community. Eat well. Get out into nature. Get plenty of rest. Do some yoga. Meditate. Drink tea with friends. Create. Express. Laugh. Dance. Sing. Be lively!
Since 1991, my life has been cancer survivorship. For years, I was a little old man with limited mobility. It’s taken decades of healing from a rare lymphoma to discover health. I will continue to model this through living a life of learning, compassion, and self-growth, bringing it all back to our local community.
Thank you all for the learning experience of building a non-profit. It took a team of amazing people to get it off the ground. We helped a few folk and that feels right on. I’m never going to stop doing that. There are ways to stay in touch. My music is on Bandcamp, iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify. I release new videos every week on Youtube. Check out Hamid’s Tone Tour and full length Kirtan videos! I’m also out in the community playing music more and more these days. Join us for a Kirtan and sing! And, my bodywork practice is open to all, guiding folk through their healing process. Hoorah for new chapters. Life is getting good. I wish you health and joy. So long, and thanks for all the fish.
Be seeing you,
~Hamid Shibata Bennett, LMT, CAMTII (OBMT #301)
Ways to stay in touch…
Myofascial Bodywork: http://www.CompassionArtsPDX.com/