Distractions. Temptations to divert our resources or attention. Many of these sprouts are very good things. There's more to Blair than I first realized. Blair sits down as Mia and Emily clap enthusiastically. That's not exactly the format we talked about, but you are certainly poetic. I'm sure you'll get the idea before Monday, when it's due. Vardeman says. And remember, everyone, next week's quiz is on poetic structure. The response is a collective groan as the bell rings. I stand and gather up my things. Not in the mood for running this week? Luis asks, coming up beside me. LYMPHOMA AND OTHER CANCERS Although not restricted to older men, the median age of a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis is early sixties, and it is the sixth most frequently diagnosed cancer in the United States. These cancers are not staged in terms of TNM; Similar to TNM, the greater the stage, the more severe the cancer. Other than the swollen lumps, symptoms are nonspecific and include fever for no known reason, fatigue, night sweats, and weight loss. Treatment for lymphoma depends on the type and stage and most often involves chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. There are many other types of cancers, such as of the digestive system (eg, stomach, esophagus), urinary system (eg, kidney), and brain, that have not been summarized in this article.

However, they are just as important. For a man living with one of these other cancers, his experiences with symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and hopes for clinical remission and a satisfactory quality of life are equal to the way men with lung or prostate cancer cope with decisions and their disease. The goal isn't always the same: sometimes it is treatment and eventual remission, whereas other times the objective becomes palliative, in which case improving the man's quality of life with supportive care is the prime objective. Over the long run its effectiveness will be enhanced as your proficiency improves in the areas of being, walking the wall, concentrating, and having faith. The fifth element-meditation-provides a focal point through which you may integrate the others into your daily routine. In addition, as we have seen, meditation by itself is extremely helpful in relieving stress, teaching concentration, and aiding the body. STEPS TO MAKING THE STRESS-FREE HABIT PART OF YOUR LIFE The stress-free habit should become a daily habit; Strive constantly to make yourself aware of the first four elements: being, solving problems, concentrating, and having faith. Practice the routine described next, which incorporates the fifth element-meditation-at least once a day. After you become comfortable with it, you may wish to increase this to twice a day. This routine should not be done on a full stomach. Wait at least an hour after eating, if possible. A journal specifically dedicated to your moon practices can be very useful. Journaling under each new and full moon, or each of her phases or even daily, is such a powerful tool of self-enquiry and self-awareness. You will begin to discover how different moons affect you and notice feelings, intentions and goals that you find yourself coming back to again and again. You will start to see what you have created and manifested as you set your intentions and work towards goals with the moon's guidance. Use your moon journal for your reflections (see article 3 and 17); Write your visualisations and affirmations in here too. You can also use the keyword of each zodiac sign as a journal prompt for the new/full moon.

Write it across the top of your article and see what flows out in response. A MOON ALTAR A moon altar can be a simple, small space in your home where you go to honour the cycles of the moon, meditate and perform your rituals. Correct, my mother said. But she was already bored. Do you want to know how I memorized this? Er, not really. Well, I first have to translate each digit into a consonant, so 0 for example is S and 5 is L and 6 is shhh! Eh, okay. And then I have to place these figures somewhere, and I'm using the stove at home, and guess how I remembered the last four digits? I took your brother, dressed him in an SS uniform, and put him in an iron skillet. The last four digits are 5600, right? Your brother's name is Lars. The rage that could have put me on death row if I used it to hurt someone is the same energy that I use to do good works. If you use your anger to do bad works, they lock you up. If you use it to do better, you get a standing ovation, or more important, self-respect. We're all born with resilience inside of us, though life has a way of crushing it out. When we're in the midst of disrespect, discrimination, or mistakes, we tend to forget it's there. But you've got to use adversity, or adversity will use you. will help you use disrespect and discrimination and regret for good, no matter the circumstances.

WE'RE ALL THOSE PEOPLE You might be thinking to yourself, But I've never really experienced intense disrespect or discrimination. I haven't made any massive mistakes. But for some of us, these little opportunities continue to pile up until every crack of our life is full. Soon these very good but nonessential distractions are diverting our energy away from the tasks that are really crucial to our productivity and momentum. This is the beginning of a downward spiral of productivity, and it stems from a lack discipline around where we choose to expend energy. If the young growth isn't pruned back, the vine will bear less fruit and eventually produce none at all. Pruning Can Be Painful Beyond obvious time wasters, like excessive TV watching or Internet browsing, which can be pruned without too much of a struggle, some of the things we need to prune from our life are very good things. They are projects we enjoy, new ideas we are excited about, or relationships we would prefer to continue. It can be difficult to eliminate things from your life that are giving you immediate joy and seem to be doing no harm. In fact, it can seem downright sadistic to deny yourself the pleasure of working on a project that you love and to which you can add unique value. But just as the young, fruit-bearing branches on a vine must be pruned back in order to provide needed resources to the critical sections of the whole plant, you must learn to identify the activities in your life that seem to be providing good results in the short run but will eventually decrease your effectiveness in the most critical areas of your life. His tone is casual but his brown eyes are intense. I haven't seen you on the track. I catch sight of Blair over his shoulder, hanging by the door with Thing One and Thing Two. I make a point of frowning. I'm kind of busy. My voice is a little too loud, but I want to make sure Blair hears me. But thanks anyway.

Maybe some other time, Luis says. I know Blair can hear everything. We'll see, I say, hoping he'll get the picture, and grab my bag to go. MEN MANAGING THEIR CANCER Mentioned in the opening of the article, conversations with cancer patients and survivors tell us that a cancer diagnosis is a biography disrupter. It's an awakening that we are mortal and may soon face death. A cancer has the potential to undermine a man's sense of his independence and obliges him to seek medical help, as well as support and comfort from others. The diagnosis becomes a spiritual calling that challenges men to step back, rethink, and step up. For more than 30 years, medical sociologists and psychologists have studied the ways men live with chronic illness, especially cancer. The most common finding is that before the cancer diagnosis, men were not attentive to their bodies or engaged in healthy self-care. We chose to be guys--to eat and drink a lot, work ungodly hours, and ignore the unusual changes on and in our bodies, those signs (eg, lumps, sores) and symptoms (eg, fatigue, pain) that signify that a cancer is growing. Researchers studying men's experiences with cancer discovered that once men are told their cancer diagnosis, there is a mind shift that occurs. For most men, neither the diagnosis nor the cancer strikes hard enough to wound their sense of themselves as men. My personal time preferences are just before breakfast and again shortly before dinner. Sometimes I alter this and practice after arriving in the office and prior to leaving for home. While traveling or at other times when events do not permit me to maintain my normal schedule, I take advantage of available time slots: sitting in airports, waiting rooms, or parks. The important thing is to do it-even when circumstances are not ideal. Make the best of the situation at hand. If you suffer from a disease or a physical or psychological problem, the stress-free habit may offer therapeutic potential; Here then are the steps: